Yes, Live Writer blog editor will be open sourced, says ‘100 percent’-certain Microsoft guy. Your recs for the reborn LW?

By David Rothman
August 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Worried about the Live Writer blog editor not getting open sourced? Well, Microsoft developer Scott Hanselman tells TeleRead he’s “100%” certain it’ll happen. Others have raised questions, and Scott still isn’t giving us an ETA. But my bet is still on open sourcing occurring at some [...]

Vanity alert: So, ugh, how does TeleRead look now—with the new theme?

By David Rothman
July 29, 2015 // 29 Comments

The old WordPress theme was such a resources-hog that we’ve junked it ahead of time to help TeleRead load faster. Notice the speed-up from the much-customized replacement? I started in on the changes last night, intended to give myself a break, but ended up working well into prime traffic [...]

Live Writer blogging editor may be open-sourced: What a great writing tool for the masses—IF libraries and others will act!

By David Rothman
July 27, 2015 // 6 Comments

Microsoft’s Live Writer is the WYSIWYG blogging editor used to write many of the posts you see on TeleRead. No, Live Writer isn’t perfect. It clutters up our server with duplicate images; so we may compose in LW but add photos later via [...]

TeleRead Links: International pricing, knuckle dragging, revising copyright, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

When Selling Virtual Products Abroad, Don’t Put Prices On Autopilot (TechCrunch) For our experiment, we selected six different currencies — Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound, Mexican peso, Malaysian ringgit and Saudi riyal. Over six months, we charged various prices for the app [...]

Where’s the WordPress of e-book creation software? Corporate egos, not tech issues, are the real problem

By David Rothman
July 14, 2015 // 8 Comments

Sigil and Screwdrivers: What Makes an Ebook Development Tool?, Keith Snyder’s piece in Digital Book World, asks a valid question for the moment. But here’s a better one for the long term. When will we get the WordPress of e-book creation software? It’ll be something free or [...]

Our anti-spam Dobes: Please e-mail us if they delete your valuable comments

By David Rothman
June 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is LSD in the virtual dog food of our anti-spam Dobermans—well, actually the Akismet service? The Dobes have killed valuable comments from veteran TeleRead community members such as Frank Lowney and Michael W. Perry. Anyone know of some Dobe trainers out there? We’ll investigate the [...]

Tell Dec. 6 DPLA hackfest what a good blog editor/creation tool should be like—to help libraries and patrons easily create their own stuff

By libertyc
December 6, 2012 // 1 Comment

If only WordPress, Drupal and the like were as easy to use as Windows Live Writer (screenshot) or at least the less cluttered versions of Microsoft Word! Inserting images and sizing and positioning them just right, for example, can be so much simpler with LW and Word. That’s [...]

John Miedema releases BNC BiblioShare WordPress plugin – put book covers in your blog

By libertyc
April 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

John Miedema, who has contributed a number of articles to TeleRead, has released two WordPress plugins.  Here’s what the WordPress plugin directory says about  BiblioShare: The BNC BiblioShare plugin is for book reviewers, book bloggers, library webmasters, anyone who wants to put book [...]

Easiest 3 ways to self-publish an ePUB ebook

By libertyc
August 30, 2010 // 9 Comments

   1. Smashwords Smashwords continues to kick goals in self-publishing. In an increasingly crowded market, I just don’t think you can beat Smashwords for ease of use, price (you can’t do better than free), and distribution. Fling your words to Smashwords, and you’ll quickly end up with an [...]

David Rothman’s ‘Solomon Scandals’ blog adopts new iPad interface

By libertyc
August 8, 2010 // 1 Comment

A few days ago, I mentioned the WordPress plug-in PadPressed, which makes blogs resemble Wordpad documents when read on the iPad. Now our founder and editor emeritus David Rothman has put that plug-in into use on his own blog about his book, The Solomon Scandals, with an emphasis on the [...]

Media keep coming up iPad

By libertyc
July 29, 2010 // 7 Comments

The iPad is so popular these days that everything is coming out with special interfaces for it. There was Pulse, which turns a selection of favorite RSS feeds into something similar to a magazine. Then there was Flipboard, which does the same for links posted to social networks. Now here are a [...]

Publishing books with WordPress

By libertyc
May 20, 2010 // 2 Comments

On O’Reilly’s Tools of Change blog, Hugh McGuire—the co-developer of the Book Oven on-line content management system for publishing, among other things—explains why a better publishing platform might actually be made from WordPress, of all things. McGuire started Book Oven with the goal of [...]

Quick Note: EbookMetaFinder; OpenBook 2 to be revised; Agency model; Israel lifts iPad ban

By libertyc
April 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

A new ebook price comparison site has launched – EbookMetaFinder. If anyone uses it please let us know how well it works. TeleRead contributor John Miediema says that he will be revising his OpenBook 2 WordPress plugin provides an easy way to insert book covers, titles and other bibliographic [...]

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