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TeleRead will be down Sunday, March 16 for upgrades
March 14, 2014 | 8:18 am

I just wanted to let everyone know that TeleRead (and all Tell network sites, in fact) will be down for upgrades and maintenance on Sunday, March 16. Enjoy your day, where ever you are, and see you back here Monday morning!...

Publishers and that awkward moment when non-fiction becomes fiction
November 21, 2013 | 10:45 am

Simon & SchusterSo remind me again: What are publishers for? Some kind of filter and quality bar to wade through the slush pile and weed out the dross, right? And if that means picking the best written books in fiction; surely it also means picking the most accurate and trustworthy works of non-fiction, no? I mean, that's what justifies their big offices, cuts of royalties, favorable treatment by governments and international organizations, yes? [caption id="" align="alignright" width="384"] Mr. Schuster to Mr. Simon: "Oops, did we really just publish that?"[/caption] Well, apparently not, as Media Matters reminds us. Picking up on the embarrassing - for...

Department of Commerce Seeking Input on Digital First Sale
November 7, 2013 | 11:41 am

digital first saleThere's going to be a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks. According to the notice published in the Federal Register, they, along with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, will be considering: the legal framework for the creation of remixes; the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment; the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of individual file sharers...

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...

New Publisher House self-publishing report hardly fails to hype
September 28, 2013 | 12:30 pm

The new report from New Publisher House, State of Independence 2014, subtitled "The Self-Publishing Market: $52 Billion Game Changer," talks about ... well ... self-publishing being a $52 billion game changer. Not hard to get your head round that one. And if you want to get the story in full, the opening section of the report is easily accessible just by entering your name and email here. "While the self-publishing movement is currently totally transforming the whole publishing industry, outdated methods of measuring and analysing the book publishing market have led to a vast underestimation of the size, power and growth...

Interview with Jeffery Deaver–Bestselling Thriller Writer
September 24, 2013 | 4:24 pm

Jeffery Deaver was the Saturday keynote speaker at the Creatures, Crime and Creativity Conference a couple of weeks ago. His speech was an hilarious "journal of a writer" which slipped some excellent writing advice in between gut-splitting jokes. Wish I had a transcript, but you'll just have to settle for the interview I had before we all headed to the bar. TeleRead: So you've been writing now for how long? Jeffery: Well, I've been writing all my life. I wrote my first book at age eleven. And then I was a journalist. I wrote then. I wrote literary poetry, edited my literary...

Arthur Rackham’s legacy online – for free
September 20, 2013 | 1:23 pm

Arthur Rackham (September 19, 1867–September 6, 1939), who was born 146 years ago yesterday, was probably the greatest English representative of what's known as the Golden Age of Illustration. And unlike his near-contemporary Aubrey Beardsley, his choice of themes and commissions meant that his images won an enduring place in the childhood memories and imaginations of millions. And a huge proportion of his work is available online for free, much of it in situ in free ebook editions of the original books it was intended for. Rackham's work, like that of Beardsley and Edmund Dulac, is associated with the Belle Époque heyday...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROALD DAHL!
September 13, 2013 | 4:12 pm

Today, September 13, is the birthday of the late children's author Roald Dahl. A website of unknown provenance is urging people to celebrate with dress-up ideas, party suggestions and a museum visit, either virtually or in person. And of course, the bento bloggers I wrote about previously are out in force again, with Roald Dahl themed lunch boxes. This one has a Fantastic Mr. Fox made out of cheese. This one spells out the author's name. This one uses a small container to make the 'golden ticket' from James and the Giant Peach. And of course, you could go old-school and read...

Book Review: Yesterday’s Classics E-Book Collection
August 27, 2013 | 8:09 pm

Yesterday's ClassicsIt's my last week of summer vacation, and I'll be spending it planning for the coming school year. I have been delighted to find a growing niche of publishers that are targeting the back-to-school market with specialized e-book collections, and this e-book collection comes from one such publisher. Yesterday's Classics is part of a website called The Baldwin Project, which formats children's classics and offers them in print, via email subscription, or online as a plain-text website or interactive learning portal. The first 225 releases are available in Mobi or ePub, in a bundle that they were kind enough to provide for me to...

New version of Voice Dream—first-rate program for reading e-books aloud
August 2, 2013 | 7:25 pm

Voice DreamA new incarnation of the Voice Dream text-to-speech program—for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch—hit the Apple app store recently. My original Voice Dream review is here. Price is $9.99, still worth every penny. Winston Chen, the app's developer, has made good on his promise to offer a paging option, so that you don’t have to scroll, Web-browser fashion, if you’re reading an e-book by sight. The downside of the beta version was that if you made annotations, Voice Dream lapsed back into its scrolling made. As far as I can tell—and maybe I’m wrong—that bug is gone from the current version, 2.8.2. Now I’m hoping...

Print Dead at 1,803
July 27, 2013 | 1:51 pm

print  NEW YORK—Sources close to print, the method of applying ink to paper in order to convey information to a mass audience, have confirmed that the declining medium passed away early Thursday morning. The influential means of communication was 1,803. Print, which had for nearly two millennia worked tirelessly to spread knowledge around the globe in the form of books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and numerous other textual materials, reportedly succumbed to its long battle with ill health, leaving behind legions of readers who had for years benefited from the dissemination of ideas made possible by the advent of printed materials. Reaction to print’s tragic...

The Paradox of Cooking Shows
July 16, 2013 | 12:30 pm

cooking showsCasual Kitchen, a cooking blog I follow, has a great post about the 'paradox' of cooking shows—namely that, between cookbooks, cooking shows, Pinterest, the Internet and so on, more cooking info is available to people than ever before, but yet, paradoxically, they actually cook loss. From the article: "There's only a fixed amount of time in a day, right? So if you squander an hour in front of the tube (even if it's watching Guy Fieri make obtuse comments about somebody's chicken wings) that's an hour stolen from your day that you could have spent... cooking." I wonder if the same thing is...