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Tutorial Tuesday: How to Adjust the Brightness on Your Kindle Paperwhite
June 30, 2015 | 12:20 pm

brightness on kindle paperwhiteHere is another ereader tip: did you know that the brightness on your Kindle Paperwhite can be adjusted? It can! It all happens via the top=of-screen tool bar. Tap in the middle of your screen to make the tool bar appear. From left to right, the buttons you'll see are: - The home button, which takes you back to the main screen - An arrow button which takes you back to where you just were previously - And thirdly, an icon which looks like a light bulb That third light bulb button is the one you want! Tap it and you will see a...

What Indie Authors Can Learn from Big Retail
June 26, 2015 | 10:56 am

competitionAs a relative Twitter newbie, I have been burning up my Kindle Unlimited downloads this month on social media guides for authors. How much to tweet? What to say? How to say it? It all felt so confusing to me. Then I had a retail experience yesterday which opened my eyes a little. When I came home and told the Beloved what happened, he smirked and said 'it's just like Twitter, in a way. Are you going to write about this?' Let me back up and tell you the whole story. I bought a wedding dress yesterday! Yes, yes, I know, very...

Another ‘Permission Culture’ Landmine
June 24, 2015 | 10:25 am

copyrightFrom our friends at Techdirt comes this insane story about yet another copyright landmine we all need to be worrying about falling into: the 'freedom of panorama' principle. As Tim Cushing explains: "Photographing public structures could soon become copyright infringement. At this point, there's no unified "freedom of panorama" across European countries. Some recognize this as a right inherent to citizens. Others feel any photographic reproductions of structures in public spaces are a violation of the creators' rights." Cushing goes on to comprehensively detail the ramifications a potential copyright reform to this law would have, including restricting the use of historical photographs...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Add a Book to Calibre
June 23, 2015 | 10:25 am

add a book to calibreCalibre is a free software program which makes it easy to organize your eBooks and send them to your device. Here is a refresher on how to add a book to Calibre! First, you need to download the Calibre eBook library software, if you haven't already. You can find it here: Then you need to save your eBook file. I usually just download it and save it onto my desktop so I can find it later. A DRM-free book will download and save the same as any file would; there are no special procedures. Now, open your Calibre library. Choose the big red...

High Book Prices at Toronto Library
June 19, 2015 | 12:25 pm

toronto libraryThe Toronto Star has an article up this morning on high eBook prices. What is unusual about this article is that, unlike many articles on this subject, it gives cold, hard numbers. The library system pays $135 for a Hachette eBook. They pay $85 for a Random Penguin. And all of the eBook purchases come with restrictions which make them repurchase the book after 26 usages (HarperCollins) or one year (everyone else). Out city librarian, the fabulously-named Vickery Bowles, calls these prices 'unsustainable.' And I have to agree. The library is funded by tax dollars. That seems like an unfair demographic to...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Use Night Mode in the Kindle App
June 16, 2015 | 12:25 pm

kindle night modeMost people know that one of the benefits of eBook reading is being able to adjust the size and font of the words. No more being constrained by the availability of large-print books! You can make the text as large as you want, to help you see. What many people might not realize, though, is that the Kindle has other options to help save your eyes, and they are tucked away in that same font menu. One of these options is night mode. What is night mode useful for? It is useful for reversing the contrast when you read at night. The...

Author Inc: My First Royalty Payment
June 15, 2015 | 12:25 pm

cash.jpgToday seemed like a timely day for another update on my Amazon business, for two reasons: my first royalty payment is on the way, and my first original book is out! Don't get too excited about the royalty, though---Teachers Pay Teachers automatically sends out payments via Paypal, on every 15th of the month. They don't wait for it to accrue above a certain amount like Amazon does. So this month's princely sum due to me this fine day is....drum roll please...28 cents! I am not too concerned. It was the wrong time of year to put out teaching stuff, so I am...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Return a Kindle Unlimited Book
June 9, 2015 | 10:38 am

tutorialtuesdayWelcome to a new Teleread feature---Tutorial Tuesday! Every week, we'll post a quick little how-to for all you eBook fans out there. Want to learn where to get new content? How to get it onto your reader? How to optimize your reading experience, no matter which app or device you are using? Tutorial Tuesday to the rescue! For this first instalment, I am going to show you how to return a Kindle Unlimited book. When I first joined Amazon's monthly subscription service, this was one task I found surprisingly unintuitive. I remember finishing my first KU and tapping all...

More on the ‘Author Income’ Crisis
June 6, 2015 | 2:59 am

I've been thinking some more about the 'author income' crisis Paul wrote about earlier this week. I typically find Teleread's Canadian news first because I am local so I see it sooner, but Paul beat me to it this time because I saw it and was still mulling over what to say when he posted. And three days later, I am still mulling. Here is my issue. I have always found it to be a flawed assumption that 'writing' is, firstly, a clearly defined occupation, and secondly, one which should assure its practitioners a solid career path, per se....

Morning Links: Orphan works. Fighting the bad guys. WiFi-powered cameras and Big Brother.
June 5, 2015 | 9:36 am

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization (InfoDocket) The Report documents the legal and business challenges faced by good faith users who seek to use orphan works and/or engage in mass digitization projects. The TeleRead Take: Slow progress on this issue, but still, progress. I think this is an important, and often overlooked topic. -- Five Authors Who Will Inspire You to Fight the System (Book Riot) Activism is exhausting. It’s all very well to say that you’re going to be proactive and fight the power but actually doing it?...

Today’s Links: Elizabethan-era book piracy vs. today’s. New Google keyboard version. $178 Windows convertible tablet
June 4, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Sir_Philip_Sidney_from_NPGWhat Elizabethan Book Pirates in the 1500s Can Teach Us About Piracy Today (Vox) Back then, piracy was rampant---and for a simple reason. After the invention of the printing press in 1440, many countries restricted which printers could print which books. In England, Queen Elizabeth I gave certain printers a monopoly over key books like the Bible, the alphabet, almanacs, and other foundational texts. The TeleRead Take: Plus ca change, right? The conclusion, which I whole-heartedly agree with, was the same then as it is now---to give people legal options to acquire content easily. A...

Morning Links: When good friends write bad books, Amazon food, and more
June 3, 2015 | 9:04 am

What To Do When Someone You Know Writes a Bad Book (Book Riot) Writing a book is a great accomplishment. It can take years of meditating, creating, editing, querying, marketing, and tweaking to get it published. It’s an effort that absolutely deserves praise. But what are we supposed to do when someone we personally know, even care about, writes a bad one? The Teleread Take: The last person I know who showed me their book surprised me: it was better than I thought it would be. But many of us in this age of self-publishing have been there! Book Riot has some...

Morning Links: Captain Ahab and Cinderella as games fodder. Onyx Boox i86 FINALLY up for pre-order.
June 2, 2015 | 8:42 am

Cinderella tries on the slipper - WikipediaThe Surprising Games People Made with Public Domain Works (Boing Boing) The recent Public Domain Jam has spawned a whole bunch of new works…about Captain Ahab, Captain Hook, Cinderella, Dorian Gray and lots more than any fan of classics might like to peruse. The TeleRead Take: I love this story. Boing Boing points out that while many popular characters are popular because they are free to use, there is a long list of under-utilized public domain characters ripe for remixing. How neat that someone is encouraging this! Information about the Cinderella image here. Onyx Boox i86 eReader With Frontlight Now Up for Pre-Order...

Book section vs. American Girl, IndigoKids and Starbucks as an Indigo profit center
June 1, 2015 | 10:11 am

FullSizeRenderThe Beloved and I had our weekly Date Night on Friday, and we went for noodles at a nearby mall. The mall is undergoing extensive renovations right now and, in addition to the expansion, it has added some high-end retail to its existing floor space. This is a mall with one of Canada's only nine Microsoft stores! Anyway, as we passed by the Indigo, we came across this sign: "Renovations aren't always easy. We'll be closing our book section on the second floor from May 28 to June 4. American Girl, IndigoKids and Starbucks are still...

Morning Links: Books INTO trees. E vs. P for indie authors. The ‘Hardy Boys’ factory.
June 1, 2015 | 9:32 am

bookTree3Bury This Book In The Ground And It Will Magically Come Back As A Tree (Fast Co.) When kids finish reading a story about an adventure in the rainforest, they can plant the book in the ground. Eventually, the paper will sprout back into a mini-forest of jacaranda saplings. The TeleRead Take: I suppose this is how you force people to buy a paper edition! I think this is a cool idea. A tree doesn’t just “grow in Brooklyn.” Still, I’d like more practical information about the details. For now, you can see a related video. At BEA 2015, E-Books May Help...

Is showrooming the same as shoplifting?
May 31, 2015 | 10:23 am

Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_YongeI have always respected the work of my fellow bloggers at Good eReader, but a post I saw has me wondering what is in the water over there, right now. First, there was Mercy Pilkington's failure to grasp the basic economics of product sales. And now, Michael Koslowski weights in by asserting that 'showrooming'---aka, the practice of browsing in a store and then buying online---is 'a genteel form of shoplifting.'* Um, no. No, it's not. Shoplifting is illegal. It is theft. Showrooming is commerce, a natural part of shopping. And in some ways, commerce is just the same as it has...

Is Digital Publishing Broken?
May 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

digital publishingThe short answer is: no. But our friends at GoodeReader beg to differ. And I think I want to add this trope to the list of 'article topics which should be banned from the internet.' Here is why. Mercy Pilkington's core assertion seems to be that every 'solution' which has come about so far favours someone other than the author. Therefore, she concludes that discoverability is the biggest issue facing publishing, and since no technology has come about to solve it, digital publishing is 'broken.' No, no, a thousand times no. First of all, readers---aka the customer, the only one paying actual...

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