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‘Guilty pleasures’ and ‘the Kindle closet’: ‘The real book versus ebook list’

By David Rothman
August 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

Will e-books be the death of Lit, capital L? The Luddites love to complain that even E Ink displays aren’t the equal of paper. But could the Luds be right for another reason—namely, that typical e-book readers and tablets do not display covers, so that you can read disreputable works with [...]

Make it easier to sample e-books and other content

By Joe Wikert
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The goal of the content sample is to acquire new customers, right? So why are publishers settling for sample content models that are outdated and largely ineffective? Look at ebooks, for instance. Publishers mostly rely on retailers for discovery and distribution, just like how they sell the full [...]

Best bargain phones for frugal e-book lovers? UMI eMAX a buy? $165. 441-PPI 5.5 inch screen

By David Rothman
August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

What are the best cell phone bargain out there right now for frugal e-book lovers? That topic came to mind when I wrote about Chinese vs. brand-name phones. Among Chinese phones, one standout just might be the very model shown in the video I linked to over the weekend—the UMI eMAX, a 5.5 inch [...]

Samsung’s e-reader for Paul Bunyan? 18.4-inch screen. Spruce Goose of Android tablets?

By David Rothman
August 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

Back in the 1940s, multimillionaire Howard Hughes came up with the Spruce Goose, a gigantic wooden sea plane that flew one mile for a minute at an altitude of 70 feet. No one had ever built a larger aircraft: the wings spanned 320 feet. The Goose could have carried 750 battle-ready troops. Could [...]

Are e-books good for us as primates?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction writer, once gave an interview in which he called for human activities to be more primate-friendly. Enough with technology disrupting our routines! So here’s a question. Do e-books or p-books better satisfy our needs and desires as primates? Before I [...]

How to sell e-books through your own Web site

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Who says farmers must be the only ones selling directly? Here’s a dream. What if someday bookstores and libraries teamed up to offer search-and-discovery tools—to make it easier to sell e-books without relying so much on, say, the Amazon juggernaut? Suppose you could even push your titles [...]

The iPad Pro as an e-book machine—and possible savior of frogs

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

Whenever the big-screened iPad Pro shows up—perhaps in September or later this year—it will matter to the e-book world. Maybe not instantly. But in time. A 12-13 inch screen would be a vast expanse of real estate by tablet standards. My bet is on 12.9 inches. This would be noticeably [...]

eBooksAreForever wants to help indie authors get into libraries, and libraries to own e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Coming up with a way to get independent e-books into libraries is a tricky issue. You’ve got programs like Smashwords’s collaboration with OverDrive (which can be a trifle confusing, even leaving aside critics complaining about the selection) and Library Journal’s SELF-e Select. There are [...]

‘Hunger Games’ in Seattle? New York Times portrays Amazon as a Darwinian sweatshop

By David Rothman
August 15, 2015 // 3 Comments

I’ve praised, praised, praised Amazon’s pros, such as knock-out customer service, well-built e-readers and other goodies. But at what human cost is this happening? If you believe Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld of the New York Times, we’re talking about a Darwinian sweatshop where employees [...]

Enjoy a spiffier-looking Wikipedia—via Wikiwand

By Joe Wikert
August 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Content containers are slowly going away in the digital world. Those things we think of in the physical world as books, newspapers and magazines are being redefined digitally. It’s a slow evolution but one that is definitely taking place.  In the years ahead we’ll see more blurred lines [...]

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 [...]

Will the next Voyage work with an optional solar-power case from Amazon? RUMOR alert!

By David Rothman
July 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

Will the next Kindle Voyage appear in November and offer a zippier chip for nicer page-changing and other amenities? I find the rumor to be plausible, at least. Now here’s some fun speculation, if you want to call it that, out of China. The next Voyage is supposed to work with an optional [...]

TeleRead Links: E-books by phone and candle? Apple Siri and music hassles. Streaming vs. ripping.

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Indoor candle device is designed to keep phones charged (Phys.org) An emergency generator for your phone at time of power outages? That’s an offer in the form of a crowdfunded-campaign item called Candle Charger. It offers USB power when you need it, designed to keep phones souped up when the [...]

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