Library vending machines for books in the e-book era?

By Joanna Cabot
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Toronto Public Library is considering whether to install library book vending machines in popular transit hubs and library lobbies, according to the Toronto Star. These machines can dispense several hundred titles. The library system could ‘broaden’ its reach by providing accessible [...]

PC or Mac: Which is the most hackerproof mothership for your e-books?

By David Rothman
August 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

If you’re like many TeleRead community members, you read e-books off a cell phone or  a dedicated e-reader—but you still use a PC or Mac as a library and management tool for them. So which OS is the most hackerproof, given all the black hats out there? Over at Yahoo News, Sean Captain [...]

‘Do Chromebooks make good ereaders’—for K-12 students or adults?

By David Rothman
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Face it. One iPad per child can pricey for many school districts—just ask Los Angeles. What to buy instead if budgets are tight? Some districts have snapped up Android tablets. But there is another choice, made more attractive by Google’s K-12-related software and related [...]

114 SF, fantasy, and horror e-books for $3.99 or less

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

SF Signal has a list of 114 SF, fantasy, and horror e-books for $3.99 or less—all using SF Signal’s Amazon affiliate URL, of course. It seems like linking to lots of Amazon e-books with a referral bonus is a cheap and easy way for high-traffic blogs to rake in a lot of money. Still, it was [...]

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 [...]

Should the U.S. launch a cyber attack against the Great Firewall?

By David Rothman
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Chinese apparently hacked a database with sensitive information on 22 million Americans—potential blackmail victims for spies. How to retaliate? Should we launch a cyber attack against the Great Firewall, through which the Chinese censor pesky Web sites and other content? The New York [...]

Independent bookstore Kobo e-book partnership fizzles

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Denver Post checks in with independent bookstores taking part in the American Booksellers Association and Kobo’s program to allow independent bookstores to sell e-books. It finds out that the program is not going so well, either in terms of profit per book or in the number of people actually [...]

WiFi, e-books and low-income people: Let’s connect the dots and learn from Bexar County

By David Rothman
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

A push to get WiFi into low-income people’s homes is happening right now, from the Obama Administration. Now let’s connect a few dots. The President has also launched a K-12 e-book initiative with disadvantaged children especially in mind, and let’s hope that it [...]

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: [...]

Own a recent iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch? Here’s how to make your Lightning cable last longer

By David Rothman
August 3, 2015 // 4 Comments

Here are a few tips from 9to5Mac for owners, er, victims, of the oft-troublesome Lightning cables 1. "As a general rule, legitimately Apple-authorized Lightning cables don’t sell for less than $8; apart from Amazon’s cables, relatively few are less than $10." 2. "Grasp the hard [...]

E-book taxes vs. those on P: Twice as much a cut, according to 79-country survey

By David Rothman
August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Doubt that too many politicians are Luddites at heart—or listen to entrenched industries, at the expense of progress? Well, ponder this. E-books suffer taxes twice as high as those of paper books, if you go by a 79-country  survey. Here’s the lowdown as summed up in the New York Times [...]

Editor Chris Meadows on e-books, DRM, and lots else—for Kindle Chronicles podcast

By David Rothman
August 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows, our new editor, spoke out on e-books, DRM, TeleRead and lots else this week, as a guest on The Kindle Chronicles podcast. Hosted by Len Edgerly, TKC is one of my favorite podcasts. Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe has been on twice (here and here). A veteran e-booker, Chris goes back to [...]

Hot in the year 2020: Groupon-style newspaper subs, ads in many mainstream books, and e-book clubs

By Joe Wikert
July 28, 2015 // 8 Comments

The year is 2020 and I’m about to make a digital content purchase. It’s amazing how much the industry has evolved in the past five years. For example, pricing is no longer a one-size-fits-all, take-it-or-leave-it component. I now have multiple pricing models to choose [...]

European e-book market plagued by lack of statistics, growth of piracy

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the United States, e-books are relatively mature now. There’s a huge Kindle-owning audience, and even a lot of people who don’t have anything to do with Kindles will read e-books from other sources. But over on Europe, things are still less [...]

Solar-powered libraries: WiFi in the middle of nowhere for e-reading, other purposes

By David Rothman
July 27, 2015 // 3 Comments

Dirt-cheap cell phones are showing up even in remote jungles. But what to read? And wouldn’t it be nice if you could even watch instructional videos? Enter Solar-Powered Educational Learning Libraries, aka SPELLs. This BBC video explains the basic idea, developed by Prof. Laura Hosman at [...]

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