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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....

Morning Roundup: Amazon releases new Kindles. Ultimate reading spreadsheet
September 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonFirst impressions of the new Kindle lineup (The Kindle Chronicles) As my flight from New York approaches Denver International and the media embargo ends, I want to share impressions from today’s Amazon’s media demonstration of the new Kindles. *** Why Amazon has no profits, and why it works (Andreessen Horowitz) Amazon has a tendency to polarize people. On one hand, there is the ruthless, relentless, ferociously efficient company that’s building the Sears Roebuck of the 21st Century. But on the other, there is the fact that almost 20 years after it was launched, it has yet to report a meaningful profit. This chart captures the...

Next Big Book wins inaugural BookExpo Startup Challenge
June 1, 2014 | 1:33 am

BEA_logo_starburstNext Big Book won the BookExpo Startup Challenge at BookExpo America on Thursday. Seventeen digital startups showcased their companies in front of thousands of industry members. From there, six finalists were picked to present their companies on stage. Next Big Book won the debut challenge and a prize of $10,000. Second-place Qlovi, a digital education content platform, received $3,000. Next Big Book is a marketing analysis tool. It pulls in information from social media, web traffic, sales, trends and other data to provide information. Next Big Book will be able to tell which efforts are most effective and which need help. Next Big Book...

Lithuanian officials find LGBT “tolerance promoting fairy tales harmful to minors”
May 27, 2014 | 4:35 pm

Gintarine SirdisAccording to Lithuanian reports, the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics has ruled that a book of fairy stories Gintarinė širdis (“Amber heart”) by local author Neringa Dangvydė, which includes same-sex relationships and other LGBT-friendly themes contains "harmful, primitive and purposeful propaganda of homosexuality," as well as "encouraging the concept of entry into a marriage and creation of a family other than stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania," and being "harmful, invasive, direct and manipulative." The Office therefore declared that the book should be marked under...

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...