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The rumored new iPad mini 4: Another example of the competition between books and other media?
July 26, 2015 | 11:27 am

ipad-mini-witb-gray-cel-201410Yes, Rumorville again. How could we be so cruel as to deprive you of the latest from AppleInsider: Rumor: Apple's iPad mini 4 will be a miniature iPad Air 2, could launch alongside A9-powered iPad Air 3? Supposedly, too, the iPad Air 3 will appear this fall with the same dimensions as the 2, and the iPad Pro will show up as well. Yes, the current iPad mini (photo) already has a Retina display, making it attractive as an e-book reader for those who don't insist on E Ink. But the more powerful processor, if it comes to pass, will just add to the mini's appeal as a machine...

‘iBooks Author 2.3 adds support for ePub 3, opens up ebook creation to anyone’
July 15, 2015 | 5:22 am

ibooks-author-epub-screenshot (1) So what do the TeleRead community's Mac owners think of this upbeat review, of iBooks Author 2.3, by iMore's Serenity Caldwell? Excerpt: Apple has essentially created an ePub 3-compliant WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor in iBooks Author. This means that authors can—from start to finish—create gorgeous books with images, captions, video, and custom text, and publish them in the ePub 3 standard, which you can then easily convert to KF8 (the Kindle proprietary format based on ePub 3). Of course, with the need to own a Mac, this is hardly the WordPress of e-book creation software. Still, it's definite...

Morning Links: Apple Music First Look. Kickstarter Setting Records
July 1, 2015 | 8:05 am

apple musicApple Music First Look: Rich, Robust — But Confusing (re/code) I’ve been testing Apple Music on an iPhone 6 Plus, loaned to me by Apple for about a day. Because of the short testing time, this isn’t a full-on review but a first look. I set out to gather some initial impressions of how it feels to use the product. And to answer the question: Would I pay $10 a month — $120 a year — to use it? TeleRead Take: It seemed like half my feed today was "Apple Music this" and "Apple Music that." This was a good article asking...

Appeals court upholds Cote’s Apple anti-trust verdict and settlement
June 30, 2015 | 11:50 am

Only last month, the 2nd Circuit appeals court said that anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich could continue to monitor Apple in a ruling on Apple’s appeal of Judge Cote’s refusal to dismiss him. Today, the same appeals court issued a similar ruling on Cote’s original verdict, which found Apple guilty of price-fixing and imposed the anti-trust monitor via injunction in the first place. The ruling was 2:1, with Judge Debra Ann Livingston writing for the majority, finding Cote’s decision was correct and the injunction was “lawful and consistent with preventing future anticompetitive harms.” Dissenting was Judge Dennis Jacobs, who oddly enough last time...

Morning Links: Typeface Mimics Dyslexia. Why Apple Might Become a Bank
June 23, 2015 | 7:49 am

dyslexic-font1-250x140This Typeface Simulates Reading with Dyslexia (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Daniel Britton doesn't have to wonder; he's had the condition all his life, and now he's found a way to communicate it to others. TeleRead Take: I've always had sympathy for people with dyslexia, but it grew significantly after reading this article. I could read virtually none of the sample text. As much as I love reading, it's painful to think of others doing with difficulty what I do with ease. *** Opinion: Seven reasons I think Apple may become a bank within the next five years (9 to 5 Mac) Now that Apple Pay...

Morning Links: Apple Receives Helen Keller Award. 1990s Guide to the Web
June 22, 2015 | 7:50 am

appleApple receives Helen Keller Award for its pioneering VoiceOver feature (Cult of Mac) Organized by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Apple was specifically praised for VoiceOver, the iOS feature which reads out descriptions of everything happening on a device’s display. TeleRead Take: Go Apple. What's not to like here? *** This 1990s Guide to Using the Web Is Delightful (Gizmodo) Once upon a time you didn’t just use the internet, you were a “nethead” who “surfed the web” and “sailed data streams.” This is how we talked about the internet. TeleRead Take: Yes, there was a time when we needed paper books to tell...

Morning Links: What Is a Book? Pebble Time Review
June 17, 2015 | 7:57 am

pebble tiimeA Book is a Book: What is a Book? (Dear Author) When you hear the word book, what comes to mind? TeleRead Take: It's a fair question. eBooks have been challenging the question. I think about it when I "report" finished books to Goodreads. Most of the time, I don't bother with "books" which are really short stories. I suppose it skews the numbers, but who really cares but me? Pebble Time review (Android Central) Can the Pebble Time stand against the likes of full-touchscreen Android-based watches from the big players who make our Android phones? That was my question going into things. In...

Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August
June 11, 2015 | 1:32 pm

ipad_middleI’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s integrated with DropBox, Google Drive and EverNotes, and you can even download to it directly from Project Gutenberg Now---some great news: Voice Dream Reader for Android will enter Beta in a few days and should be in the Apple Store at the start of August....

Morning Links: Ask a Librarian For a Lap Dance? Apple and Streaming Music
June 10, 2015 | 8:11 am

libraryWould You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance? (Huffington Post) In the 15 years that I've worked at my local public library, I've learned that we librarians do plenty of things for our patrons that aren't in our job descriptions. After a patron asked me to change her flat tire, and another wanted to check out our pencil sharpener, I logged onto my favorite librarian hangout on Face Book and asked: What's the oddest thing a patron has ever asked you to do? TeleRead Take: Yes, the title is totally click bait. Why do you think I excerpted it? :) But...

Morning Links: Everything new in iOS 9. Felony to clear browser history?
June 9, 2015 | 7:17 am

ios 9Here’s everything new in iOS 9 (9to5 Mac) Apple introduced iOS 9 during its WWDC keynote today, and we’ve got a hands-on look at all of the new stuff you can expect to see when it comes out later this year. TeleRead Take: Not a lot here to get excited about, except for multi-tasking on iPads which support it. I might have to finally upgrade my iPad 4. *** According To The Government, Clearing Your Browser History Is A Felony (Techdirt) One of the stipulations of Sarbanes-Oxley is the preservation of evidence. Failing to do so, or purposefully destroying records, can result in felony criminal...

Morning Links: HTC sorry for poor performance. Apple to reduce vig to 15%?
June 8, 2015 | 8:29 am

htcHTC says sorry to shareholders for poor performance (Android Community) HTC may be busy introducing new phones left and right but truth is, the company is losing money. Revenue the past months went down by 40 percent but HTC is still hopeful that sales will improve especially after the new models are launched. TeleRead Take: Considering my growing dissatisfaction with my HTC phone, I'm neither surprised nor disappointed. *** Apple Reportedly Planning to Reduce Vig to 15% – Will It Impact eBooks? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) For the past four and a half years Apple has been strangling its ebook competitors by requiring a 30%...

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)
June 6, 2015 | 11:28 am

Cumbres_&_Toltec_trainTeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats even though companies like Amazon make them hard to avoid. Proprietary formats remind us of the time when trains commonly ran on tracks of different gauges. But as TeleRead’s owner, I've made it clear we don't have party lines.  And today’s beautifully written essay from Chris Meadows, my friend and much-appreciated colleague, illustrates this. Mind you, Chris isn't directly cheering proprietary formats. He...

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