TeleRead Links: Amazonopoly, AlphaSmart, libraries and the Internet, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2015 // 6 Comments

Why Amazon monopoly accusations deserve a closer look (Fortune) As with other one-time high-tech leaders (IBM, Microsoft, Google) Amazon’s dominant market share suddenly seems too much. In letters [...]

TeleRead Links: Apple music and the FTC, Harcourt agency pricing, free book vending machines, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

FTC investigation into Apple heats up, music streaming services hit with subpoenas (The Verge) Before Apple decided to get into the streaming game, its 30 percent tax was still a pain for music [...]

J.K. Rowling Twitter abuse shows the dark side of Scottish nationalism

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a Scot, I’m immensely proud of the achievement of the Scottish National Party in last Thursday’s UK elections, and the new spirit abroad in Scotland. But I’m almost equally [...]

Blurred lines: Social media and news media feeding into each other

By Chris Meadows
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

On GigaOm, Matthew Ingram expresses fascination with the way that the news media and social media have collided and blurred the lines between each other, in the context of the recent Uber scandal. [...]

Twitter’s potential changes could affect author promotion

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

So Twitter wants to change things. According to multiple reports (you can find here, here, and here), Twitter is more than considering changing the way users see their feeds. Exactly how is not [...]

Amtrak Residency Program begins taking applications from writers

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

As was promised a few days ago, the application process for the Amtrak Residency Program has opened up. Amtrak discusses it in a blog post, and links to the actual application form. Up to 24 writers [...]

Anne Rice, other authors sign petition asking Amazon to take action against forum trolls, bullies

By Chris Meadows
March 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Earlier today I talked about the Twitter flamewar that led to Jonathan Ross stepping down from hosting the Hugos. However, Twitter isn’t the only place you’ll find people behaving badly on the [...]

The vitriol of Twitter: How social media torpedoed Jonathan Ross hosting the Hugos

By Chris Meadows
March 4, 2014 // 12 Comments

Here’s an interesting article from The Nation about problems the feminist movement is having in discussions on Twitter. The fundamental problem is “intersectionality”: people in the feminist [...]

YouVersion puts the Bible on your smartphone or tablet

By libertyc
July 28, 2013 // 14 Comments

Sunday morning seems like an appropriate time to mention this story. The New York Times has taken notice of YouVersion, a free social-networking-enabled e-Bible application for mobile devices. Built [...]

Twitter Tips for the Author Who Tweets

By libertyc
June 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Book Riot has a great post about two writers they say are ‘killing it’ on Twitter. What are these authors doing right? Here are some keywords I plunked from the article: They are [...]

Self-Publishing Social Media Saturation: Is it already here?

By libertyc
May 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Earlier I wrote about the possibility that the new channels of e-book marketing might soon be saturated by the efforts of a new generation of publicists, agents and book promoters—once these had [...]

TeleRead's Twitter account is back from the dead!

By libertyc
August 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

The majority of you out there who follow this site on a regular basis have long been aware of the fact that TeleRead’s once mighty Twitter account has sat sadly dormant for quite some time [...]

Writer Ewan Morrison decries social media promotion for e-books, failure of ACTA passage

By libertyc
July 31, 2012 // 5 Comments

I had never heard of this Ewan Morrison person before blogging that story quoting him the other day, but all of a sudden it seems like he’s coming out of the woodwork everywhere. I saw a mention on [...]

Library of Congress still planning to archive all public Twitter posts

By libertyc
July 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Last December I mentioned that the Library of Congress was planning to archive every tweet ever tweeted publicly for use in research and the edification of future generations. Lately there have been [...]

Internet media has its ‘Dewey defeats Truman’ moment

By libertyc
June 30, 2012 // 1 Comment

We’ve probably all seen that famous photo of the victorious President Harry S Truman triumphantly holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune that called the election results for the other side. For [...]

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