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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...

Morning Links: When good friends write bad books, Amazon food, and more
June 3, 2015 | 9:04 am

What To Do When Someone You Know Writes a Bad Book (Book Riot) Writing a book is a great accomplishment. It can take years of meditating, creating, editing, querying, marketing, and tweaking to get it published. It’s an effort that absolutely deserves praise. But what are we supposed to do when someone we personally know, even care about, writes a bad one? The Teleread Take: The last person I know who showed me their book surprised me: it was better than I thought it would be. But many of us in this age of self-publishing have been there! Book Riot has some...

Samsung may reposition its big handsets
May 13, 2015 | 4:25 pm

samsung-galaxy-s6-1 Chances are that if you read ebooks at all on an Android smartphone, you're very likely doing it on a Samsung. And yet, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the Korean giant may be rethinking its game plan and cutting back on that market dominance after its founding father, Lee Kun-hee, was incapacitated by a heart attack. The issue is that, even though Samsung still stays ahead of Apple in the sheer number of smartphones sold, its mobile division's operating-profit margins fell to 7 percent in 3Q2014, from 18 percent in the same quarter a year ago,...

Morning Links: Free ebooks don’t help poor kids. 2015 Edgar Winners
May 4, 2015 | 8:52 am

Edgar award winners"Free" eBooks Don't Help Poor Kids (Book Riot) Poor kids don’t have access to internet or devices. It’s a fact, and it’s backed up time and time again. *** 2015 Edgar Winners Revealed (GalleyCat) The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the 2015 Edgar Award winners. *** What Apple is Featuring in the Kids Section (Teachers with Apps) Notice in the picture above that all the players are big box names; this is what I see featured in the Kids Section of iTunes App Store on any given day, or for that matter products in any given toy store. *** How to Make Multi-Channel Publishing Profitable (DBW) The digital environment...

App Annie Index suggests Google has an app problem?
April 16, 2015 | 6:25 pm

The latest quarterly mobile app market index from analytics firm App Annie, the App Annie Index: Market Q1 2015, suggests that the Google Play store and the iOS App Store are following "different paths" as the mobile app market evolves. According to App Annie, "Google Play extended its lead over the iOS App Store in downloads, and iOS extended its lead in monetizing apps." App Annie found that "Google Play's worldwide downloads in Q1 2015 were approximately 70 percent higher than the iOS App Store, up from 60 percent in Q3 2014 ... On the other hand, the iOS App Store's worldwide...

comScore report shows Android still in US OS smartphone platform lead
April 14, 2015 | 12:25 pm

comScore-IncU.S. analytics firm comScore has just released its report on smartphone subscriber market share in the U.S. covering February 2015. And the figures show that "Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.7 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52.8 percent platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app." According to comScore, the U.S. smartphone snowball just keeps on rolling downhill, gathering momentum: "186.3 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (76.6 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in February, up 5 percent since November." Manufacturers bringing...

Interesting facts about Apple (Infographic)
April 1, 2015 | 12:25 pm

37 Interesting Stats & Facts about Apple – Infographic - An Infographic from ShopOnLessHere's a fun infographic, oddly appropriate to publish on April 1, since that was the day in 1976 that Apple Inc. was founded. I have been off and on using Apple products since the Macintosh 128K. I still remember my mom being told to get a Commodore 64 because "we'd never need more than 64K of memory." However, even as a long-time Apple user, there were plenty of items in this infographic which I never knew. I guess I should have known that the Macintosh is an actual variety of apple, but since they aren't my favorite fruit, that was new...

Morning Links: 8 Apple features you might not use. KU payouts up; lending down
March 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

appleHow Long Does it Take to Read Popular Books? (Personal Creations) We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed, 300 words per minute. *** Eight Apple Features You Probably Never Use (Re/Code) This week, I rounded up eight examples of these to make sure you remember that Apple is … human. *** Black Authors and Self-Publishing (School Library Journal) I am a Black feminist writer committed to social justice. I write stories about Black children and teens, but within the children’s literature...

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