Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Amazon Announces Kindle Unlimited, $10 Monthly Access to More than 600,000 Books


Amazon today announced Kindle Unlimited, a $10 per month all-you-can-read subscription to Kindle e-books. Amazon touts “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.” I alluded to this a few days ago, when Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited webpage was prematurely leaked. I’m not sure what the […]

Hardware Notes: Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charger


You know how, when you have a dozen or so devices to charge, that it gets increasingly complicated to charge them? You only have so many USB ports on your computer to plug them in, and it’s annoying to keep playing musical USB ports with your cables. Here in The Barn, I’ve got lots of […]

iWant: More Fonts and Sizes on the Kindle and Kindle Apps


In spite of the fact that I use Apple products, I’m a Kindle user. Apple’s iBooks only lets me read on iOS devices and Macs; with the Kindle, I can read on just about any device with a screen. In addition, I like the Kindle Paperwhite (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) because I can read it outdoors; […]

Amazon Should Allow Multiple Accounts on Kindles


I’ve complained about Apple IDs, in a recent Macworld article, as these IDs control the DRM that regulates what content you can use on different devices. But Apple’s not the only company running a DRM ring that limits how you can access your content. Amazon does this as well, with the DRM on Kindle books. […]

iPad mini vs. Kindle Paperwhite


I like the idea of the Kindle, and the idea of the Kindle Paperwhite even more. Offering the ability to read both outdoors in sunlight, and indoors with a backlight, it seems like the best of both worlds. Alas, having received a Kindle Paperwhite yesterday, I’m very disappointed. Not only is the backlight not very […]

Why I Want a 7″ iPad


I’ve been an iPad owner from day one; well, month one. The first iPad wasn’t initially sold here in France, but I had a colleague in the US buy me one and ship it to me. From the beginning, I felt that the iPad was the computing device that I never had but had always […]

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