Articles by Roger Sperberg, New York Editor for TeleRead

iPad Insight from Jason Perlow

March 24, 2010 // 8 Comments

Brilliant exegesis of Apple's iPad effect on the market for e-ink devices like the Kindle DX by Jason Perlow at his Tech Broiler blog at ZDNet, "iPad Killed Kindlenomics" A big eReadster e-OK! [...]

Why do publishers need XML?

January 15, 2010 // 17 Comments

When editors understand XML as well as English grammar, and regard metadata as valuable as a plug on Oprah, only then will the structural elements exist in e-books that will make them more valuable than p-books. [...]

ISBN or EAN-13 as e-book identifier?

June 4, 2009 // 5 Comments

Using ISBNs with every format an e-book is published in may be too expensive a proposition to support. Jon Noring has suggested using EAN-13 codes for e-books without ISBNs: they're permanent, globally unique, retailer friendly, and won't inadvertently duplicate an ISBN. IDPF should do something to prevent a potential disaster. [...]

Kindle 2 ships

February 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

Amazon announced this afternoon that it has started fulfilling orders for its Kindle 2 e-book reader, one day earlier than anticipated. In the two weeks since February [...]

Best of TOC

February 12, 2009 // 3 Comments

An e-book of Best of TOC is available at no charge from O’Reilly Press. at this link. The assemblage of tech writing by TOC speakers and others was put together as a [...]

This is news

February 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

I don’t know when I expected this would happen, but after ten years of collapsing e-book ventures, I was surprised when I walked through Times Square Monday afternoon [...]

An e-reader that accepts any XML

December 4, 2007 // 5 Comments

For something like five or six years, I’ve been able to style XML elements with CSS and have the text displayed just the way I want. That is, in the XMetaL XML editor* [...]

Reading by ‘prairielight’

December 3, 2007 // 5 Comments

I'm no true prognosticator, but I think we can see the outline of the next generation of e-readers now. Like Sophie, it can be programmed by an author. Like FBReader and Lector, it will be open platform and accept many formats. And it will be built on a 'prairielight' framework. [...]

Palm OS to the Nokia Internet Tablets

November 13, 2007 // 5 Comments

With a free Garnet Virtual Machine running on the Nokia Internet Tablets (the original 770 as well as the currently available N800 and N810), all Palm OS applications can run on high-resolution screens. Including e-book software with DRMed e-books. [...]

Nokia 770 for $139.99 at

June 26, 2007 // 8 Comments

Planet Maemo has pointed us to’s offer of new Nokia 770’s for $139.99. Free shipping too. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet runs FBReader, which is a [...]
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