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TeleRead Links: Talking View-Master, Google Play Books gains note sync, and more
July 20, 2015 | 1:30 am

viewmasterThe Electronic Talking View-Master Was the Original Oculus Rift (Gizmodo) Seen here in an ad dating back to February of 1983, the Electronic Talking View-Master used the same slideshow discs as previous versions of the toy. But they were embedded in a special cartridge alongside a tiny vinyl record that would be played at the same time. The TeleRead Take: It’s interesting looking back at old iterations of technology, isn’t it? Back in the day, when they didn’t have anything like what they wanted to do, they had to invent something completely new. And so we got a...

New e-book software on the way from New York Public Library: Relief ahead for DRM-tortured patrons in your city, too?
July 6, 2015 | 5:36 am

NYPL_Lion"Tired of DRM and customer log-in schemes used to sell you more stuff? Simply enter your library card number...once...and start reading, from your library, for free. If you don't have a library card…just sign up for one with the app!" The TeleRead take:  The Library Simplified project aims to "employ technology, innovation in library policies, and the full range of library offerings to deliver a better experience to more patrons." Funding will come from the New York Public Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project, inspired by the goals of Readers First, a group working toward more usable digital tech for...

Paid Google Play apps on Fire tablet without installing Play Store
May 15, 2015 | 2:25 pm

install from unknown sources screen shotWhile I was able to get most of my "must-have" apps on my new Fire HD 6 from the Amazon app store, there are a few which aren't available. While it's possible to use sites like GetJar to download apps, not everything is available. Android PIT used to be a good source for paid Android apps, but it shut down last year because of VAT issues. Which leaves Fire owners stuck. Sure, you can root your Fire, using various methods, including N2A, but that voids the warranty, N2A isn't available for all Fire models and not everyone wants to go that...

Morning Links: Juvenile book sales drop. Reading on the bus dangerous?
April 24, 2015 | 9:00 am

reading on the busJuvenile Book Sales Plummet (PW) Industry members expected that sales in the two segments would cool this year and sales, which started to slow this spring, plunged in the week ended April 19, 2015, compared to the similar week in 2014. Unit sales in the juvenile nonfiction category fell 39% in the week and dropped 46% in fiction at outlets that report to BookScan. *** In Praise of the Digital Calendar (Unclutterer) Dave has declared his love of the wall calendar, and I agree with the points he made. I also know plenty of other people who work well with either paper wall calendars...

Morning Links: Critics sound off on Clean Reader. Best books lists outdated?
April 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

clean readerThe Outdated Concept of a 'Best Books' List (GoodeReader) It doesn’t really matter what the list is or what it’s measuring, there’s bound to be a critic and there’s guaranteed to be a sore spot for a book, film, song, or other content that didn’t make the cut. *** Critics Sound Off on 'Clean Reader' App (School Library Journal) A survey, thus far, of some responses to “Clean Reader.” The application, for IOS and Android, is an ereading platform that removes profanity, references to anatomical features, and language deemed offensive from titles available in an online bookstore. *** Removing Import Restrictions Would Harm Australian Authors,...

Weekend Links: Sunday is money day for app makers. Little free libraries take over
April 5, 2015 | 11:21 am

little free librariesWhy Sunday is Money Day for App Makers (Re/Code) But if you’re in the app business, the crucial thing to remember is that Sunday is a really good day to extract money from your users, via in-app purchases. *** Little Free Libraries Take Over the World (Book Riot) With over 25,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all fifty United States and seventy countries throughout the world, Little Libraries are taking over the world. And why not? *** Hachette Boss Says e-Book Subscription Sites are Not Viable (GoodeReader) Arnaud Nourry, the CEO of Hachette said in a recent interview that e-book subscription services have no future. He...

Searching for the perfect tablet writing app
January 29, 2015 | 2:32 pm

productivityYou'll note the title says "searching." There's a reason for that. I've found an option that works, after a fashion, and I've found another app I intend to try, but I'm open to suggestions. Let me lay out the situation. I do my best fiction writing in coffee shops, so I've been on a hunt for an iPad app which does the following: 1. Syncs with little to no effort to my desktop 2. Has a clean interface with few distractions 3. Has a word count feature (semi-optional, but preferred) 4. Doesn't add formatting I have to remove when I transfer the text to Word. Word...

Moon+ Reader Pro sporting new Material Design
January 6, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Screenshot_2015-01-06-09-35-43Your Android device might not yet be running Lollipop (and you might be glad of that with recent reports of Lollipop woes), but you've probably noticed that many of your apps are sporting the new Material Design look. (Anyone else amused when an Apple app gets updated to a Material Design look, to match the Android version?) Update: Removed because a reader pointed out my throw-away comment was incorrect. Moon+ Reader Pro is one of the first eReader apps to sport the new design. (Thanks to reader Jon Jermey for pointing it out to me.) Play Books obviously has the new...

Morning Links: Prices stable post VAT increase. Best book apps of 2014
January 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

vatZuckerberg Launches Book Club (PW) The publishing industry will likely be thankful for one of Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolutions. The Facebook founder and CEO, who has over 30 million followers, has launched a new book club as part of a challenge to himself, for 2015, to read a new book every two weeks. *** eBook Prices Stable After VAT Increase (GoodeReader) Many readers were concerned that when the VAT increased on e-Books all over Europe they have to have to pay more. This was not the case as retailers and publishers have helped cushion increase in price, so little has changed. *** On Loving Books...

AndroidPIT App Center shutting down. Leaves Fire users in a bind
November 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

androidpit app centerDavid Rothman, former owner of this site, tipped me over the weekend to the fact that the AndroidPIT App Center is being shut down as of the end of next month. Their reason involved the EU and their revised VAT guidelines. This is trouble for users of the Kindle Fire who may have been counting on the App Center as a way to purchase apps, such as Moon+ Reader Pro, which are listed in the Amazon App Store as being incompatible with the Kindle Fire. Leaving aside how much it stinks that Amazon is forcing such incompatibilities on their users, what...

Weekend Roundup: Trad publishing not in authors’ interests. Amazon the friendly giant
July 13, 2014 | 2:59 pm

amazonAmazon, A Friendly Giant As Long as It's Fed (NYT) A few years ago he was reduced to returning bottles and cans for grocery money. Now his Amazon earnings pay for lengthy stays in Italy and Paris, as well as expeditions to the real Amazon. *** UK Society of Authors: Traditional Publishing No Longer in Author's Best Interests (GoodeReader) But one organization in the UK, the Society of Authors, has stated in an interview with its head Nicola Solomon that the validity of the traditional publishers is questionable and goes so far as to state the traditional publishing as a whole is no longer...

Amazon gives away 30 free Android apps June 27, 28
June 27, 2014 | 3:36 pm

If you’ve got an Android tablet and are looking for something fun to put on it, don’t miss this Amazon giveaway. Instead of just one app, today Amazon’s giving away thirty with a combined total value of over $100. And these aren’t some random apps you’ve never heard of, either. Gizmodo has a rundown of some of the better ones.  The list includes the Plex media streamer, AccuWeather Platinum (a great weather app, which I personally used myself already), Notepad+, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and more. Most of them will work with any Android tablet, as long as you’ve...

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