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TeleRead’s Been Hit Hard By Spam Comments
October 16, 2013 | 8:33 am

Something about my Flipboard post from two days ago seems to attracted the spam bots in droves. For the last two days, the site has been receiving more than 100 spam comments an hour. It seems to be slowing down a bit (maybe only 75 an hour now), so I expect it to die down in a few more days. I do have a habit of scrolling through the spam folder a couple of times a day to see if some legitimate ones have been caught (I usually find one or two), but at the rate the spam comments are coming...

Hey TeleRead! What happened to my comment?! (And other site updates)
August 16, 2013 | 2:16 pm

TeleReadHello readers! At some point over the past seven or eight days, some of you may have noticed that the comments you've written and attempted to post to a particular article here have failed to appear. Pretty frustrating, right? Right. But contrary to what you may have recently read on message boards or Twittter feeds elsewhere, there is not, in fact, a grand TeleRead Comments Conspiracy underway. We're not censoring your words, readers, nor would we ever—even the mean ones that make us sad and drive us to drink. So then, What's the deal, you ask? The deal is this: I've been...

A TeleRead editor in the blogosphere
July 16, 2013 | 7:22 pm

TeleReadI was recently interviewed about e-books, e-reading and digital publishing trends by the team at eReflect, an Australia- and Philippines-based educational software company. eReflect also operates a network of blogs that cover the same topics their software aims to teach: vocabulary, memory skills, typing skills, etc. My interview popped up on the company's speed-reading blog; if you're interested in giving it a read, it's here.  ...

TeleRead, Now on Pinterest!
July 15, 2013 | 10:25 pm

PinterestOne of the common refrains we hear from e-book fans is the need for filters—so many books, self-published and otherwise, hit the 'net each year. Publishers used to function as valuable screeners, weeding out the 'good' books from the bad. But now that anyone can get a book on the Kindle store, how can one sift through what has become the biggest slushpile in the world? TeleRead to the rescue! With the help of our esteemed editor, Dan, we now have Pinterest boards where our regulars can post book recommendations. Click here to view my board. On it, I maintain a list of...

Say hey to Paul St John Mackintosh, our newest contributing writer
May 18, 2013 | 10:47 am

Paul St John MackintoshMy life on the borderland between text and tech started in adolescence as a sci-fi nerd, dreaming of a future that started to come true around the release of the first Star Wars film, and has since been outstripping most fancies from that era year on year, hand over fist. As a writer and editor, though, I only got into electronic text by chance when I took a job editing and localizing entries for the first generation of Microsoft's Encarta CD-ROM encyclopedia in the mid-1990s, when multimedia, never mind the Internet, was only just getting going. I spent the next five...

The Perils of Newer, Easier Sharing
May 15, 2013 | 12:43 pm

sharingI've had an object lesson this week in the perils of newer, easier information-sharing, via two news articles which came my way through different means. The first was a write-up in the local paper featuring a colleague of mine who had decorated her house in celebration of the Maple Leaf's glorious but ultimately short-lived playoff victories. The Beloved saw the picture, recognized her name and tore out the page to bring it home for me. The second story was a write-up at Techdirt by Timothy Geigner about a 'bug' in a recent Nintendo release which allowed Sims-like characters to marry same-sex...

We Goofed! Nintendo story accidentally appeared as ours
May 15, 2013 | 11:38 am

We Goofed!Yesterday evening, we posted as our final story of the day a fascinating article about a new Nintendo video game titled Tomodachi Collection: New Life, which has been described as not unlike a Japanese version of The Sims. The crux of the article was that Nintendo had unintentionally made it possible for the male characters in the game to have homosexual relationships. According to the article we posted, for example, "gamers playing Nintendo's Tomodachi Collection: New Life noticed that this latest iteration of the game ... had the option for the first time to have their male characters marry other male characters and raise children together." Nintendo, however,...

Help us catch the thieves who ripped off TeleRead!
May 1, 2013 | 12:28 pm

TeleReadI had a pretty bizarre email waiting for me in my in-box this morning. It was from a fellow I'll call Bill, since I don't know if he would actually appreciate being identified here or not. At any rate, Bill was getting in touch, odd as it may sound, to alert me to the fact that TeleRead had somehow—at some point—been cloned. Bill proceded to tell me that a website of his had previously been cloned by someone using the IP address 192.155.93.220—he thinks they also used 184.22.242.240—and he was eventually able to stop the cloners by simply blocking their IP address. (He's...

Introducing TeleRead’s newest contributing writer
February 13, 2013 | 11:00 am

I used to be a library junkie with books piled on my nightstand. I’d be constantly renewing books until I finished all of them. There had to be a way to escape the clutter. That’s when I discovered e-book apps for my old Blackberry. I bought plenty of books and read and read and read. I even developed what I called ‘Blackberry Eye,’ small wrinkles under my eyes from staring down at my phone all day. After jumping into the digital book world, I haven’t looked back. Six years later, I have the original Nook, Nook Touch and a Nexus 7. I spend plenty...

The Obligatory Introduction: Meet TeleRead’s newest writer
January 14, 2013 | 5:32 pm

Greetings all! I've been a TeleRead reader for three or four years now, and I'm thrilled to finally be a contributing writer for my favorite blog. I've been reading e-books for close to 15 years now. My first "e-reader" was a Handspring Visor Deluxe (pictured at right). Anyone remember that sweet little device? 160 x 160 pixels of black-and-white goodness. Today, I just laugh when people ask, "Isn't it hard to read on such a small screen?" when they see me reading on my iPhone. Peanut Press was my first e-book store. The closing of eReader.com was a sad day for me...

Security warnings about TeleRead – we’re working on it
February 25, 2010 | 7:17 pm

We are aware that many of you are getting security warnings about the site. We have both the NAPCO IT team and our friends at WPUgrade.com looking at it and hope to have the glitch fixed soon....

First-time comments will be delayed; spam filter got you?
January 5, 2010 | 5:07 pm

images.jpegIf you are making a comment for the first time, then your comment will be held until I approve it. This is to prevent spam. After I approve you the first time your future comments will go up immediately. We receive about 30,000 spam comments a month, so a spam filter is necessary. If you are not a first-time commenter and your comment doesn't appear, please email me and I'll check to see if it has been caught by our spam filter. ...