Paul St John Mackintosh

Wanted: Your constructive feedback for TeleRead’s podcasters—and some graphics talent for this site

By David Rothman
June 20, 2015 // 7 Comments

The first TeleRead Podcast got off to a good start—stream or download the show here or on the TalkShoe site. As already noted, the debut podcast “touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited compensation [...]

Penguin Random House UK CEO: You’ve never had it so good

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

As interviewed by Jennifer Rankin in The Observer, the Sunday imprint of the UK’s Guardian, Tom Weldon, UK CEO of Penguin Random House, has some good things to say about the state of publishing. Good for publishers at least.  He declares that: “”Some commentators say the [...]

E Ink sees reduced demand for ereader screens

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 5, 2014 // 5 Comments

According to reports of an investor conference which appeared in the Taipei Times, e-paper specialist producer E Ink Holdings Inc. has announced lower sales and financial losses over the current and ensuing quarters, off the back of falling demand for its screens, found inside the Kindle and other [...]

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company’s view of the current market and plans for the future. TeleRead: What is the Aquafadas house view of the optimal future for [...]

Cambridge University Press takes Ben Jonson online

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 25, 2014 // 2 Comments

Venerable UK academic publisher Cambridge University Press is debuting its website for “The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online,” complementing, as the site says, “the seven-volume print edition of Jonson’s works published in 2012.” The online version [...]

Wikert on Kindle Singles and the size question

By libertyc
October 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

The vexed question of that extra length has resurfaced in the blogosphere, with content industry critic Joe Wikert posting his latest evaluation of the state of Amazon’s online strategy and the way the ebook ecosystem is going. And it’s not hard to guess the direction of his thinking [...]

European Council may bring changes in EU ebook VAT

By libertyc
October 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

A meeting of the European Union’s European Council scheduled to take place this week could bring about a retail mini-revolution for ebooks in Europe, at least if certain writeups in the media are to be believed. As reported in The Bookseller, the meeting may see the different rates of value [...]

Scientists show that poetry is the music of the mind

By libertyc
October 22, 2013 // 1 Comment

Claims by generations of poets, critics and readers that poetry shares the power of music to directly affect our emotions and feelings have been given some substance by researchers at the UK’s University of Exeter, as reported by the University itself and retweeted by the UK Poetry Society. [...]

Interview: Anne-Sylvie Homassel

By libertyc
October 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Anne-Sylvie Homassel is a translator from English into French, founding editor and publisher of the French horror/dark fiction magazine and associated imprint Le visage vert, and writer under the name Anne-Sylvie Salzman of highly-praised dark fiction stories, including “Darkscapes,” [...]

UK MP speaks out for libraries

By libertyc
October 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

As welcome proof that not all British politicians are scum bent on gutting the nation’s library system, Chris Bryant, Labour Member of Parliament for Rhondda in Wales, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in the last Labour government, writer, and former Head of European Affairs at the BBC, [...]

Pew Research data shows U.S. still taking the tablets

By libertyc
October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The latest Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project shows Americans consuming tablets and ereader devices eagerly, although perhaps not at the same breakneck speed that they were in previous years. “Overall, the number of people who have a tablet [...]

GQ Icon of the Year Noel Gallagher: Books make him feel small, working class should stop reading

By libertyc
October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’d like to think that GQ Magazine‘s tongue was somewhere near its cheek, instead of Noel Gallagher’s butt cheeks, when it made him 2013 Icon of the Year. But I doubt it. And 1990s boy-band wonder Noel used his interview on the occasion to vent some choice cuts about books and [...]

UK government's latest guidance on libraries? Do it yourself

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

The British government’s latest attempt to sidle away from its statutory responsibilities to provide adequate library services takes the form of guidance on the Gov.uk website on how to “Create a community library” which tells you “how you can help support local libraries, [...]

Click this title: College Humor runs clickbait covers

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

As someone who has to struggle daily with the distortions, constraints, and outright weirdness of search engine optimization for article headlines, I can tell you that the results can sometimes be pretty screwed up. But few weirder than this series of hilariously classic and popular book covers and [...]

NetNames wants you to believe its textbook piracy figures, buy its services

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Statements by “domain management, online brand protection and online security” company NetNames about the size of the problem of textbook piracy in the UK are being picked up by the BBC and The Bookseller magazine. According to the BBC report quoted, 76 percent of a sample of 50 popular [...]

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