David Rothman

Phabulous for e-books! 84 percent growth expected for 5.5”-to-6” phones in 2015

By David Rothman
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

My sister has switched from an iPad to her 5.5” iPhone Plus when she e-reads on the go, and a new study from the International Data Corporation suggests that Dorothy has lots of company. While [...]

Digi.me: Want to save your Facebook photos, Tweets and other social media goodies?

By David Rothman
August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Even Facebook may not be for eternity. And how to preserve your Tweets without relying on Twitter? Digi.me, a new service, hopes to help you. As reported by the European edition of Politico: [...]

Amazon’s $30M K-12 e-book contract from NYC postponed: Kindles hostile to people with vision impairments?

By David Rothman
August 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

I’ve begged Jeff Bezos and crew to restore text to speech to E Ink Kindles. A decent selection of fonts—including the all-bold ones dear to me—would also help. Those specifics may or [...]

Was Frankenstein’s real father a volcano?

By David Rothman
August 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

The scientist Victor Frankenstein created the eponymous monster in the Mary Shelley classic, but in a sense, the real father may have been a volcano. Here’s part of the “why,” as explained in [...]

Best bargain phones for frugal e-book lovers? UMI eMAX a buy? $165. 441-PPI 5.5 inch screen

By David Rothman
August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

What are the best cell phone bargain out there right now for frugal e-book lovers? That topic came to mind when I wrote about Chinese vs. brand-name phones. Among Chinese phones, one standout just [...]

Wanted: Your mugshot or other photo to show up with your TeleRead comments

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Let’s give the TeleRead community some faces—human ones, especially of the smart, thoughtful people who regularly enrich our site with comments. It’s simple. Just sign up for a Gravatar, an [...]

Should you buy a Chinese phone or a global brand name? An e-book lover’s perspective

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Chinese novelist, Cixin Liu, is a just-announced Hugo winner. Get set for more of the same in the book world (as I note in the accompanying TeleRead post). Now, what about an e-book-related area [...]

Sadder Puppies: Chinese SF novel wins 2015 Hugo

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Hugo Awards judges have resisted the the Sad Puppies movement, which allegedly gamed the nomination process for one of science fiction’s most respected competitions. In a ceremony last night in [...]

People to judge short-story contest for literary robots. What if someday the bots are judging US?

By David Rothman
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Someday will robots be able to collaborate with novelists and otherwise be literary, with or without tweed jackets? Writer-artist Jamie Bridle opines in the Guardian. He also gives his take on what [...]

Samsung’s e-reader for Paul Bunyan? 18.4-inch screen. Spruce Goose of Android tablets?

By David Rothman
August 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

Back in the 1940s, multimillionaire Howard Hughes came up with the Spruce Goose, a gigantic wooden sea plane that flew one mile for a minute at an altitude of 70 feet. No one had ever built a larger [...]

Are e-books good for us as primates?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction writer, once gave an interview in which he called for human activities to be more primate-friendly. Enough with technology disrupting our routines! So [...]

How to sell e-books through your own Web site

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Who says farmers must be the only ones selling directly? Here’s a dream. What if someday bookstores and libraries teamed up to offer search-and-discovery tools—to make it easier to sell [...]

The iPad Pro as an e-book machine—and possible savior of frogs

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

Whenever the big-screened iPad Pro shows up—perhaps in September or later this year—it will matter to the e-book world. Maybe not instantly. But in time. A 12-13 inch screen would be a [...]

Kindles used as Frisbees at Florida high school? 5,217 devices owned, just 44 checked out last year?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 3 Comments

Here’s a story to make any K-12 tech booster weep, if it’s true. A 1,750-student high school in Florida is said to have owned 5,217 Kindles and Fires over the years. But the kids supposedly [...]

Getting the PDF to ePub conversion right: OverDrive’s new goal for the cell phone era

By David Rothman
August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

Hate e-books? If you’re an academic, it’s easy to back up your biases. You just inflict PDF on subjects in P vs. E experiments. PDF  generally offers less control than ePub over such trivial [...]

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