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Philadelphia Weekly’s first e-book is a harrowing look at life after sexual abuse
November 22, 2012 | 9:52 am

Aside from the fact that the majority of them seem to be (sadly) going the way of the Dodo, alternative newsweeklies aren't exactly known for being publishers of e-books. The independently-owned Philadelphia Weekly, however, has just published its very first official e-book; it was collaborated and edited by PW senior editor Nina Hoffmann, and her husband, Joel Hoffmann. (Disclosure: TeleRead editor Dan Eldridge previously worked as a part-time copy editor and a contributing freelance writer for PW.) Titled The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse, the book is a collection of more than 50 personal essays written by...

5 Halloween-themed e-books for kids
October 26, 2012 | 2:57 pm

If you happen to have a child in the house who can't stop talking about Halloween, you might consider taking a tip from parenting blogger Jenn Savedge; over on the Mother Nature Network, she's compiled a decent (if brief) list of Halloween-themed e-books for kids. Even better: One Two of the books are free. Here's the list, along with a brief description for each book: Even Monsters Get Sick by Michael Bruza Produced by Busy Bee Studios, this 2012 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner is technically a mobile app. It's also fully interactive, allowing your child to interact with a boy named Harry, as he struggles to discover what's wrong with his new...

Celebrate ‘Star Wars Reads Day’ on October 6
October 3, 2012 | 11:00 am

Star Wars Reads DayThis coming Saturday, October 6, you can join over 1,000 bookstores and libraries in celebrating Star Wars Reading Day, "an international celebration of books about the science fiction series," reports GalleyCat. From the post: Readers are invited to dress up in costume and go to participating local bookstores which are hosting Star Wars reading parties. Lucasfilms and its publishing partners Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines and Workman teamed up for the event. For more information, and to find out where a 'Star Wars Reads Day' event is taking place near you, click here....

Storia Announces Free E-Books and an iPad Giveaway (Contest Ends Sept. 14)
September 13, 2012 | 11:59 am

Scholastic wants to start your school year off right with iPad giveaways on Facebook and free e-books from Storia, the new teacher-recommended e-book and e-reading system designed specifically for toddlers to teens. By downloading the free Storia app to your PC, iPad or Android tablet, you'll automatically receive five free e-books, including a special-edition Clifford the Big Red Dog e-book in honor of his 50th birthday this year. Teachers who download Storia for their classroom will receive an additional five free e-books specifically selected for their student's grade level. You can also enter Storia's “Scratch and Win Sweepstakes” on Facebook for a...

Choosing the Best E-Reader … for me, and for you
September 11, 2012 | 5:42 pm

As someone looking to join the e-reader world, I feel cautious about which device to choose. What with the new lines of Amazon and Kobo e-readers that just launched, and the fact that new tablets are coming out quicker than most people can keep track of them, there almost seems to be too many options. There are backlit and front-lit devices to think about; there are E Ink screens and LCD screens; there are touch-screens and page-turning tabs and ads and perks ... the task feels daunting. Thankfully, I recently stumbled upon a Tech News Daily article that helps consumers choose which...

A conversation with Readmill founder Henrik Berggren
August 29, 2012 | 11:57 am

Editor's note: Where I come from, we tend to refer to people like Readmill founder Henrik Berggren as "young pioneers." Berggren works incredibly hard on a project he's hugely passionate about, and the result, for those of you who may not be familiar with his online service, is pure fun for book obsessives like myself. The easiest way to understand exactly what Readmill is and what exactly it can do for you is to watch the simple introductory video on the company's homepage. To put it simply, though, Readmill is something like a social networking site for the sorts of readers...

Weighing in on Sony’s new PRS-T2 Reader
August 22, 2012 | 12:30 pm

About a week ago, Sony finally got around to launching its new touchscreen e-ink e-reader—the PRS-T2 Reader—and the reviews, both pro and con, are streaming in faster than a T3 Trunk Line. For those of you interested in the device's specs and details, keep scrolling; we've got those for you directly below. At the bottom of the post, you'll find links to a round-up of reviews ... ¶ The PRS-T2 Reader is certainly one of the lightest e-readers ever, weighing in at just under six ounces. It's retailing for around US$130. ¶ The PRS-T2 has a 6-inch touchscreen, an e-Ink display, a built-in stylus and Wi-Fi access....

American Airlines forces nonverbal teen to put away her only form of communication: her iPad
August 21, 2012 | 12:34 pm

Carly Fleischmann, an autistic nonverbal teenager, was made to put away her iPad, her only form of communication, during an American Airlines flight, reports Babble.com. Carly was diagnosed at the age of two with autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors told Carly's parents that she would never surpass the intellectual capacity of a small child. Now at age 17, Carly has proven these professionals wrong. After years of intensive therapy, Carly has figured out her own form of communication by typing on her computer and iPad. She's now an author with over 42,000 Facebook fans...

Amazon Makes Returning Kindle eBooks Easy
August 15, 2012 | 11:31 am

According to a story posted on Mediabistro's Galleycat blog, Amazon is now accepting Kindle e-book returns within seven days of purchase. Unlike Barnes & Noble and Sony, who won't accept returns, Amazon makes it easy. You can request a return and refund by visiting the Manage Your Kindle section of Amazon's website, clicking the Actions tab for the e-book title, and then selecting “Return for refund.” So go ahead and order your third copy of Fifty Shades of Grey; you can always return it when you come to your senses....

Apples to Oranges: Apple bids to sponsor the Orange Prize for Fiction
August 14, 2012 | 6:00 pm

According to the Sunday Telegraph, Apple is looking to back the Orange Prize for Fiction, which recognizes novels written by women. Over 18 other companies have indicated interest in sponsoring the prize, but it appears that discussions with Apple are the most advanced. Why is Apple, a major technology giant, so interested in a prize for books? While the company has a hold on digital music sales with its popular iTunes platform, it falls short in the e-book market with iBookstore. (Apple's biggest e-book competitor, Amazon, has already dominated sales with its Kindle e-reader.) Now that Apple is strengthening its literary footing...

O’Reilly offers 50 percent discount on top e-books
August 14, 2012 | 11:57 am

[From Make Use Of] O'Reilly, a top technology publisher, is offering a 50 percent discount on its top-performing, five-star e-book titles for just a couple more days. This deal expires on August 16 at 11:59 p.m., so you better act quick. Make sure to use the discount code WK5STAR to receive half-off when purchasing your e-books. There are almost 20 titles for you to choose from, all of them being the most well-reviewed books on O'Reilly's virtual book rack. They are also entirely DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, and free updates. O'Reilly includes Dropbox syncing too. This discount cannot...