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Book review: The Lost Stradivarius, by John Meade Falkner

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

This is a review of quite an old title, in fact one dating from 1895 and freely available on Project Gutenberg. But The Lost Stradivarius, by John Meade Falkner, has been described as the novel that M.R. James never wrote, and as an ardent Jamesian, I’m naturally going to want to read such a [...]

The early history of e-books

By Chris Meadows
March 13, 2014 // 5 Comments

The Guardian has taken a look back at early e-books, trying to determine when they began. One example the article points out is a novel called Host, published as a publicity stunt on two floppy disks in 1993. Since the book was about a scientist who downloads his mind into a computer, I imagine it [...]

Pounding It Out With Ol Ez: Ezra Pound's Birthday

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

October 30th marks the birth of Ezra Pound (1885-1972), one of those giants of 20th-century literature who, thanks to the same quirk of copyright timing that affected his contemporaries and sometimes collaborators (no, no, not that kind of collaborator …) James Joyce and T.S. Eliot,  has a [...]

The Scottish split personality – and its free online icons

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Scottish novelist Ewan Morrison has just done an epic-length dissection of one of the more celebrated peculiarities of the Caledonian mind in the UK’s The Guardian – and one whose iconic fictional prototypes are available online as free ebooks. That is, the fact that it’s two [...]

Back to School Week, Part 2: Where To Get E-Books for Your Kids

By Joanna Cabot
September 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

In my “Back to School Week, Part 1” post, I talked about some books for parents. Today, I’m talking about books for kids. Where can you get them? The library is one obvious answer. So is the store which came with your device—Kindle, Kobo, Sony, etc.. But what if you are, like [...]

Book Review: Yesterday's Classics E-Book Collection

By Joanna Cabot
August 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s my last week of summer vacation, and I’ll be spending it planning for the coming school year. I have been delighted to find a growing niche of publishers that are targeting the back-to-school market with specialized e-book collections, and this e-book collection comes from one such [...]

Marcel Proust's birthday: A day to remember things past — for free

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Today, June 10th, marks the birth date of another great 20th-century modern novelist: Marcel Proust, author of the celebrated, and massive, work, “À la recherche du temps perdu” (“Remembrance of Things Past”). And luckily, by the same quirk of copyright that has left the [...]

Orkney's Edwin Muir shows the strengths of Project Gutenberg Canada

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

The remote Scottish Orkney Islands have a remarkably strong cultural presence for their few bleak acres of windswept turf. As it happens, it is just that heritage that is being celebrated right now in the year-long series of events entitled Writing the North, “a collaboration between the [...]


By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 3, 2013 // 15 Comments

Much back-and-forth debate has circulated recently about the latest iteration of the EPUB standard, EPUB 3—no surprise with IDPF Digital Book 2013, the International Digital Publishing Forum’s annual shindig, having just concluded in New York City. But whatever the merits of the standard, [...]

Ted Heller comes out without a jacket

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

As already noted in TeleRead, author Ted Heller has recently been bemoaning his woes as a self-publisher in Slate. He’s now followed up with a further bulletin on his tribulations as an e-reader, first run on The Weeklings and also aired since on Slate. In particular, he cites the demise of [...]

Say hey to Paul St John Mackintosh, our newest contributing writer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

My life on the borderland between text and tech started in adolescence as a sci-fi nerd, dreaming of a future that started to come true around the release of the first Star Wars film, and has since been outstripping most fancies from that era year on year, hand over fist. As a writer and editor, [...]

Perdrix TXT e-reading app (review)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Have you ever run across a solution looking for a problem? Unfortunately, that’s my reaction to Perdrix TXT, a new e-reading app for iPhone and iPad. The developer contacted me over the weekend and gave me a promo code for a free review copy, and I gave it a look. Here’s what they say [...]

Check out my first-ever e-book reader!

By Joanna Cabot
March 14, 2013 // 10 Comments

I mentioned earlier that it’s been spring cleaning week here. Well, in amongst one of those random boxes of this and that, I unearthed this gem: my first-ever e-book reader! Back when I purchased this puppy for $50 plus shipping off eBay (a fortune!), it was 2005 and I was living in New [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 2: All hail indie Amazon authors!

By Joanna Cabot
February 27, 2013 // 4 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * It’s been a busy month for me, work-wise, so I haven’t had that much reading time—I logged just five books this month, which is pathetic. [...]

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