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E-reading still quite feasible without steady power supply, Paul Biba reports
November 13, 2012 | 10:15 pm

hurricane-sandy-damage-new-jerseyOne of the most common complaints about e-books is that you can’t do as much with them when the power goes out. Well, our former editor Paul Biba has been caught without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and has found that, within limits, e-reading can work just fine without a steady source of electricity.  (Hat tip to Nate Hoffelder for pointing this post out to me in e-mail.) While he limited himself to paper book reading during the day, Paul found he could read from his Kindle PaperWhite after dark with the light on very easily. He reported reading...

TeleRead Editor-in-Chief Paul Biba resigns
July 23, 2012 | 5:48 am

Images Well, it's been a good run, but it's also time to move on.  According to the WordPress back end I've done 6,092 posts,  My first post was on July 9, 2007  and my first comment was on September 9, 2006.  The post was a review of the new, industry-changing Sony Reader and the comment was on using a Palm TX as an ereader. I'd like to thank all our readers and especially those who have been regular commenters and have helped make TeleRead into a community.  I would also like to thank those individuals who have let me reprint posts from...

calibre 0.8.61
July 20, 2012 | 9:57 am

Calibre New Features E-book viewer: Add a paged mode that splits up the text into pages, like in a paper book instead of presenting it as a single column. To activate click the button with the yellow scroll icon in the top right corner. Digitally sign the calibre OS X and windows builds Get Books: Add Mills and Boon UK Various minor improvements to the Bulk metadata edit dialog Fix various regression in the auto-complete functionality for authors/series/tags etc introduced in 0.8.60 Drivers for various new Android devices MOBI: Add support for the new language EXTH header field in MOBI files generated by kindlegen 2.5 Bug Fixes KF8 Output: Fix...

Zola to take over from Google Books
July 20, 2012 | 9:53 am

Zola books logo 300x210 A really great article by Jeremy Greenfield in Digital Book World today.  It discusses, among other things, the economics of Google Books and why it failed.  Zola looks like a hit to me.  Read the whole article. A new bookselling start-up funded by authors and other investors is forming partnerships with publishers and independent booksellers and aims to replace the Google eBooks re-seller program as the go-to platform for indies interested in selling e-books. Oh, and the company plans on taking on Amazon, too. Zola Books is a New York-based start-up that has raised $1.3 million from investors, including well-known authors like...

TED Books app launched for iPhone and iPad
July 20, 2012 | 9:30 am

Screen Shot 2012 07 20 at 9 30 01 AM From the press release: TED, the nonprofit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," today officially launched its TED Books app for iPhone and iPad. The free app dramatically updates the current and future line of TED Books, which sell for $2.99 each, with video and audio embeds, social integration, and a suite of multimedia features.   "TED Books are designed to communicate a powerful idea in approximately one hour of reading" said TED Curator Chris Anderson. "Our new format allows the inclusion of powerful multimedia elements but without distracting from the narrative journey that any good book offers. We think they're an exciting solution for an age in which...

Review: Age of the Infovore, by Tyler Cowen
July 20, 2012 | 9:02 am

41b69W cAeL BO2 204 203 200 PIsitb sticker arrow click TopRight 35 76 AA278 PIkin4 BottomRight 64 22 AA300 SH20 OU01 I just finished reading a fascinating book called Age of the Infovore by Tyler Cowen. It's somewhat misleadingly subtitled 'succeeding in the information economy' and has a picture of a USB cable on the front; this led me to believe it was about how to use the internet and modern technology for their nobler purposes rather than just for watching videos of cats on YouTube. Only one chapter was directly was about this, and that chapter was the strongest takeaway from the book.Cowen writes primarily about the way autistic people order their brains, their worlds and their activities. He views...

Author Services In The Light Of Penguin’s Purchase
July 20, 2012 | 8:54 am

I started this post back in April, I REALLY wish I’d published it then! Following Penguin’s acquisition of Author Solutions (DBW, The Bookseller) I’ve reworked it somewhat and added a few ideas around that move. It all started at the London Book Fair this year, an event which brought to the fore for me questions over what will happen to publishers during this radical digital shift? A number of times, either as part of a conversation or in response to questions about the publisher role in the future, I spoke about Author Services or as I prefer to think of it, changing the editorial department from...

Spain Hikes E-book VAT to 21%, Likely Slowing Growth
July 20, 2012 | 8:53 am

From Publishing Perspectives: The gap between print books and e-books has widened recently, since Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced an increase in the VAT that affects e-books on July 11, among other unpopular austerity measures. Print books, on the other hand, continue to enjoy preferential status as ‘cultural goods,’ maintaining a VAT of 4%. In what seems more like a privilege to a segment of the industry than to culture itself, theater, music and movies, together with e-books, will all be taxed at a rate of 21%, which will either cut profits or raise prices in an already depressed consumer...

All versions of Kindle Fire 2
July 19, 2012 | 9:02 am

Can You Force a Customer to Buy Print Instead of E?
July 19, 2012 | 8:59 am

Joe wikert Thats the question I kept asking myself as I read a report called The Impact of Ebook Distribution on Print Sales: Analysis of a Natural Experiment by Jeff Hu and Mike Smith. Youll notice that the report was originally written a couple of years ago but I believe the results would be the same today. Back in 2010 there was some debate about whether a publisher could maximize revenue by delaying the release of an ebook. So just as paperback release follows hardback release the thinking was the ebooks release should come out after the print book so that customers would have...

Penguin India launches ebooks
July 19, 2012 | 8:56 am

Images From Best Media Info: Penguin Books India has launched its first tranche of eBooks. This will be the first extensive list of Indian ebooks to be published internationally by an Indian publisher and will be available from all the major international ebook retailers – Amazon, Apple, Kobo and Google, Gardners, Sony, OLF, Apabi, Go Spoken/Mobcast, OverDrive, Txtr,, IGroup and Baker & Taylor. The first list of over 240 titles consists of all new books published in 2012 and select best sellers from the backlist. Over the course of the following months the publisher will continue to publish the remaining backlist while...

Digitization Projects: The British Library and Qatar Foundation to Digitise Half a Million Pages
July 19, 2012 | 8:50 am

Infodocket From the BL: The £8.7 million project was announced this morning at the British Library’s flagship building in St Pancras, London. Its plans will digitise more than 500,000 pages from the archives of the East India Company and India Office, in addition to 25,000 pages of medieval Arabic manuscripts – all of which will be made freely available online for the first time. The digitisation will take place over the next three years at the British Library, in close cooperation with the new Qatar National Library, and much information will be available in both Arabic and English. Once live, the site will...

Q&A with Mark Coker
July 19, 2012 | 8:36 am

Images Indies Unlimited has a good Q&A with Mark Coker.  As usual he answers questions honestly.  Here's one of them: 2. Smashwords has come a long way very quickly. How do you see your role in the indie author movement? It’s tough for me to evaluate our role in the movement. I’d like to think we were among the first to arm indies with the free tools, knowledge and inspiration they needed to wage this revolution. I think we were the first to build a business model that is entirely dependent upon the success of indie authors. When I...

Five mistakes that are killing traditional publishing, according to bestselling author Kristen Lamb
July 19, 2012 | 8:28 am

528253e1dc3ee590a8b1dbdd33719095 Best-selling author Kristen Lamb has a long and thoughtful article on her blog.  It is well worth reading the entire thing.  Her five mistakes are: Mistake #1—Fear Mistake #2—Paper is Married to Petroleum DOOM Mistake #3—Reliance on Outdated Gimmicky Marketing Tactics Mistake #4—Over-Fixation on Tools Mistake #5—Expecting Commerce Before Community Here's an excerpt: Mistake #1—Fear When I first arrived, there was almost a palpable feeling of dread, doom and gloom. I felt like agents, editors and even writers were refusing to acknowledge the pink elephant in the room. Why? Because they were afraid of it. The paradigm is changing and the world is going digital. No matter how many...

Amazon’s rumoured same-day delivery service could crush U.S. booksellers
July 19, 2012 | 8:21 am

Images That's the title of an article in the Canadian Quill & Quire: The online retailer currently ships orders from a few large warehouses located in low-cost states. Now that Amazon will be charging sales tax, it can legally set up smaller distribution centres closer to more populous urban areas in states such as New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia. Two new distribution centres planned for California will service the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, dramatically cutting down delivery times. In an article for Slate, Farhad Manjoo writes about why this should be a concern for bricks-and-mortar retailers: Amazon’s new goal is to get stuff to...

The end of ebook development
July 18, 2012 | 9:41 am

Images  1 Baldur Bjarnason has an article with this title on his blog.  He makes a lot of sense.  Here's the beginning: A bit of an utopian fantasy but, I think, an essential one. We need visions of where we're heading with this. Everybody knows what it feels like. You’re thrown from crisis to crisis, locked into solving problems, resolving issues, keeping things from breaking down, grasping the duct tape with one hand, and your sanity with the other. Every time you look up, you see more trouble coming your way and no time to avoid it. It’s hard to think about long-term problems when you’re...

The real truth about ebook purchasing
July 18, 2012 | 9:34 am

Images That's the title of an article by Christopher Harris in American Libraries magazine: How many books are on your “to read” list right now? 10? 20? More? The real truth about ebook purchasing—really about any content acquisition these days—is that we are so overwhelmed by choices that our to-be-experienced list is already quite overwhelmed. That doesn’t even take into account the revisiting of older content! So when publishers threaten to withhold ebook versions of new releases for a few months, who is it really hurting? Joe Wikert, currently publisher at O’Reilly Media (with former executive experience at Wiley and Macmillan) shared his...

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