National Tell A Fairy Tale Day: The most charming unofficial national holiday?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

On February 26th, the U.S. celebrates National Tell A Fairy Tale Day, which could displace International Talk Like A Pirate Day as my favorite unofficial holiday. Although its origins appear shrouded in almost complete mystery, National Tell A Fairy Tale Day is widely attested, as the occasion to [...]

G.K. Chesterton on Christmas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

I was moved to write this after reading a number of snarky Christmas comments by Facebook friends and writer buddies, and after struggling through Christmas shopping crowds. Yes, the festive season can get on your case with the way it jams you up against family and strangers. But know what? That [...]

In Flanders Fields and Other Poems of Remembrance Day

By Joanna Cabot
November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada—the holiday Americans call Veteran’s Day. This day commemorated throughout the Commonwealth countries with a moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the day the armistice treaty was signed to end the First World War. There [...]

Giving eBooks As Gifts This Holiday Season

By libertyc
November 15, 2013 // 13 Comments

I’m sure many of you have eBook lovers on your holiday gift list, and you might not be sure how to go about giving eBooks as gifts. Fortunately, it’s easy, and there’s even a new option to mention this year. First, though, the obvious way, buying someone a gift card from their [...]

This Thanksgivukah, 'Bubbie and Zadie' are at the White House

By libertyc
November 9, 2013 // 4 Comments

According to Paul McFedries ”Wordspy” website, there’s a new holiday on tap this year, this month in fact, and it’s been dubbed “Thanksgivukah.” Jewish humor. Yes, this year for the first time in almost 5,000 years, Thanksgiving and Hannukah occur on the same [...]

Four E-Book Picks for Earth Day

By libertyc
April 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Here at school, we are having a book exchange where students can bring in an old book and swap it for a new one. We’re also having a litter-free lunch day and asking students and staff to bring all their lunches and snacks in reusable containers. And we’re not [...]

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

By libertyc
November 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone (in the US, anyway—those impatient Canadians celebrated it weeks ago)! Hopefully you are replete with turkey (or ham, whichever you prefer) and spending the day with your families…in which case you probably won’t see this until at least Black Friday. But hey, we [...]

Closed for the holiday

By Paul Biba
May 27, 2012 // 1 Comment

For those of you around the world, if you don’t know, Monday is a national holiday in the US, so TeleRead will have limited posting. See you all on [...]

Apple’s iTunes Connect publishing platform closes for the holidays

By libertyc
December 23, 2011 // 3 Comments

One of the benefits of electronic media is that e-book stores are never closed for the holidays—at least for purchasers. But in some cases, for publishers, it’s another story. EbookNewser reports Apple’s iBookstore team sent an email to iBookstore sellers letting them know that the iTunes [...]

Giving ‘The Gift of E’ this Christmas

By libertyc
November 30, 2011 // 2 Comments

PaidContent writes about a holiday campaign launched by digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media. Called “The Gift of E”, the campaign centers on giving e-books for Christmas as an alternative to shopping in crowded stores. The site feature instructional videos on how to give e-books as [...]

There is plenty to be thankful for in the e-book world

By libertyc
November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, those of you who celebrate it today! As I’ve done for the last couple of years, I looked back at previous Thanksgiving posts I made to see what I had to be thankful for in the e-book world. It hasn’t changed much lately, Most of the things I’ve mentioned are still going [...]

Black Friday e-reading deals: Nook, Apple

By libertyc
November 23, 2011 // 1 Comment

Black Friday is almost upon us, and it bids fair to be an e-reader kind of holiday season. There’s no word yet from Amazon on any discounts on its Kindle products (though it seems to be discounting just about everything else), but Barnes & Noble has announced a special deal on a “Limited [...]

Christmas disappointments: Are books the new clothes?

By libertyc
December 22, 2010 // 4 Comments

This YouTube video has been making the rounds of the book and e-book blogs lately, so far be it from me not to join the crowd. In it, a three-year-old is nonplused at opening a Christmas present and discovering it contains not toys but books. His parents explain in a comment that this was [...]

iPad driving e-reader growth this year more than Kindle

By libertyc
December 1, 2010 // 4 Comments

When I cover stories about the iPad, I often receive a few reader complaints. But ever since it came out, I have considered the iPad to be an important element in the increasing popularity of e-books, despite the voices of those who complain they would never read on something that heavy or that [...]

My e-book Thanksgiving list, 2010

By libertyc
November 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans, and happy Thursday to everyone else. It’s that time of year again when we count our blessings and contemplate the things we are thankful for. (It’s also the time when we stuff ourselves into a comatose state on oversized poultry, but those who call it [...]

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