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Accessory Review: Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6
May 22, 2015 | 3:17 pm

Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6A new device means purchasing a new cover or case, and I decided to go for the official Amazon Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6. I had looked at an M-Edge case in Best Buy, and I usually like their products. It was about $5 cheaper, but I ended up going with the Amazon case. Why? Because it had a magnet for auto sleep/wake and the M-Edge case didn't. I put up with a non-magnet case for my iPad because I can turn it on with the home button. On a device without a home button, I learned a...

Morning Links: Writing by Committee. Gmail on Android Watch With Wear Mail
May 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

wear mail clientBusiness Musings: Writing by Committee (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I had a shudder moment yesterday. While researching something else, I read a New York Times interview on leadership with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Publishing Group. (No, she’s not the head of Random House. Just a section of it.) She mentions the importance of teamwork in the publishing industry. She’s running a huge section of a major company. Of course there needs to be a team, and of course, the team needs to work toward a common goal. *** Do...

Accessory Review: cheero Power Plus 3
May 21, 2015 | 4:21 pm

cheero power plus 3Because we just can't have too many external batteries, right? Of course not, so when cheero asked if I wanted a sample of the cheero Power Plus 3, I said, sure! This has turned into my favorite external battery. With 13400 mAh of power, it'll charge a phone multiple times. On one charge, it took my phone from about 50% to full three times and still had enough juice to charge my Fire HD from about half to full. There was probably still enough to get a bit more life out of my phone, if I'd needed it. ...

TeleRead Migrating to New Server
May 20, 2015 | 8:44 am

We may experience some short downtime events in the coming days as we prepare for a server migration. Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly. I will keep you updated. Comments will be disabled during the migration. I apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or want to email me any news tips, I'm available at

Phablets Are Too Big?
May 19, 2015 | 3:10 pm

phabletAh, first world problems. Phablets are too big to comfortably use one-handed. The post on ReadWrite goes into some detail about how inconvenient large screen phones can be. (Check it out for the image of the phone ring on the iPhone 6+. I didn't know they were a thing.) Basically, the point comes down to if you can't use it one-handed, it's not worth getting. I admit the post had me rolling my eyes. (If you read the comments, others had the same reaction.) It's not like this should actually be a surprise to anyone. I used to be in the camp...

A History of Pen Names (Infographic)
May 18, 2015 | 4:22 pm

pen namesHere's a fun infographic from PrinterInks about pen names. Who had what pen name? How were the most prolific authors with pseudonyms and more. Some will be familiar--we all knew Mark Twain was a pen name, right? Others might not be. I'll even admit that I didn't recognize some of the authors (pen or real), but I won't admit which ones. I'd hate to be accused of not reading the "right books." However, some of you might not be so shy so feel free to share your surprises (if any) in the comments. And if you want to stay mum and just enjoy...

Paid Google Play apps on Fire tablet without installing Play Store
May 15, 2015 | 2:25 pm

install from unknown sources screen shotWhile I was able to get most of my "must-have" apps on my new Fire HD 6 from the Amazon app store, there are a few which aren't available. While it's possible to use sites like GetJar to download apps, not everything is available. Android PIT used to be a good source for paid Android apps, but it shut down last year because of VAT issues. Which leaves Fire owners stuck. Sure, you can root your Fire, using various methods, including N2A, but that voids the warranty, N2A isn't available for all Fire models and not everyone wants to go that...

Morning Links: Twitter for writers, Author Earnings misleading?
May 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

author earningsUsing Twitter to Gain Exposure as a Writer (Writers Helping Writers) Fortunately for us all, there are a multitude of opportunities to get that needed exposure today; all you need to do is sign online for many of them to open up to you. One area alone with many chances to take advantage of is the fast-moving social media platform of Twitter. *** Why the ‘Author Earnings Report’ is Misleading ( So, first I’ll do a quick roundabout of the problems with the May’s report. Then I’ll give my own analysis of the (limited) data. And I’ll finish with a few suggestions...

Library Journal Self-Published eBook Awards 2015
May 12, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Screen-Shot-2015-05-01-at-10.13.46-AMLibrary Journal is conducing a contest for the best self-published books in the genres of Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery. Full details on their site, but here are some highlights. They will select a winner and two honorable mentions in each category. Winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Winners and Honorable Mentions will receive: A full LJ review, published in print and online A promotional ad featuring all award winners honor books in LJ’s December “Best of Books” issue Recognition at LJ’s Self-Published Ebook Awards Reception to be held during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston, MA (date & location TBA) The...

Morning Links: New Author Earnings Report. Debt Collection
May 7, 2015 | 8:58 am

author earnings reportMay 2015 Author Earnings Report (Author Earnings) With each report over the past year and a half, we have come to see great consistency in our results, but there is always something new that surprises us. Often, it’s something we weren’t expecting, like the massive shadow industry of ISBN-less ebooks being sold, or the effect Kindle Unlimited has on title visibility. This time, we went into our report curious about one thing in particular. But we were still not prepared for what we found. *** New Author Earning Report Doesn’t Explain the AAP’s Drop in eBook Revenues in January (Ink, Bits &...

Fire HD 6 Tablet: First Impressions
May 6, 2015 | 1:07 pm

fire hd 6 tabletI received a Fire HD 6 tablet last week as a gift, and I've been happily using it for several days now. I plan a series of articles about my new device as I use it over the next few weeks, but I wanted to start with some initial impressions. Considering its size and the limitations of the Amazon app store, I doubt it will replace my iPad as my work device, but as an entertainment device, it has lots going for it. I intend to take it with me to meetings for the next few weeks instead of my iPad...

Gaughran Exposes Author Solutions as Worse Than We Thought
April 30, 2015 | 10:42 am

Author SolutionsSeriously, I've thought Author Solutions was pretty bad, horrible and no good. But the latest article by David Gaughran makes it clear that they are even worse than I'd thought. For those of you who may have been either under a rock or hiking in the Himalayas (do they have cell signal there now?) for the past few years, Author Solutions is a scammy operation offering way overpriced "self-publishing services"  to inexperienced authors. And probably to some experienced ones as well since they often do a good job of hiding their relationship with otherwise respectable companies, like Nook Press. Here's the part...

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