Other posts by Roger Sperberg, New York Editor for TeleRead
iPad Insight from Jason Perlow
March 24, 2010 | 1:49 pm
Why do publishers need XML?
January 15, 2010 | 12:01 am
When Kindle e-reading apps show up on better handheld displays, will the iPhone seem quite so hot?
November 2, 2009 | 12:55 pm
The iPhone/iPod Touch have had the advantage of being the sole handheld devices with an e-reader that could access Amazon's e-list. That will soon change. The Windows UMPC will be able to run the Kindle e-reader. Also, Amazon will move the software to new Android and Maemo devices with significantly higher resolution than the iPair's 480x320. The Motorola Droid 3.7" screen has a resolution of 854x480, and the slightly smaller Nokia N900 has 800x480. Both yield 267 pixels-per-inch compared to the Apple devices' 163 ppi. With nearly three times as many pixels per square inch, the typography...
Nokia N900 announced â€” candidate for Kindle companion?
August 27, 2009 | 3:30 pm
ISBN or EAN-13 as e-book identifier?
June 4, 2009 | 1:37 pm
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....
How to give away an ebook after you’ve read it
May 15, 2009 | 8:31 pm
Kindle 2 ships
February 23, 2009 | 6:07 pm
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 9th's announcement, the device has already become the number-one selling electronic device at Amazon. At .036 inches, the new e-reader is thinner than a pencil. Among other improvements over the discontinued 14-month-old Kindle 1, the device-side buttons for turning pages now press inward instead of outward, minimizing inadvertent page turns. While many had speculated that the $359 price would hinder sales, that doesn't appear to have occurred. Indeed, the biggest contretemps...
Best of TOC
February 12, 2009 | 12:29 pm
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 showpiece for the second-generation Espresso Book Machine shown at the conference, with p-books printed and bound in seven minutes (on the low-end device; shorter times for more expensive equipment are promised). The TOC Blog has a description of the content. (Formats: epub, mobi, pdf.)...
The Kindle2: what’s unremarked but remarkable
February 10, 2009 | 11:49 pm
The JP Morgan Library houses, among many other treasures, the only surviving original copy of Paradise Lost, as well as three Gutenberg Bibles. On Monday, I reflected upon the enormous pecuniary value of these specific copies (or instances of a manifestation, as the FRBR taxonomy has it) when Amazon announced its forthcoming Kindle2 e-reader in the Library's auditorium. No matter how strenuously Amazon labors to associate the Morgan's grandeur with the Kindle, there will be no similar physical artifacts for future generations to venerate with the electronic books that will be read on this latest and stately issue of the...
This is news
February 10, 2009 | 12:52 am
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 and saw the Dow Jones News Ticker. This shows only the hottest news, of interest to the largest possible number of people, and there I read the hot news of the hour -- a new e-book reader had been announced! As TMQ might say, This is surely the 21st century, when the release of a new e-reader is blazoned across Times Square for the masses to exult in. [caption id="attachment_16745" align="alignnone" width="500" caption=""][/caption]...
An e-reader that accepts any XML
December 4, 2007 | 4:45 pm
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* and in browsers. Not in an e-reader, however. All the e-readers specify the vocabulary you're permitted to use in your e-book**. There's a difference between a reader and a browser, between a reader and an editor. The reader has library functions, bookmarks, annotations. It collects multiple files into a single package; browsers and editors don't have the same orientation. They just won't do. As it happens, I've worked with XML since...
Reading by ‘prairielight’
December 3, 2007 | 4:22 pm
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....