Chris Meadows

How to save interesting digital stories? Print them out

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

How do you keep track of interesting stuff you read? Oliver Burkeman has developed a system for doing that, and he discusses it in his latest column in The Guardian. After spending some time talking about how hard it is to pull all that different stuff together in the digital age, he then gets into [...]

How to use a Kindle as an oversized fridge magnet

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Do you have an old Kindle sitting around and a handy Raspberry Pi? Then you might consider putting it up on your fridge door and using it to display emailed-in messages. This clever hack on github provides all the code you need to set it up so that your Raspberry Pi checks a given Gmail account and [...]

Whether Sad Puppy or opposed, fans are people, too

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 5 Comments

So, yesterday I went up to the local gun show so that a Sad Puppy could approach me bearing knives. That is to say, yesterday I arranged to meet Michael Z. Williamson, Hugo-nominated author of Wisdom from My Internet, to pick up a couple of pocketknives I’d dropped off with him earlier. [...]

Offensive game causes stir on DriveThruRPG PDF store

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of my earliest long articles, written for Jeff Kirvin’s “Writing On Your Palm” before I ever came to TeleRead, was a piece called “Whither the PDA D&D?” in which I looked at the emergence of role-playing game books in digital form, largely as PDFs. I wondered if we might ever see [...]

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 [...]

Boing Boing links to Chris Meadows’s TeleRead post on literacy initiative from the Indianapolis library

By David Rothman
August 30, 2015 // 2 Comments

Our full switch to Ezoic Web optimization was not the only news this past week for TeleRead. Boing Boing, one of TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows’s favorite Web sites, linked to his post on the Indianapolis public library’s major initiative in the Little Free Library vein. My congratulations to [...]

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 // 3 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 [...]

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