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‘Why do I keep seeing journalists take notes on paper?’ Question for book writers, too?
June 5, 2015 | 6:12 am

evernote“I was at a lunch briefing today, and of about 10 people around the table---some Visa executives, some PR minders, most journalists---I was the only person taking notes in an app instead of on paper.”  - Former Washington Post tech columnist  Rob Pegoraro, in his blog on June 4. The TeleRead take: He goes on to recommend typing into Evernote or, if you prefer, alternatives such as OneNote or Google Keep or Apple Notes for OS X and iOS. I myself am usually interviewing by telephone or email, and when I’m on the phone, I may take notes with...

Safety alert: Voice Dream Mail Pro app is better for the visually impaired than for drivers barreling down the freeway
June 5, 2015 | 2:43 am

voicedreammailUpdated June 5 I've long been a booster of Voice Dream, the best text-to-speech app for reading e-books, at least for me. Now, from developer Winston Chen, comes word of another product for iOS, Voice Dream Mail. As he describes the app, "It reads your email out loud using text-to-speech. And you control it by tapping and swiping anywhere on the screen. For example, swipe right to skip to the next email. That means you'll be able to triage your inbox very quickly without ever looking at the screen. "It's an example of a ‘born...

Latinos, e-books and the rest of the publishing industry: A Hispanic writer speaks out
June 4, 2015 | 1:59 pm

dcubiasEarlier today I noted the U.S. publishing industry’s disgraceful lack of diversity---this among a slew of other idiocies. Now, check out a trilogy of smart posts from Daniel Cubias, a Hispanic writer of fiction and nonfiction, blogging in HuffPo. - Are e-Books a good idea for Latino authors? - Why aren’t more Latino authors being published? - Are small presses the best choice for Latino writers? From the e-book-focused post, which mentions Amazon’s Hispanic-oriented marketing: But will Americans be buying? Well, as we all know, the Hispanic population in America is increasing. And bilingualism,...

E-book gouges and other risks TO profit-crazed publishers
June 4, 2015 | 10:59 am

U.S. currency. Follow link for CC info, etc., via WikipediaNate and Good E-Reader are on the money in blasting Big Five houses for bloated publocracies and the inevitable result. Overpriced books---to pay for the waste. We know, too, that the B5 are trying to protect their investment in pulped-wood publishing, by way of e-book gouges. Sigh. They never learn. Years ago I was grousing about the same issues. I’m pleased to see others carrying on the fight. Joanna may soon have her own thoughts to add. Now here are  other angle to consider, in the shoot-yourself-in-the-foot department: 1. E-books aren’t just competing with each other or within paper edition. They’re also competing...

Amazon’s ‘most well-read cities’ rankings for 2015: Thank goodness my hometown is NOT on this silly list
June 3, 2015 | 5:08 am

375px-Space_Needle_2011-07-04Seattle leads Amazon’s 2015 list of America’s “most well-read cities.” My hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, with a population of around 150,000, is no longer #1. Amazon now compares only cities with populations of half a million or more, not the previous 100,000. Thank goodness. Alexandria’s #1 showing distracted the media and others from genuine literacy issues. Amazon based its numbers only on the company’s per-capita sales of books, newspapers and magazines. The reality in Alexandria differs starkly from the past Amazon rankings. The only bookstore of any size is the local Barnes & Noble branch. More than half of Alexandria’s public high...

‘The truth about “writer’s block”’
June 2, 2015 | 9:46 am

"The truth is, doctors do get doctor’s block. Plumbers do get plumber’s block. It’s just that only writers have been smart enough to give the problem a name." - Wisdom from best-selling and award-winning writer Dave Farland, via The Passive Voice....

E-books on your Windows phone: Try free Freda app—offering text to speech and easy downloads of free books
June 2, 2015 | 6:05 am

fredavideo  A free e-reading app called Freda might be just the ticket for your Windows phone. Freda already shines by Windows Phone e-reading standards. It’s won an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 1,384 customers of the Windows Phone Store. Perhaps when a Win 10 update rolls around for the app itself, Freda will be still better. Versions come in English, German, French, Chinese and several other languages. The above video from XDA TV is not up entirely to date but will still help you understand the app’s possibilities. As described by Turnipsoft Limited, here are some goodies: Reads ePub (DRM-free), HTML, and...

Does luck still count for writers? You bet, Mr. ‘Prosperity Guy’!
June 2, 2015 | 6:00 am

Ernie ZelinskiErnie J. Zelinski, self-identified as “The Prosperity Guy,” has just responded to Paul St John Mackintosh’s thoughtful post headlined Canadian writers are also facing author income crisis. I’m glad to see TPG speaking his mind. That’s what the TeleRead comments section is for. Now here’s my own take: Congratulations on all your successes, Ernie. But, yes, despite your denials to the contrary, you are lucky. Books on "prosperity" and the like can be much easier to push than, say, novels of a literary kind. What's more, you may be a more talented promoter than many...

Microsoft Windows 10 on sale July 29 at same prices as Win 8.1—but it’s free for 7 and 8.1 users whose Win PCs are ‘genuine’
June 1, 2015 | 7:12 pm

win10The above means retail prices of “$119 for Windows 10 Home, $199 for Windows 10 Professional, and $99 for a Windows 10 Pro Pack to jump from a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home to the Professional version,” says PC World. But if you own a “genuine Windows PC,” Microsoft will reward your purity and obedience with a free upgrade for “the supported lifespan of the device,” whatever that means. Here’s some ”reservations”-related information to line up your Win 10. Significantly for e-book lovers, Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10...

David’s Links: Rescuing classic old tech gizmos. Austen relative’s crime novel almost back in print. Writerly tools—from anti-piracy app to marketing helpers
May 31, 2015 | 1:21 pm

640px-3G_ipod_in_dock (1)Keeping Your Classic Tech Devices Running (New York Times) There are mechanics who can keep your gear going. Solutions include experts who will pay a visit to fix devices like iPods, as well as mail-in repair services. Plus there are a host of how-to sites so you can solve problems yourself. The TeleRead take: What (potentially) useful services! Do any TeleRead community members have stories to share---about those sites and services to help you rescue old tech gizmos? Tips? Including pointers to good rescuers? Any sites or services to avoid? Crime novel by relative of Jane Austen is back in print (Guardian) The scene is set in...

The Net in your Levi jeans: Progress? Easy e-book page turning? Or one more fun step toward forced cyborgdom for us all?
May 29, 2015 | 2:56 pm

jeans"Levi’s is the first of what Google hopes will be many fashion partners on the new technology that embeds touch sensors into clothing." - Silicon Beat The TeleRead take: The word is that if you tap or swipe, your mobile device can do such things as silencing a phone call or sending a text message. Is Project Jacquard progress in the long run? Or one more fun step toward forced cyborgdom for us all? You Tube is here. The e-book angle: Oh, well, before we become cyborgs, maybe we can at least enjoy another interface for turning pages and navigational tasks (with...

Summer time and the stealin’ is easy: How do you protect your Kindle, iDevice or other goody? Ever been ripped off?
May 29, 2015 | 9:18 am

pickpocketA relative of mine took her Kindle to the beach. She got a tan. The Kindle got a new owner. Soon my relative discovered that someone had bought a foreign-language magazine with it. So, with summer vacations coming up, what anti-theft tips can you share with fellow members of the TeleRead community? Last September, Nathan over at TheeBookReader.com reminded Kindle owners of the need to call Amazon first and then deregister your Kindle. Other tips? And how about other popular devices, ranging from iPhones and iPads to Android phones (fodder for pickpockets?)? Are you using remote-disable apps and...

Morning Links: New $99 Kindle bundle for Kids. iOS vs. Android for e-reading apps. FCC chair’s new digital divide plan.
May 29, 2015 | 7:58 am

kindleforkidsAmazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty (Tech Crunch) This new package includes the combination of a Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three items were purchased separately, notes Amazon. The TeleRead take: Yes, this is a price-sensitive market. But next year when parts are cheaper than ever, how about text to speech capabilities for the millions of kids with learning...

Morning Links: Books about women lose out at awards time. Apple watch e-reading app: ‘What not to do’
May 28, 2015 | 3:01 am

pulitzer3Why Don’t Books about Women Win Awards? (Galley Cat) Novelist Nicola Griffith has analyzed the winning books of six major book awards over the last 15 years and has come to the conclusion that both women authors and story’s written from a woman’s perspective are less likely to win awards. eBook app for Apple Watch shows what not to do with watch apps (9to5 Mac) Want to read ebooks on your Apple Watch one word at a time? Of course you don’t. Better Apple watch apps are coming this year...

David’s Links: Scalzi’s $3.4M book deal. The struggles of small-town librarians. Chinese e-book market
May 27, 2015 | 11:50 am

John_ScalziJohn Scalzi signs 10-year, $3.4-million book deal with Tor (Los Angeles Times) The multimillion-dollar deal will last a decade. During that time, Scalzi will write 13 novels for Tor. They're partially mapped out: 10 novels for adults, plus three young adult novels; a sequel to "Lock In," his most recent book; a return to the "Old Man's War" universe; and an entirely new series set in the far future.. The TeleRead take: So happy to see merit rewarded. I still have the free e-book version of Scalzi’s first novel, Agent to the Stars, which...

‘Google and the World Brain’
May 27, 2015 | 11:14 am

  "The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. They had an even greater purpose---to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay 'World Brain.' But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet."...

TeleRead eBook Site Sold Back to Founder David Rothman
May 27, 2015 | 8:20 am

David_Rothman_2TeleRead, the oldest Web site devoted to general-interest news and views on e-books and related topics, is again in the hands of its founder, David H. Rothman. Philadelphia-based NAPCO Media, the seller, has decided to focus on its core brands, markets and growth areas such as events, e-learning and video services. The Rothman-NAPCO deal closed May 19. "I am grateful to NAPCO for giving me a chance to preserve an important piece of Web and e-book history," Rothman says. "TeleRead in one form or another goes back to the mid 1990s and has been a major...

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