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UK e-book and paper book bestseller lists differ dramatically

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the UK, Amazon has published a list of its bestselling e-books of the year. That’s not really news—but just how much and in what ways it differs from a similar list of bestselling paper books compiled by Waterstones is. The Telegraph reports that Amazon’s list includes fairly lowbrow [...]

Free to a good home? A top UK horror anthology

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

A while ago I  had the pleasure of reviewing Johnny Mains‘s excellent anthology Best British Horror 2014, from Salt Publishing. That collection contained some stories which still stick in the mind for their sheer horrific quality, which is quite a feat considering the amount of horror I [...]

Virgin Media plans to retrofit public WiFi to UK subscribers’ routers, hotspots

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wanting to retrofit Internet connectivity to your WiFi-only e-reading device in the UK? You may soon have another option—a free one, yet. The Telegraph reports that Virgin Media is planning to roll out a free public WiFi network, using its subscribers’ wireless routers (both home and mobile) to [...]

Stuff picks the best e-readers of 2015

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK magazine Stuff has an extensive review of the current crop of e-reader devices from all the major manufacturers available in the UK—the Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage, and basic Kindle, the Kobo Glow HD and Aura H2O, the Nook Glowlight, and the Bookeen Cybook Ocean. They put a good deal of [...]

A ‘cool’ image: Amazon’s goal in the UK

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is the Kindle “cool”? Amazon sure wants to make it look that way with the new print and panel ads it’s running in the United Kingdom. The campaign, which also sees full-page broadsheet newspaper advertisements and extensive panels on both overground and Underground rail, has the slogan [...]

Are e-book prices too low? No, but they used to be too high

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 10 Comments

I missed participating in yesterday’s Futurechat Twitter hashtag chat fest, but the article that formed the basis of the discussion is interesting enough by itself. Porter Anderson poses the question that has been on many publishers’ lips ever since Amazon first started selling e-books: “Are [...]

TeleRead Links: E-books by phone and candle? Apple Siri and music hassles. Streaming vs. ripping.

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Indoor candle device is designed to keep phones charged (Phys.org) An emergency generator for your phone at time of power outages? That’s an offer in the form of a crowdfunded-campaign item called Candle Charger. It offers USB power when you need it, designed to keep phones souped up when the [...]

Warwick Report exposes systematic divides in UK culture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Unsurprisingly from the country that gave the world the concept of philistinism, the 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – otherwise known as the Warwick Report – has found that “the government [...]

Alan Turing legacy dug out of a loft

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ebooks, the internet, computing, and just about everything else in modern digital technology owe their existence in anything like their current form ultimately to Alan Turing. So it’s a significant event when some of his original, undiscovered documents are unearthed – even if [...]

John Constable: His legacy, his teachings

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

As a timely reminder that his paintings are about far more than chocolate box lids, John Constable has been in the British news lately, thanks to a lucky find of a painting that proved to be an unknown work by the master. Bought at Christie’s in London for £3,500 ($5,000), the painting, an [...]

The UK: A nation of writers, but not readers?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Two very interesting, and contrasting, maps just put online suggest some fascinating conclusions about current UK publishing, book selling, and reading habits. The first, apparently a one-man production from Jakub Marian, a Czech mathematician, linguist, and musician currently living in Germany, [...]

Winston Churchill: Writing his way into history

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

The British media are full of reports on the 50th anniversary of the death and state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, who died on January 24th, 1965, and was interred in a state funeral service at St Paul’s Cathedral on January 30th, the largest state funeral in modern history to that point. [...]

The spoilation of London

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

London is proverbially one of the great literary cities, even if it hasn’t matched Edinburgh or Dublin with UNESCO City of Literature status yet. So it’s sad to see all that made it a truly unique world-historical capital being abandoned, and its urban fabric and skyline ruined, in the [...]

UK prison book ban (that wasn’t) withdrawn

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The notorious policy introduced by UK Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary of restricting access to books for prisoners in England has been withdrawn after December’s court decision that it was unlawful – despite the insistence by its instigator that there never was such a policy in [...]

Diane Duane holds Cyber Monday sale; may have to close e-book store

By Chris Meadows
November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Diane Duane’s e-book store is running a 50% off sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. All e-books in the store are half-off, no discount code required. But as Duane explains in a blog post, this could very well be her last Cyber Monday sale, because of the new VAT MOSS regulations coming into [...]

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