David Rothman

TeleRead news: David Rothman to be absent for a few days

By Chris Meadows
September 5, 2015 // 7 Comments

As he mentioned earlier, our founder David Rothman is going into the hospital shortly to have a pacemaker fitted, and the doctors tell him he will probably be hospitalized until Tuesday or Wednesday. As such, don’t expect him to post much over the next few days. The rest of us will keep the site [...]

TeleRead’s Q. & A with Echo—on working conditions at Amazon

By David Rothman
August 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

The humans at Amazon can be famously mum on questions they don’t want to answer. But last night, I woke up with a solution. Who needed Jay Carney, the ex-Obama press secretary now on Jeff Bezo’s payroll as a senior VP handling PR and policy matters? In line with Amazon’s passion for robots [...]

AWOL from the Net: Enough parent-child media, says Cory Doctorow

By David Rothman
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cory Doctorow says the Internet needs more parent-child media, as opposed to more censorship and firewalls. Read his Guardian column here. He’s welcome to agree or not, but his thinking is very much in line with the idea of cell phone book clubs. They could take many form, but one of my favorites [...]

Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August

By David Rothman
June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s [...]

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)

By David Rothman
June 6, 2015 // 10 Comments

TeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats even though companies like Amazon make them hard to avoid. Proprietary formats remind us of the [...]

TeleRead eBook Site Sold Back to Founder David Rothman

By David Rothman
May 27, 2015 // 13 Comments

TeleRead, the oldest Web site devoted to general-interest news and views on e-books and related topics, is again in the hands of its founder, David H. Rothman. Philadelphia-based NAPCO Media, the seller, has decided to focus on its core brands, markets and growth areas such as events, e-learning [...]

National digital library endowment proposal makes Education Week

By David Rothman
May 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has now made the leading publication in the field of K-12 education—not just philanthropy (Chronicle of Philanthropy) and libraries (Library Journal). Education Week has published a 1,300-word essay with a home-page link. Also [...]

Specialty programming: good news for TV, bad news for books

By Joanna Cabot
March 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

My friend David Rothman posted this NY Times article on Facebook this morning, with the comment ‘good news for TV, bad news for books.’ The article talks about this golden age of cord-cutting, specialty programming (like on Netflix) and high-end cable series, with the following aside: [...]

Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks

By David Rothman
December 8, 2013 // 1 Comment

The new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice Dream is a Buy, capital B, at the Apple App Store. Voice Dream 2.9.2 can handle zipped MP3s as well [...]

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in LibraryCity series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America

By David Rothman
November 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

What kind of national digital library system—or systems, plural—should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America the [...]

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