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"IMO, silence is the only viable response, for the reasons I laid out in the article. If you refute the reviewer, you draw attention to and validate his point of view. If you leave him alone, he's just one voice among many. "

Chris Meadows on "Suing e-book reviewers and being a public jerk: Two bad ideas in one - Posted on April 19, 2014


"So the question remains: Can we engage anonymous reviewers who cast aspersions on our work in a positive way? How should Joe Nobody have interacted with this and his other readers more effectively? Is silence the only viable response? "

Frank Lowney on "Suing e-book reviewers and being a public jerk: Two bad ideas in one - Posted on April 19, 2014


"@Michael, isn't Inkling a purveyor of interactive books? Or did I mis-read the signature on your comment? An interactive book should be able to do this kind of thing in a far more elegant way, a highlight that, when clicked/tapped, invokes a popup with scrolling (if necessary) text field. Such a device could even contain a hyperlink to an appendix or a web site for even more information. "

Frank Lowney on "How do we know our eBooks aren't being altered? - Posted on April 19, 2014


"It's not unusual for a small library or museum to turn down these requests. I've worked with many micro museums and small historical societies in the last 10 years or so. Most have budgets less than $50,000 a year and operate entirely with volunteers. Government or major foundation support is non-existent. Physical papers, such as notes or manuscripts, pose special archival challenges, such as climate-controlled storage, most community historical societies can't offer. Don't let ..."

Joe Follansbee on "Maine library declines Rick Hautala archive, citing resources - Posted on April 19, 2014


"download link from google drive not longer works. Is there another site to download this? "

Pengo on "Watching Amazon Instant Video on Android KitKat Devices - Posted on April 19, 2014


"My attention span is in the toilet due to the whole internet/tablet reading experience in general. I have a hard time sitting down and actually reading a full length book anymore, whether in paper or on an ereader/tablet. As much as I love the technology (I'm 66 and have been involved with computers since 1968!), I hate what has changed in me and I long for the old days when I could curl up with ..."

Bill on "Filter, read, learn: the puzzle of reading print vs screen - Posted on April 19, 2014


"Maybe, Ray, you could upload the book back to Gutenberg with the label "UK Spelling". It may start a (restoration) phase. "

Mike on "How do we know our eBooks aren't being altered? - Posted on April 19, 2014


"I actually change the Collins that I downloaded from Gutenberg from US spelling back to British spelling. I find that it is very annoying to see US spelling when the book I read is written by a British author or vice versa. I think most (or all) Collins works on Gutenberg are the US version, so the spelling is US spelling. Nowadays, I won't directly download any work to my Kindle. I always use my ..."

Ray on "How do we know our eBooks aren't being altered? - Posted on April 19, 2014


"I think it's unneccesy. But these types of changes aren't limited to classics. In the United States British works often Americanize the English text. For exampes, fags become cigarettes, wheelie bins become Dumpters, car's boot becomes car's trunk, and spellings like colour become come color. Again, it's totally unneccesy as I see it. I like the way different countries use English. A good reader can pick up the ..."

Greg M. on "How do we know our eBooks aren't being altered? - Posted on April 18, 2014


"I faced the same changed-meaning problem with a bestselling nineteenth-century novel that I'm adapting to become what I hope will prove to be a marvelous young adult novel. Here's an example from the opening chapter: ____ A rollicking witch whom he calls “Lil,” is fighting a sham battle with the soldier-papa whom she has never seen until a week before... ___ "Witch" today has an almost exclusively occult meaning, certainly not what a father would say about his four-year-old ..."

Michael W. Perry on "How do we know our eBooks aren't being altered? - Posted on April 18, 2014


"It can be said that reading a screen book is the same as reading a paper book. Many e-book advocates say so. At the same time advocates say said that screen books have many advantages, or that they are different. OK; they are the same and they are different. What’s the fuss? Publishers sell both formats and they let the readers decide. They price the formats according to demand… "

Gary Frost on "Filter, read, learn: the puzzle of reading print vs screen - Posted on April 18, 2014


"How readers respond to a poorly formed eBook predicts very little about how students will respond to a well formed eBook which is what we really want to know. Reporters seldom take the time or have the expertise to discern good research from bad. Methodology, statistics and logic have to be closely examined and that takes time and expertise. Even where expertise is present, time is not something that reporters have enough of. Truth is a casualty ..."

Frank Lowney on "Filter, read, learn: the puzzle of reading print vs screen - Posted on April 18, 2014


"Some folks want their reading to be amenable to laundering. On the other hand, the "unexpurgated" label may still have some selling power. Unless a title is self-published, who knows what changes have been made in the author's original words. "

Frank Lowney on "How do we know our eBooks aren't being altered? - Posted on April 18, 2014


"I expect that within 10 years or so an ereader screen will be indistinguishable from a sheet of paper attached (for example) to a clipboard. The ereader screen will be as white and non-glare as paper, the ereader text will be as black as printers ink, and the ereader screen resolution will be as high as a paper book's resolution. At that point, the entire paper vs electronic debate becomes irrelevant. What will still be relevant will be ..."

Gary on "Filter, read, learn: the puzzle of reading print vs screen - Posted on April 18, 2014


"Sorry, left out the disclaimer that is at the bottom: "ABOUT THE NEWS NERD The stories posted on TheNewsNerd are for entertainment purposes only. The stories may mimic articles found in the headlines, but rest assured they are purely satirical." "

Katherine on "Aretha Franklin sues satire site over viral fake news story - Posted on April 18, 2014


"They've always had this disclaimer at the bottom: "" It's interesting to note that they only added that other disclaimer at the top to the Aretha story. This one doesn't have it. http://www.thenewsnerd.com/entertainment/leonardo-dicaprio-cast-mlk-wear-blackface/ "

Katherine on "Aretha Franklin sues satire site over viral fake news story - Posted on April 18, 2014