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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...

Turning Blogs Into E-Books: Meet the founder of Ebook Glue
January 2, 2013 | 3:44 pm

Shantanu Bala figures he was probably around 10 or 11 years old when he first began picking up the basics of computer programming. "I was just really interested in technology and video games when I was young," he says. Along with a few friends, he started toying around with those video games—learning how they worked, and attempting to modify them—"and eventually," he says, "that led to having to learn more complicated things." Today, Bala is an 18-year-old Arizona State University student, although he's currently spending a semester abroad in Copenhagen. (That's him in the photo on the right.) He's also the...

Joanna Cabot’s Best of 2012: Stories you may have missed
December 18, 2012 | 4:23 pm

TeleRead's Toronto-based senior writer Joanna Cabot, currently our most prolific blogger by a long shot, wrote over 100 articles for this site in 2012. (And that's not counting her daily Morning Roundups.)  What were some of her best-loved and most popular stories of the year? For your holiday reading pleasure, here are a few you may enjoy revisiting ... or reading for the very first time!  —Ed.   • My Top Reads of 2012 • My eBook Market Predictions for 2013 • Is Digitization Enabling Minimalism for a New Generation? • Why Interactive Storybooks are a Bad Idea • What We Can Learn From the Troubles of Martha Stewart • It is Now Illegal to Break...

Tell Dec. 6 DPLA hackfest what a good blog editor/creation tool should be like—to help libraries and patrons easily create their own stuff
December 6, 2012 | 7:33 am

If only WordPress, Drupal and the like were as easy to use as Windows Live Writer (screenshot) or at least the less cluttered versions of Microsoft Word! Inserting images and sizing and positioning them just right, for example, can be so much simpler with LW and Word. That’s why, here and here, I urged theDigital Public Library of America to come up with a good free blog editor, which in fact could be much more—a Swiss Army knife for all kinds of creation. Everything from high school term papers to heavily footnoted academic documents. You could still use WordPress, Drupal and other content management systems. But you’d do your actual writing with a Live Writer-simple...

Book Bloggers: Are they killing lit criticism, or saving it?
September 29, 2012 | 11:48 am

Fighting over computer keyboardEarlier this week, the Chair of this year's Man Booker prize judges, Peter Stothard, made headlines when he suggested that the overabundance of book bloggers today "is drowning out serious criticism, to the detriment of literature," according to an article in the Guardian. From the article: "Although Peter Stothard, who is editor of the Times Literary Supplement, is a blogger himself – and praises literary websites such as the Complete Review – he expressed fears that the burgeoning amount of online opinion about books could be damaging to the future of writing. "'If the mass of unargued opinion chokes off literary critics ... then literature will be the lesser for...

TeleRead Senior Writer Chris Meadows steps down
July 31, 2012 | 9:07 pm

Well, it’s been fun, but I’ve just made my last post to TeleRead as a regular contributor. Starting tomorrow, I’m moving to The Digital Reader, to write for my friend Nate Hoffelder. It’s important to note that there are no hard feelings between me and NAPCO or new editor-in-chief Dan Eldridge, who I’m confident will do a great job keeping TeleRead true to the vision of founder David Rothman. I just don’t have the time to write as much as I used to anymore. Still, you may see the occasional bit of content from me pop up here from... seeks to bring back the art of storytelling, on-line
March 28, 2012 | 10:15 am

cowbirdOn ReadWriteWeb, Alicia Eler reports on, a site meant for telling stories that are too long for social networking. Sounds an awful lot like a blog to me, but Eler explains the site has broader ambitions pertaining to storytelling in general: What Cowbird is really trying to do, however, is something much bigger than just building another social network where stories live and die. It wants to bring back the art of storytelling, that same art that's been lost in the 24-hour Web news cycle, the constant onslaught of tweets and Facebook status updates, image-heavy...

How important is linking to scoop breakers?
February 26, 2012 | 2:25 pm

hyperlinkYou might have noticed that many of the stories I write link to blog posts elsewhere, and some even have a “Found via [source]” link at the bottom. This is because it’s a core value of news blogging that if you find a story somewhere else, you link back and so share some of your readers with them—at least in part because if you do, they’re likely to reciprocate and share their readers with you next time. But it seems that the “professional” press continues to have trouble with this idea. On GigaOM, Mathew Ingram looks at a kerfuffle...