Review: Age of the Infovore, by Tyler Cowen

By Joanna Cabot
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I just finished reading a fascinating book called Age of the Infovore by Tyler Cowen. It’s somewhat misleadingly subtitled ‘succeeding in the information economy’ and has a picture of a USB cable on the front; this led me to believe it was about how to use the internet and modern [...]

How reader technology has made me a smarter reader and learner

By Joanna Cabot
July 4, 2012 // 5 Comments

I read a few articles recently on how ebooks affect learning. On the con side, these articles pointed out that textbooks are often less available in ebook (true), that the e-versions which do exist are clunky and limited (true) and that for some types of learning, people really do absorb [...]

Kobo Vox review

By Joanna Cabot
June 21, 2012 // 8 Comments

There is a new ereader in the house: my Kobo Vox! There has been much to love about my move in with my guy some months ago, but the one thing I haven’t loved is the hit to my reading routine. The bedroom, my favourite place to read, only has one power outlet, and it’s on his side of the [...]

From the trenches: are publishers' library policies affecting book choices?

By Joanna Cabot
April 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

First, one publisher set a cap on how many times their ebooks could be loaned out. Then another one pulled their stuff from library purchase altogether. So, what has that meant for the average library patron? What are the library buyers getting in lieu of books which once might be available to them [...]

Is Amazon evil, or are they just really good at business?

By Joanna Cabot
February 15, 2012 // 23 Comments

Nico Vreeland’s earlier post, which Teleread reprinted earlier, was one of many articles I have lately seen which explore the issue of the publishers versus Amazon. Is Amazon evil? Are their business practices ‘predatory’ and should publishers be trying to disable them? More and [...]

A tribute to indie author L.C. Evans

By Joanna Cabot
January 24, 2012 // 1 Comment

To celebrate and honor our friend, indie author, L.C. Evans, and her contribution to the Indie eBook revolution, we’re giving away a whole bunch of free books. Linda lost her fight with cancer earlier this month. We lost a friend and a compatriot. We’d like you to buy her books, read her [...]

Quality is the new gatekeeper: how ebooks have changed my reading

By Joanna Cabot
November 30, 2011 // 6 Comments

I was thinking today about how ebooks have changed my reading habits in the last few years. I had flirted with them as early as 2005, when I experimented with Project Gutenberg freebies on a Palm Pilot while living in smalltown New Zealand. There was only one local bookstore, and its selection was [...]

Close, but not yet perfect: my review of the Kindle 4

By Joanna Cabot
November 14, 2011 // 3 Comments

I have been a Kindle user for its last three incarnations: I bought a K2 to replace my Sony reader because I wanted to use the text to speech feature and I wanted support for multilingual dictionaries, then when my visiting aunt expressed interest, I sold it to her bought the K3. I was happy with [...]

Pricing pitfalls 101: this customer is so confused!

By Joanna Cabot
September 12, 2011 // 6 Comments

I’m sure you’ve read the same headlines I have: ebooks are cannibalizing print sales! They are driving people to pirate their media instead of purchase it! They are threatening local bookstores and small presses as Amazon/Apple/Google set out to rule us all! Or…are they? Might [...]

A world of e-choice: blessing or curse for the aspiring author?

By Joanna Cabot
June 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

I did an e-purge this weekend, deleting some 50-odd titles from my bloated Kindle, and what I have learned from the experience is this: on the blessing side, the e-universe makes getting your book into a reader’s hand easier than ever. But the downside? The reader knows that there’s [...]

My morning in Librarian Hell

By Joanna Cabot
June 21, 2011 // 10 Comments

When David Rothman started Teleread, he had a dream of establishing a national digital library. Today, I wished that dream was a reality—I spent most of my morning in Librarian Hell, as part of the annual school clean-up now that classes are done for the year! Here was the problem: children [...]

Review: Kobo Touch – a solid entry-level reader

By Joanna Cabot
June 12, 2011 // 26 Comments

In my initial review of the very first Kobo, I concluded that it was a very nice little entry-level reader that, while it fell perhaps a little short for power users, was a great ebook experience for the newbie. Well, we’re now two versions later—has Kobo learned their lessons and made [...]

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