Joanna Cabot

Toronto Star drops bomb of a tablet app

By Joanna Cabot
September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

My local paper launched a new tablet app this week. The headline claims the app is ‘fully interactive’ and ‘innovative,’ and that was certainly a promising teaser. So, how does the app stack up? In a word, meh. The life-changing, revolutionary features the article goes on to [...]

Fun reading vs. research: The Kindle Unlimited angle

By Joanna Cabot
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I can just press a button on my Kindle, type in a subject and download a book without paying tons of tiny fees. Until recently, however, I hadn’t noticed how little Kindle Unlimited time I was actually spending on novels. So many ‘short, quick [...]

Sampling: How a research fiend saves money on e-books

By Joanna Cabot
August 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

New hobbies can wreck a teacher’s budget, especially if she’s a research fiend. How to afford the books that will bring me up to speed on my new interests? I’m already a constant buyer. Besides, some books in the end may turn out to be wastes of money—just duplicates of other titles, or [...]

When You Name After a Book Character

By Joanna Cabot
July 16, 2015 // 4 Comments

We’ve covered the Harper Lee story here before on Teleread. Now that her new book is out though, its unexpected discovery is having an impact on an unexpected group: the parents of children who were named after characters from the original story. As this Slate article explains, the issue is [...]

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Find Kindle Unlimited Books

By Joanna Cabot
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here is something which took me longer than it should have to figure out how to do: filter a Kindle search result to show only books which are available on Kindle Unlimited. Ready? On Your Computer 1) Go to and do a search for a Kindle book. 2) In the sidebar, a little checkbox will pop [...]

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Use the Send to Kindle App

By Joanna Cabot
July 7, 2015 // 12 Comments

There are many ways to send personal content such as ‘side-loaded’ (aka non-Kindle) books to your reader. You can email them to yourself, use a Calibre plug-in, or you can use the Send To Kindle app from Amazon. I have found this is the best method for me because there is no time delay. [...]

Writer Inc: Month 2

By Joanna Cabot
July 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

It has been an exciting first month for me on the Kindle store. I sold 5 books, and released my latest title just before the weekend. I am learning a lot about the eBook business as I go! Here are a few insights from my second month on the Kindle store: 1) Kindle Unlimited has its uses. After [...]

Etsy and Review Extortion

By Joanna Cabot
July 3, 2015 // 8 Comments

I wrote last year about an experience I had on Amazon with a seller trying to game the review system by offering cash prizes to people who left only five-star reviews. Well, now I have had the opposite experience: a seller on Etsy who has not use reward, but punishment. I ordered a crafting stamp [...]

Why DRM Leaves Such a Sour Taste in My Mouth

By Joanna Cabot
July 1, 2015 // 10 Comments

I have made no secret in the past about my hatred of DRM. Well, now the sour taste it leaves in my mouth is literal and not just figurative. With the death, early Monday morning, of the Keurig machine which came with the Beloved, we had to go out and get a new one. And all of the new Keurig [...]

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Adjust the Brightness on Your Kindle Paperwhite

By Joanna Cabot
June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here is another ereader tip: did you know that the brightness on your Kindle Paperwhite can be adjusted? It can! It all happens via the top=of-screen tool bar. Tap in the middle of your screen to make the tool bar appear. From left to right, the buttons you’ll see are: – The home [...]

What Indie Authors Can Learn from Big Retail

By Joanna Cabot
June 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a relative Twitter newbie, I have been burning up my Kindle Unlimited downloads this month on social media guides for authors. How much to tweet? What to say? How to say it? It all felt so confusing to me. Then I had a retail experience yesterday which opened my eyes a little. When I came home [...]

Another ‘Permission Culture’ Landmine

By Joanna Cabot
June 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

From our friends at Techdirt comes this insane story about yet another copyright landmine we all need to be worrying about falling into: the ‘freedom of panorama’ principle. As Tim Cushing explains: "Photographing public structures could soon become copyright infringement. At this [...]

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Add a Book to Calibre

By Joanna Cabot
June 23, 2015 // 3 Comments

Calibre is a free software program which makes it easy to organize your eBooks and send them to your device. Here is a refresher on how to add a book to Calibre! First, you need to download the Calibre eBook library software, if you haven’t already. You can find it here: Then you need to save [...]

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