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Morning Roundup: Bloggers are media, Goodreads launches “Add Amazon Books” feature and more
April 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

bloggers are mediaNew Competition Highlights Indie Books (Indie Reader) The Pulitzer prize winning British newspaper, The Guardian, is co-sponsoring a new competition exclusively for indies. *** Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature (Digital Book World) You can now add books you’ve purchased on Amazon – both print and Kindle books – to your Goodreads shelves. This will be available in the next few weeks to members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. *** Court Declares That Yes, Bloggers Are Media (Techdirt) While it seems crazy that this kind of issue is still being debated in 2014, it's good to see a court make such a clear statement on the...

Blogging for children: some practical considerations
March 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm

blogging for children Last Saturday, I spent the morning talking to children aged 8-12 about blogging for a writing workshop. I know about blogging. I have too many of them. However, I had to figure out what to tell a bunch of kids about it. First thing, I told them to make sure to ask their parents’ permission about everything they want to put online. Once I was done with that, my research turned up a number of blogs that are actually run by kids. I was fascinated. I didn’t realize so many children were out there writing blogs. The best part about the blogs was...

Morning Roundup: Two articles on libraries and a look at making a living by blogging
March 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesThe Awesomeness of My Little Free Library (Book Riot) When we bought a house in late 2012 in the urban neighborhood of Capitol Hill, DC, those little boxes of book love called Little Free Libraries were just starting to make the news. *** US Libraries Spend More on Audiobooks, DVDs than eBooks (The Digital Reader) Library Journal released the results of a survey last week, and it revealed that ebooks don’t have nearly as large of a share of libraries’ budgets as the one might assume from the press coverage. *** Rage Against the Monopolized Machine (The Guardian) Phones we can’t unlock. Shows we can’t skip. And...

Amtrak Residency Program begins taking applications from writers
March 9, 2014 | 3:49 am

zephyrAs was promised a few days ago, the application process for the Amtrak Residency Program has opened up. Amtrak discusses it in a blog post, and links to the actual application form. Up to 24 writers will be chosen for the first batch of residencies, taking place from March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015. The application form asks why you want an Amtrak Residency, and how it would benefit your writing, and gives you 1,000 characters to answer each question. Then it asks you to upload a sample of your work, of up to 24 megabytes in size....

More details emerge about Amtrak Writer Residency program
March 7, 2014 | 12:59 pm

amtrakbridgeA few more details have come out about the Amtrak Writer Residency program, thanks to a Reddit Ask Me Anything with Julia Quinn, Director of Social Media for Amtrak. For those who lack the time to go through the entire thread, The Wire has a pretty good summary of the important points. Amtrak is planning to open an online application process within the next few days, with the program to begin this spring. Applications will be considered by a panel of representatives from Amtrak and the literary community, with a fairly loose definition of “writer” for the purposes of the program....

Amtrak gives writers free train rides in writing residency program
February 23, 2014 | 8:07 am

amtrakA lot of writers seem to like writing on trains. It’s hardly a surprise; they have comfortable seats and often tables, power outlets for your laptop or tablet charger, free WiFi, more space than in an airplane, and you’ve got plenty of time as you trundle down the tracks, especially if you’re traveling very far. Maybe something about just traveling unhurriedly, isolated from the rest of the world, just breeds ideas. J.K. Rowling got the idea for Harry Potter on a train, for example. Now The Wire reports that Amtrak might just be looking at trains and writers in a...

Hey TeleRead! What happened to my comment?! (And other site updates)
August 16, 2013 | 2:16 pm

TeleReadHello readers! At some point over the past seven or eight days, some of you may have noticed that the comments you've written and attempted to post to a particular article here have failed to appear. Pretty frustrating, right? Right. But contrary to what you may have recently read on message boards or Twittter feeds elsewhere, there is not, in fact, a grand TeleRead Comments Conspiracy underway. We're not censoring your words, readers, nor would we ever—even the mean ones that make us sad and drive us to drink. So then, What's the deal, you ask? The deal is this: I've been...

Is It OK to Hate Reading to Your Children?
July 23, 2013 | 10:09 am

READINGI had to laugh at this blog post on the New York Times website where the author laments the chore of reading out loud to her son. It's not that she dislikes books, she's careful to explain—it's just that the books her son enjoys are tedious and irritating. Those Richard Scarry books particularly irk her: "In Richard Scarry’s world, there is a lot to look at, but not a lot to read, and when there’s not a lot to read, you have to make up things. I could go that route, and I probably should go that route, but since I am...

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?
July 16, 2013 | 3:30 pm

technologyI posted earlier about the computer shopping that's been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved's mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a historical fiction novel she plans to take on an airplane with her, and I commented that it would be so much easier to just take an -ebook reader with her. There proceeded a 20-minute debate about whether she reads enough to 'justify' the purchase, and if so, what sort of purchase she should make. Privately, the Beloved and I concluded that, just as my own parents do with tech purchases, she is vastly...

Toronto Stormwatch 2013: When New and Old Technology Collide
July 9, 2013 | 11:14 am

Toronto We got walloped last night with the storm of storms—more rain in one night than we typically get in a whole month, with consequences that at one point involved police boat rescue units paddling in with dinghys to rescue 400 people who were trapped for seven hours on a flooded commuter train. Google the pictures—they are incredible! The Beloved got home, in torrential downpour, about 20 minutes before our power went, so we spent the night cuddled up together, safe but dark, keeping up with events in that strange confluence of new and old technology that characterizes this modern life of ours. Below,...

My Answers Expert Articles: Online Shopping, Blogging, Writing
June 22, 2013 | 6:40 am

faceshot_thumb[2]Yesterday I posted links to some of my articles as the “PC Expert” for Answers.com’s Experts program. Here are the other articles of possible relevance to TeleRead. I’ve written plenty of others as well, but they were not relevant enough to link here. These are about online shopping, gift-giving, and media services: Give Gifts Instantly with the Internet Using Amazon's Wish Lists to Make Shopping Easier Amazon Prime Offers Free Shipping, Streaming, and Reading How to Give or Get Free Stuff with Freecycle Five Free Streaming Music Services Six Web-Based Apps for Mobile Instant Messaging Here are a few pertaining specifically to blogging or writing: Where Did Blogging Come...

Rumor: Yahoo Allegedly Acquiring Tumblr
May 18, 2013 | 1:30 pm

TumblrBy Christina Jones Rumors are swirling that Yahoo is in talks to acquire Tumblr. Apparently Ken Goldman, Yahoo’s CFO, explained the Internet giant’s concern for its aging users. In an attempt to appeal to the 18-24 year-old-demographic, they’re seriously considering bring Tumblr on board. “One of our challenges is we have an aging demographic,” explained Goldman at JP Morgan’s Global Technology conference. “Part of it is going to be just visibility again in making ourselves cool, which we got away from for a couple of years.” Tumblr is certainly gaining momentum in popularity, traffic and revenue. Just last month, comScore reported the...