Chris Meadows

The EFF, other groups ask US Trade Representative to protect rights in orphan works

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

We’ve written about how international treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership tend to be a way to end-run around the laws and courts of any one nation by having multiple governments agree to things that never see voter approval. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, Authors [...]

UK e-book and paper book bestseller lists differ dramatically

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the UK, Amazon has published a list of its bestselling e-books of the year. That’s not really news—but just how much and in what ways it differs from a similar list of bestselling paper books compiled by Waterstones is. The Telegraph reports that Amazon’s list includes fairly lowbrow [...]

381 accounts banned in Wikipedia paid editing scandal

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve covered paid-editing scandals on Wikipedia before, but a new one has popped up that might be even larger. Motherboard reports that Wikipedia editors banned 381 accounts that were creating articles and “protecting” them against edits in return for money. Wikimedia wrote: Most of these [...]

Getting the most out of your Karma Go hotspot

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Right now, you are one of two types of people. You either have a Karma Go 4G WiFi hotspot and are curious about how to get the most benefit out of it, or you don’t have a Karma Go and wonder why you might want one. I’m writing this guide for both of you. If you have a Karma Go, I’m going to [...]

Harry Potter’s first son enters Hogwarts today

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

Just in case you missed the news, Geeks of Doom reports that on this date in the books, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Potter’s first son, James Severus Potter, begins his first term at Hogwarts. The kid featured in the epilogue of the last book, their second son, Albus Severus Potter, will enter [...]

Experienced project runner Marian Call offers sound Kickstarter advice

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

A remarkable number of projects, including book and e-book projects, are financed via Kickstarter these days. It’s one of the most amazing new tools at any publisher’s disposal. But as with any powerful tool, it can be easy to misuse. Singer-songwriter Marian Call, an experienced Kickstarter [...]

The ‘Audience Information Sheet’ and publishers’ new consumer focus

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

On the Idea Logical blog, Mike Shatzkin discusses a new marketing idea for books his company has originated, and why it was necessary. In the old days, he explains, books were sold strictly business-to-business, publisher to distributor to bookstore, and so reviewers and bookstore buyers needed a [...]

The Last Unicorn, other Peter S. Beagle novels to hit Kindle October 1

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

I just got off the phone with Connor Cochran, Peter S. Beagle’s publisher, who let me know some news that Beagle’s fans have been awaiting for quite some time. On October 1, 2015, a number of new Kindle e-book editions of Peter S. Beagle novels, including The Last Unicorn, will go live on [...]

Survival kit includes mobile phone battery, smartphone app

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

How reliant are we on mobile devices? It sounds like the punchline to a joke, but smartphones are so much a part of our lives now that this survival kit design from Box Clever includes not just the usual bandages, multi-tool, and lighter, but also an external battery to charge your phone. [...]

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 // 6 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 [...]

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