What’s the best Bluetooth keyboard? Here are some options

By Chris Meadows
September 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

You never can tell what your most popular articles are going to be. One quick little article I dashed off one day about how you can use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with your Android tablet has been one of TeleRead’s perennial highest-traffic pieces, popping up in our top ten high-traffic links [...]

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 [...]

The problem with Amazon’s hardware could be Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

In the wake of the layoffs at Amazon’s Lab126, Wired takes a look at the failure of the Fire Phone and the mediocre performance of some of Amazon’s other devices. Brian Barrett thinks he knows why they fizzled: they were simply too focused on pushing Amazon goods and services, rather than on [...]

Ten tips for frugal Amazon shoppers

By David Rothman
August 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

No, Amazon isn’t the warmest and fuzziest of companies, as demonstrated by Julia Cheiffetz’s essay, I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story. A boycott, however, most likely would not fly. American is too much a part of American life, beyond the fact the company has its [...]

Amazon’s $30M K-12 e-book contract from NYC postponed: Kindles hostile to people with vision impairments?

By David Rothman
August 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

I’ve begged Jeff Bezos and crew to restore text to speech to E Ink Kindles. A decent selection of fonts—including the all-bold ones dear to me—would also help. Those specifics may or may not have counted, but whatever the exact accessibility reasons, the New York City Department of [...]

Fire sale! Amazon prices the Fire Phone at practically nothing

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Looking for a cheap smartphone? Amazon has the Fire Phone plus one year of Amazon Prime membership on sale at the ridiculously low price of $130. Consider that you’re paying $99 for the year of Prime, maybe $20 or so for the headphones, charger, and other accessories, and you’re getting an [...]

Rumor: Amazon is Planning a 12" Tablet

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Digitimes is adding fuel to the speculation over new Amazon hardware. The Kitty Kelley of tech reporting revealed this morning that Amazon is working on a new larger tablet. Citing unnamed sources, Digitimes told us that Amazon is also planning a 12″ tablet. They didn’t say which [...]

Authors United monopoly claim against Amazon is fairly unconvincing

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A couple of interesting pieces on the Authors United matter popped up today. In the New Yorker, Vauhini Vara looks at the united authors’ arguments put forward in their letter. Calling those arguments “highly unorthodox,” she goes over them with the help of some anti-trust experts. The [...]

Kinokuniya snaps up 90% of Murakami book to keep it away from Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

Well, that’s one way to fight Amazon. According to Publishing Perspectives, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, Kinokuniya, has announced it is buying up 90% of the first printing of Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s new book to ensure that readers will be able to find it in Japanese [...]

Authors United officially asks Department of Justice to investigate Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled article; Google the headline to read the whole thing) that Authors United has finally gotten around to sending its letter to the Department of Justice asking that it investigate Amazon for anti-trust issues. It’s taken them long enough; they first [...]

Boycotting Amazon may not be so easy

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Financial Post has a piece looking at claims from (former) Amazon customers that they will be boycotting Amazon in the wake of new revelations about Amazon’s work environment. I’ve already noted that such boycotts tend to be ineffective, given that it is difficult to get a large-enough [...]

The best e-book app on iPad? Kindle, says one blogger

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

For years now, Apple has enforced a click-through requirement on e-book apps on the iPad—they can’t sell the books directly from their app without giving Apple a cut, so they have to send them to the Safari browser to make the purchase, then back to the app. So why is it that Amazon is the only [...]

Work and poop at Amazon: Bathroom stalls as cubicles. True story?

By David Rothman
August 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

From an ex-Amabot writing in Motherboard (found via a university press employee): ​"​The worst floors were the ones dominated by engineers. I regularly saw people bring their laptops into the bathroom, where they would sit on the toilet and write code. (I’ve never seen anyone clean their [...]

J.A. Konrath doubles his earnings from the new Kindle Unlimited payment scheme

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The other day I discussed what Hugh Howey thought of the new Kindle Unlimited. Here’s a similar post from J.A. Konrath. Konrath reports that his Kindle Unlimited earnings went from $5,700 in June to $11,600 in July, while his Kindle digital sales went from $9,300 to $10,550. Konrath discusses his [...]

An Amazonian’s response to ‘Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace’

By Nick Ciubotariu, an Amazon engineer
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nick Ciubotariu kindly granted TeleRead permission to run in full his rebuttal to the New York Times article on Amazon’s workplace culture in Seattle. I discovered the rebuttal on LinkedIn and, out of fairness, wanted it here to provide a different perspective. The essay has also appeared at [...]

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