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First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them
October 20, 2013 | 1:11 pm

bibliotechLast year LibraryCity.org knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were living below the poverty line in 2009 by one estimate. And yet the local library initially wanted to start out with just 50 Kindle e-readers---hardly the best solution for people too poor or technophobic to buy and use e-book devices. The local NAACP and other groups yelled foul, just as they should have. So what’s happening down in Bexar County, Texas? BiblioTech, the world’s first all-digital public library system, opened there September 14...

App Review: Marvin for iPhone-Another Good e-reading app
September 17, 2013 | 12:09 pm

You've probably guessed from some of my previous articles that I'm a fan of Marvin for iPad. I follow their blog, and I knew a version for the iPhone was coming out. I updated the app on my iPad just before I left for the C3 Conference, and was delighted to receive a code while I was at the conference. Yes, a code. Which does mean that Marvin for iPhone isn't free. It's $4.99, which makes it relatively expensive for an iPhone reading app. Is it worth the price? Read on. This app is a complete redesign for the iPhone. They've done...

Oyster: Is It Worth $9.95 a Month?
September 10, 2013 | 4:29 pm

Oyster While Oyster is a great idea, and we've known an all-you-can-read type of subscription service was inevitable, is it the e-book subscription system to rule them all? Sadly, I'm going to have to say, "no, not yet." Now let me back that up. You really have to evaluate a service like this based on three criteria 1. Price 2. Availability of books 3. Look and feel of the app Let's start with price. My husband and I have been debating this off and on for a couple of days now. I'm a 15-20 book a month reader. Realistically, I'd never do all my reading in Oyster,...

Adding Custom Fonts to E-reading apps
September 10, 2013 | 4:19 pm

Ever found an e-reading app you like, but the font choices drive you crazy? Not all apps support loading your own fonts, but several Android apps do, notably Aldiko, Moon+ Reader and Mantano. Note that iOS users are out of luck, although jailbreaking your device might give you the ability. So how do you find and load your own fonts? This gave me trouble at first because when I checked Google Play, all I could find were apps that allowed me to change my system fonts, and they required rooting, which I wanted to avoid. Finally, I found a site where you...

Dedicated E-Readers vs. Tablets: The ongoing discussion
September 5, 2013 | 12:32 pm

I just read an interesting article by Ryan Cordell about why he's started carrying his Kindle with him instead of his tablet. Obviously he can have the Kindle app on his tablet, so why just the Kindle when the tablet can do so much more? Well, that's exactly the reason: Because the tablet can do so much more, he found he wasn't using his train ride to read. He was playing games, checking Facebook and doing almost everything except reading. I'm noticing this myself. I've fallen in love with Marvin as a reading app on my iPad. However, when I've got my...

Publishing Technology cracks China’s e-journal market with CNPIEC — or not?
August 30, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Publishing TechnologyUK content solutions provider Publishing Technology has partnered with the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) to launch the CNP eReading Platform at the Beijing International Book Fair this week. This new digital hub claims to offer "over 200,000 individual book titles from more than 300 international publishers, extending their reach into the rapidly growing Chinese market and attracting new readers to digest their academic content for the very first time." The new platform, custom-built by Publishing Technology, works with the company's ingentaconnect offering, claimed to be "the world's largest resource for scholarly publications," with over 12,100 journals from over...

Double App Review: MegaReader and QuickReader for iOS
August 30, 2013 | 6:41 pm

I'm reviewing both of these apps together because they're so similar; there's just one feature difference between them. The developer was celebrating five million downloads and in honor of the occasion was offering free versions of the apps to bloggers. Lucky me! Anyway, at their heart, they are both e-reading apps. (Both are also available for iOS only.) Let's start with MegaReader. It has more features than most of the store reading apps (Kindle, Kobo, and Nook), but far fewer features than Marvin. That's either a good or bad thing, depending on the user. While I love Marvin, I can see its...

Apple to Allow Rival E-Book Retailers to Provide Direct Links to Content
August 2, 2013 | 6:41 pm

I didn't see this coming, although in hindsight, I should have. The DOJ and 33 state attorney generals just published their proposed remedies in the Apple price fixing case. Most of it was expected: ending existing contracts with retailers and appointing an external monitor to ensure they don't slip again. But check out this one: "Apple will also be prohibited from entering into agreements with suppliers of e-books, music, movies, television shows or other content that are likely to increase the prices at which Apple’s competitor retailers may sell that content. To reset competition to the conditions that existed before the conspiracy, Apple...

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.  ...

My Summer of Ergonomics Begins!
June 20, 2013 | 8:46 pm

ergonomicsI am delighted—but nervous—to officially be on summer holiday! I'm looking forward to a less structured schedule, and I have plenty to keep me busy. But unfortunately, most of this stuff is computer-related. I looked far and wide for an in-person offering for a continuing-education course I want to take and found that everyone was doing it online only—and that's in addition to an online training program I've been plugging away at all year long, and in addition to my writing work for TeleRead and others. So, why am I nervous? Well, last summer, I did away with my E Ink reader...

Interview: Piotr Kowalczyk of Ebook Friendly on the development of the e-book market in Central and Eastern Europe
June 10, 2013 | 10:30 am

Piotr KowalczykPoland’s Piotr Kowalczyk is an "iPhone artist, digital storyteller and self-publisher" with a self-reported download count of 150,000 and rising for his "short stories for geeks"—picture stories created on an iPhone or short Twitter fictions. Kowalczyk is also the founder of Ebook Friendly and an occasional TeleRead contributor. I spoke with him recently about the e-book and e-publishing situation in Central and Eastern Europe; what follows is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation. TeleRead: How has the e-book market developed in Central and Eastern Europe, and especially Poland? Kowalczyk: At the beginning, the e-book market was being developed just like in many other countries around the...

Scissors, Paper, Screen: The Future of Reading
June 8, 2013 | 12:01 pm

The Future of ReadingBack in 2011, which in Internet time is eons ago, I  wrote a commentary about how reading on paper surfaces—books, newspapers, magazines—might be superior (in terms of brain chemistry) compared to what we do when we "read" on screens, be they iPads, Kindles or computers. The article elicited a variety of comments, ranging from ''you're nuts'' to "bravo." Mostly, "you're nuts" and "get with the program" and "get a life!" So I tried get a life and emailed Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, who has a keen interest in reading and literacy issues (and whose brother is a neuroscientist). I asked her how she felt about my '''reading'' versus ''screening'' ideas,...