How to set up your car for audiobooks while driving – but should you?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 18, 2015 // 3 Comments

The sophistication, variety, and integration of in-car entertainment and operating systems is ever-growing, as any driver can tell you. Voice-activated systems that sync with your mobile phone or tablet over Bluetooth and integrate with its onboard multimedia and data now come as standard on newer [...]

Does Apple Music for Android portend an Android iBooks?

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

Might iBooks come to Android? The obvious answer is something involving porcine aviation, but maybe it just got a little less unlikely. Prompted by a 9to5Mac article about a job posting by Apple looking for Android developers, the Motley Fool reports that Apple is developing an Apple Music app for [...]

Morning Links: Death of music sales. Lost your reading mojo?

By Joanna Cabot
January 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Harry Potter eBooks Now Available on Oyster (GoodeReader) Today, the company is proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with JK Rowling, to have the entire Harry Potter saga available. *** The Death of Music Sales (The Atlantic) If CDs are “dead,” so is iTunes. *** Apple [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, hearing reluctant testimony from a former iTunes engineer who worked on blocking the interoperability of [...]

Heald study shows books lag behind music in out-of-print digitization

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 20, 2014 // 6 Comments

Professor Paul J. Heald of the University of Illinois College of Law has just released a new study that puts Chris Meadows’s recent problems with out-of-print stories from Astounding Stories into perspective. Remember that it was Heald whose previous research found that extension of copyright [...]

The 'Future' of Entertainment Looks a Lot Like 1995

By Joanna Cabot
July 21, 2013 // 4 Comments

This weekend, we hit a milestone in my household: the Beloved finally got sick enough of the limited selection on flat-rate Netflix to venture into the pay-per-movie world of the iTunes Store, which we can access on the bedroom television via the spiffy little Apple TV box. And … color us [...]

Why We Need a Subscription Model for E-Books

By Joanna Cabot
January 24, 2013 // 6 Comments

Brett Sandusky at Digital Book World has an interesting write-up on digital subscriptions. He ruminates on the pros and cons of two different models: the ‘modular’ subscription, where customers subscribe to one thing at a time, as they wish, versus the bundle model, where customers pay [...]

Lessons from Hollywood: Resist change at your own peril?

By Joanna Cabot
November 5, 2012 // 6 Comments

Tech Dirt ran a great article last week (which was a reaction to this New York Times article) about the struggles Hollywood is facing as it attempts to ‘remain relevant’ while important content seems to be moving to cheaper, faster-to-market television. From the article: “The [...]

iOS 6 Now Available

By a TeleRead Contributor
September 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Bill Stiteler | for Appletell iOS 6 is now available for download. The new operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can be downloaded over the air from the device, or via iTunes, and requires 2.4 GB of space. The update is compatible with the iPhone 3GS or better, the 4th generation [...] searches spill the beans on what will be announced later today

By a TeleRead Contributor
September 12, 2012 // 3 Comments

By Robert Nelson | for Gadget Tell In what confirms some of the rampant rumors, the website has revealed some of what will be unveiled later today. The results were first discovered by the folks over at 9to5Mac, however they are easy enough to replicate on your own (at least at the [...]

REVIEW: Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad

By Joanna Cabot
August 1, 2012 // 2 Comments

One of the things that has fascinated me about the gadget revolution is how over time, functions have increasingly begun overlapping. I currently have three devices I regularly use on which I can read my Kindle books—and I can seamlessly move between them. I can spend an hour reading on the couch [...]

ReDigi lawsuit raises questions of fair use and first sale in digital age

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2012 // 15 Comments

The Boston Globe has a report on the record labels’ lawsuit against ReDigi, the company that is trying to bring first sale rights to digital music (and, by extension, digital movie and book) sales. I’ve mentioned ReDigi a number of times, from when it was first conceived (after several similar [...]

E-book piracy not the threat music piracy was, founder says

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2012 // 3 Comments

Brian Stauffer, founder of 1999 digital music startup (better known by the name of its music service, Rhapsody), had an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago comparing and contrasting the response of record labels and publishers to the digital changeover of their [...]

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