Articles by Dan Eldridge

Weekend Roundup: E-books on the fly; textbook publishers; Google's translation technology; and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Textbook publishers revamp ebooks to fight used market (NBC News) A booming market in recent years for selling and renting used college textbooks has saved students across the United States a ton of cash. But it has put textbook publishers in a bind. They don’t make a cent unless students buy [...]

Weekend Roundup: The mini-memoir is a new and welcome e-book trend

By Dan Eldridge
July 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

The mini-memoir: a new and welcome ebook trend (The Guardian) It may surprise readers of Howard Jacobson’s latest novel, Zoo Time, a thinly disguised rant against modern literature, to learn that its famously fogeyish author has written an ebook. The Swag Man, published by American Jewish [...]

Morning Roundup: JK Rowling is PISSED!

By Dan Eldridge
July 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

JK Rowling ‘Very Angry’ That Law Firm Leaked Her Name (NPR) In a twist worthy of her latest detective novel, it turns out it was a lawyer’s wife’s best friend who leaked J.K. Rowling’s identity as the “Robert Galbraith” who wrote the crime novel The [...]

A TeleRead editor in the blogosphere

By Dan Eldridge
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

I was recently interviewed about e-books, e-reading and digital publishing trends by the team at eReflect, an Australia- and Philippines-based educational software company. eReflect also operates a network of blogs that cover the same topics their software aims to teach: vocabulary, memory skills, [...]

Weekend Roundup: Tel Aviv gets a beach library; Miami-Dade County may lose 42 libraries; free productivity apps from Amazon

By Dan Eldridge
July 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Tel Aviv Gets First Beachside Library (Gadling) Need a good beach read? Visitors to Tel Aviv’s Metzizim Beach can now borrow books for reading on the sand. The city has launched the first beachside library, providing over 500 free book rentals in five languages, including English, [...]

Weekend Roundup: 5 ways to save book publishing; marathon writing sessions; Neil Gaiman (maybe) breaks a world record; and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Save 1,100 vintage science fiction books from destruction! (i09) Onondaga Public Library in Syracuse, New York, has an enormous collection of roughly 1,100 vintage books in science fiction, mystery and “other genres.” But apparently, there isn’t enough interest to keep them in [...]

Morning Roundup: Robert Bolano's "2666" released as e-book for the first time

By Dan Eldridge
July 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Roberto Bolano’s “2666” released as e-book for the first time (LA Times) Roberto Bolano did not live to see his book “2666” become an American bestseller. Nor did he make it to the popularization of e-books — he died 10 years ago, on May 15, 2003. On Tuesday, [...]

A Note About TeleRead's New Rating System for Reviews

By Dan Eldridge
July 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

By now, we’re assuming the majority of our TeleRead regulars have probably noticed that we recently added a small but nevertheless significant new feature to our reviews: a five-star-style rating system. We quietly introduced the feature in a film review by Joanna Cabot that ran on July 2. [...]

Weekend Roundup: Cover designs for books that don't exist, how to write the perfect post, and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Cover designs for books that don’t exist (but should) io9 As part of his Masters of Branding study at the School of Visual Arts, Tyler Adam Smith is creating 100 covers for books that should be written, from goofy snarks at popular authors to imagined sequels to beloved books. * * * As [...]

Weekend Roundup: Royal librarian wanted to look after Queen's 125,000 titles

By Dan Eldridge
July 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Wanted: Royal Librarian to Look After the Queen’s 125,000 Titles (InfoDocket) The Royal Collection is advertising for a librarian to run the Royal Library at Windsor Castle for £53,000 per year. * * * Sony Launches New Affiliate Program for E-Books (Good e-Reader) Sony has officially [...]

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King's compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch

By Dan Eldridge
July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Six Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob [...]

Weekend Roundup: Digital rights protection and the future of writing

By Dan Eldridge
June 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

3 Reasons Why Facebook Can’t Replace Your Author Website (Jane Friedman) I’ve occasionally been asked by authors at conferences: Why not just use Facebook? Isn’t that where everyone is spending their time already? Why would people visit my site? Why bother with all the effort of [...]

The Seattle Public Library breaks a world record with its jaw-dropping book domino chain (video)

By Dan Eldridge
June 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an actual book domino chain in person. I’d never even seen a video of such a thing until earlier this afternoon. But apparently enough of them have been created over time that an actual Book Domino Chain World Record holder exists out there, [...]

Weekend Roundup: Quick-to-market e-books are now the norm, not the exception

By Dan Eldridge
June 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quick-To-Market Ebooks Now Norm, Not Exception (Forbes) What made [“Linsanity”] by sportswriter Alan Goldsher from digital publishing house and platform Vook so shocking was that it took less than six days to write (72 hours), produce (36 hours) and publish (less than 24 hours). * * * [...]

Weekend Roundup: Have reports of the paperback's death been greatly exaggerated?

By Dan Eldridge
June 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Decline and Fall of the English Major (The New York Times) In the past few years, I’ve taught nonfiction writing to undergraduates and graduate students at Harvard, Yale, Bard, Pomona, Sarah Lawrence and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Each semester I hope, and fear, that I will [...]

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