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LeVar Burton discusses Reading Rainbow TV show cancelation, plans for Kickstarter
June 5, 2014 | 12:49 pm

The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has reached about $3.5 million, and the velocity of increase has slowed considerably. I still think it has the potential to make 10 if it does well over the course of the month, especially when it gets the end-of-Kickstarter boost. But even if it makes its $5 million stretch goal, that will be something. LeVar Burton has been interviewed by Think Progress, and he took the opportunity to dispel a few rumors about why the show was canceled, and discuss how the show originally got started and how the money from the Kickstarter will be...

Holiday Searches That Led to TeleRead
December 26, 2013 | 4:26 pm

holiday searchesI admit it. I'm a geek, and I love using my Google Analytics app on my Nexus 7. I often check it multiple times a day to see how the site is doing and which stories are performing well. We didn't post many stories yesterday, but our site numbers were pretty good. I was curious to see which stories performed well. I thought it would be an interesting insight into what people were reading on Christmas Day. By the way, it wasn't the stories we posted yesterday. Those performed miserably. There were the (for us) usual suspects. The Streaming Amazon Instant Video...

Can You Use Electronic Devices On Airplanes During Takeoff and Landing? Soon, Yes!
October 31, 2013 | 3:00 pm

can you use electronic devices on airplanesSanity has finally prevailed in the hallowed halls of the FAA. Today they announced the loosening of restrictions. So, by the end of the year, the answer to the question, "can you use electronic devices on airplanes" will be "Yes!" Can you tell I'm pretty happy about this? Of course, this is the FAA, which is a government agency, so there are caveats. Changes to the policies are by airline, and some airlines will be slower to adopt the new guidelines than others. I suspect some loud, but respectful, complaining will speed on the laggards. Phone calls remain banned (which is fine...

First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them
October 20, 2013 | 1:11 pm

bibliotechLast year LibraryCity.org knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were living below the poverty line in 2009 by one estimate. And yet the local library initially wanted to start out with just 50 Kindle e-readers---hardly the best solution for people too poor or technophobic to buy and use e-book devices. The local NAACP and other groups yelled foul, just as they should have. So what’s happening down in Bexar County, Texas? BiblioTech, the world’s first all-digital public library system, opened there September 14...

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise
October 18, 2013 | 6:26 pm

FireVergeWant to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to go with? In those cases and others, the guidance here is for you. Most tips will work even with low-cost, no-name tablets. But let’s pay special attention to the new Kindle Fire HDXes. They are among the top choices if you care more about reading than about tech and can stomach...

Poll: More than one-third say they are reading more books because of reading devices
October 7, 2013 | 3:47 pm

E-readers and tablets have changed the way we read. It’s a simple statement, one that is surely to be true. But the question that needs to be asked is ‘how.’ USA Today and Bookish have attempted to answer that question by conducting a survey of 1,000 people across the United States. They also added a supplemental poll with 819 e-reader and tablet owners. The biggest change showed 40 percent of those surveyed say they own a tablet or e-reader, which is up from 18 percent in a 2011 Pew poll, according to USA Today. Of those, 35 percent report reading more books over...

New Kindle Lineup Faster, Lighter and More Locked Down
September 25, 2013 | 4:02 pm

Amazon announced a series of new Kindle tablets yesterday. Some of the intriguing features of this new lineup include a faster processor, improved battery life and a slimmer, lighter profile. As for the 'lowlight,' these tablets are more integrated than ever into the Amazon ecosystem, and that can be both a feature and a curse. A few examples: 1) Goodreads Integration Now that Amazon owns Goodreads, they will be integrating it into all of their software interfaces, for both the tablets and the e-ink readers. That's great, if you like Goodreads! But what if you'd rather use a different social book site?...

Morning Roundup: Facebook ‘likes’ and the first amendment; E-readers ‘more effective’ for some dyslexic readers; more
September 20, 2013 | 8:42 am

Cloud Customers Have Bigger Worries than NSA Gate (GigaOM) Nirvanix’ fast shutdown spooks current and would-be cloud storage customers more than the prospect of government spying. At least for now. *** Questions (and Answers) from the Society of Scholarly Publishing (The Scholarly Kitchen) Consider today’s post a bit of shameless self-promotion if you will, but at last summer’s SSP meeting many attendees were shanghaied into a side room and asked about their experiences and thoughts on scholarly publishing. The results are below: *** Yes, a Facebook 'Like' is Protected by the First Amendment (Techdirt) Last year we wrote about a troubling case, in which a district court...

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books
September 12, 2013 | 1:30 pm

I am a daily commuter, and as such I always my e-reader with me so that I have something to read on my daily train rides. However, the train is far from a quiet library, and as a result I have gotten in the habit of listening to music while simultaneously reading. However, it's no easy task finding the right music to complement your book let alone amplify it. That's where Booktrack comes in. In short, Booktrack is a digital publishing tool that enables bloggers, artists and writers to self-publish their work with corresponding soundtracks. Writers can choose from a catalogue...

The Future of the Traditional Bookstore
September 11, 2013 | 2:57 pm

Here's more digital ink being spilled on this topic: what should the bookstore do? With ebooks on the rise, print on the decline and increasingly, shelf space being occupied by non-book items, what is the bookstore to do? Michael Kozlowski thinks they should be making apps, to lessen their reliance on third parties like Google and Amazon. While I think he does fine work over at GoodeReader, I have to disagree with him on this one. We don't need more apps. We don't need more ecosystems. We don't need to fragment a not-quite-settled marketplace yet with still more stuff, for two...

Dedicated E-Readers vs. Tablets: The ongoing discussion
September 5, 2013 | 12:32 pm

I just read an interesting article by Ryan Cordell about why he's started carrying his Kindle with him instead of his tablet. Obviously he can have the Kindle app on his tablet, so why just the Kindle when the tablet can do so much more? Well, that's exactly the reason: Because the tablet can do so much more, he found he wasn't using his train ride to read. He was playing games, checking Facebook and doing almost everything except reading. I'm noticing this myself. I've fallen in love with Marvin as a reading app on my iPad. However, when I've got my...

Are Amazon, Sony, Kobo and company dissing on disabilities?
August 7, 2013 | 9:39 am

A piece of news has surfaced that makes for some pretty alarming headlines: Amazon.com Inc., Kobo Inc., and Sony Electronics Inc. have formed a self-described "Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers" to petition the U. S. Federal Communications Commission, "for Waiver of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act and Part 14 of the Commission’s Rules Requiring Access to Advanced Communications Services (ACS) and Equipment by People with Disabilities." Yes, they are asking the FCC to waive their legal obligations to provide ACS access for disabled users of e-readers. But wait: Is this really a straight attempt to get out of obligations to...