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Jellybooks measures user engagement with ARC e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

How well do readers engage with books? That kind of information can be useful for publishers to know in advance, especially if they might be planning to craft a marketing campaign around that book. At Publishing Perspectives, guest contributor Andrew Rhomberg discusses technology that his company, [...]

ePub isn’t perfect—but look at the format mess at Amazon: Time for anti-trust action to get Amazon to do ePub?

By David Rothman
August 12, 2015 // 34 Comments

Isn’t Amazon supposed to offer us a smooth e-book experience? Well, the ride is getting bumpier. Amazon has now rolled out yet another propriety e-book format or quasi-format, the KFX one. The positive is that KFX will mean better typography for books available in it. But not all titles will be, [...]

WiFi, e-books and low-income people: Let’s connect the dots and learn from Bexar County

By David Rothman
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

A push to get WiFi into low-income people’s homes is happening right now, from the Obama Administration. Now let’s connect a few dots. The President has also launched a K-12 e-book initiative with disadvantaged children especially in mind, and let’s hope that it [...]

TeleRead Links: Talking View-Master, Google Play Books gains note sync, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Electronic Talking View-Master Was the Original Oculus Rift (Gizmodo) Seen here in an ad dating back to February of 1983, the Electronic Talking View-Master used the same slideshow discs as previous versions of the toy. But they were embedded in a special cartridge alongside a tiny vinyl record [...]

Why Sigil is like a screwdriver

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Digital Book World has an article from an advocate of the e-book development program Sigil. He compares the application to oXygen and explains in detail why (he believes) Sigil is the better program. His argument seems to rely largely on the fact that Sigil automates the process of editing XML code [...]

‘iBooks Author 2.3 adds support for ePub 3, opens up ebook creation to anyone’

By David Rothman
July 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

So what do the TeleRead community’s Mac owners think of this upbeat review, of iBooks Author 2.3, by iMore‘s Serenity Caldwell? Excerpt: Apple has essentially created an ePub 3-compliant WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor in iBooks Author. This means that authors can—from [...]

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 (more information here). But from Amazon? Well, better screens, and we read plausible rumors of a [...]

Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August

By David Rothman
June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s [...]

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 customers of the Windows Phone Store. Perhaps when a Win 10 update rolls around for the app itself, [...]

Why library e-book posters should go on the walls of check cashing stores

By David Rothman
September 22, 2014 // 6 Comments

What if the walls of check cashing stores and other establishments serving poor people did not just carry the usual commercial ballyhoo? Suppose colorful posters also promoted cell phones as a way for the poor to find books to read themselves---or read to their children. [...]

Designers & Dragons vol. 3 now available to Kickstarter backers

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2014 // 2 Comments

A quick update on the Designers & Dragons Kickstarter, whose first volume I reviewed a few weeks ago. The second volume in the 4-volume series, covering the 1980s, has been available for a while to those (such as myself) who kicked in at least $15. Today, the ‘90s volume came out. The second [...]

Review: Designers & Dragons Vol. 1: The ‘70s

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve finished reading through the first volume of the RPG history from that Kickstarter I mentioned the other day, and I have to say that I’m very impressed. In fact, I plan on nominating it for the “Best Related Work” Hugo when the 2014 Hugo nominations come around. It’s just that good. [...]

Evil Hat Kickstarts Designers & Dragons, a four-volume history of role-playing games

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s an intriguing Kickstarter from Evil Hat Productions, the folks who ran a highly successful KS for pulp tie-in novels to their Spirit of the Century game, and several other Kickstarters besides. This one is for a four-volume history of role-playing games entitled Designers & Dragons. [...]

Jolicloud Drive adds cloud EPUB reading capability

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Jolicloud was originally conceived as a web-based “operating system.” The web version of it showed the same home screen, with all the same web apps, that a user might have configured on the Ubuntu-based JoliOS operating system for computers or tablets. The problem was that apparently the JoliOS [...]

University of Chicago Press offers Liberace biography for free this month

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The University of Chicago Press free e-book this month is Liberace: An American Boy by Darden Asbury Pyron, a biography of, yes, Liberace. It’ll be free throughout the month. The interesting thing to me is that I haven’t looked at University of Chicago free e-books in a while. Last time they [...]

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