Our customers of the future: Writers and other creators must look ahead

By Joanna Cabot
August 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Who is your future customer? The magazine cover to the left is off target; the masses don’t fly around Buck Rogers style. Instead they surf the Web. How to get the future right? For writers and other creators, futurology might come across as a time-waster. Isn’t it hard enough to sell to [...]

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, [...]

‘How Do You Find Time to Read?’ and ‘Do Millennials Read E-Books?’: Your responses?

By David Rothman
July 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

So how do you scrape up time for recreational reading? One strategy, of course, is not to watch much TV. But sometimes it isn’t that simple—for example, if you hold a demanding job and must do work-related reading and work-related everything-else. Some readers of Publisher’s [...]

Better than a book cover: Geo-based P2P to let people know what you’re reading—and maybe even share content

By Joe Wikert
July 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The smartwatch movement inspired me recently, which is surprising because I haven’t worn a watch since I started carrying a smartphone many years ago. I’m about as far as you can get from being a fashionista and I liken a watch to other obsolete single-use devices like the GPS. I doubt I’ll [...]

‘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: 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 reaches the public after 60 years (the Guardian). You can read the first chapter or hear Reese [...]

How Important Are Fonts and Typography On eReaders?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 8, 2015 // 11 Comments

Digital Book World had an article yesterday on fonts and typography on ereaders. The author was not impressed with the new Bookerly and Literata fonts: Commentators have tossed around celebratory remarks like, “the Kindle finally gets typography that doesn’t suck” and “e-readers rejoice!” [...]

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 even though companies like Amazon make them hard to avoid. Proprietary formats remind us of the [...]

Latinos, e-books and the rest of the publishing industry: A Hispanic writer speaks out

By David Rothman
June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Earlier today I noted the U.S. publishing industry’s disgraceful lack of diversity—this among a slew of other idiocies. Now, check out a trilogy of smart posts from Daniel Cubias, a Hispanic writer of fiction and nonfiction, blogging in HuffPo. – Are e-Books a good idea for Latino [...]

Picking a pen name (or marrying a real one)

By David Rothman
May 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

Yes, “Becca” is probably a friendlier name for the author of a kid’s book than is “Rebecca.”  But what about other factors, such as shelf position, not to mention the possibility of even marrying right? Oh, the possibilities. Kindle Boards has a lively discussion on writers’ names, [...]

Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author over ‘defamatory’ blog post

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well, that was unexpected. The saga of Ellora’s Cave has been chronicled over the last few months, and especially over the last few weeks, on various e-book blogs I read. For example, from The Passive Voice: Ellora’s Cave The mysterious case of the missing royalty checks from Ellora’s Cave [...]

Dumping DRM is not a panacea

By Chris Meadows
June 20, 2014 // 10 Comments

As I’ve watched the e-book market develop, I’ve gradually lost a good deal of patience with the argument that DRM is the thing keeping people locked into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem. The latest example to pop up comes via Cory Doctorow’s latest column in The Guardian (found via BoingBoing). [...]

HarperCollins seeks injunction, damages against Open Road over Julie of the Wolves e-book

By Chris Meadows
May 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly has the latest news in the Julie of the Wolves case. The affair began when Open Road agreed to publish an electronic edition of Jean C. George’s book Julie of the Wolves. George, who has since passed away, and Open Road felt that the terms of George’s [...]

Pew, Princeton survey shows U.S. ereading up

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

A new survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International and made available through Pew Internet indicates that “the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing,” while “more also own dedicated e-reading devices.” The survey, one of the first of the new [...]

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