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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,...

Tom Chatfield speaks on reading onscreen and concentration
June 7, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Tom ChatfieldIn a recent TeleRead post, I covered some much-discussed comments made by UK writer and media savant Tom Chatfield. He kindly agreed to follow up at length by talking directly about e-books and the issues surrounding reading onscreen.  What follows is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation. TeleRead: How do you see the advent of electronic publishing and e-books changing the dynamics of print and the relationship of readers to text? Tom Chatfield: From both a reading and a publishing perspective, the influence of Amazon, Apple and Google is a huge deal, because their overwhelming incentive is to have absolutely everything flow through their...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 5: Summer Stockpiling
May 31, 2013 | 10:00 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * It's been a busy month for me—school is winding down, so I had class plays, field trips, report cards and other wrap-ups to do. I haven't read much, but I have been stockpiling for the summer, when I'll have some time off. I seem to be in a series mood these days... 1. Blake Crouch | I picked up a few Blake Crouch books on sale. I found him through Konrath, and liked the first one I read. I had a chance to snatch up some others, and did so. 2. Diane Duane...

Kindle for iOS Updated with More Accessibility Features
May 2, 2013 | 11:37 am

Kindle for iOSKindle for iOS received a major update yesterday, allowing it to work with the VoiceOver features of the iPhone and iPad. This is a good thing for the blind and visually impaired. It also has application for sighted readers who don’t mind computer text-to-speech voices and want to listen to their books on the go. I tested it out for a bit. VoiceOver takes some getting used to, if you’ve never used it. I had to relearn most of the ways I interact with my iPad, but I finally figured it out well enough to get my Kindle app reading to me. If you’ve ever used...

Hachette to Offer Full Catalog, Including New Releases, To Libraries
May 1, 2013 | 11:15 am

HachetteThis is kind of a good news/bad news story. The good news is that Hachette is going to be offering its full catalog to libraries, including new releases. No windowing! The other piece of good news is that the books won't expire, unlike library books from HarperCollins, Penguin and Macmillan. I really like the no-expiration part. I always fee a bit guilty when I check out a HarperCollins book, start it and realize I don't like it. There went one of the 26 lends... The bad news is the pricing, although it's not all bad news, considering that the books won't expire. The...

First-Ever Website Brought Back to Life
April 30, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Today marks an important day in Internet history. April 30, 1993, was the day the World Wide Web entered the public domain, which allowed the rest of us to use it on a royalty-free basis. Want to see the first ever web page? Not much to look at by today's standards, but still very cool. Apart from providing us all with animated cat gifs from now until the end of time, this is also an important milestone for e-books and e-reading. Without the Internet, we wouldn't have had Project Gutenberg in its easy to search and access format. (Project Gutenberg began in 1971,...

Perdrix TXT e-reading app (review)
March 19, 2013 | 12:03 pm

Perdrix TXTHave you ever run across a solution looking for a problem? Unfortunately, that's my reaction to Perdrix TXT, a new e-reading app for iPhone and iPad. The developer contacted me over the weekend and gave me a promo code for a free review copy, and I gave it a look. Here's what they say about the app on their site: Getting closer to the real book experience… Focused on book immersion, this app features innovative design such as book side views, life-like bookmark and a separate Search screen. Read free e-books and plain text files. At a quick glance that sounds good. The app...

Check out my first-ever e-book reader!
March 14, 2013 | 4:26 pm

I mentioned earlier that it's been spring cleaning week here. Well, in amongst one of those random boxes of this and that, I unearthed this gem: my first-ever e-book reader! Back when I purchased this puppy for $50 plus shipping off eBay (a fortune!), it was 2005 and I was living in New Zealand for a year, doing a graduate program. The town I lived in was the fourth-largest in the country, but to my jaded North American city girl eyes, it was hardly a bustling metropolis. There were cows five minutes up the road from me. There was a sheep...

Don’t upgrade your Kindle for iOS app!
February 27, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Kindle for iOSIf you're like me, you keep a close eye on your app updates on your iDevice. This morning, as I was leaving the house for an early morning meeting, I noticed an app update available. Good thing I always check what's new before updating. This was the first time I've ever seen this message: Note: There is a known issue with this update. If you are an existing Kindle for iOS user, we recommend you do not install this update at this time. Reports around the Web talk about people losing their books on their device, especially samples, because the app forces...

Why I Finally Broke Down and Ordered a Kindle Paperwhite
February 25, 2013 | 2:59 pm

Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteBy Nico Vreeland Ever since we first started, I’ve been staunchly anti-Kindle. I’ve disliked like Amazon’s DRM scheme, its reluctance to adopt library e-books, its inhuman use of “Locations” instead of page numbers, its attempt to hardball Macmillan by refusing to sell Macmillan books—the list goes on. When a Sony Reader was the only decent non-Kindle choice, I bought a Sony Reader. When the Nook Color came out, I got one of those. I’ve given my sister another Sony, and my mother a Kobo, and I’ve stayed firmly Kindle-less for more than four years now. But that changed last week, when I broke down and ordered the Kindle...

Moon+ Reader (app review)
February 13, 2013 | 7:54 pm

Remember how I wrote that Whispersync was so important that I'd put up with a less feature-full app to have syncing between my Touch and Nexus 7? Oh, how things change. After Moon+ Reader was reinstated in the app store, I bought a copy to play around with. I figured it would be like other e-reading apps I've tried: I'll use it for a couple of books, but find it's just not compelling enough to make me switch from the Kindle app. Not so with Moon+ Reader. It's a great app, and worth taking the extra step of manually syncing between my...