Articles by Chris Meadows

Mike Shatzkin discusses smartphone reading, German ‘soft’ DRM move

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin has posted his latest thoughts on the state of the publishing industry. This time he notices the trends toward increased smartphone e-reading and German conglomerates removing [...]

The future is stupid

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 4 Comments

This just about sums up the digital revolution, doesn’t it? We use USB ports to charge things that we might never have imagined charging just a few years before. Heck, it wasn’t so long ago that [...]

Kurio Smart Windows tablet offers plenty of power for homework, games

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tablets for kids seem to be a new big thing, what with Amazon coming out with its Fire HD Kids Edition. Gizmag has a story about the new Kurio Smart, a Surface-like 8.9” Windows tablet with [...]

Barnes & Noble may be adding a new 8” tablet next month

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder offers a pretty big scoop based on insider information: someone at Barnes & Noble tells him that B&N is planning to reset its stores early next month to [...]

Citing privacy concerns, BitTorrent trackers ban Windows 10 users

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

You know your operating system has privacy problems when the pirates start banning it. Seriously, TorrentFreak reports that a number of BitTorrent sites are actively banning Windows 10 users from [...]

Of Puppies and Sadness: A Hugo Award post-mortem

By Chris Meadows
August 23, 2015 // 7 Comments

Earlier this month, when I described the latest Hugo Puppies blow-up, I closed with the paragraph: This is really something in the nature of a pre-game show to the kerfuffle that will invariably [...]

Scribd pares audiobook offerings from its subscription service

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Uh-oh, looks like the audiobook fiends have joined the romance novel fiends as an unwanted financial drain on Scribd’s subscription program. The company reports on its blog that it is cutting back [...]

Are smartphone makers going to start serving ads?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Is the next mobile advertising frontier pop-up notifications? Earlier this month, Slashgear reported that HTC served its users an ad for the (abysmal) Fantastic Four movie as an ostensible phone [...]

Authors United officially asks Department of Justice to investigate Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled article; Google the headline to read the whole thing) that Authors United has finally gotten around to sending its letter to the Department of Justice [...]

Hummingbird Digital Media seeks to compete with Amazon, ‘democratize e-book retailing’

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here comes another Amazon competitor. Shelf Awareness reports that a new startup called Hummingbird Digital Media, founded by American West Books who supplies books to Costco, Sams Club, and other [...]

Why hasn’t piracy killed artists’ incomes?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

15 years ago, during the height of the Napster hearings, Lars Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee of his concerns that Napster was going to set off a “creative apocalypse.” How [...]

Ellora’s Cave author Ann Jacobs files request to intervene in Dear Author lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I last mentioned erotica e-book publisher Ellora’s Cave, in the context of discussing a Guardian story about the popularity of erotica e-books, some commenters remarked on the lack of mention [...]

Intel and Microsoft work on two-in-one tablets

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two-in-one tablets seem to be the order of the day for Microsoft and Intel. ITProPortal has a story about Microsoft assisting developers creating dual-boot tablets that will run both Android 5 and [...]

Wikipedia may not be trustworthy on controversial topics, research paper warns

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a community-edited encyclopedia, Wikipedia has some pretty big strengths and weaknesses. A strength is, it’s rare not to be able to find any information about any given subject you want to [...]

Stuff picks the best e-readers of 2015

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK magazine Stuff has an extensive review of the current crop of e-reader devices from all the major manufacturers available in the UK—the Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage, and basic Kindle, the Kobo [...]

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