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TeleRead podcast commences at 3 p.m. Eastern
July 2, 2015 | 2:17 pm

teleread-podcastIn just under an hour, we’ll be going live with our next TalkShoe episode of the TeleRead podcast! We hope some of you will be right there with us to tune in! Today, Juli and I will be discussing the recent hot news stories to hit the site in the last few days, including but not limited to: The appeal court decision upholding Judge Cote’s verdict in the Apple anti-trust case. Scribd’s decision to cull most romance and erotica titles from its subscription service. The great “Kindle Unlimited...

TeleRead Podcast #2 scheduled LIVE for Thursday, July 2, 3 p.m. Eastern
June 30, 2015 | 6:56 pm

Hello, everyone. It’s been a bumpy few days, but I’m definitely on the mend after getting out of the hospital. And with that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time to try another TalkShoe podcast—this one recorded live with call-in options available. The scheduled time for this podcast is Thursday, July 2, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Mark your calendars! Scheduled to be around so far are Juli and myself, but any TeleRead writers are welcome to call in and join the round table. We will discuss the recent news from the last few days, including the Apple appeal verdict and other noteworthy...

Wanted: Your constructive feedback for TeleRead’s podcasters—and some graphics talent for this site
June 20, 2015 | 5:45 am

chriscatphone.jpg The first TeleRead Podcast got off to a good start---stream or download the show here or on the TalkShoe site. As already noted, the debut podcast “touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited compensation terms, the Authors Guild fair contract initiative, the new Kindle Paperwhite, and more.” The second show will happen June 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, probably with listener call-ins. Now---how to make the podcast even better? Share constructive feedback below with host Chris Meadows (first photo), Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe (second)  and Senior Writer Joanna Cabot (third). You...

TeleRead’s first podcast is now available to stream or download
June 18, 2015 | 8:36 pm

Today Juli Monroe, Joanna Cabot, and I got together to record our first TeleRead podcast, talking for an hour about recent news stories and other events. We touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited compensation terms, the Authors Guild fair contract initiative, the new Kindle Paperwhite, and more. It was a fun hour of conversation, and I think it proves we can have an interesting show. Our next episode, scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern a week from Sunday, will be recorded live and in public. Anyone who wants to listen...

Podcast, RSS and email list updates—plus a collection of Joanna Cabot’s provocative essays on e-reading
June 14, 2015 | 7:13 pm

chriscatphoneChris Meadows has already broken word of the forthcoming TeleRead podcast. Pass on your ideas within the comments area for his post. How important is it to you that we do listener call-ins? We may start out without call-ins to keep down the complexities.  Any thoughts on show topics? As for a title, I’m personally thinking of “Ebook Talk, with Chris and Juli”---in homage to Car Talk. Love it? Hate it? Ebook Talk is just a working title. I can see the show as a mix of news, views and practical Car Talk-style tips, with Chris and...

TeleRead to launch live podcast; here’s how to take part
June 14, 2015 | 11:45 am

TeleRead is planning to launch a weekly live podcast soon, possibly as early as next weekend. The plan is to begin with a panel discussion of the previous week’s most interesting stories, and possibly invite guests once we’re sure things are going smoothly. We will then open the floor to callers with questions or discussion. We will be using the TalkShoe call-in talk radio format (the same one I used for my Space Station Liberty and The Biblio File podcasts), which combines a conference call switch with a text chat window or application. The host or hosts can call...

What? Robots threaten ME? Here’s how I’d use one to write TeleRead posts
June 7, 2015 | 10:06 am

NAO-RobotNate got it right when he said journalists should spend less time worrying about robots and more time figuring out how to befriend the silicon. Human/bot collaborations, anyone? He mentioned the use of robots to write up the basics when earthquakes struck L.A.---followed by in-depth reporting by human. And now here’s my own example. The Marvin e-book reader, among TeleRead Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe’s favorites, doesn’t churn out news stories. But it can help sum up the essence of a book. Same for Amazon’s X-ray feature. Now imagine newsbots that would do this in a more sophisticated way---not...

50 latest TeleRead posts: Just scroll down and see the links in the right sidebar (Updated)
June 7, 2015 | 9:15 am

100latestTeleReadPostsTeleRead community member Lee Fyock, one of the pioneers of the e-book business, as a software guy at Palm, made a first-class suggestion the other day. "It’d be great,” Lee wrote of TeleRead, “if the articles 'stuck around' on the site, perhaps on a sidebar, rather than immediately scrolling off, never to be seen if I don’t visit the site thrice a day." Done, Lee. Scroll down, and in the right sidebar you’ll be able to see links to the 50 most recent TeleRead posts.  Just click on the word “Latest.” Suddenly the whole list will...

Our anti-spam Dobes: Please e-mail us if they delete your valuable comments
June 6, 2015 | 2:34 pm

Doberman_Pinschers_black_and_blue (1)Is LSD in the virtual dog food of our anti-spam Dobermans---well, actually the Akismet service? The Dobes have killed valuable comments from veteran TeleRead community members such as Frank Lowney and Michael W. Perry. Anyone know of some Dobe trainers out there? We’ll investigate the possibility of white-listing. This is an old problem. It was there when I owned TeleRead before. And, while filtering tech is better, it’s still there now. Meanwhile please e-mail Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe and cc me if the Dobes eat up your comments. Often a Lazarus act within WordPress can retrieve your killed comments from our anti-spam Dobes’ stomachs and...

Editors should play nice with agents and authors, says Agent Orange
June 2, 2014 | 3:17 pm

Here’s a post on the Bookseller by the pseudonymous Agent Orange, a UK literary agent who I’ve cited in these pages before. He or she notes the overall decline in power of the agent—it used to be important for editors to stay on agents’ good sides so as to be sure the agent would show them the good stuff. But over the last few years, the market has changed, and suddenly agents are having a hard time selling even their best stuff. As the balance of power has shifted, so standards of behaviour have shifted. It...

Meet TeleRead’s New Editor-in-Chief
October 3, 2013 | 11:00 am

I'm sure many of you have noticed the lack of Dan's touch over the last few weeks. That's because Dan Eldridge, former editor-in-chief of TeleRead, has moved on to (hopefully) bigger and better things. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that he will be missed. While I won't say I can take his place, I have accepted the editor position, and today's my first day. I ask for forgiveness in advance as I learn the ropes and figure everything out. I introduced myself earlier this year, and I won't repeat all that. I will say, however, that I've been a loyal...

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...

Administrivia: Acting guest editor, and GenCon bound!
August 8, 2013 | 6:50 am

Hello, everyone! Here are a couple of administrative notices. First: I’m filling in as editor while Dan Eldridge is on vacation for a week. I hope Dan enjoys his vacation, and I will do my best to make sure there will still be a blog when he gets back! Second: I will again be attending GenCon in Indianapolis this year, driving up from Springfield, Missouri to Indianapolis to spend the weekend after next among gamers and their friends. I last attended the convention for TeleRead two years ago, and I’m looking forward to being there again. ...

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.  ...

A Note About TeleRead’s New Rating System for Reviews
July 7, 2013 | 12:15 pm

reviewBy now, we're assuming the majority of our TeleRead regulars have probably noticed that we recently added a small but nevertheless significant new feature to our reviews: a five-star-style rating system. We quietly introduced the feature in a film review by Joanna Cabot that ran on July 2. Two book reviews that ran this morning, one by Chris Meadows and another by Paul St John Mackintosh, also used the new rating system. But since we're of the opinion that books reviews, say—or film reviews, or app reviews or whatever—that are rated with a star-system is a pretty played-out journalistic cliché, we've decided...

Follow that Story: TeleRead Slays the Blognix Beast!
May 7, 2013 | 4:30 pm

BlognixSome of you may remember a post we ran last Wednesday, May 1, about a ridiculous website calling itself Blognix, and which had seemingly cloned TeleRead's entire site—content, design and all. Well, I suppose I was remiss in mentioning that just two days later, and without too much of a hassle, frankly, the head of NAPCO's IT department succeeded in squashing Blognix like the sad and pitiful little project it was. Incredibly though, Blognix morphed like an amoeba almost immediately after ridding itself of its bogus TeleRead cloak; it's now cloning a website called Cheap Tech For Me. Take a look for...

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...

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