E-reader bargains and others tomorrow at Amazon—and a chance to help TeleRead

By David Rothman
July 14, 2015 // 4 Comments

Below are some of the e-reader bargains and others at Amazon starting at midnight Pacific Time tomorrow, as part of Bargain Wednesday for Prime Members. Links may or may not lead to pages offering [...]

Want to enjoy e-books more and retain more from them? Here are my e-book literacy tips. Your own?

By David Rothman
July 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ned Ludd, the tech-hater, is dead. But critics of e-books live on, and they are not entirely wrong. Many people do not retain as much from e-books as from p-books, nor are they as comfortable reading [...]

TeleRead Links: U.S. lags in E Ink reader development—why? ePub creation tips. Why Zuckerberg and Musk read utopian sci-fi.

By David Rothman
July 11, 2015 // 7 Comments

1. Why is there no e-ink innovation in the U.S. (MobileRead) The TeleRead take:  Why is the Kindle line—well, so meh? All kinds of E Ink goodies are on sale from companies in Asia and European [...]

TeleRead Links: New Harper Lee novel excerpt online for free. Exotic e-readers on Amazon. Wattpad as a sales-booster for writers.

By David Rothman
July 10, 2015 // 6 Comments

By popular demand, TeleRead Links will remain even if our links roundups won’t appear as often, or at a regular time. Our fare today: 1. This morning Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman finally [...]

E-book insanity at the Washington Post: Michael Rosenwald’s e-bashing just won’t stop. Lively stories vs. the truth.

By David Rothman
July 8, 2015 // 6 Comments

Albert Einstein supposedly nailed down a good definition of “insanity.” It’s “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” That fits Washington Post [...]

New e-book software on the way from New York Public Library: Relief ahead for DRM-tortured patrons in your city, too?

By David Rothman
July 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

“Tired of DRM and customer log-in schemes used to sell you more stuff? Simply enter your library card number…once…and start reading, from your library, for free. If you don’t [...]

What e-reading gadgets and software should Sony crowd-source under the new First Flight program?

By David Rothman
July 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Liliputing and Nate report Sony is experimenting with crowd-sourcing in Japan. A remote control device with an E Ink display will be the first goody to come out of the experiment, if it goes into [...]

ePub and other sacrileges on the Voyage and Paperwhite: Easy jail-breaks ahead?

By David Rothman
June 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nathan ran a great write-up on the challenges of rooting the Kindle Voyage, the Paperwhite and other recent Kindles. He was following up on a how-to video on taking the Voyage apart. Meanwhile, [...]

Australian e-book site e-book.com.au to close down

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

Australian e-book advocacy site e-book.com.au has announced it will close down at the end of June, 2015. Although we have only mentioned the site a couple of times on TeleRead as nearly as I can [...]

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)

By David Rothman
June 6, 2015 // 10 Comments

TeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats [...]

E-books on your Windows phone: Try free Freda app—offering text to speech and easy downloads of free books

By David Rothman
June 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

  A free e-reading app called Freda might be just the ticket for your Windows phone. Freda already shines by Windows Phone e-reading standards. It’s won an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 1,384 [...]

Summer time and the stealin’ is easy: How do you protect your Kindle, iDevice or other goody? Ever been ripped off?

By David Rothman
May 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

A relative of mine took her Kindle to the beach. She got a tan. The Kindle got a new owner. Soon my relative discovered that someone had bought a foreign-language magazine with it. So, with summer [...]

Cheap blind-friendly E Ink Kindles with read-aloud and audio nav capabilities: A how-to for Amazon

By David Rothman
February 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

I hope that Amazon’s CEO never becomes a blind visionary. But if Jeff Bezos’s eyes should ever go downhill in a serious way—a risk for millions of aging baby boomers—he could still [...]

The K-12 and economic cases for a national digital library endowment

By David Rothman
January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

President Obama wants expanded broadband, as indicated in his State of the Union address—a laudable goal. But what to use it for, beyond such purposes as, say, the faster downloading of [...]

Want read-aloud in Kindles and other readers? Use FCC’s easy online form by Jan. 9

By David Rothman
January 3, 2015 // 13 Comments

Update: See the most recent version of the LibraryCity post with mention of an unofficial Jan. 9 deadline and a link to the FCC’s easy comment form. You need to submit formally. Please [...]

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