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 [ on]

Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5

By Joanna Cabot
January 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs- 2015 (The Passive Voice) The most commented posts in the history of The Passive Voice have been those requesting the stories of  indie authors who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their writing income. The first post is here and the second is [ on]

A literary precedent for the blog: the feuilleton

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

For all those writers and pundits who bemoan, à la Jonathan Franzen, the superficiality, triviality, and general lack of gut-busting seriousness of blogs, Facebook, and social media, it might do some good for them to recall one of the most well-tried literary modes of the last two centuries that [ on]

Morning Links: Scalzi on subscriptions. 2014 a big year for cloud

By Joanna Cabot
December 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

9 Reasons for Optimism for the Future of Journalism Education (Media Shift) Back in October, I delivered opening remarks at the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Green Shoots in Journalism Education event. I said I can be accused of donning rose-colored glasses, of seeing the curricular glass as at [ on]

GamerGate Zoe Quinn rape story self-published, pulled from Amazon

By Chris Meadows
December 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

I can’t say I ever expected to have an excuse to write about GamerGate here on TeleRead. The movement generally hasn’t had anything to do directly with e-books. Until now. TechCrunch carries the story of a 3,000 word e-book posted for sale on Amazon, in which five men rape a “controversial [ on]

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.

By Joanna Cabot
November 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted [ on]

Birthday writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Celebrated U.S. science fiction and all-round weird writer Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th, 1922, and to mark the occasion, some sites have been running birthday tributes, including his tips to other writers. For Vonnegut was an articulate and direct advisor to aspirants, in a style almost [ on]

How big media helped break the Jian Ghomeshi story

By Joanna Cabot
November 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Jian Ghomeshi story continues to be big news here in the Great White North. Nine women are now making allegations against the former CBC Radio star, and two of them have given their names. Canada seldom embraces big stories like this, and it’s been morbidly fascinating for the former [ on]

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