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A hearty ‘Welcome back’ to Joe Wikert: An e-book-hip publishing pro returns to TeleRead as a contributing writer
July 17, 2015 | 1:50 am

JoeWikertWelcome back to Joe Wikert---a past TeleRead contributor with sterling credentials in both old-time publishing and the e-book variety. Starting today, TeleRead will again be running his authoritative posts. Joe is director of strategy and business development at Olive Software, which serves the newspaper and book industries, among others. Prior to joining Olive, he was general manager, publisher and chair of the Tools of Change (TOC) conference at O'Reilly Media, Inc. Joe managed each of the editorial groups at O'Reilly as well as the Microsoft Press team and the retail sales organization. Before joining O'Reilly, he was vice president and executive...

The new iPod Touch flunks my screen test: How many e-book fans care about this gadget?
July 16, 2015 | 1:16 pm

ipod_touch_5_16_32_64I’ve owned several iPod Touches. But fergit it when it comes to the new line---given Apple’s insistence on a tiny four-inch screen. Why the devil should I pay $199 or whatever for that? I can buy an Android phone with a noticeably larger screen for half the price, and the choice of e-reader apps would be better. Marvin and Voice Dream almost surely will work on the new iPod, not just iBooks or the iOS Kindle app; but how about, say, Moon+ Reader Pro or FBReader? They're for Android. As for people on extra-tight budgets---well, I’ve scored a used iPhone on eBay with a...

‘In the E-Book Economy, Big Authors Lose Money to Big Publishers Losing Ground’
July 15, 2015 | 7:29 am

Viagens_de_Gulliver_004Faced with so much competition from Lilliputians, big publishers aren't selling as many e-books as they'd like. And guess who's paying the price? Authors---including some major ones. No wonder the Authors Guild is pressing harder than before to raise substandard royalty rates for writers. If sales are lagging, why not at least go for a fair share of the revenue? "The fifteen month trend-line for the big five publishers (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster), in terms of market share of e-book bestsellers, has been downward," says The Observer by way of The Passive Voice. "The top companies had 20 percent of the...

Free chapter: ‘Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women’
July 15, 2015 | 6:35 am

Ravensbruck51tuttqiuzL._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_A Holocaust survivor, my collaborator on a current writing project, objected to my use of the phrase "Molotov cocktail." Why? Because he feared the young readers wouldn't understand. Slowly the memories of World War II are receding. That's all the more tragic, given that new stories---fresh even to those of us who care---are emerging. One is the not-so-well-known history of the Nazis' sole concentration camp for women. Sarah Helm's Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women is a welcome addition to World War II literature if a free excerpt in Longreads reflects the overall quality of the book. I'm pleased to see an e-book edition, not just paper ones, and I hope...

‘Google, Mozilla disable Flash over security concerns': Time for feds or others to shut down this security offender?
July 15, 2015 | 6:25 am

flash2"For a while Tuesday, Silicon Valley turned off its Flash. Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome browsers blocked old versions Adobe’s  animation software---often used to play online videos---following news reports that hackers were using a security bug to take over peoples’ computers." - MarketWatch. The TeleRead take: Yes, it's long past time to retire Flash. And if Adobe won't do it,  ideally federal regulators of one kind or another can step in. Flash has become an embarrassment to the Internet industry. Sites should just say no and stop relying on a repeat security offender. Adobe's Flash doesn't set out to violate your privacy. But it's certainly catnip for the...

‘iBooks Author 2.3 adds support for ePub 3, opens up ebook creation to anyone’
July 15, 2015 | 5:22 am

ibooks-author-epub-screenshot (1) So what do the TeleRead community's Mac owners think of this upbeat review, of iBooks Author 2.3, by iMore's Serenity Caldwell? Excerpt: Apple has essentially created an ePub 3-compliant WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor in iBooks Author. This means that authors can—from start to finish—create gorgeous books with images, captions, video, and custom text, and publish them in the ePub 3 standard, which you can then easily convert to KF8 (the Kindle proprietary format based on ePub 3). Of course, with the need to own a Mac, this is hardly the WordPress of e-book creation software. Still, it's definite...

Amazon Fire Phone to get Google Play Store and other goodies via CyanogenMod
July 14, 2015 | 8:28 pm

fire phoneNate has the details. Related: Amazon Fire phone just $60 today if you subtract $99 Prime Membership credit from $159 sales price. That one's over for now. But will it be revived tomorrow, June 15, as part of Amazon's Prime Wednesday? Yes, Amazon wants to blow the phones out the door---they were hardly a hit. But they're quite worthwhile discounted with the CyanogenMod on the way. I own one. Update, 11:31 p.m.: And here's the same phone for $140 on eBay with a year of Prime included. Thanks to the sharp-eyed F. J. Torres (via Nate). In effect, a $40 phone if...

E-reader bargains and others tomorrow at Amazon—and a chance to help TeleRead
July 14, 2015 | 6:59 pm

Amazon Prime DayBelow are some of the e-reader bargains and others at Amazon starting at midnight Pacific Time tomorrow, as part of Bargain Wednesday for Prime Members. Links may or may not lead to pages offering discounts, and quantities of discounted items may be limited. But give the linksa shot. They are TeleRead Buying Links, to help us pay our writers and keep this free site going. Fire TV Stick, fastest selling Amazon device of all time, $15 off (discount not around when I looked - DR, July 15) Kindle 6" No Glare, $30 off (updated) Fire HD 7, $60 off Fire HD 7 Kids Edition, $60 off 32-inch LED...

Where’s the WordPress of e-book creation software? Corporate egos, not tech issues, are the real problem
July 14, 2015 | 10:58 am

egomanSigil 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 low-cost that experts can adapt. And yet novices can almost immediately use it toward at least halfway decent-looking results. Yes, there are all kinds of tools, ranging from free ones to Adobe's pricey InDesign 1.0. But so often there is some kind of catch, which genuine compliance with good e-book standards could help mitigate. In a guest post for the Book Designer, for example,...

Want to enjoy e-books more and retain more from them? Here are my e-book literacy tips. Your own?
July 13, 2015 | 9:17 am

LudditeNed Ludd, the tech-hater, is dead. But critics of e-books live on, and they are not entirely wrong. Many people do not retain as much from e-books as from p-books, nor are they as comfortable reading them. But who says they can’t learn to love E and absorb more than ever? Up with e-book literacy! Below I'll share e-book literacy tips, summing up what I've mentioned earlier on the TeleRead site. Why not add your own wisdom in our comments section? COMFORT 1. Pick the right e-reading device, since they're like hearing aids and eyeglasses. What works for Janice may not for Jane, and vice versa....

TeleRead Links: U.S. lags in E Ink reader development—why? ePub creation tips. Why Zuckerberg and Musk read utopian sci-fi.
July 11, 2015 | 9:39 am

imcoG6TWL_i3gx2y7g1. Why is there no e-ink innovation in the U.S. (MobileRead) The TeleRead take:  Why is the Kindle line---well, so meh? All kinds of E Ink goodies are on sale from companies in Asia and European (more information here). But from Amazon? Well, better screens, and we read plausible rumors of a powerful chip in the next Voyage. And, yes, the hardware over the years has gotten sleeker and sleeker. But on the whole, the variety and innovation aren’t there to the extent they should be. Where are the Amazon eight-inch E In devices with high-res displays and frontlighting? Have tablets really...

TeleRead Links: New Harper Lee novel excerpt online for free. Exotic e-readers on Amazon. Wattpad as a sales-booster for writers.
July 10, 2015 | 9:27 am

GoSetAWatchmanBy popular demand, TeleRead Links will remain even if our links roundups won’t appear as often, or at a regular time. Our fare today: 1. This morning Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman finally reaches the public after 60 years (the Guardian). You can read the first chapter or hear Reese Witherspoon do so, read a favorable review and keep up with the reactions over at the Guardian. The TeleRead take: I can’t wait to read the Kindle edition (Amazon buying link---to help us pay our writers). It's  available July 14. Here’s the first sentence of Watchman from the author of To Kill a...

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