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The Public Collection: Indianapolis’s own ‘Big Free Libraries’

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

I don’t often run across TeleRead stories in person, though it does happen from time to time. Oddly enough, the story I came across lately actually happened in the very same spot as that one, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Or at least part of it did. I stumbled onto a brilliant new art [...]

Fun reading vs. research: The Kindle Unlimited angle

By Joanna Cabot
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I can just press a button on my Kindle, type in a subject and download a book without paying tons of tiny fees. Until recently, however, I hadn’t noticed how little Kindle Unlimited time I was actually spending on novels. So many ‘short, quick [...]

Sadder Puppies: Chinese SF novel wins 2015 Hugo

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Hugo Awards judges have resisted the the Sad Puppies movement, which allegedly gamed the nomination process for one of science fiction’s most respected competitions. In a ceremony last night in Spokane, Washington, the judges refused to give out awards in such categories as Best Novella and Best [...]

The mystery of the U.S. 287 paperbacks

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s a tale fit to chill the heart of a son of librarians: earlier this year, someone was chucking paperback books out his driver side window along a stretch of U.S. 287 in Colorado. They were mostly romance novels. When I read the first story, I figured it was someone with a stock of effectively [...]

Of literacy and dating compatibility

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

On Book Riot, Morgan Jenkins writes an amusing little anecdote about her adventures dating someone who “didn’t read.” She tried to talk him into it, but he ended up breaking up with her. The end. Really, it’s kind of amusing reading her tale of shock and horror. How could anyone “not [...]

Michigan medical library goes bookless

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

The dictionary definition of “library” reads, “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to.” As far as colleges are concerned, that may be undergoing an update. The Toledo Blade carried a [...]

Some Little Free Libraries are being robbed of books

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

When it comes to getting people interested in reading, the Little Free Library is a great idea, as we’ve reported here a number of times before. But sometimes even Little Free Libraries can run into a tragedy of the commons. BookRiot and Melville House report that some people in different places [...]

Ouch! Support for book banning grows in U.S., and poll shows most Americans want a rating system for books

By David Rothman
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Isn’t this grand? Cable is full of porn, but more Americans favor censorship of books than of movies, TV programs or video games. What a touching  tribute to the power of the printed word. More stats and scary insights are in Library Journal, which quotes the Harris Poll. An excerpt from LJ: [...]

How long should a book chapter be?

By David Rothman
July 26, 2015 // 10 Comments

The answers from writers on KBoards are all over the map. But the sweet spot from 53 respondents to a poll seems to be 1,000-3,000 words. Three-fifths of the answers fall into that range. Try clicking or double-clicking or tapping on the image for a better view of the numbers after you open up [...]

Better than a book cover: Geo-based P2P to let people know what you’re reading—and maybe even share content

By Joe Wikert
July 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The smartwatch movement inspired me recently, which is surprising because I haven’t worn a watch since I started carrying a smartphone many years ago. I’m about as far as you can get from being a fashionista and I liken a watch to other obsolete single-use devices like the GPS. I doubt I’ll [...]

Blinkist and the ‘read less, learn more’ movement

By Joe Wikert
July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Remember the “info snacking” phrase that was somewhat buzzworthy several years ago? The thinking was that everyone was too focused on reading short bursts of content and soon no one would have the attention span to read an entire book. In fact, info snacking was one of the terms Jeff Bezos [...]

Morning Links: What Is a Book? Pebble Time Review

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Book is a Book: What is a Book? (Dear Author) When you hear the word book, what comes to mind? TeleRead Take: It’s a fair question. eBooks have been challenging the question. I think about it when I “report” finished books to Goodreads. Most of the time, I don’t bother [...]

E-book gouges and other risks TO profit-crazed publishers

By David Rothman
June 4, 2015 // 17 Comments

Nate and Good E-Reader are on the money in blasting Big Five houses for bloated publocracies and the inevitable result. Overpriced books—to pay for the waste. We know, too, that the B5 are trying to protect their investment in pulped-wood publishing, by way of e-book gouges. Sigh. They never [...]

Morning Links: Changing tablet story. Kindle iOS draining batteries

By Joanna Cabot
May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tablet Story Isn’t Over—But It’s Changing (Re/Code) It’s hard to argue with the narrative — larger phones are impacting tablet sales. This absolutely seems to be the case. *** Publishers Weekly Will Digitize Entire Archives (GalleyCat) Publishers Weekly, which reviews [...]

Another Argument in Favour of ‘Print Books Will Never Die’

By Joanna Cabot
April 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

I saw several posts this morning which linked to the adult colouring books story I had in the Morning Links a few days ago. I was amused to see this story go so viral, in part because I have been enjoying a revival in my art skills this year and have used some of these books. But I also find it [...]

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