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Weekend Roundup: Amazon Wants to Give Away Its Rumored Smartphone for Free
September 7, 2013 | 11:53 am

Amazon Amazon Wants to Give Away Its Rumored Smartphone for Free (Gizmodo) We've been hearing rumors about Amazon developing its own smartphone for years. Now, a new report from Wall Street Journal vets Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati not only says the launch is imminent but also claims it'll have a very very consumer-friendly price tag: $0. * * * It's Almost Time to Throw Out Your Books (Tech Crunch) The near-unthinkable has happened. The dinosaurs are finally evolving. The publishing industry’s long war against technology, the future, and its customers may finally be coming to a close. * * * Doing Time: Stories of Juvenile Delinquents (Book Riot) I finished watching Orange is the New Black a few...

The Life & Times of the Travel Guidebook (Infographic)
September 3, 2013 | 1:37 pm

guidebookCould it actually—finally—be a real possibility that the printed travel guidebook is not long for this digital world? As a former full-time guidebook author myself, I honestly never thought I'd say this, but given the most recent shakeup with the Lonely Planet brand, I suppose it is beginning to look that way. And what an incredible shame that would be. In the meantime, those of you young enough to have never actually purchased or used a physical guidebook might find the following infographic especially educational. Just to state the obvious, it's nowhere near to being a completist look at the history of...

Morning Roundup: E-book customers receive price-fixing settlement letters
September 2, 2013 | 11:43 am

e-booksEbook Customers Receive Price-Fixing Settlement Letters (TidBITS) Users of Apple’s iBooks app who have purchased books from Apple’s online iBookstore and purchasers of Kindle books from Amazon and have begun to receive email notifications from the administrator of the State Attorneys General and Class Counsel E-book Settlements. Apple Blasts Feds’ Proposed Remedy in E-Books Conspiracy Case (TIME) Apple is not happy with the U.S. Justice Department, according to a letter released Monday responding to the government’s proposed remedy in the closely watched e-books price-fixing conspiracy case. Readers Quite Negative on Pre-Ordering eBooks (Good e-Reader) Many of the leading online digital book stores offer pre-orders for ebooks that are not yet...

Weekend Roundup: Are E-Books The Social Networks Of The Future?
September 1, 2013 | 12:27 pm

e-books Are E-Books The Social Networks Of The Future? (FastCo Labs) In the future, e-books will act just like social networks. We’ll use them on our phones, share and comment right inside e-reader apps, and publishers will use our data to help them make better marketing decisions. If you think digital reading is exploding now, just wait. * * * Fresh ebook and magazine ideas every month to your inbox (and door) (The Guardian) Sign up to Emily Books and receive a carefully chosen ebook every 30 days, while Stack Magazines regularly posts you an unusual publication to keep your print reading diverse. * * * Lifting the...

Weekend Roundup: Kindle refund more than doubles; 5 Walter White-approved bios; more
August 31, 2013 | 7:55 am

Kindle Kindle refund more than doubles in e-book settlement (CNET) Amazon Kindle customers could get more than double what was previously estimated from the recent Apple e-book lawsuit settlement, the company posted in its forum on Friday. Pending court approval, some customers who previously purchased books from the publishers involved in the case are estimated to receive between $0.73 to $3.82 per Kindle book thanks to more publishing companies agreeing to the settlement, according to the Amazon. The US Attorneys General had previously said the refund would range from $0.30 to $1.32. * * * Heads up, ebook buyers: Here's how much you're likely to get in the...

Mega Weekend Roundup: Why the future of books is safe; new Salinger books on the way; much more
August 25, 2013 | 11:01 am

booksNew biography claims new Salinger books due out (ABC News via AP) The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: What "The Catcher in the Rye" novelist was working on during the last half century of his life. * * * Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules for Writing (KSDK via Detroit Free Press) These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. * * * Why it matters that you can't own an electronic...

Weekend Roundup: Twitter fights; 7 sci-fi publishing misconceptions; and more
August 24, 2013 | 9:20 am

Weekend RoundupRemembering Elmore Leonard, A Writer Who Hated Literature (NPR) Elmore Leonard was a writer who hated — and I don't mean disliked; Elmore had a contempt for putting pretty clothes on hard, direct words, so I mean hated — literature, or at least what he believed a lot of people mean when they say liter-a-ture, as if it were a Members Only club. * * * The 7 Most Common Misconceptions About Science Fiction Publishing (i09) Science fiction book publishers sail the multiverse like a fleet of unstoppable hyper-cruisers. And many of us dream of being beamed up to one of these motherships. But...

Weekend Roundup: 7 literary hoaxes, 10 unreliable narrators, 7 Edinburgh book fest souvenirs, and more
August 18, 2013 | 11:53 am

hoaxesMy Edinburgh Book Festival Experience in 7 Souvenirs (Adam Marek) I just got back from three days at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where I was talking about The Stone Thrower at an event with Rodge Glass. It was my first time there and I was overwhelmed by the size of it. * * * 7 Sci-fi Literary and Journalistic Hoaxes that Readers Believed (io9) The idea of sophisticated life on the moon might seem absurd today, but when a story about lunary civilization appeared in newspapers in 1835, many wondered if it could be true. And that's hardly the only scifi story readers have found credible enough to believe. *...

Weekend Roundup: Ubuntu makes history; The Strand gets snarky; Neil Gaiman gets his own road; and more
August 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

A sign at The Stand Bookstore in ManhattanHow The Strand sells print books to ebook readers (Boing Boing) Avi Solomon snapped this pic of the window display at NYC bookstore The Strand lauding the virtues of their "Real books priced lower than ebooks," including the fact that you can read them during take-off and landing. * * * 10 Forgotten Classics You Need to Read (The Huffington Post) They are called classics for a reason, as I discovered after reading about 400 novels for my new book, The Novel, An Alternative History: 1600-1800 (Bloomsbury). Thousands of novels were published around the world during these two centuries as it gradually overcame poetry and the drama to...

Hey TeleRead! What happened to my comment?! (And other site updates)
August 16, 2013 | 2:16 pm

TeleReadHello readers! At some point over the past seven or eight days, some of you may have noticed that the comments you've written and attempted to post to a particular article here have failed to appear. Pretty frustrating, right? Right. But contrary to what you may have recently read on message boards or Twittter feeds elsewhere, there is not, in fact, a grand TeleRead Comments Conspiracy underway. We're not censoring your words, readers, nor would we ever—even the mean ones that make us sad and drive us to drink. So then, What's the deal, you ask? The deal is this: I've been...

Morning Roundup: Amazon launches Amazon Art, Why Donald Graham sold the WaPo, Elmore Leonard has a stroke, and more
August 6, 2013 | 9:11 am

Morning RoundupAmazon launches Amazon Art with over 40K works (Engadget) Amazon has just announced the Amazon Art marketplace, giving users access to 40,000 pieces of fine art from over 150 dealers and galleries. More than 4,500 artists will be represented at launch, making the site one of the largest online collections available, according to the company. * * * Why Donald Graham Sold the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos (The New Yorker) “The pattern of a newspaperman’s life is like the plot of ‘Black Beauty,’ ” A. J. Liebling wrote. “Sometimes he finds a kind master who gives him a dry stall and an occasional bran...

Morning Roundup: Feedly goes pro, Apple goes free
August 5, 2013 | 9:18 am

Morning RounupApple Store Offers Free Downloads Through its iOS App (Mashable) Now the Apple Store app comes with a little extra oomph: a free download. Starting Friday, Apple will offer one free app, iTunes download or iBook every week through its iOS app. Feedly goes Pro: $5 per month for better search, security and more (Engadget) Log into your free 'n easy Feedly RSS service this morning and you may be offered the opportunity to make it less free, but potentially even easier to use. An upgrade to Feedly Pro will normally cost $5 per month or $45 per year, but it's also currently be sold for $99 with a lifetime...

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