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 [...]

How do we know our eBooks aren’t being altered?

By Joanna Cabot
April 18, 2014 // 6 Comments

I read a very interesting post this week at GoodeReader, which asked this question: how do we know our eBooks aren’t being altered? When I first read the headline, I thought this would be about post-publication correction, which I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing. I don’t [...]

Sockpuppet Scandal! Ectaco Called Out Online

By Joanna Cabot
July 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

There’s an interesting story brewing at Mobile Read about two user accounts which were banned for ‘sock puppet’ activities–these were posters who created regular accounts and posted as regular users, but were actually employees at Ectaco who were posting as such and trying [...]

The Paradox of Cooking Shows

By Joanna Cabot
July 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

Casual Kitchen, a cooking blog I follow, has a great post about the ‘paradox’ of cooking shows—namely that, between cookbooks, cooking shows, Pinterest, the Internet and so on, more cooking info is available to people than ever before, but yet, paradoxically, they actually cook loss. [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 3: Read an E-Book Week

By Joanna Cabot
March 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * For this third month of my DRM-free year, the big event was Read an E-Book Week. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the offerings. Most [...]

New OverDrive Site Not Meeting User Expectations?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 30, 2013 // 5 Comments

Late last year, OverDrive began rolling out a new look to their site. My own library in Fairfax County had a “New Look Coming” banner up for several weeks. When I tried it out for the first time, my reaction was, “Not great, but I can live with it.” I wasn’t crazy [...]

Kindle source code points to Prime e-book loan program

By Chris Meadows
September 24, 2011 // 1 Comment

The eBook Reader blog reports on a discovery in a MobileRead forum thread of a variable in some Amazon source code pointing to something called “Prime eBooks”. There is a variable in the code named PRIME_EBOOKS_COMPATIBLE, and a “prime_active_delete” command that asks readers if they’re [...]

Project Gutenberg turns its attention to cell phone reading

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2010 // 1 Comment

A MobileRead forumgoer reports that the latest Project Gutenberg newsletter contains an announcement of a new Project Gutenberg mobile website, The site is to be optimized not just for iPhones, but for any mobile phone including browsing-enabled dumbphones. Writes Gutenberg: There [...]

Quick Notes: Twitter leads, Kindle news, true ‘e-paper’, and more

By Chris Meadows
May 24, 2010 // 1 Comment

MediaBistro’s eBookNewser and GalleyCat have been putting together a directory of good Twitter accounts to follow for e-book news. Gratifyingly, our very own Paul Biba tops their list. Thanks for the mention, MediaBistro! Engadget reports that Amazon and ASUS are teaming up to pre-install the [...]

Next major EPUB revision under discussion on Mobileread

By Chris Meadows
April 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Nate the Great posts over on the Mobileread forum that the EPUB Maintenance Working Group is in the process of minor revisions of EPUB from v2.0 to v2.0.1, while identifying problems to tackle in the next major revision. Two weeks have been set aside for public comment, of which three days have [...]

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