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China and Japan: The device tech faceoff?
December 22, 2014 | 10:25 am

sharptabs_thumb.jpgDigitimes, the popular though occasionally unreliable Taiwanese technology news platform, has shared fresh intelligence that Japanese mobile device display manufacturers are finally managing to bring significant pricing pressure to bear on their Chinese rivals. According to the Digitimes report, which cites local "industry sources," Sharp and the government-supported Japan Display conglomerate, the world's largest manufacturer of smartphone screens, are finally managing to match or beat the prices commanded by Chinese and Taiwanese peers for TFT LCD screens and other digital device display technologies. Chinese smartphone manufacturers Huawei, TCL and ZTE are cited as some of the makes implicated in the pricing offensive....

Morning Links: Konrath leaves Kindle Unlimited. Review of eReader industry
December 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedOn Reading an Author's Work In (and Out) of Order (Book Riot) Would it be better to begin this relationship in the back catalog, where the right deep cut can make up for a multitude of lesser tracks, or do you opt to start where you are and grow together while also looking back? Which makes for a more lasting bond? *** Finland Abolishes Copyright Levy on Digital Devices (Techdirt) As we've noted before, copyright levies -- effectively a tax on blank storage media -- are becoming ever-more anachronistic and unworkable. So it's good to hear about a country doing the sensible thing and...

Alan Dundes papers open for access at UC Berkeley Bancroft Library
December 21, 2014 | 4:25 pm

The collected papers of Alan Dundes (1934-2005), celebrated folklorist and professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley, have just been made available to students and the public in an archive housed in the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, following a formal opening ceremony held by the Department of Anthropology & the Berkeley Folklore Program at the UC Berkeley Doe Library. The papers and correspondence amount to some 45 boxes, and will be available for access on application. According to the Bancroft Library's own materials, Dundes was "a leading figure in folkloristic scholarship, widely known as one of the most influential and...

Emily Carroll shares the webcomic of your (darkest) Christmas dreams
December 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Noted graphic artist and comic author Emily Carroll has made quite an impact on the graphic novel community in recent years with her book of graphic - in every sense of the word - horror stories Through the Woods, and her other projects. She also has a welcome habit of sharing her work online, as free-to-access webcomics. "His Face All Red," for instance, one of the showpieces of Through the Woods, is available for free viewing here - and the slideshow-like transitions online are one of the most effective dramatic devices in her work. And now she has shared a dark tale...

Linshof and the problem of Android vaporware
December 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

gsmarena_001 A German startup that had announced new Android devices has just shut up shop - before even opening. Linshof, the German company in question, states on its own website that: Linshof is closed. We understood that it would be a difficult project and we are grateful for having the opportunity to work on it. Unfortunately, our investors decided to close the project due to their own internal reasons. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Note: We have never accepted any kind of pre-orders, donations, or third party investments. All our liabilities and obligations were paid in full. Previously, Linshof announced a smartphone, the i8, with...

Weekend Links: Authors share favorite audiobooks on Audible. Children’s book market growing
December 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

audibleThe Children's Book Market Has Grown 44% in the Last Decade (GoodeReader) Nielsen hosted the first annual Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan and produced research for over a four year period.  They produced research that the children’s book market has increased 44% in the last decade and 67% of teens read for pleasure. *** Why I AM Participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2015 (Book Riot) Jessica wrote a great post about not participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I can identify with a lot of what she wrote — feeling the pressure to meet your reading goal, feeling bad about...

Robert Aickman to receive more recognition with tribute anthology
December 20, 2014 | 4:25 pm

From underappreciated minority taste, English weird and dark fiction author Robert Aickman seems on the fast track to resurrected greatness. And one further step in the process is the release by Undertow Publications, publishers of the very wonderful Shadows and Tall Trees, of Aickman's Heirs, "an anthology of strange, weird tales by modern masters of weird fiction, in the milieu of Robert Aickman" and paying tribute to his legacy, edited by notable weird fiction author Simon Strantzas. The table of contents for this volume has just been announced and includes contributions by John Langan, Richard Gavin, Lynda E. Rucker, D.P. Watt, and other...

Sieghart Report warns of “absolute disaster” in UK library services
December 20, 2014 | 2:25 pm

bookshelves-at-the-libraryThe just-released "Independent Library Report for England" launched by the UK government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has outlined a situation that its chief author, William Sieghart, has referred to elsewhere as the brink of "absolute disaster." And it calls for both wholesale renovation of the UK's library network, and recognition of their fundamental importance in society. For one thing, the Report seems to to all too aware of the danger of its conclusions being ignored by politicians. "There have already been far too many library reviews in recent years which have come to nothing," it warns. "Not enough decision makers at...

Macmillan CEO pens interesting letter on publishing state of play
December 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

john-sargent.jpgJohn Sargent is CEO of Macmillan, itself one of the Big Five publishers, although perhaps lower key and less controversial than the other four. And he penned an end-of-year message to the company's "Authors, Illustrators, and Agents" which has appeared in full on the blog of Macmillan imprint Tor. It makes for some interesting reading. Sargent's choice of date is significant. "Today a portion of our agreement with the Department of Justice (called a consent decree) expires, and we will no longer be required to allow retailers to discount e-books." In principle, at least. Although, as Sargent explains, the verdict in...

Imtiaz Dharker receives Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry
December 20, 2014 | 11:38 am

Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker has received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, one of the prizes and awards within the gift of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Instituted in 1933 by King George V, on the suggestion of the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield, the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry "is given for a book of verse published by someone from the United Kingdom or a Commonwealth realm. Recommendations for the award of the medal are made by a committee of eminent men and women of letters, under the chairmanship of the Poet Laureate." I can't do better than...

GamerGate Zoe Quinn rape story self-published, pulled from Amazon
December 19, 2014 | 11:46 pm

ethicsgameI can’t say I ever expected to have an excuse to write about GamerGate here on TeleRead. The movement generally hasn’t had anything to do directly with e-books. Until now. TechCrunch carries the story of a 3,000 word e-book posted for sale on Amazon, in which five men rape a “controversial video game designer” named “Zada Quinby”—a very thinly-veiled Zoe Quinn, the game developer who has been the focus of many of GamerGate’s attacks. Lest there be any doubt, the book had “#GamerGape” (sic) in its title. The e-book has since been taken down, but the...

Ensorcelled by ‘ensorcelled’
December 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ensorcelledFrom Aaron Sorkin at his two HBO series hits "The West Wing" and the just-concluded "The Newsroom"  to poet and literary critic Wayne Koestenbaum, the seldom-used (but now increasingly spoken and printed) word "ensorcelled" has been making the rounds. Danielle Berrin at the Jewish Journal in Los Angeles likes the word, too, and has used it in some of her columns there. In a story about the famous acting teacher Stella Adler and her one-time student Marlon Brando, Berrin noted that the young actor was "ensorcelled" by Adler. Let me cite some other examples, too, and then I'll discuss this charming, enchanting,...