Articles by Paul Biba

TeleRead Editor-in-Chief Paul Biba resigns

By Paul Biba
July 23, 2012 // 46 Comments

Well, it’s been a good run, but it’s also time to move on.  According to the WordPress back end I’ve done 6,092 posts,  My first post was on July 9, 2007  and my first comment was on September 9, 2006.  The post was a review of the new, industry-changing Sony Reader and the [...]

calibre 0.8.61

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

New Features E-book viewer: Add a paged mode that splits up the text into pages, like in a paper book instead of presenting it as a single column. To activate click the button with the yellow scroll icon in the top right corner. Digitally sign the calibre OS X and windows builds Get Books: Add [...]

Zola to take over from Google Books

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

A really great article by Jeremy Greenfield in Digital Book World today.  It discusses, among other things, the economics of Google Books and why it failed.  Zola looks like a hit to me.  Read the whole article. A new bookselling start-up funded by authors and other investors is forming [...]

Hey Japan, we’re here!

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the Kobo blog: We’re thrilled to let you know the Kobo Touch has made its way to Japan. Since we first announced our plans and began pre-orders online, Kobo has had overwhelming response from Japanese consumers. Our eReader is so popular that it outsold the 100-million other products offered [...]

TED Books app launched for iPhone and iPad

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release: TED, the nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” today officially launched its TED Books app for iPhone and iPad. The free app dramatically updates the current and future line of TED Books, which sell for $2.99 each, with video and audio embeds, social [...]

Spain Hikes E-book VAT to 21%, Likely Slowing Growth

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

From Publishing Perspectives: The gap between print books and e-books has widened recently, since Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced an increase in the VAT that affects e-books on July 11, among other unpopular austerity measures. Print books, on the other hand, continue to enjoy [...]

Penguin India launches ebooks

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

From Best Media Info: Penguin Books India has launched its first tranche of eBooks. This will be the first extensive list of Indian ebooks to be published internationally by an Indian publisher and will be available from all the major international ebook retailers – Amazon, Apple, Kobo and [...]

Q&A with Mark Coker

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2012 // 1 Comment

Indies Unlimited has a good Q&A with Mark Coker.  As usual he answers questions honestly.  Here’s one of them: 2. Smashwords has come a long way very quickly. How do you see your role in the indie author movement? It’s tough for me to evaluate our role in the movement. I’d like to [...]

Five mistakes that are killing traditional publishing, according to bestselling author Kristen Lamb

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Best-selling author Kristen Lamb has a long and thoughtful article on her blog.  It is well worth reading the entire thing.  Her five mistakes are: Mistake #1—Fear Mistake #2—Paper is Married to Petroleum DOOM Mistake #3—Reliance on Outdated Gimmicky Marketing Tactics Mistake [...]

Amazon’s rumoured same-day delivery service could crush U.S. booksellers

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

That’s the title of an article in the Canadian Quill & Quire: The online retailer currently ships orders from a few large warehouses located in low-cost states. Now that Amazon will be charging sales tax, it can legally set up smaller distribution centres closer to more populous urban [...]

The end of ebook development

By Paul Biba
July 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

Baldur Bjarnason has an article with this title on his blog.  He makes a lot of sense.  Here’s the beginning: A bit of an utopian fantasy but, I think, an essential one. We need visions of where we’re heading with this. Everybody knows what it feels like. You’re thrown from crisis [...]

The real truth about ebook purchasing

By Paul Biba
July 18, 2012 // 6 Comments

That’s the title of an article by Christopher Harris in American Libraries magazine: How many books are on your “to read” list right now? 10? 20? More? The real truth about ebook purchasing—really about any content acquisition these days—is that we are so overwhelmed by choices that [...]

Publishers Weekly on digital imprints

By Paul Biba
July 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

An excellent article today from PW.  Here’s a snippet: Traditional trade publishers have been testing the digital-first/digital-only publishing waters for more than two years now, and the pace is accelerating. This month alone, Penguin is reviving the Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries line as a [...]

Nexus 7 – the good and the bad, a mini-review – It won't be a success

By Paul Biba
July 18, 2012 // 20 Comments

My Nexus 7 arrived yesterday and I’ve had plenty of time to play with it.  No point in doing a full review because those have been all over ther net for some time now.  Here are my personal impressions: The Good: 1.  I bought it mainly to use as an ereader since I no longer like reading [...]

Quick Note: Nexus 7 from London Drugs in Canada

By Paul Biba
July 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

According to Android Central London Drugs are selling the 16GB version at the same price as Google [...]

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