So much for the myth of distracting digital devices: Distraction may actually help creativity

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Anti-ebook device-hating Luddites are probably not going to like to hear this, but a new piece of research suggests that the kind of distractions from email, social media, and other extraneous inputs that they rail against may actually boost your creativity. The study, entitled “Creativity [...]

Shock, horror: Techology doesn’t destroy reading habits, younger generation not cabbages

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

In news that will come as no comfort to Jonathan Franzen and other Luddite technophobes, the Pew Research Internet Project has found that if anything, younger Americans are more likely to read books than their immediate seniors, have more respect for offline/dead-tree sources of knowledge, and are [...]

First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them

By libertyc
October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last year LibraryCity.org knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were living below the poverty line in 2009 by one estimate. And yet the local library initially wanted to [...]

App Review: Marvin for iPhone-Another Good e-reading app

By libertyc
September 17, 2013 // 2 Comments

You’ve probably guessed from some of my previous articles that I’m a fan of Marvin for iPad. I follow their blog, and I knew a version for the iPhone was coming out. I updated the app on my iPad just before I left for the C3 Conference, and was delighted to receive a code while I was at [...]

Oyster: Is It Worth $9.95 a Month?

By libertyc
September 10, 2013 // 13 Comments

 While Oyster is a great idea, and we’ve known an all-you-can-read type of subscription service was inevitable, is it the e-book subscription system to rule them all? Sadly, I’m going to have to say, “no, not yet.” Now let me back that up. You really have to evaluate a [...]

Adding Custom Fonts to E-reading apps

By libertyc
September 10, 2013 // 7 Comments

Ever found an e-reading app you like, but the font choices drive you crazy? Not all apps support loading your own fonts, but several Android apps do, notably Aldiko, Moon+ Reader and Mantano. Note that iOS users are out of luck, although jailbreaking your device might give you the ability. So how [...]

Dedicated E-Readers vs. Tablets: The ongoing discussion

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 14 Comments

I just read an interesting article by Ryan Cordell about why he’s started carrying his Kindle with him instead of his tablet. Obviously he can have the Kindle app on his tablet, so why just the Kindle when the tablet can do so much more? Well, that’s exactly the reason: Because the [...]

Publishing Technology cracks China's e-journal market with CNPIEC — or not?

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

UK content solutions provider Publishing Technology has partnered with the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) to launch the CNP eReading Platform at the Beijing International Book Fair this week. This new digital hub claims to offer “over 200,000 [...]

Double App Review: MegaReader and QuickReader for iOS

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 4 Comments

I’m reviewing both of these apps together because they’re so similar; there’s just one feature difference between them. The developer was celebrating five million downloads and in honor of the occasion was offering free versions of the apps to bloggers. Lucky me! Anyway, at their [...]

Apple to Allow Rival E-Book Retailers to Provide Direct Links to Content

By libertyc
August 2, 2013 // 5 Comments

I didn’t see this coming, although in hindsight, I should have. The DOJ and 33 state attorney generals just published their proposed remedies in the Apple price fixing case. Most of it was expected: ending existing contracts with retailers and appointing an external monitor to ensure they [...]

A TeleRead editor in the blogosphere

By Dan Eldridge
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

I was recently interviewed about e-books, e-reading and digital publishing trends by the team at eReflect, an Australia- and Philippines-based educational software company. eReflect also operates a network of blogs that cover the same topics their software aims to teach: vocabulary, memory skills, [...]

My Summer of Ergonomics Begins!

By libertyc
June 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

I am delighted—but nervous—to officially be on summer holiday! I’m looking forward to a less structured schedule, and I have plenty to keep me busy. But unfortunately, most of this stuff is computer-related. I looked far and wide for an in-person offering for a continuing-education course [...]

Interview: Piotr Kowalczyk of Ebook Friendly on the development of the e-book market in Central and Eastern Europe

By libertyc
June 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

Poland’s Piotr Kowalczyk is an “iPhone artist, digital storyteller and self-publisher” with a self-reported download count of 150,000 and rising for his “short stories for geeks”—picture stories created on an iPhone or short Twitter fictions. Kowalczyk is also [...]

Scissors, Paper, Screen: The Future of Reading

By libertyc
June 8, 2013 // 7 Comments

Back in 2011, which in Internet time is eons ago, I  wrote a commentary about how reading on paper surfaces—books, newspapers, magazines—might be superior (in terms of brain chemistry) compared to what we do when we “read” on screens, be they iPads, Kindles or computers. The [...]

Tom Chatfield speaks on reading onscreen and concentration

By libertyc
June 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

In a recent TeleRead post, I covered some much-discussed comments made by UK writer and media savant Tom Chatfield. He kindly agreed to follow up at length by talking directly about e-books and the issues surrounding reading onscreen.  What follows is a lightly edited transcript of our [...]

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