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New router from Google looks like a fat Pringles can and supposedly takes the fright out of WiFi setup

By David Rothman
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google’s new WiFi router looks like a fatter, drabber version of a Pringles potato chip can. It also reminds me a little of Amazon Echo, the talkative virtual assistant. Microphone inside? Presumably not, but a speaker can send audio signals to your Android mobile device to help get it connected [...]

Want to share our Ellora’s Cave post on Facebook? Uncle Sam’s image may intrude—but a fix could happen soon

By David Rothman
August 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

No, Uncle Sam isn’t deliberately pointing a finger at you or Ellora’s Cave, the e-book erotica site that Chris Meadows posted about. In fact, when you share Chris’s item on Facebook, Uncle should not be there at all. Instead you should see a logo for the publisher. But something weird is [...]

Shunning self-published books? Your loss

By David Rothman
August 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

One of my favorite reads this year isn’t from S&S or Penguin Random House. It’s from an obscure  self-published writer named Michael Spindler—author of Gatsby: My Story, which I reviewed here on TeleRead and elsewhere. Examples like this come to mind when I run across [...]

‘You can make Actual 3D Holograms With Your Smartphone and Here’s How’

By David Rothman
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Your e-book reader is probably the star app on your smartphone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t teach your phone other tricks. For example, how about creating 3D holograms in the Star Wars vein? Via HuffPo, here’s how, “using nothing more than a CD case, some tape and a knife” [...]

RoboFi as a dystopian literary genre: Jobs vs. robots. Neologism time?

By David Rothman
August 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

Robot-related fiction has been around forever. But has the time come to think of a new genre or subgenre and give it a name—RoboFi? It would refer to novels in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut‘s prophetic work from 1952, Player Piano, where the factories more or less or less go workerless. [...]

TeleRead Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe resigns to focus on consulting and fiction-writing

By David Rothman
August 4, 2015 // 6 Comments

Over the past two years, TeleRead has been lucky enough to employ Juli Monroe as editor in chief. But two other Julis exist: one a social networking whiz and another a novelist. And this week Juli told me that old and valued consulting clients were now tugging at her for more of her time. What [...]

ePub requirement for future school textbook contracts? Amazon-NYC deal makes me wonder

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 9 Comments

Amazon has just signed a $30 million contract to provide an e-book marketplace for New York’s public schools. So what does this mean in terms of the main e-book format featured? News coverage is vague. An account in Capital New York says the Amazon-supplied books will be readable on a variety of [...]

‘Harper Lee and Dr. Seuss Won’t Save Publishing,’ says Harvard Business Review author

By David Rothman
July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s common wisdom in publishing: midlist writers are getting the shaft. Even bestselling writers—either traditionally published or self-published—can end up with surprisingly little when all is said and done. And wait. The biggest hoopla these days is over books from Harper [...]

Scribd: Text and audio refinements

By David Rothman
July 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

From Scribd’s iTunes listing: “- New! We’ve wrangled our books and audiobooks into series for your browsing and binging pleasure. When you reach the end of volume one, we’ll have volume two queued up and ready. – New! Love Scribd? Invite your friends to join and we’ll throw [...]

Consumer Reports: A less alert watchdog? And are Amazon product reviews at least an indirect reason?

By David Rothman
July 29, 2015 // 4 Comments

“With the departure of its respected managing editor, how many professional journalists are still left at Consumer Reports? Virtually all of the major editors who produced the iconic magazine, as well as some of its best and most experienced reporters, have left CR in the past couple of [...]

Live Writer blogging editor may be open-sourced: What a great writing tool for the masses—IF libraries and others will act!

By David Rothman
July 27, 2015 // 6 Comments

Microsoft’s Live Writer is the WYSIWYG blogging editor used to write many of the posts you see on TeleRead. No, Live Writer isn’t perfect. It clutters up our server with duplicate images; so we may compose in LW but add photos later via [...]

Our move to Hostwinds: Fine to post comments now. Go for it!

By David Rothman
July 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

TeleRead is now up and running on the new server at Hostwinds. We’re still working out the bugs—but backup mechanisms are in place, so your comments should stick. Sorry for the inconvenience. One of the goals is a faster-loading TeleRead. Questions? I’m reachable at [...]

Could Amazon’s defenders actually be the saner ones?

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Is there such a thing as “Amazon Rangement Syndrome” (no “de” in front of “rangement”)? I’ve seen a couple fairly-high-profile posts lately questioning the idea that Amazon is bad for business. Not just grumbling author bloggers (though there have been some of those) [...]

British Fantasy Awards 2015 slate comes barreling out of left field

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The nomination shortlists for the British Fantasy Awards 2015 have just been announced, and a particularly strong slate for this year seems to almost be making a deliberate effort to put clear blue (Atlantic?) water between these Awards and any hint of Hugos-style Sad/Rabid Puppies conservative [...]

In a digital world, movies and books face different and similar problems

By Chris Meadows
July 21, 2015 // 1 Comment

Every so often, it’s kind of instructive to look around at other new media and see how their problems compare to good ol’ e-books’. Case in point, physical media vs. electronic. Home Media Magazine has a report on a Comic-Con panel of DVD and Blu-ray producers that more or less turned into a [...]

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