Nate Hoffelder

Online opinion polls and the digital divide: Smart commentary from Nate

By David Rothman
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Why can’t the media understand the digital divide—especially the Associated Press?” I asked earlier this month on the TeleRead and LibraryCity sites. AP just didn’t get it. The divide isn’t merely about gadget counts. It’s about a mix of computers, connectivity, other access [...]

Barnes & Noble may be adding a new 8” tablet next month

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder offers a pretty big scoop based on insider information: someone at Barnes & Noble tells him that B&N is planning to reset its stores early next month to support a new 8” device. Details are sketchy—there are no new submissions to the FCC, and [...]

What can we learn from a ‘Kindle Gold Rusher’?

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 11 Comments

Here’s a story that’s been getting some play over the last couple of days. There’s a piece on The Hustler from a fellow named Sidd Finch who reportedly makes $150,000 a year by gaming the system on Amazon as a “Kindle Gold Rusher”. (Found via The Passive Voice.) He started out by looking [...]

Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 tells Adobe what books you’re reading

By Chris Meadows
October 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, Nate broke quite a story over on The Digital Reader about Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 sending information in the clear about the e-books you read. It got picked up by The Passive Voice, Ars Technica, GigaOm, TechDirt, Slashdot, BoingBoing, the list goes on and on. Congrats on the scoop, [...]

11 Publishing Shakers to follow, besides us

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

I’ll admit this is blowing my own horn a little, but today I was alerted to an article on The Independent Publishing Magazine listing “The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following.” After a bit of puzzlement—are the Shakers even still around, and didn’t they make furniture rather [...]

Salon’s Laura Miller swears off Amazon: Not many dead

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Salon has been the venue for plenty of gratuitous Amazon-bashing in the past. And the latest contribution is from senior Salon writer Laura Miller, who headlines her piece “Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through!” and adds, “I quit Amazon because of its monopolistic tactics. Is it [...]

In The Adventures of a Village, the story literally unfolds

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
December 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

You’ve heard of pop-up books, right? Well, here’s a book that takes the same basic idea of a pop-up book in a new direction. Rather than having you pull a tab, this book lets the reader unfold the story step by step. The Adventures of a Village is the work of artist Julie Stephen [...]

Google has a new reason for you to use Google Plus

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
December 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Google has been doing everything they can to get users to sign up for Google Plus. They require customers who want to leave a review in Google Play to join, they make it difficult to leave YouTube comments, and every time I have set up an Android device Google has pestered me to sign up for their [...]

Washington Post: Indie Bookstores Aren't Dying After All

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
December 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

There’s a new article in Sunday’s Washington Post which takes a look at the revival of  indie bookstores. According to the several booksellers interviewed for the piece, their stores are thriving and sales have never been better. Independent bookstores are not dead. In fact, in some of [...]

Alcatel One Touch Hero: The phone I can't live without?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 9, 2013 // 3 Comments

Normally I’d give myself a good kicking for picking up a lead from Nate Hoffelder over at The Digital Reader. After all, what kind of lazy journalism is that? But in this case, he may very well have turned me on to the ideal smartphone—one that’s going to make a conspicuous difference [...]

The Old Reader Strains Under Massive Post-Readerpocalypse Demand

By Joanna Cabot
July 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader posted an intriguing tidbit earlier today about The Old Reader, one of the more solid but less-hyped Google Reader alternatives to benefit from Google Reader’s demise. But in this paticular case, it seems the benefit turned out to be more of a curse: Since [...]

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