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Morning Links: Want to assemble your own smartphone? The Percy Jackson problem
October 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

percy jacksonWant to Assemble Your Own Reading Device? Google Shows Off Project Ara Modular Phone Prototype (The Digital Reader) The idea of assembling a DIY mobile device has long since fallen out of the mainstream, but if Project Ara is successful then that could change. *** Journalists Need a Point of View if They Want to Stay Relevant (Techdirt) But when gridlock becomes the norm the conflicts are endless, infinite, predictable and just plain dull: in a way, the opposite of news. *** Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs Kindle Voyage (GoodeReader) The Kindle Voyage builds upon the software and design principles of the Paperwhite line of e-readers. Today,...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 5: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Four
August 26, 2013 | 3:29 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year four of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we'll be covering contemporary times and other special topics. Each "course" below is worth one credit. Literary Theory and one of the In-Depth Study courses are compulsory; you'll need to pick two others, from at least two of the groups, and then pick three electives. One of these other electives can be another literature class from any of the categories for any year, but two of them should be non-English courses from the selections...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 3: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Two
August 21, 2013 | 2:00 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * Welcome back! For Year Two of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we'll be covering the Old English through Renaissance times. Each "course" below is worth one credit. You'll need to pick three of them, for at least two of the groups, and then pick three electives. One of these other electives can be another literature class from any of the categories for any year, but two of them should be non-English courses from the selections that I'll give you once we've covered the English ones. For each...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 2: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year One
August 20, 2013 | 4:27 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * In the initial post of my new "Don't Go to Art School" series, I shared with you a great little blog post by an artist who exhorted his peers to skip an expensive art school degree, and to educate themselves, DIY-style. I promised to share with you a similar plan that would give you the equivalent in another curriculum area: the humanities. So, here we go: Part One of the "Nearly-Free English Degree." We'll be structuring this particular program using the same format I followed for...

Draft2Digital Converts Word Documents Into E-Books: How well does it work?
May 2, 2013 | 11:48 pm

A couple of weeks ago I read about Draft2Digital, an e-book distributor still in beta mode. They got my attention with their claim to be able to turn a Word doc into a functional EPUB or Mobi (Kindle) file. Naturally I had to check them out, so I asked for a beta code, and I've been playing around with their conversions ever since, to see if they're any good. The results so far have been fair. I threw them a Word doc of my nonfiction book, which had previously given Barnes & Noble fits. Amazon had handled it well, but the...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 4: The Internet Archive and my first DIY
April 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * I am four months into my DRM-free year, and so far have spent just a fraction of my usual book budget. In my highest year—the year agency pricing came out, and I binged in preparation—I spent $1,300, for an average of $108 per month. This year, I am down to less than $20 per month, and most of it spent on a handful of Kindle Deals of the Day, and the odd indie read. So, where has my book spending—and my reading time—gone in April? My one book purchase this month...

How to build you very own Little Free Library
April 10, 2013 | 3:12 pm

Little Free Library I vaguely remember seeing a few blog posts and photo-heavy features here and there in months past about tiny, DIY libraries. It always seemed to me like the sort of thing you might expect to see in one of those weird BuzzFeed roundups: 12 Oddball Book Lovers Who've Built Tiny Libraries On the Side of the Road, or something like that. But according to the last edition of O'Reilly Media's TOC Today newsletter (which you really, really should subscribe to if you don't already get it), tiny libraries are now a 'thing.' That is, a trend—or to be more specific, a quickly growing...

On Etsy, a Book Isn’t Always a Book
April 1, 2013 | 10:20 am

Have a hardback book you're not reading anymore? Why not make something with it? I came across a fascinating group of people on Etsy who are repurposing old hardback books into hidden storage boxes for money and valuables. From the outside, these books look just like the real thing. Open them up and you'll find that they've been hollowed out and refitted with a secret compartment. I fell in love with this idea and purchased one of the books on offer: a blue Reader's Digest Condensed Books in which I planned to store my passport, checks and some cash we are...

Win a Google+ Hangout with Guy Kawasaki, or a free copy of his new book, “APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur”
March 1, 2013 | 3:00 pm

Guy Kawasaki Note: This giveaway has ended. Click here to read about the winners. It's a TeleRead Giveaway! The name of author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki has held a lot of weight for a long time in the go-go-go entrepreneurial start-up scene—especially among the tech community in Silicon Valley, where Kawasaki lives, works, and cranks out book after book about social media, marketing, the entrepreneurial mindset, and succeeding wildly at business ventures large or small. But with the recent publication of his latest tome, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur - How to Publish a Book, Kawasaki has ventured into the realm of digital self-publishing. He describes the...

How to use a $2 iPad app to create semi-professional ebook covers
July 21, 2011 | 4:19 pm

There have been several moments these past few months where I've looked in amazement at what some photo and drawing apps can do on the iPad, and wondered whether they'd be good tools for book cover design. Not only has Piotr Kowalczyk at Password Incorrect wondered the same thing, but he's actually starting to experiment with the idea. Specifically, Kowalczyk is testing an app called Phoster, which provides 70 templates that let you combine your own artwork with pre-designed typefaces and layouts. With the right photo and some thoughtful adjustments, the resulting images can pass for clean, modern book covers...

Make Magazine now available in DRM-free PDF
November 14, 2010 | 11:44 pm

makezineMark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of MAKE Magazine, has posted at BoingBoing that all back-issues of MAKE are now available for purchase in DRM-free PDF format. The price is $9.99 per issue, or all 24 standard plus 2 special issues thus far for $199.99. This is $5 less per issue than the paper copies, though a number of BoingBoing commenters still feel it is too expensive. Going forward, MAKE also offers digital-only subscriptions for $9.99 per year (4 issues), or print plus digital for $34.95....

BookLiberator $200 DIY scanner
July 30, 2010 | 8:15 am

liberator Gizmodo has a piece on the BookLiberator, a cube of plexiglass that contains two opposite-facing video cameras to photograph facing pages of a book. You place it on a book, photograph, lift, turn page, place it, etc. Conceptually, this appears similar to the $300 DIY Book Scanner I covered in December—they both use two cameras to snap two facing pages at a time. The BookLiberator looks a little more tedious, comparing the two: with the DIY scanner, you just tilt up a hinged half-cube to turn the page, but with the BookLiberator you have to lift the entire...