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‘A Beautiful Mind,’ e-books and the Five Laws of Library Science: RIP, John Forbes Nash, Jr.
May 24, 2015 | 4:54 pm

John_Forbes_Nash,_Jr._by_Peter_Badge“A Beautiful Mind,” the inspiration of the book and film by that name, died over the weekend.  John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were killed Saturday in an automobile accident. A world-famous mathematician, he shared a Nobel Prize in economics for his contribution to game theory. His work helped shape fields ranging from diplomacy to law to computer science. But when I read of Nash’s death. I thought of something else—the Five Laws of Library Science. They remind librarians of the need to help patrons find the right books, and the right...

Accessory Review: Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6
May 22, 2015 | 3:17 pm

Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6A new device means purchasing a new cover or case, and I decided to go for the official Amazon Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6. I had looked at an M-Edge case in Best Buy, and I usually like their products. It was about $5 cheaper, but I ended up going with the Amazon case. Why? Because it had a magnet for auto sleep/wake and the M-Edge case didn't. I put up with a non-magnet case for my iPad because I can turn it on with the home button. On a device without a home button, I learned a...

Parsing the Amazon Best-Seller Lists
May 22, 2015 | 10:25 am

amazon best seller listNow that my first book  is up at the Kindle store, I have been reading a ton about Amazon rankings, trying to tweak the category listing for my title to give it broader exposure. I knew the book was not going to be a best-seller. It is a niche category, and I knew that. But it was a book I wanted to read myself, so I figured it would be a good test project for me to learn the ins and outs of the Kindle process. The good news: I am beating out my chief competitor. Normally, I am...

Morning Links: Writing by Committee. Gmail on Android Watch With Wear Mail
May 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

wear mail clientBusiness Musings: Writing by Committee (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I had a shudder moment yesterday. While researching something else, I read a New York Times interview on leadership with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Publishing Group. (No, she’s not the head of Random House. Just a section of it.) She mentions the importance of teamwork in the publishing industry. She’s running a huge section of a major company. Of course there needs to be a team, and of course, the team needs to work toward a common goal. *** Do...

How to kill off Chrome RAM hogs: Crash-proofing tips
May 22, 2015 | 4:52 am

chrome ram hogs pac-man imageGoogle’s Chrome browser these days can be the Pac-Man of apps---with an insatiable appetite for RAM. Talk all you want about e-books in browsers and other goodies. But what about the basics? My Chrome was crashing constantly, and even a Google support staffer hadn’t a complete solution for my HP Pavilion---overwhelmed despite 8GB of RAM. I’d vaguely heard of the Great Suspender, a Chrome plug-in which tidies things up a bit by dumping tabs that you have not used in X amount of time (yes, you can adjust that value). And there is also OneTab to help you manage in a...

Accessory Review: cheero Power Plus 3
May 21, 2015 | 4:21 pm

cheero power plus 3Because we just can't have too many external batteries, right? Of course not, so when cheero asked if I wanted a sample of the cheero Power Plus 3, I said, sure! This has turned into my favorite external battery. With 13400 mAh of power, it'll charge a phone multiple times. On one charge, it took my phone from about 50% to full three times and still had enough juice to charge my Fire HD from about half to full. There was probably still enough to get a bit more life out of my phone, if I'd needed it. ...

Ian McEwan comes out for Charlie Hebdo, against PEN copouts
May 21, 2015 | 3:17 pm

Salon_du_livre_de_Paris_2011_-_Ian_McEwan_-_003Celebrated British novelist Ian McEwan has given a magisterial commencement address at Dickinson College in support of the principle of free speech in general, of Charlie Hebdo in particular, and against those fellow writers who withdrew from the PEN America Center gala held to award its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo. The address has been posted up as a video and a full transcript by Time Magazine here, and as a video by Huffington Post here. I won't bother copying and pasting the whole text, which is available to all. McEwan's address on the genesis and importance of...

TeleRead Migrating to New Server
May 20, 2015 | 8:44 am

We may experience some short downtime events in the coming days as we prepare for a server migration. Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly. I will keep you updated. Comments will be disabled during the migration. I apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or want to email me any news tips, I'm available at juli@1to1Discovery.com...

Morning Links: Vook to relaunch as Pronoun. Change to MacBook Pro
May 20, 2015 | 8:26 am

pronounMy Personal List of What Should be Top-of-Mind for Publishers Around Digital Change Today (Mike Shatzkin) To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. *** Vook to Relaunch as Free Self-Publishing Platform Pronoun (Digital Book World) The strategy shift comes eight months after acquiring the short-form ebook publisher Byliner and more than a year after buying Booklr, a data and analytics start-up. *** Apple Gives New 15-Inch MacBook Pro a ‘Force Touch’ Trackpad (Plus Other Stuff) (Re/Code) Apple has updated its 15-inch, Retina-display MacBook Pro laptop...

Phablets Are Too Big?
May 19, 2015 | 3:10 pm

phabletAh, first world problems. Phablets are too big to comfortably use one-handed. The post on ReadWrite goes into some detail about how inconvenient large screen phones can be. (Check it out for the image of the phone ring on the iPhone 6+. I didn't know they were a thing.) Basically, the point comes down to if you can't use it one-handed, it's not worth getting. I admit the post had me rolling my eyes. (If you read the comments, others had the same reaction.) It's not like this should actually be a surprise to anyone. I used to be in the camp...

Book review: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory, Tachyon Publications
May 19, 2015 | 12:25 pm

51V0BoyQk4LThe July 2014 publication We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory is one of the nominees in the Novella category for this year’s Shirley Jackson Awards nominations, and comes fairly well garlanded already with recommendations and plaudits. Are they justified? The answer is a polite "FUCK yeah!" The plot briefly is that  Dr. Jan Sayer gathers together a therapy group of five - literally - scarred, maimed and traumatized survivors of very unique and untypical ordeals, from cannibal holocausts to quite unique child abuse, and finds weird and horrible revelations erupting in the collision between their fractured and...

Indie bookstores off the critical list – who would know?
May 19, 2015 | 10:25 am

downloadAn article in The Daily Beast, "Indie Bookstores Are Finally Not Dying," draws attention to the by-now-just-a-wee-bit-well-known fact that indie bookstores as a whole are not doing so very badly in the post-disruption post-Amazon era, and as it happens are in some cases doing quite well. This isn't to pooh-pooh the sufferings of those worthy bookshops that are struggling in current trading conditions, but it is to discredit the grand Big Five/Luddite narrative of brave little bookshops and their stalwart publisher allies struggling against the Amazon behemoth. The article, covering bookstores in the context of the first Independent Bookstore Day, still...

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