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Converting PDF documents: Use a web tool, or use Calibre

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

PDFs are tricky critters, aren’t they? Not precisely e-books in the truest sense of the word, they are more like ”dehydrated” printed documents—simply a printed form with the paper removed. But sometimes they’re all you’ve got—so you have to convert them into something else. A few [...]

Ellora’s Cave author Ann Jacobs files request to intervene in Dear Author lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I last mentioned erotica e-book publisher Ellora’s Cave, in the context of discussing a Guardian story about the popularity of erotica e-books, some commenters remarked on the lack of mention of the ongoing lawsuit between Ellora’s Cave and romance blog Dear Author. I hadn’t brought it [...]

Art, Value and Publishing

By Joanna Cabot
February 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

In today’s Morning Links, I highlighted an interesting post from Dear Author on the subject of book prices and their relation to ‘value.’ It was an interesting question to me because I’ve just read a whole series of books on Kindle publishing which seem to take the total [...]

Is online privacy an unreasonable expectation?

By Joanna Cabot
October 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

Janet at Dear Author has a well-argued opinion piece up today on the whole Kathleen Hale story—I’d actually been reading up about it before Paul covered it yesterday but I still had not formulated my response to it and was content to let another Teleread contributor beat me to the [...]

Morning Roundup: More on Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author. Don’t reset all settings in iOS 8

By Joanna Cabot
October 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author Update (Dear Author) Today there was a temporary injunction hearing.  During the hearing the judge did not grant the injunction, but did request that we come back for a more thorough hearing, where we would be able to provide evidence  in our defense. *** Lee [...]

Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author over ‘defamatory’ blog post

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well, that was unexpected. The saga of Ellora’s Cave has been chronicled over the last few months, and especially over the last few weeks, on various e-book blogs I read. For example, from The Passive Voice: Ellora’s Cave The mysterious case of the missing royalty checks from Ellora’s Cave [...]

Dear Author Reviews eBook Subscription Services

By Joanna Cabot
July 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dear Author has posted a really useful and comprehensive review of Kindle Unlimited, Scribd and Oyster—the three main eBook subscription services. They look at not just the title selection, but also the usability of the apps and the overall user experience. I was heartened to see that Scribd, [...]

Are self-published e-books a ‘market for lemons,’ or is it just sour grapes?

By Chris Meadows
March 3, 2014 // 3 Comments

The idea of the e-book market as a market for lemons has once again popped up, this time in a post by Sunita on Dear Author. I covered e-books-as-lemons last July when Baldur Bjarnason at Studio Tendra brought it up, though I kind of went way off-track in nitpicking the differences between e-books [...]

What is NOT in doubt about Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings report

By Chris Meadows
February 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, self-publishing and traditional-publishing author Hugh Howey published a report on some data he pulled from Amazon and crunched (Paul covered it here), purporting to show some things about the number of self-published books compared to those from traditional publishers. This has touched off a [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
December 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition (Electronic Frontier Foundation) Your Rights and Deadlines Under the Price Fixing Settlement (Dear Author) Nine Ideas for Making E-Books More Fun to Give as Presents (Slate) Kindle Daily Deal: The [...]

Dear Author reviews the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

By Paul Biba
June 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

Here’s a snippet.  Full review is here. I just received a review unit from B&N and hope to have a review up sometime next week. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight™ (hereinafter the Nook GL) is the first e-ink reader with a built-in light since the Sony 700. The Sony was a great idea, [...]

New e-book sales models bookstores should try

By libertyc
April 29, 2012 // 2 Comments

One of the things heralded by the Department of Justice settlement is that it might allow book/e-book sellers to experiment with new ways of selling or packaging their products. Jane Litte at Dear Author writes about three possible experimental models she would like to see bookstores and publishers [...]

Getting eBooks from Calibre to Your Device Using Send to Device and the Connect/Share Functions.

By Paul Biba
January 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

Dear Author has a great tutorial for Calibre users.  Here’s a snippet: Intro Now that you have your Calibre database set up just the way you like it, you need to figure out how to get the books from your computer to your device.  You can use the tethered or the over the air (untethered) [...]

Ten must-have iPad apps for readers, by Jane Litte

By libertyc
June 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

I know a number of people received the iPad for gifts this year, either for Christmas or some other event. I’ve got a list of my favorite apps that I think no iPad should be without. Most of them are free. 1-3. Reading Apps (all Free) Nook App – download this ONLY if you are a BN reader [...]

Why DRM Won’t Be Abandoned Soon | Dear Author, by Jane Litte

By libertyc
May 22, 2011 // 2 Comments

Why DRM Won’t Be Abandoned Soon | Dear Author: “I know that there have been people hopeful that DRM would soon fade away, but it won’t and here is why. 1. Growth. Most trade publishers have a vested interest in making ebook adoption difficult. Their profit structure is built on a paper [...]

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