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Morning links: ‘Woe is literature’ edition
July 7, 2015 | 10:52 am

ErnestHemingwayIt's a dark time day for us booklovers, especially the U.S. variety. Noting the many high-lit imports that inspired high-brow movies and TV shows here in the States, the Atlantic asks: "Is American literature too Too Dark for TV?" The subhead warns: "The executive producer of Masterpiece Theater says Jane Austen works a lot better on screen than Hemingway does." Atlantic pop critic Spencer Kornhaber's post then asserts: "While an fan of the American canon might bristle at those comments, consider the history of literary adaptations. Whereas English Literature 101 authors like Shakespeare and Jane Austen have inspired a host of well-loved movies and TV shows, often, when talking...

Morning Links: Typewriter Turns Printer. Amazon Hysteria
June 29, 2015 | 8:13 am

typewriter-1-820x420Geek turns old-school typewriter into a printer (Slash Gear) A geek named Chris Gregg wanted to convert an old-school typewriter to a printer that could be controlled by his computer. To start the project he laid hands on a Smith Corona electric typewriter from the 60s to use for the project. His original goal was to use the computer to drive the key switches without actually having to touch the keys of the typewriter. TeleRead Take: I love stories about creative repurposing of gadgets. *** The Great Amazon Hysteria… Part 31 (David Gaughran) So, change. Lots of it. And change can be scary – even...

TeleRead Email List Set Up
June 11, 2015 | 12:12 pm

email.jpgWant to get new articles via email? Not a problem. If you scroll all the way down the right side of the page, past the comments and latest posts, you'll see a sign up box. Fill in your email, and you'll get posts sent to you automatically. Don't worry. We won't spam you. The list is only for posts, and possibly infrequent, important announcements on the nature of major site updates possibly causing disruption. (Like major. Like should not happen more than once a year, if that.) Apologies for how hidden it is. We are planning a TeleRead redesign, and the...

Today’s Links: Elizabethan-era book piracy vs. today’s. New Google keyboard version. $178 Windows convertible tablet
June 4, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Sir_Philip_Sidney_from_NPGWhat Elizabethan Book Pirates in the 1500s Can Teach Us About Piracy Today (Vox) Back then, piracy was rampant---and for a simple reason. After the invention of the printing press in 1440, many countries restricted which printers could print which books. In England, Queen Elizabeth I gave certain printers a monopoly over key books like the Bible, the alphabet, almanacs, and other foundational texts. The TeleRead Take: Plus ca change, right? The conclusion, which I whole-heartedly agree with, was the same then as it is now---to give people legal options to acquire content easily. A...

‘The truth about “writer’s block”’
June 2, 2015 | 9:46 am

"The truth is, doctors do get doctor’s block. Plumbers do get plumber’s block. It’s just that only writers have been smart enough to give the problem a name." - Wisdom from best-selling and award-winning writer Dave Farland, via The Passive Voice....

Morning Links: Captain Ahab and Cinderella as games fodder. Onyx Boox i86 FINALLY up for pre-order.
June 2, 2015 | 8:42 am

Cinderella tries on the slipper - WikipediaThe Surprising Games People Made with Public Domain Works (Boing Boing) The recent Public Domain Jam has spawned a whole bunch of new works…about Captain Ahab, Captain Hook, Cinderella, Dorian Gray and lots more than any fan of classics might like to peruse. The TeleRead Take: I love this story. Boing Boing points out that while many popular characters are popular because they are free to use, there is a long list of under-utilized public domain characters ripe for remixing. How neat that someone is encouraging this! Information about the Cinderella image here. Onyx Boox i86 eReader With Frontlight Now Up for Pre-Order...

Book section vs. American Girl, IndigoKids and Starbucks as an Indigo profit center
June 1, 2015 | 10:11 am

FullSizeRenderThe Beloved and I had our weekly Date Night on Friday, and we went for noodles at a nearby mall. The mall is undergoing extensive renovations right now and, in addition to the expansion, it has added some high-end retail to its existing floor space. This is a mall with one of Canada's only nine Microsoft stores! Anyway, as we passed by the Indigo, we came across this sign: "Renovations aren't always easy. We'll be closing our book section on the second floor from May 28 to June 4. American Girl, IndigoKids and Starbucks are still...

Morning Links: Books INTO trees. E vs. P for indie authors. The ‘Hardy Boys’ factory.
June 1, 2015 | 9:32 am

bookTree3Bury This Book In The Ground And It Will Magically Come Back As A Tree (Fast Co.) When kids finish reading a story about an adventure in the rainforest, they can plant the book in the ground. Eventually, the paper will sprout back into a mini-forest of jacaranda saplings. The TeleRead Take: I suppose this is how you force people to buy a paper edition! I think this is a cool idea. A tree doesn’t just “grow in Brooklyn.” Still, I’d like more practical information about the details. For now, you can see a related video. At BEA 2015, E-Books May Help...

The Net in your Levi jeans: Progress? Easy e-book page turning? Or one more fun step toward forced cyborgdom for us all?
May 29, 2015 | 2:56 pm

jeans"Levi’s is the first of what Google hopes will be many fashion partners on the new technology that embeds touch sensors into clothing." - Silicon Beat The TeleRead take: The word is that if you tap or swipe, your mobile device can do such things as silencing a phone call or sending a text message. Is Project Jacquard progress in the long run? Or one more fun step toward forced cyborgdom for us all? You Tube is here. The e-book angle: Oh, well, before we become cyborgs, maybe we can at least enjoy another interface for turning pages and navigational tasks (with...

‘Google and the World Brain’
May 27, 2015 | 11:14 am

  "The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. They had an even greater purpose---to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay 'World Brain.' But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet."...

TeleRead Migrating to New Server
May 20, 2015 | 8:44 am

We may experience some short downtime events in the coming days as we prepare for a server migration. Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly. I will keep you updated. Comments will be disabled during the migration. I apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or want to email me any news tips, I'm available at

Library Journal Self-Published eBook Awards 2015
May 12, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Screen-Shot-2015-05-01-at-10.13.46-AMLibrary Journal is conducing a contest for the best self-published books in the genres of Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery. Full details on their site, but here are some highlights. They will select a winner and two honorable mentions in each category. Winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Winners and Honorable Mentions will receive: A full LJ review, published in print and online A promotional ad featuring all award winners honor books in LJ’s December “Best of Books” issue Recognition at LJ’s Self-Published Ebook Awards Reception to be held during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston, MA (date & location TBA) The...

This "reunion” story has legs
March 31, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Peter Kubicek[caption id="attachment_100800" align="alignright" width="240"] Peter Kubicek[/caption] It's a story with legs, as editors used to say in the print newspapers of yore, and this story does have legs. When the Irish Central online newspaper in New York picked up a San Diego Jewish World story about Holocaust survivors Peter Kubicek -- in New York -- and Tomi Reichental in Ireland, word started spreading via social media about these two men and their happy, contented lives in 2015, despite having seen the Nazi evil close and personal in 1944 when they were mere teenagers (and in Reichental's case, just nine years old). Both...

Morning Links: Low eBook prices not enough? Creative punishment for piracy
February 9, 2015 | 9:00 am

piracyWhen Low Ebook Prices Aren’t Enough (Digital Book World) As the economics of digital bookselling evolve, bargain prices don’t always pack the punch they once did in terms of driving sales. *** Today Calendar developer “punishes” pirates creatively (Android Community) The app determines if the install is pirated and will insert random "pirate-themed" events into the user's calendar. He has already implemented one, a "Walk the Plank" event that has a graphic of a plank suspended over shark-infested waters. There's also a note saying, "That's what ye get fer piratin' matey." *** Files Bogus DMCA Notice to Keep Public Domain Records Offline (Ink, Bits and...

Alcatel to give us a big Palm for 2015?
December 31, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Joanna's original Palm m125.[caption id="attachment_81363" align="alignright" width="210"] Joanna's original Palm m125.[/caption] Reports at webOS Nation, the fan/support site for the short-lived webOS platform that HP picked up when it purchased Palm Inc., and filipino webOS user MakaPalm, indicate that Alcatel OneTouch, originally a French smartphone brand but now owned by Chinese electronics firm TCL, has acquired all the residual brand and trademark assets from HP, and may be planning to resurrect the brand in some form or other. I'm sure many Teleread readers (as well as writers) will have cut their ereading teeth on Palm devices or Palm Reader ebooks, as I did -...

Star Trek and Literature, Part 2: Alien Language and Literature
December 11, 2014 | 3:07 pm

When I wrote previously on the surprisingly literary Star Trek world, I focused more on the technological side of things---how what once took props and post-production effects has now come true in the real world. But as The Beloved and I get deeper into our re-watch of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I am finding the show replete with actual literary...well, literature. I think these sorts of details are what has in the past set Star Trek apart as a sci-fi show: it's not just that they have aliens who speak other languages, it's that they hire actual linguists to write these languages for them---Marc Okrand, for example, was the creator of the Klingon language, and has a PhD in this area....

Christmas gift ideas for your ereading habit: The Surge II Charged Backpack
December 11, 2014 | 12:03 pm

For anyone looking for gift ideas for an ereading addict or allround geek, and especially one with the wanderlust, here's one: The North Face Surge II Charged Backpack, designed to both protect and charge your devices while on the move. Around in the market for a while, "the classic 32-liter Surge II is now hooked up for 2014 with a large capacity Joey™ T55 power supply to recharge your electronic devices," according to North Face....

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