The trials of downloading a Kobo book

By Joanna Cabot
August 21, 2015 // 6 Comments

All these years into my e-book journey, there is one question the Kobo people still have not been able to answer for me: Why does it have to be so hard? Why, Kobo? The Beloved has an office manager with a Kobo, and he regularly brings it home for me to ‘help’ her with one seemingly [...]

On deep linking to bring departed app users back

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s funny how an article intended to be informative and instructive to one audience can be downright disturbing to another, can’t it? That’s the thought I had when I ran across this article on ReadWrite about deep links. It’s fairly up-front about who it’s meant for and what it’s meant [...]

Finding the best EPUB reader solution

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 5, 2015 // 4 Comments

As some readers may remember, I recently plumped for a Lenovo A7-10 as my preferred ereading/writing platform. And since this has a microSD card slot for storage expansion, it made huge sense to store my library of EPUB books in the external memory. However, combined with the issue of finding EPUB [...]

TeleRead Links: Talking View-Master, Google Play Books gains note sync, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Electronic Talking View-Master Was the Original Oculus Rift (Gizmodo) Seen here in an ad dating back to February of 1983, the Electronic Talking View-Master used the same slideshow discs as previous versions of the toy. But they were embedded in a special cartridge alongside a tiny vinyl record [...]

New e-book software on the way from New York Public Library: Relief ahead for DRM-tortured patrons in your city, too?

By David Rothman
July 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

“Tired of DRM and customer log-in schemes used to sell you more stuff? Simply enter your library card number…once…and start reading, from your library, for free. If you don’t have a library card…just sign up for one with the app!” The TeleRead take:  The Library [...]

Paid Google Play apps on Fire tablet without installing Play Store

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

While I was able to get most of my “must-have” apps on my new Fire HD 6 from the Amazon app store, there are a few which aren’t available. While it’s possible to use sites like GetJar to download apps, not everything is available. Android PIT used to be a good source for [...]

Morning Links: Juvenile book sales drop. Reading on the bus dangerous?

By Joanna Cabot
April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Juvenile Book Sales Plummet (PW) Industry members expected that sales in the two segments would cool this year and sales, which started to slow this spring, plunged in the week ended April 19, 2015, compared to the similar week in 2014. Unit sales in the juvenile nonfiction category fell 39% in the [...]

Morning Links: Critics sound off on Clean Reader. Best books lists outdated?

By Joanna Cabot
April 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Outdated Concept of a ‘Best Books’ List (GoodeReader) It doesn’t really matter what the list is or what it’s measuring, there’s bound to be a critic and there’s guaranteed to be a sore spot for a book, film, song, or other content that didn’t make the cut. *** Critics [...]

Weekend Links: Sunday is money day for app makers. Little free libraries take over

By Joanna Cabot
April 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Why Sunday is Money Day for App Makers (Re/Code) But if you’re in the app business, the crucial thing to remember is that Sunday is a really good day to extract money from your users, via in-app purchases. *** Little Free Libraries Take Over the World (Book Riot) With over 25,000 registered [...]

Searching for the perfect tablet writing app

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 29, 2015 // 5 Comments

You’ll note the title says “searching.” There’s a reason for that. I’ve found an option that works, after a fashion, and I’ve found another app I intend to try, but I’m open to suggestions. Let me lay out the situation. I do my best fiction writing in [...]

Moon+ Reader Pro sporting new Material Design

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 6, 2015 // 9 Comments

Your Android device might not yet be running Lollipop (and you might be glad of that with recent reports of Lollipop woes), but you’ve probably noticed that many of your apps are sporting the new Material Design look. (Anyone else amused when an Apple app gets updated to a Material Design [...]

Morning Links: Prices stable post VAT increase. Best book apps of 2014

By Joanna Cabot
January 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Zuckerberg Launches Book Club (PW) The publishing industry will likely be thankful for one of Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolutions. The Facebook founder and CEO, who has over 30 million followers, has launched a new book club as part of a challenge to himself, for 2015, to read a [...]

AndroidPIT App Center shutting down. Leaves Fire users in a bind

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

David Rothman, former owner of this site, tipped me over the weekend to the fact that the AndroidPIT App Center is being shut down as of the end of next month. Their reason involved the EU and their revised VAT guidelines. This is trouble for users of the Kindle Fire who may have been counting on [...]

Weekend Roundup: Trad publishing not in authors’ interests. Amazon the friendly giant

By Joanna Cabot
July 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon, A Friendly Giant As Long as It’s Fed (NYT) A few years ago he was reduced to returning bottles and cans for grocery money. Now his Amazon earnings pay for lengthy stays in Italy and Paris, as well as expeditions to the real Amazon. *** UK Society of Authors: Traditional Publishing No [...]

Amazon gives away 30 free Android apps June 27, 28

By Chris Meadows
June 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

If you’ve got an Android tablet and are looking for something fun to put on it, don’t miss this Amazon giveaway. Instead of just one app, today Amazon’s giving away thirty with a combined total value of over $100. And these aren’t some random apps you’ve never heard of, either. Gizmodo [...]

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