eBabel

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Want to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to [...]

Gear Diary on craziness of e-book format proliferation

By libertyc
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 [...]

More rumors suggest free Kindles for Prime subscribers may be in the offing

By libertyc
March 9, 2011 // 9 Comments

More rumors are flying around about Amazon giving away Kindle e-readers for free, probably to Prime members. This time CNET’s Crave blog picks up on it. Though it doesn’t mention the price point chart I brought up a few days ago, it does link to a GeekWire interview with a venture capitalist [...]

Looking back at a look ahead: My e-book piracy prognostications from 2006

By libertyc
December 23, 2010 // 3 Comments

I was just looking back at a post I made in August of 2006—my first post here as a regular contributor, in fact. This came well before the advent of the Kindle, and was sparked off by a discussion of e-book piracy on the eBook Community email list. It’s interesting to look back on it in light [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

How libraries deal with e-books

By libertyc
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 [...]

Current state of college e-handouts complicated and confusing

By libertyc
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 [...]

The digital revolution I didn’t notice

By libertyc
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 [...]

DRM makes e-Babel of EPUB

By libertyc
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. [...]

Bertelsmann, Holtzbrinck to partner for new German-language e-book format

By libertyc
July 20, 2010 // 1 Comment

The Bookseller reports that publishing megaconglomerates Bertelsmann (owner of Random House) and Holtzbrinck (owner of Macmillan, to which it changed its name for purposes of US operations several years ago) are cooperating to create an on-line e-book distribution platform, primarily for [...]

Mike Shatzkin: E-book market looking good for publishers

By libertyc
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 [...]

Piracy may not be killing music after all, and the relevance to e-books

By libertyc
April 19, 2010 // 5 Comments

This article is not directly related to e-books, but e-music and its relationship to CDs are only a short jump away from e-books and their relationship to paper books—and it got me thinking about those similarities. “Ernesto” on the peer-to-peer news blog TorrentFreak takes a look at music [...]

France has ‘E-Babel’ problems of its own

By libertyc
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 [...]

Results for Read an EBook Week 2010 by Rita Toews

By libertyc
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 [...]

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