BookDrop: Email ebooks to your Kindle from Dropbox—even ePubs and other formats not normally supported

By David Rothman
June 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

BookDrop lets you copy ebooks from your Dropbox cloud to your Kindle gadget or app via email. That includes even ePub books and those in other formats that normally won’t fly. How-tos and more details are here. No magic, just a Web-browser tweak and a related service. BookDrop adds a [...]

How to handle PDFs on Android devices – or at least, try

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

PDF is an ereader file format I’m still being bombarded with constantly, despite my issues with it. I find its lumpy file size and rigidity to be hugely challenging, for relatively little commensurate benefit in terms of readability and fidelity to the original format. Yet publishers continue [...]

How to fill your Kindle with free and discounted titles

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 19, 2015 // 4 Comments

No, this isn’t the obvious call to go to Gutenberg and download out-of-copyright titles, handy as that is. But it is a testament to how useful a good grasp of the deal alert resources out there – and by no means only for the Kindle Store – can be if you want to build a great [...]

The Martian: An accidental self-publishing success story

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2015 // 7 Comments

A new science fiction movie by a well-known director is on the horizon. Matt Damon plays an astronaut, stranded alone on a planet inimical to human life. It also features Jessica Chastain. While you might be experiencing some Interstellar déjà vu, I’m actually talking about Andy Weir’s [...]

How to Checkout Overdrive Library Books on Kindle

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

For a long time, Kindle users were out of luck in getting library books on their devices. Joanna tells me that’s still the case in Canada, so you have my sympathies if you’re also outside the US, where ePub is your only option in Overdrive. If however, you are in the US, and your public [...]

Morning Links: New $99 Kindle bundle for Kids. iOS vs. Android for e-reading apps. FCC chair’s new digital divide plan.

By David Rothman
May 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty (Tech Crunch) This new package includes the combination of a Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which [...]

New Kindle App Options Not As Great As Amazon Presents

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 27, 2015 // 3 Comments

I noticed this morning that my Kindle for iOS app had been updated and included the new font, Bookerly, plus new reading enhancing improvements. Here’s what Amazon has to say about the improvements: Faster Reading, Less Eye Strain Hyphenation plus smoother word spacing result in faster [...]

Baen e-book store to drop ‘mail to Kindle’ function

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

Baen has just sent an email to its customers noting a change to one method of Baen e-book downloads. At the moment, Baen has a form on its web site where you can fill in your Kindle’s Personal Document Service e-mail address and have the e-book emailed to your Kindle with the click of a button. [...]

Exactly how waterproof is the Kobo H2O e-reader? Find out before you hit the beach

By David Rothman
May 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Several decades ago Arthur C. Clarke reminded a friend and me that e-book devices might develop amnesia if dropped in the bathtub. Well, time passes. I myself own a dandy waterpoof case for my Kindle Paperwhite. And I keep up with the Kobo world through a waterproof Aura H20. But wait! Exactly how [...]

Parsing the Amazon Best-Seller Lists

By Joanna Cabot
May 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Now that my first book  is up at the Kindle store, I have been reading a ton about Amazon rankings, trying to tweak the category listing for my title to give it broader exposure. I knew the book was not going to be a best-seller. It is a niche category, and I knew that. But it was a book I [...]

Morning Links: Changing tablet story. Kindle iOS draining batteries

By Joanna Cabot
May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tablet Story Isn’t Over—But It’s Changing (Re/Code) It’s hard to argue with the narrative — larger phones are impacting tablet sales. This absolutely seems to be the case. *** Publishers Weekly Will Digitize Entire Archives (GalleyCat) Publishers Weekly, which reviews [...]

The Great Canadian Upgrade

By Joanna Cabot
March 31, 2015 // 4 Comments

I did something a little momentous today—I finally caved to Amazon’s repeated suggestions that I move my account over to I did it in part because the Canadian dollar isn’t so strong right now and I didn’t want to get dinged on the exchange rate, and in part [...]

Amazon return policy: a case for when it’s appropriate

By Joanna Cabot
March 21, 2015 // 4 Comments

A article from 2012 on Amazon’s return policy seems to continue getting hits here on Teleread! The updated comments came at an opportune time for me because I just returned a Kindle book yesterday. Here is what happened. The book was a re-purchase of an oldie-but-goodie I had in paper. I did [...]

How to take a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ever wondered how to take a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite, like the one I used in my earlier article on reading news on my Kindle? It’s actually really easy. 1. Find the page you want. 2. Touch the top left and bottom right of the screen (or top right and bottom left). 3. Wait for the [...]

News on Kindle and Kindle Apps

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 9, 2015 // 4 Comments

While I’m well-informed on developments in the tech industry and social media, I’ve been feeling woefully uninformed about other news, and I decided it was time to start reading a paper. Although I tend to prefer the writing and journalism of The New York Times, I decided to start a 14 [...]

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