Paul Biba

Amazon, Authors United, and anti-trust issues

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here we have a few articles about putative Amazon malfeasance. The subject seems to be getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s probably going to get more. The snowballs have begun rolling down the hill, and they’re only going to pick up more momentum as they go. First, here’s a piece from [...]

E-reading still quite feasible without steady power supply, Paul Biba reports

By libertyc
November 13, 2012 // 4 Comments

One of the most common complaints about e-books is that you can’t do as much with them when the power goes out. Well, our former editor Paul Biba has been caught without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and has found that, within limits, e-reading can work just fine without a steady [...]

TeleRead Editor-in-Chief Paul Biba resigns

By Paul Biba
July 23, 2012 // 46 Comments

Well, it’s been a good run, but it’s also time to move on.  According to the WordPress back end I’ve done 6,092 posts,  My first post was on July 9, 2007  and my first comment was on September 9, 2006.  The post was a review of the new, industry-changing Sony Reader and the [...]

calibre 0.8.61

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

New Features E-book viewer: Add a paged mode that splits up the text into pages, like in a paper book instead of presenting it as a single column. To activate click the button with the yellow scroll icon in the top right corner. Digitally sign the calibre OS X and windows builds Get Books: Add [...]

Zola to take over from Google Books

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

A really great article by Jeremy Greenfield in Digital Book World today.  It discusses, among other things, the economics of Google Books and why it failed.  Zola looks like a hit to me.  Read the whole article. A new bookselling start-up funded by authors and other investors is forming [...]

TED Books app launched for iPhone and iPad

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release: TED, the nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” today officially launched its TED Books app for iPhone and iPad. The free app dramatically updates the current and future line of TED Books, which sell for $2.99 each, with video and audio embeds, social [...]

Review: Age of the Infovore, by Tyler Cowen

By libertyc
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I just finished reading a fascinating book called Age of the Infovore by Tyler Cowen. It’s somewhat misleadingly subtitled ‘succeeding in the information economy’ and has a picture of a USB cable on the front; this led me to believe it was about how to use the internet and modern [...]

Author Services In The Light Of Penguin’s Purchase

By Eoin Purcell
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I started this post back in April, I REALLY wish I’d published it then! Following Penguin’s acquisition of Author Solutions (DBW, The Bookseller) I’ve reworked it somewhat and added a few ideas around that move. It all started at the London Book Fair this year, an event which brought to the [...]

Spain Hikes E-book VAT to 21%, Likely Slowing Growth

By Paul Biba
July 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

From Publishing Perspectives: The gap between print books and e-books has widened recently, since Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced an increase in the VAT that affects e-books on July 11, among other unpopular austerity measures. Print books, on the other hand, continue to enjoy [...]

Can You Force a Customer to Buy Print Instead of E?

By Joe Wikert
July 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

Thats the question I kept asking myself as I read a report called The Impact of Ebook Distribution on Print Sales: Analysis of a Natural Experiment by Jeff Hu and Mike Smith. Youll notice that the report was originally written a couple of years ago but I believe the results would be the same [...]

Penguin India launches ebooks

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

From Best Media Info: Penguin Books India has launched its first tranche of eBooks. This will be the first extensive list of Indian ebooks to be published internationally by an Indian publisher and will be available from all the major international ebook retailers – Amazon, Apple, Kobo and [...]

Digitization Projects: The British Library and Qatar Foundation to Digitise Half a Million Pages

By libertyc
July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the BL: The £8.7 million project was announced this morning at the British Library’s flagship building in St Pancras, London. Its plans will digitise more than 500,000 pages from the archives of the East India Company and India Office, in addition to 25,000 pages of medieval Arabic [...]

Q&A with Mark Coker

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2012 // 1 Comment

Indies Unlimited has a good Q&A with Mark Coker.  As usual he answers questions honestly.  Here’s one of them: 2. Smashwords has come a long way very quickly. How do you see your role in the indie author movement? It’s tough for me to evaluate our role in the movement. I’d like to [...]

Five mistakes that are killing traditional publishing, according to bestselling author Kristen Lamb

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Best-selling author Kristen Lamb has a long and thoughtful article on her blog.  It is well worth reading the entire thing.  Her five mistakes are: Mistake #1—Fear Mistake #2—Paper is Married to Petroleum DOOM Mistake #3—Reliance on Outdated Gimmicky Marketing Tactics Mistake [...]

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