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Harry Potter’s first son enters Hogwarts today

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

Just in case you missed the news, Geeks of Doom reports that on this date in the books, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Potter’s first son, James Severus Potter, begins his first term at Hogwarts. The kid featured in the epilogue of the last book, their second son, Albus Severus Potter, will enter [...]

Terry Pratchett traduced, or: Dissing Alzheimer’s victims doesn’t give you intellectual cred

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2015 // 4 Comments

England is a land of snobs. Intellectual snobs, cultural snobs, or plain old social snobs: the place is riddled with them. So it’s a pity but perhaps not a surprise that when a truly popular literary figure appears, one well loved across the social and intellectual divides, the snobs [...]

Experienced project runner Marian Call offers sound Kickstarter advice

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

A remarkable number of projects, including book and e-book projects, are financed via Kickstarter these days. It’s one of the most amazing new tools at any publisher’s disposal. But as with any powerful tool, it can be easy to misuse. Singer-songwriter Marian Call, an experienced Kickstarter [...]

Kids, privacy and the K-12 tech debate

By Joanna Cabot
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Can K-12 students actually get too much tech? Several parents I know are on the “too much” side, and it’s a fitting topic, as the new school year approaches—especially since some of the most famous names in Silicon Valley have sent their grade schoolers to a low-tech school. But that [...]

The ‘Audience Information Sheet’ and publishers’ new consumer focus

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

On the Idea Logical blog, Mike Shatzkin discusses a new marketing idea for books his company has originated, and why it was necessary. In the old days, he explains, books were sold strictly business-to-business, publisher to distributor to bookstore, and so reviewers and bookstore buyers needed a [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival finishes 2015 on a high

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has finished its 2015 run on what it declares is “the most successful year in our history,” with “over 800 authors from 55 countries taking part in almost 800 events,” and “around 225,000 visits this August,” as well as a [...]

The Last Unicorn, other Peter S. Beagle novels to hit Kindle October 1

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

I just got off the phone with Connor Cochran, Peter S. Beagle’s publisher, who let me know some news that Beagle’s fans have been awaiting for quite some time. On October 1, 2015, a number of new Kindle e-book editions of Peter S. Beagle novels, including The Last Unicorn, will go live on [...]

Survival kit includes mobile phone battery, smartphone app

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

How reliant are we on mobile devices? It sounds like the punchline to a joke, but smartphones are so much a part of our lives now that this survival kit design from Box Clever includes not just the usual bandages, multi-tool, and lighter, but also an external battery to charge your phone. [...]

How to save interesting digital stories? Print them out

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

How do you keep track of interesting stuff you read? Oliver Burkeman has developed a system for doing that, and he discusses it in his latest column in The Guardian. After spending some time talking about how hard it is to pull all that different stuff together in the digital age, he then gets into [...]

How to use a Kindle as an oversized fridge magnet

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Do you have an old Kindle sitting around and a handy Raspberry Pi? Then you might consider putting it up on your fridge door and using it to display emailed-in messages. This clever hack on github provides all the code you need to set it up so that your Raspberry Pi checks a given Gmail account and [...]

Why Android Lollipop on my Lenovo beats the crap out of the Nexus 7

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

As some readers may remember, I recently invested in a Lenovo A7-10 tablet. One minor reason was the frustration of dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop on my existing Nexus 7. Eventually, this did become enough of a drag to make a change in machine worth considering, and the Lenovo came with Android [...]

Whether Sad Puppy or opposed, fans are people, too

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 6 Comments

So, yesterday I went up to the local gun show so that a Sad Puppy could approach me bearing knives. That is to say, yesterday I arranged to meet Michael Z. Williamson, Hugo-nominated author of Wisdom from My Internet, to pick up a couple of pocketknives I’d dropped off with him earlier. [...]

Offensive game causes stir on DriveThruRPG PDF store

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of my earliest long articles, written for Jeff Kirvin’s “Writing On Your Palm” before I ever came to TeleRead, was a piece called “Whither the PDA D&D?” in which I looked at the emergence of role-playing game books in digital form, largely as PDFs. I wondered if we might ever see [...]

Karma offers 4G data at 50% off through Monday

By Chris Meadows
August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve been using my Karma Go hotspot for the last couple of weeks since it arrived, and have been enjoying it considerably. Its 4G service is fast and dependable, and it’s easy to charge up and keep charged. So far, I’ve had two people hook onto my hotspot and sign up to get free WiFi access [...]

Stupid proprietary tricks: Bookerly font update for Kindle for PC—without modernizing the formatting

By David Rothman
August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Over at The Digital Reader, Nate smartly begins his post on the above: “Amazon just reminded us that a proprietary ebook format isn’t all it is cracked up to be.” Nate warns Kindle for PC users not to count on features such as sophisticated kerning and drop caps. In Amazon Land, it’s hit or [...]

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