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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...

Say hey to Paul St John Mackintosh, our newest contributing writer
May 18, 2013 | 10:47 am

Paul St John MackintoshMy life on the borderland between text and tech started in adolescence as a sci-fi nerd, dreaming of a future that started to come true around the release of the first Star Wars film, and has since been outstripping most fancies from that era year on year, hand over fist. As a writer and editor, though, I only got into electronic text by chance when I took a job editing and localizing entries for the first generation of Microsoft's Encarta CD-ROM encyclopedia in the mid-1990s, when multimedia, never mind the Internet, was only just getting going. I spent the next five...

Tumblr Brings Ads to their Mobile App
April 23, 2013 | 5:30 pm

TumblrLooks like no social media channel is immune to ads. Today, Tumblr joins the ranks with ads on their mobile devices. Here’s the announcement on their blog. They seem similar to Twitter promoted posts, and the Tumblr staff assures us we’ll only see them “every now and then.” Naturally, I fired up Tumblr on my iPad to see what they look like. Here’s an example: That’s not too bad. It’s animated, which didn’t come through in the screen shot. If I hadn’t been looking specifically for it, I might have missed it since this is the sort of thing the blogs I follow...

Morning Links — Blogging, Pope e-books and more
March 6, 2013 | 9:26 am

Morning LinksResults of Credo Survey Suggest Students Unprepared for Digital Literacy (Good e-Reader) Diversion Books Brings Pope eBook to Market at Ungodly Speed (Digital Book World) Why You Should Not Learn HTML (The Digital Shift) The Current State of Individual Blogging (The Casual Kitchen) Kindle Daily Deals: More Twisted by Jeffrey Deaver (and 3 others)  ...

Book Promotion: What Works, What Doesn’t
March 5, 2013 | 11:02 am

book promotionThanks to Nate over at The Digital Reader for alerting me to this great blog post by author Lindsay Buroker. Buroker runs through a number of Amazon 'tricks' which, for various reasons, are losing steam as powerhouse author tools. Some tools, such as tagging and keyword manipulation, never worked that well anyway because people don't tend to search for books using those methods. Others, such as freebie promotions, are less potent than they used to be because of Amazon's restrictions on these practices. So, what was Buroker's perhaps surprising conclusion? She points out that authors should not lose heart when these things...

More reviewers say ‘yes’ to indie authors today, but getting noticed is still an uphill climb
February 26, 2013 | 10:10 pm

More reviewers say 'yes' to indie authors todayAllen Schatz published his first book two years ago. After things didn’t work out with an agent, he went the self-publishing route and knew he had to market on his own, which meant contacting reviewers. Some said yes, many said no. But Schatz noticed a change in the business around this time and self-publishing didn’t seem like a death sentence for his writing career. “By the time my former agent released me, things had changed enough for me to go the self-publishing route,” said Schatz, whose first book was Game 7: Dead Ball. “It really wasn’t hard finding reviewers. There are a number of...