Articles by Chris Meadows

Karma offers 4G data at 50% off through Monday

By Chris Meadows
August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve been using my Karma Go hotspot for the last couple of weeks since it arrived, and have been enjoying it considerably. Its 4G service is fast and dependable, and it’s easy to charge up and keep charged. So far, I’ve had two people hook onto my hotspot and sign up to get free WiFi access [...]

Edgar Rice Burroughs to Forrest J. Ackerman: ‘No fiction is worth reading except for entertainment.’

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

While it’s a few days too late to claim “on this day in…” today I learned that in August 1931, a 14-year-old Forrest J. Ackerman argued with his teacher over the literary merits of Tarzan, and subsequently sent a fan letter to Edgar Rice Burroughs describing his side of the argument. To his [...]

The problem with Amazon’s hardware could be Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

In the wake of the layoffs at Amazon’s Lab126, Wired takes a look at the failure of the Fire Phone and the mediocre performance of some of Amazon’s other devices. Brian Barrett thinks he knows why they fizzled: they were simply too focused on pushing Amazon goods and services, rather than on [...]

Maybe Booktracks can enhance reading after all

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve poked fun at the idea of Booktrack before. Creating a music-and-sound-effects soundtrack to play along while reading an e-book just seemed so silly and unnecessary. But a blog post on The Creative Penn has me possibly rethinking that a little now. Joanna Penn points out that she often sees [...]

Are more prolific writers necessarily ‘worse’ writers?

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Can an author be “too” prolific? That’s the thesis that an opinion piece in the New York Times examines. Looking at authors like John Creasey, Ursula Bloom, Barbara Cartland, and even Agatha Christie, the author of the piece muses on the possible connection between level of output and [...]

Self-publishing writers can make digital marketing mistakes, too

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

ReadWrite has a guest post from a digital marketing manager who enumerates all the mistakes that entrepreneurs make in trying to market their company or product digitally. I’m not going to enumerate them all here, but they include some fairly common-sense things like “Failing to understand your [...]

Food and copyrights don’t mix

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

It’s lunchtime in the central and eastern US, so this is a good time to post a couple of interesting copyright cases relating to food. First of all, in Germany it is now possible for chefs to copyright the presentation of their food—that is to say, they can treat their food as edible art, and [...]

‘E-lit’ uses interactivity to enhance storytelling

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

In the foreword to an annotated edition of A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernor Vinge stated that he believed hypertext was the future of literature. While I was dubious at the time and remain dubious now, an article on BookRiot covers a few experimental “e-lit” works which are using hypertext and [...]

Digital trading cards bring the thrill of collecting to virtual goods

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Digital media. It’s not just for e-books anymore. At least, that’s what Topps seems to be learning with its Star Wars digital trading cards. Yes, that’s right. Digital trading cards. Just collections of images that you pay for, trade, and collect on your phone. This puzzles me more than a [...]

The Public Collection: Indianapolis’s own ‘Big Free Libraries’

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

I don’t often run across TeleRead stories in person, though it does happen from time to time. Oddly enough, the story I came across lately actually happened in the very same spot as that one, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Or at least part of it did. I stumbled onto a brilliant new art [...]

Amazon leaks tease engineer layoffs, potential new products

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article (paywalled; Google the headline to bypass it) on changes taking place at Amazon’s top secret product lab, Lab 126, which has been responsible for many of Amazon’s innovative products including the Kindle e-reader itself. The Journal reports [...]

In India, cheap smartphones could be a key to bridging language gaps

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

India is an interesting emerging digital market. A number of American news outlets such as the Huffington Post and Business Insider are setting up India-specific versions of their sites in the hope of attracting new English-speaking users, but newspapers and television remain popular there, and the [...]

Enterprise use will drive sales of larger tablet, report says

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

Tablet sales in the usual size are on the wane as larger smartphones eat into their marketshare—but business uses are going to drive sales of larger tablets, says a new report by Strategy Analytics. The report suggests large tablet sales will have nearly doubled by the end of 2015, what with the [...]

Humble Book Bundle offers Star Wars trilogy radio dramas for $15

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Force is with us. It must be. Why else would the Humble Bundle put out a deal like this now? The latest Humble Book Bundle consists of Star Wars audiobook titles. There are a number of DRM-free audiobooks in the collection, but to be honest I couldn’t tell you what most of them are without [...]

Fire sale! Amazon prices the Fire Phone at practically nothing

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Looking for a cheap smartphone? Amazon has the Fire Phone plus one year of Amazon Prime membership on sale at the ridiculously low price of $130. Consider that you’re paying $99 for the year of Prime, maybe $20 or so for the headphones, charger, and other accessories, and you’re getting an [...]

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