Etsy and Review Extortion

By Joanna Cabot
July 3, 2015 // 8 Comments

I wrote last year about an experience I had on Amazon with a seller trying to game the review system by offering cash prizes to people who left only five-star reviews. Well, now I have had the opposite experience: a seller on Etsy who has not use reward, but punishment. I ordered a crafting stamp [...]

Book Review: Writing into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, StoryBundle offered a writing workshop bundle—a number of how-to guides covering different aspects of writing and publishing. I apparently didn’t see fit to mention it on TeleRead at the time; I wish I had. Regardless, today I had the opportunity to read one of the [...]

Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

By Joanna Cabot
April 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

I have just read a fantastic book that I think should be required reading in all journalism—indeed, in all high school media—courses. I devoured [easyazon-link asin=”1594487138″ locale=”us”]So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed[/easyazon-link] by Jon Ronson in [...]

Review: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

By Joanna Cabot
March 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

‘The Zero-Waste Home’ by Bea Johnson was one of my more thought-provoking March break reads. It was a little more dry than I had thought it would be—I knew this lady had a blog, so I was expecting more of a memoir-ish feel, and this was pretty much straight-up information. But [...]

Review: Depth in Writing Class by WMG Publishing

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

When I was reading Discoverability by Kris Rusch, she mentioned several times that authors don’t really know what genre they write in, and she suggested the genre writing class conducted by them at WMG Publishing. Good marketing. After the third time she mentioned it, I decided I needed to [...]

HP Stream 7: A mediocre tablet but a great micro-laptop

By Chris Meadows
March 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

I’ve had this HP Stream 7 tablet for a couple of days, and my first impression is that it’s fairly mediocre from a tablet standpoint, but it seems like a terrific micro-laptop. With one major caveat I’m still inclined to look upon it as a great bargain at $79—especially since it included a [...]

Accessory Review: yurbuds Inspire 300 for Women

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, I accidentally washed my last set of Apple earbuds. I was pretty sure I had one more pair in the house, but I guess my son took them back to college after Christmas–he’s notorious for walking off with any earbuds that aren’t tied down. I’d been [...]

Review: The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde

By Joanna Cabot
March 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

I wrote earlier about discovering the art form of Zentangle, and while I have been enjoying making the little designs, I had no clear idea what to do with them. Well, I have finally found the book that’s made it all click for me—[easyazon-link asin=”0321857895″ [...]

Accessory Review: Case Studio customizable iPad case

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve never been a big one for customizable swag, but when the folks at Case Studio offered me a coupon code to create my own iPad case, I admit I was intrigued. There’s so many options that no two cases would ever look alike. From uploading a custom photo to selecting one of many [...]

Review: Steampunk LEGO by Guy Himber

By Joanna Cabot
February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

I got a package in the mail this week—a gorgeous hardcover book from No Starch Press! When I wrote earlier about this publisher, I mentioned that one of the things which intrigued me about them was their print-plus-eBook bundles. They graciously agreed to let me try one out, and while I was [...]

App Review: Sunrise Calendar

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Someone I follow on Twitter routinely shares roundup posts of productivity apps and after I’d seen Sunrise Calendar on so many posts, I decided it was time to try it out. I’m glad I did because it has become my new go-to calendar app. It’s available on Android, iOS, and [...]

Accessory Review: Inatek iPad Sleeves

By Joanna Cabot
February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The folks at Inatek were kind enough to send me two of their iPad sleeves to review—a matching pair for my iPad Air and my iPad Mini. The sleeves are both made of a very nice felted material and are a great choice for on-the-go protection. Their offer came at a perfect time for me because I [...]

App Review: Smart AudioBook Player for Android

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 26, 2015 // 20 Comments

It finally dawned on me late last year that Overdrive MP3 audio books are DRM-free. Yes, I’d known that fact on some level, but I still listened to the books in the Overdrive app, which is okay but not great. Plus it often takes me longer than three weeks to finish an audiobook, so I was only [...]

Review: The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

By Joanna Cabot
January 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

[easyazon-link asin=”1451654421″ locale=”us”]The Smartest Kids in the World[/easyazon-link] is my first almost-five-star read of the year! This engaging and well-written book follows three American teenagers who, as part of Ripley’s research into the best education [...]

Review: iPad Air

By Joanna Cabot
December 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

It has been the season for tech upgrading in our house! My iPad and Macbook both got replaced, and we got a second Apple TV for the main television. I don’t love doing all of this. It is nice to have new things, but I always cringe at spending the money! Thanks to a well-timed sale of my [...]

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