Boredom, better people, and e-books: When new products aren’t compelling

By Chris Meadows
September 8, 2015 // 4 Comments

I ran across an interesting pair of tech articles over the last couple of days. Although neither of them is directly about e-books, it seems as though, between them, they might have some interesting things to say about them. The first article is a piece by Daniel Cooper on Engadget looking at the [...]

Mobile technology foments leaks at Comic Con

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ah, mobile technology. It’s giving people the power to e-read and consume other media pretty much anywhere—but it’s also giving them the power to record media pretty much anywhere, which is a problem for studios who want to control the distribution of stuff that’s just supposed to be shown [...]

$5 Blu-rays? Blame Amazon overstocks

By Chris Meadows
April 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

The critically-acclaimed, Oscar-winning movie “Birdman” was only released two months ago. I just bought this movie on Blu-ray for $5. The case was in great condition, had a blank label over the bar code, but had no shrinkwrap seal. The disc appeared in excellent order, with a little bit of [...]

Before They Become Movies: 8 Books to Read Right Now

By a TeleRead Contributor
April 1, 2015 // 7 Comments

By Julie Ellis Are you planning your next Kindle download? Are you looking for new books to add to your wish list on Good Reads? If you prefer to read a book before it is made into a movie, now is a good time to adjust your reading list. There are several books that are going to be turned into [...]

Taking stock “After Woodstock”

By Dan Bloom
March 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Age doesn’t stop Elliot Tiber from penning his memoirs, and now just about to turn 80, he just keeps writing and writing. His new memoir, “After Woodstock,” covers his life after the famous Woodstock concert, from 1969 to 1999 and with an epilogue bringing readers up to the [...]

Book review: Leytonstone by Stephen Volk, Spectral Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Stephen Volk has been in the writing game a very long time. He has also been working on films for an equally long time, with screenwriting credits going back as far as Ken Russell’s Gothic in 1986 and some notable efforts such as 1988’s The Kiss, which makes him better equipped than [...]

Screenplay infographic shows how to take it visual

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

  UK printer supplies company Cartridge Discount seems to be developing quite a sideline in useful infographics for writers, and one of the latest is this one, distilling the craft of creating a screenplay into visual form, with a range of sources listed at the end of the graphic. And of [...]

Morning Links: Kobo resolves download issue. Kindle Voyage review

By Joanna Cabot
October 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

How Far Companies Will Go to Protect You from Copyright Bullies (Gizmodo) When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. *** Kobo Resolves Download [...]

‘Cli-fi’ movies getting own awards show, the Cliffies

By Dan Bloom
August 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hollywood has a calendar full of movie and TV awards shows, from the Oscars to the Golden Globes, and with a dozen other awards on tap as well. There’s even the Razzies — The Golden Raspberry Awards– for the worst movies in each year’s hefty bag of cinema surprises. Now a [...]

Terms of Amazon dispute with Disney seem oddly familiar

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

A Wall Street Journal article (if it’s paywalled, Google the headline to read it) delves into the sources of the pre-order blocking matter between Amazon and Disney…and if you could summarize it with a single phrase, it would be “the shoe’s on the other foot.” It has some commonalities [...]

Amazon Prime Streaming Music is terrific for Prime subscribers

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

Juli gave her review of Amazon Prime Music yesterday. Now I’ll have my say. First of all, as Slate and the Verge point out in their reviews, Amazon Prime Streaming Music is not a Pandora or Spotify killer, and it’s not meant to be. It really isn’t even a new service at all, so much as an [...]

That’s show biz: The value propositions of bookstores and movies

By Chris Meadows
April 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Sometimes when I’m trawling through the news, I run across unrelated posts that form an interesting juxtaposition. Here’s one concerning the very similar way that technological change has affected two entirely different industries. First, Dan Meadows (not a close relation as far as I know) has [...]

Sainsbury’s sets sail with Captain Phillips film tie-in ebook offer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, already pushing itself up the ebook and digital entertainment sales leagues, has launched a new promo to link what are now two forms of digital media – films and ebooks. In a strictly limited-time promotion, Sainsbury’s Entertainment is offering a [...]

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