| Feb 26, 2015
| 1:31 PM
Amazon's Kindle is common enough in American life to be "the Official E-reader of the National PTA." But it could enrich the lives of many more people if recent E Ink models weren't missing text to speech (TTS) technology. TTS costs next to nothing and...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 2:35 AM
Happy Freebie Friday!
This week's red-hot freebies incude a $100 Fitbit Flex from TD Bank, a price cut from Verizon Wireless, free frozen yogurt, museum visits on Saturday and Sunday, up to $50 in free gift cards from Pubix, a free $15 off a $15...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 8:00 AM
Publisher Macmillan will offer 1,000 of its titles through the e-book subscription services Oyster and Scribd. It's the third major publishing company to sign on with the all-you-can-read e-book services.
Oyster and Scribd are competitors that both hope...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:33 AM
While Mrs. Biblioracle was doing her residency at Virginia Tech to become a small animal internal medicine specialist, we lived within easy driving distance of the greatest all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch of all time.
The brunch was hosted by the Mountain...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 1:51 PM
When I was in college, it was standard practice to find research materials in the library, read for a while, make Xerox copies of pertinent pages, and take them home. Libraries had conveniently-placed copy machines for just this purpose. The process of...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 5:09 PM
The following items were taken from Glen Ellyn police reports:
A wallet and phone went missing from a restaurant on the 800 block of Roosevelt Road between 5 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 28. They later were found inside the owner's mailbox undamaged, but $150 was...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 9:22 AM
Harry and Sally may have hooked up in Manhattan, but New York City doesn't compare to Orlando, according to Amazon.com. The company released their rankings of the "Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S." today, and the City Beautiful is number 3 -...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 10:36 AM
J.K. Rowling has been very protective of Harry Potter, not letting her boy wizard jump into the e-book format until 2012. When he finally did, it was part of a universe she controlled, Pottermore.
Now the seven original Harry Potter books are...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 3:00 PM
The following items were collected from police reports:
A 5-foot-6 man of medium build holding a black semi-automatic gun robbed Community Bank on the 1000 block of Lake Street of an undetermined amount of money between 12:18 and 12:21 p.m. Dec. 31....
| Jan 22, 2015
| 12:11 PM
A janitor in the Chicago offices of internet giant Google was charged with possession of stolen property after he allegedly tried to sell to a Wilmette pawn shop watches, cameras, tablets and other items stolen from the tech company's River North offices,...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:34 AM
In November, a pair of technology journalists issued the latest in what seems to be a constant stream of announcements proclaiming the start of a book publishing revolution. First, co-authors Jason Hiner and Lyndsey Gilpin said they would crowdfund...