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11 Publishing Shakers to follow, besides us
August 13, 2014 | 8:28 pm

shakerI’ll admit this is blowing my own horn a little, but today I was alerted to an article on The Independent Publishing Magazine listing “The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following.” After a bit of puzzlement—are the Shakers even still around, and didn’t they make furniture rather than publish?—I noticed that our very own Paul St. John Mackintosh comes in at number one on the list. (And they happen to mention a certain other TeleRead writer in the comments after that…) Another TeleRead-related writer, Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, came in at #7. While posting about it...

Beware the First of April!
March 31, 2014 | 6:26 pm

The dark time is upon us once again. Tomorrow marks April Fool’s Day. (In fact, in some parts of the world it’s April 1 already.) Remember to be careful believing and sharing what you read for the next few days until the joke posts age off the pages. If it seems too good (or too terrible) to be true, it probably is. (That said, Google’s AFD prank this year is as funny as usual. Google has a great knack for coming up with hilarious “pranks” there’s no way you’ll think are true.) And do try to catch some of...

On Being Married to a Nonreader
August 26, 2013 | 12:36 pm

nonreaderThis fun little blog post hit my inbox this morning; a woman named Kellee writes about being married to a "nonreader" and what she's learned from this. The article struck a cord with me. The Beloved is not much for fiction books, and while I am sure he would appreciate the new respect Kellee has for her spouse after she concedes that not all reading happens in books, and that people who don't read for fun can still be intelligent, I am not sure he would have welcomed the years of "converting" attempts that she says she tried to do on...

GottaBeMobile: Rendezvous of the Android haters?
July 26, 2013 | 11:08 am

AndroidAs anyone with half an eye to online news will have noticed over the last few days, Google's spate of announcements has got a lot of attention—not least from me. Most of it is uniformly positive. But not all—and quite a bit of that negative comment, for whatever reason, seems to have ended up on GottaBeMobile. And although, as a card-carrying Android fanboy, I'm hardly one to talk about bias, but there still seems to be quite a negative slant against Google's moves. This may be a welcome corrective to all the enthusiasm elsewhere - read below and see what you...

A TeleRead editor in the blogosphere
July 16, 2013 | 7:22 pm

TeleReadI was recently interviewed about e-books, e-reading and digital publishing trends by the team at eReflect, an Australia- and Philippines-based educational software company. eReflect also operates a network of blogs that cover the same topics their software aims to teach: vocabulary, memory skills, typing skills, etc. My interview popped up on the company's speed-reading blog; if you're interested in giving it a read, it's here.  ...

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...

Feedly Disappoints: ‘Over Capacity’ for the Second Day
July 11, 2013 | 3:15 pm

FeedlyThe bloom is officially off the Feedly rose for me: I woke up this morning to a second day of "over capacity" error messages when I tried to access my feeds. I couldn't get in to anything! And I still can't. I did yesterday's Morning Roundup by manually typing the URLs of my regular blogs to see what was happening, but it wasn't the same: there was no list of as-year-unread stories, no way to mark off the ones I'd already seen, and of course I couldn't remember every blog I visit, off-hand. I guess my first task when Feedly is eventually back will...

WordSpy finally adds ‘snailpaper’ to the lexicon
July 7, 2013 | 11:00 am

snailpaperIn 2009, Paul Gillin at a blogsite called Newspaper Death Watch (tagline: "Chronicling the Decline of Newspapers and the Rebirth of Journalism'') wrote about a new and humorous term he had just heard of for print newspapers, noting: ''[A blogger] has come up with a new word for newspapers. He calls them 'snailpapers.' But the longtime newspaperman insists this is a term of endearment, not derision. He thinks maybe if newspapers poked more fun at themselves instead of getting all righteously indignant about new media, they would generate more sympathy.'' TeleRead recently published two articles (here and here) that mentioned the snailpaper...

Former unpaid interns sue Gawker for back wages
June 22, 2013 | 1:45 pm

gawker_logoUnpaid interns are one of the forces that make the Internet go ‘round, but that may soon change. Just a few days after a ruling in a Fox Searchlight movie studios case, in which unpaid interns were used as menial gofers, three former unpaid interns have filed suit against media blog Gawker, alleging that they spent more than 15 hours a week working on Gawker blogs but weren’t paid anything. The suits are based on a 1947 Supreme Court ruling stating that internship positions shouldn’t displace regular workers, and should be aimed at benefiting the intern in some way...

Morning Roundup: 10 steps to creating a book based on your blog
May 24, 2013 | 9:09 am

Morning Roundup10 Steps to Creating a Book Based on Your Blog (Media Shift) I recently self-published an e-book based on my blog, and I want to share what I learned. This post focuses on the editorial process; in subsequent posts, I’ll share tips on coming up with a design for your e-book cover, choosing a publishing platform (I went with Kindle, for now) and marketing your e-book. --- Clayton Christensen Takes Closer Look at How Online Learning will Disrupt K-12 Education (GigaOM) A new study from disruptive economics guru Clayton Christensen’s think tank gives more clarity into how online learning could shape the future of education. --- Digital Tools for Crime Writers...

3 Author Blogs Every Writer Should Read
May 23, 2013 | 11:00 am

author blogsOne of the best ways to learn as a writer is to study the work of other writers. And one of the best ways to learn as an entrepreneur is to study other entrepreneurs. So who should you learn from if you are an author who wants to not just write, but sell? Here are three authors whose blogs should be must-reads for you. These authors blog in an engaging, realistic way about not just the craft of writing, but the business side of it too. In no particular order... 1. J.A. Konrath (http://jakonrath.blogspot.ca/) Konrath's blog, affably titled 'A Newbie's Guide to Publishing,'...

The Raynfall Agency misses the point in its article on e-book piracy
May 21, 2013 | 2:09 pm

piracyClaire Ryan of The Raynfall Agency posted a pretty good article today on piracy; it includes the agency's thoughts about what authors need to know, along with some practical tips for avoiding piracy of their works. Ryan didn't cover anything new, but she did discuss the basics. I agree with most of what she wrote, but I think she weakened her argument right at the end. Removing DRM and making books available in all territories? That's excellent advice. Readers are far less likely to pirate if they can get your books in the format they like. And if the book is free of...

Calling All Young Adult Publishers!
May 20, 2013 | 10:44 am

young adultI'd like to introduce you to my friend Alexander Christou. Xander, as he likes to be called, is eleven years old and one of the smartest kids I know. He’s a passionate reader, a great soccer player, speaks Greek (his father is from Greece), and is a more engaging, interesting conversationalist than some adults I know! Xander blogs about what he reads from his home in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his parents: Karen, an artist, and Christos, a designer. He’s a huge fan and supporter of Austin’s great indie bookstore, BookPeople, and he's in touch with Topher Bradfield, their Children's Outreach Coordinator...

Lessons Learned from the Google Reader Switchover
May 3, 2013 | 10:00 am

Google ReaderAfter several weeks of teasing me for burying my head in the sand and stubbornly refusing to transfer my Google Reader RSS feeds elsewhere, the Beloved quietly confessed last night that he has given up on Feedly and moved himself back to Reader, too, for the time being. Once I was done milking the required apology for his weeks of mocking, I asked him why, and found that he had reached the same conclusion—that in the battle between interactivity and linearity, linearity is sometimes the better way. Here's what he didn't like about Feedly: It was too dynamic for him. Every...

BREAKING: O’Reilly Media Retiring the Tools of Change Conference and TOC Blog
May 2, 2013 | 10:15 pm

O'Reilly MediaEarlier today, O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly announced in a blog post that after seven years of hosting the Tools of Change for Publishing conference, a digital publishing event attended annually by many of the biggest names and most important members of the industry, the conference is being officially retired. Also folding along with the conference is the popular TOC blog, which, like its namesake series of events, is considered a crucial portion of most every digital publishing professional's media diet. The rationale behind the cancellation of Tools of Change seems largely to be one of financial priority. In the aforementioned blog...

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...

Are “new” books working Amazon’s system?
April 15, 2013 | 3:30 pm

AmazonL.J. Sellers has picked up on a trend on Amazon. The novelist who writes for the Crime Fiction Collective blog noticed old books popping up on lists for new releases. If the book has been out for several years, how can it become a “hot, new release?” Sellers writes: “The newest trend I've noticed is the republishing of the same book. What I see happening is that familiar books that were competitive on Amazon's crime fiction list, dropped off the list, then came roaring back with a new pub date and a high profile.” Essentially, publishers or authors are re-releasing e-books with a new publishing date, and...

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