Gear Diary on craziness of e-book format proliferation

By Chris Meadows
March 20, 2011 // 5 Comments

Gear Diary blogger Douglas Moran has an entertaining and extremely true rant on one of the big problems with the commercial e-book world these days—the proliferation of differing formats, each of which requires its own reader application. On TeleRead, we call this problem the “Tower of [ on]

Charlie Stross: Why a middle Merchant Princes book has no e-book

By Chris Meadows
October 15, 2010 // 12 Comments

Charlie Stross has posted to his blog about the mysterious absence of one of his Merchant Princes series—not the first book or most recent one, but a middle book in the series—as an e-book. The problem, Stross explains, is that the missing book, The Merchant Wars, fell between two periods of [ on]

A very basic e-book primer: What should it cover?

By Chris Meadows
September 13, 2010 // 11 Comments

I have lately been thinking about writing an e-book guide for the average consumer—something very simple and basic that breaks down some of the complex issues surrounding e-books into something easy to understand for people who don’t currently know anything about them. Before I begin, I’d [ on]

How libraries deal with e-books

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2010 // 1 Comment

“Oliver” at the Krafty Librarian has coverage of a discussion from a recent webinar concerning how libraries and librarians are relating to e-books. Though he mainly comes at the issue from a medical and academic librarian’s perspective, the points he mentions are largely universal to all [ on]

Current state of college e-handouts complicated and confusing

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

My DSL went out in a thunderstorm today, and between exhaustively troubleshooting it on the phone with an Indian-accented technician and catching up on several hundred Google Reader posts sitting in a FedEx Office (if you’re looking for a quiet place with free wifi that’s open 24 hours, I [ on]

The digital revolution I didn’t notice

By Chris Meadows
August 30, 2010 // 7 Comments

This Saturday, I drove about 30 miles west of Springfield to visit the Gay Parita Sinclair, a restored period filling station in Paris Springs, just west of Halltown, Missouri on old Route 66. Several huge photo blow-ups of the place hang on the wall in the breakroom at TeleTech where I work, in [ on]

DRM makes e-Babel of EPUB

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2010 // 9 Comments

Shane Richmond, Head of Technology (Editorial) for Telegraph Media Group, has an editorial in the Telegraph about the way that DRM breaks up even the same file format of e-books into a Tower of e-Babel. He tried to open Adobe-DRM EPUB files in iBooks and of course was told that wouldn’t work. [ on]

Mike Shatzkin: E-book market looking good for publishers

By Chris Meadows
June 23, 2010 // 1 Comment

Mike Shatzkin of the Idea Logical Co. has written a fairly long article about how the book market is evolving in ways that were hard to foresee a year ago. After all, last year people were worrying that Amazon might somehow “take over” the e-book market. Those fears seem a little silly in [ on]

France has ‘E-Babel’ problems of its own

By Chris Meadows
April 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Publishing Perspectives has an interesting article on the fragmented e-book situation in France. To English-speaking e-book fans, of course, fragmentation is nothing new; there has not been a single cohesive format for e-books since they first gained popularity back in the 1990s. In France, a [ on]

Results for Read an EBook Week 2010 by Rita Toews

By By a TeleRead Contributor
March 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

Read an E-Book Week 2010 may be over but the amount of downloaded reading material should last readers for quite a while. Several participants of the event commented that traffic on their websites was up dramatically from last year. The Read an E-Book website had well over 60,000 page hits just [ on]

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