More details emerge about Amtrak Writer Residency program

By Chris Meadows
March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

A few more details have come out about the Amtrak Writer Residency program, thanks to a Reddit Ask Me Anything with Julia Quinn, Director of Social Media for Amtrak. For those who lack the time to go through the entire thread, The Wire has a pretty good summary of the important points. Amtrak is [...]

Amtrak gives writers free train rides in writing residency program

By Chris Meadows
February 23, 2014 // 2 Comments

A lot of writers seem to like writing on trains. It’s hardly a surprise; they have comfortable seats and often tables, power outlets for your laptop or tablet charger, free WiFi, more space than in an airplane, and you’ve got plenty of time as you trundle down the tracks, especially if you’re [...]

Hey TeleRead! What happened to my comment?! (And other site updates)

By Dan Eldridge
August 16, 2013 // 4 Comments

Hello readers! At some point over the past seven or eight days, some of you may have noticed that the comments you’ve written and attempted to post to a particular article here have failed to appear. Pretty frustrating, right? Right. But contrary to what you may have recently read on message [...]

Is It OK to Hate Reading to Your Children?

By libertyc
July 23, 2013 // 5 Comments

I had to laugh at this blog post on the New York Times website where the author laments the chore of reading out loud to her son. It’s not that she dislikes books, she’s careful to explain—it’s just that the books her son enjoys are tedious and irritating. Those Richard Scarry [...]

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

I posted earlier about the computer shopping that’s been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved’s mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a historical fiction novel she plans to take on an airplane with her, and I commented that it would be so [...]

Toronto Stormwatch 2013: When New and Old Technology Collide

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 3 Comments

We got walloped last night with the storm of storms—more rain in one night than we typically get in a whole month, with consequences that at one point involved police boat rescue units paddling in with dinghys to rescue 400 people who were trapped for seven hours on a flooded commuter train. [...]

My Answers Expert Articles: Online Shopping, Blogging, Writing

By libertyc
June 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Yesterday I posted links to some of my articles as the “PC Expert” for’s Experts program. Here are the other articles of possible relevance to TeleRead. I’ve written plenty of others as well, but they were not relevant enough to link here. These are about online shopping, [...]

Say hey to Paul St John Mackintosh, our newest contributing writer

By libertyc
May 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

My life on the borderland between text and tech started in adolescence as a sci-fi nerd, dreaming of a future that started to come true around the release of the first Star Wars film, and has since been outstripping most fancies from that era year on year, hand over fist. As a writer and editor, [...]

Tumblr Brings Ads to their Mobile App

By libertyc
April 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Looks like no social media channel is immune to ads. Today, Tumblr joins the ranks with ads on their mobile devices. Here’s the announcement on their blog. They seem similar to Twitter promoted posts, and the Tumblr staff assures us we’ll only see them “every now and then.” Naturally, I [...]

Morning Links — Blogging, Pope e-books and more

By libertyc
March 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Results of Credo Survey Suggest Students Unprepared for Digital Literacy (Good e-Reader) Diversion Books Brings Pope eBook to Market at Ungodly Speed (Digital Book World) Why You Should Not Learn HTML (The Digital Shift) The Current State of Individual Blogging (The Casual Kitchen) Kindle Daily [...]

Book Promotion: What Works, What Doesn’t

By libertyc
March 5, 2013 // 4 Comments

Thanks to Nate over at The Digital Reader for alerting me to this great blog post by author Lindsay Buroker. Buroker runs through a number of Amazon ‘tricks’ which, for various reasons, are losing steam as powerhouse author tools. Some tools, such as tagging and keyword manipulation, [...]

More reviewers say 'yes' to indie authors today, but getting noticed is still an uphill climb

By libertyc
February 26, 2013 // 3 Comments

Allen Schatz published his first book two years ago. After things didn’t work out with an agent, he went the self-publishing route and knew he had to market on his own, which meant contacting reviewers. Some said yes, many said no. But Schatz noticed a change in the business around this time and [...]

Turning Blogs Into E-Books: Meet the founder of Ebook Glue

By Dan Eldridge
January 2, 2013 // 7 Comments

Shantanu Bala figures he was probably around 10 or 11 years old when he first began picking up the basics of computer programming. “I was just really interested in technology and video games when I was young,” he says. Along with a few friends, he started toying around with those video [...]

Joanna Cabot's Best of 2012: Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
December 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

TeleRead’s Toronto-based senior writer Joanna Cabot, currently our most prolific blogger by a long shot, wrote over 100 articles for this site in 2012. (And that’s not counting her daily Morning Roundups.)  What were some of her best-loved and most popular stories of the year? For [...]

Tell Dec. 6 DPLA hackfest what a good blog editor/creation tool should be like—to help libraries and patrons easily create their own stuff

By libertyc
December 6, 2012 // 1 Comment

If only WordPress, Drupal and the like were as easy to use as Windows Live Writer (screenshot) or at least the less cluttered versions of Microsoft Word! Inserting images and sizing and positioning them just right, for example, can be so much simpler with LW and Word. That’s [...]

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