TeleRead Links: U.S. lags in E Ink reader development—why? ePub creation tips. Why Zuckerberg and Musk read utopian sci-fi.

By David Rothman
July 11, 2015 // 7 Comments

1. Why is there no e-ink innovation in the U.S. (MobileRead) The TeleRead take:  Why is the Kindle line—well, so meh? All kinds of E Ink goodies are on sale from companies in Asia and European (more information here). But from Amazon? Well, better screens, and we read plausible rumors of a [...]

ePub and other sacrileges on the Voyage and Paperwhite: Easy jail-breaks ahead?

By David Rothman
June 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nathan ran a great write-up on the challenges of rooting the Kindle Voyage, the Paperwhite and other recent Kindles. He was following up on a how-to video on taking the Voyage apart. Meanwhile, at MobileRead, buzz persists about hacking the recent-model Kindles. Remember, Kindles are little [...]

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 [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 2: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year One

By libertyc
August 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * In the initial post of my new “Don’t Go to Art School” series, I shared with you a great little blog post by an artist who exhorted his peers to [...]

Dutch courage needed as Netherlands copyright group BREIN seeks e-book buyer data

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 26 Comments

An ugly spat is brewing in the Netherlands, normally regarded as a staid and relatively free-thinking jurisdiction, over draconian moves by the local copyright enforcement body to gain access to e-book customer data to track piracy. According to a report in TorrentFreak based on original Dutch [...]

Sockpuppet Scandal! Ectaco Called Out Online

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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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