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How much to price an ebook? An old debate revisited
June 15, 2015 | 4:49 am

alisonperryLower pricing definitely doesn't always mean more sales or borrows is a new thread at Kindle Boards. “So I dropped the price on my book for the weekend to 99 cents,” writes Alison Perry, the South Carolina-based author of Hell’s Belles. “I also have a promo on Tuesday and (being new) I wasn't sure how long it would take for the price to update. Well, I went from 3-4 sales and a couple borrows a day to nothing." Significantly, Kindle Direct Publishing offers 70 percent royalties on books priced between $2.99 and $9.99. OK,...

Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August
June 11, 2015 | 1:32 pm

ipad_middleI’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s integrated with DropBox, Google Drive and EverNotes, and you can even download to it directly from Project Gutenberg Now---some great news: Voice Dream Reader for Android will enter Beta in a few days and should be in the Apple Store at the start of August....

Morning Links: HTC sorry for poor performance. Apple to reduce vig to 15%?
June 8, 2015 | 8:29 am

htcHTC says sorry to shareholders for poor performance (Android Community) HTC may be busy introducing new phones left and right but truth is, the company is losing money. Revenue the past months went down by 40 percent but HTC is still hopeful that sales will improve especially after the new models are launched. TeleRead Take: Considering my growing dissatisfaction with my HTC phone, I'm neither surprised nor disappointed. *** Apple Reportedly Planning to Reduce Vig to 15% – Will It Impact eBooks? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) For the past four and a half years Apple has been strangling its ebook competitors by requiring a 30%...

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)
June 6, 2015 | 11:28 am

Cumbres_&_Toltec_trainTeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats even though companies like Amazon make them hard to avoid. Proprietary formats remind us of the time when trains commonly ran on tracks of different gauges. But as TeleRead’s owner, I've made it clear we don't have party lines.  And today’s beautifully written essay from Chris Meadows, my friend and much-appreciated colleague, illustrates this. Mind you, Chris isn't directly cheering proprietary formats. He...

Latinos, e-books and the rest of the publishing industry: A Hispanic writer speaks out
June 4, 2015 | 1:59 pm

dcubiasEarlier today I noted the U.S. publishing industry’s disgraceful lack of diversity---this among a slew of other idiocies. Now, check out a trilogy of smart posts from Daniel Cubias, a Hispanic writer of fiction and nonfiction, blogging in HuffPo. - Are e-Books a good idea for Latino authors? - Why aren’t more Latino authors being published? - Are small presses the best choice for Latino writers? From the e-book-focused post, which mentions Amazon’s Hispanic-oriented marketing: But will Americans be buying? Well, as we all know, the Hispanic population in America is increasing. And bilingualism,...

E-book gouges and other risks TO profit-crazed publishers
June 4, 2015 | 10:59 am

U.S. currency. Follow link for CC info, etc., via WikipediaNate and Good E-Reader are on the money in blasting Big Five houses for bloated publocracies and the inevitable result. Overpriced books---to pay for the waste. We know, too, that the B5 are trying to protect their investment in pulped-wood publishing, by way of e-book gouges. Sigh. They never learn. Years ago I was grousing about the same issues. I’m pleased to see others carrying on the fight. Joanna may soon have her own thoughts to add. Now here are  other angle to consider, in the shoot-yourself-in-the-foot department: 1. E-books aren’t just competing with each other or within paper edition. They’re also competing...

E-books on your Windows phone: Try free Freda app—offering text to speech and easy downloads of free books
June 2, 2015 | 6:05 am

fredavideo  A free e-reading app called Freda might be just the ticket for your Windows phone. Freda already shines by Windows Phone e-reading standards. It’s won an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 1,384 customers of the Windows Phone Store. Perhaps when a Win 10 update rolls around for the app itself, Freda will be still better. Versions come in English, German, French, Chinese and several other languages. The above video from XDA TV is not up entirely to date but will still help you understand the app’s possibilities. As described by Turnipsoft Limited, here are some goodies: Reads ePub (DRM-free), HTML, and...

Scrivener for OS X and Windows half-off today via Macupdate.com
June 2, 2015 | 5:25 am

Here’s a great bargain for those of you using OS X: the writing app Scrivener is on sale for 50% off for the next 18 hours via Macupdate.com. This is a really handy tool and I use it all the time for writing and creating e-books out of my writings. (Some have even said it can be “a life-changing experience.”) It’s well worth its original price of $45, but at $22.50, it’s a real steal. Update: Thanks to Gary LaPointe’s sharp eyes, it turns out the Windows version is also on sale for $20. Now you have no...

The Net in your Levi jeans: Progress? Easy e-book page turning? Or one more fun step toward forced cyborgdom for us all?
May 29, 2015 | 2:56 pm

jeans"Levi’s is the first of what Google hopes will be many fashion partners on the new technology that embeds touch sensors into clothing." - Silicon Beat The TeleRead take: The word is that if you tap or swipe, your mobile device can do such things as silencing a phone call or sending a text message. Is Project Jacquard progress in the long run? Or one more fun step toward forced cyborgdom for us all? You Tube is here. The e-book angle: Oh, well, before we become cyborgs, maybe we can at least enjoy another interface for turning pages and navigational tasks (with...

Exactly how waterproof is the Kobo H2O e-reader? Find out before you hit the beach
May 24, 2015 | 8:02 pm

AuraH2O_lifestyle_largeSeveral decades ago Arthur C. Clarke reminded a friend and me that e-book devices might develop amnesia if dropped in the bathtub. Well, time passes. I myself own a dandy waterpoof case for my Kindle Paperwhite. And I keep up with the Kobo world through a waterproof Aura H20. But wait! Exactly how waterproof is the H2O itself? The issue isn’t as simple as giving the H2O a quick dunk. How long will it be underwater? At what depth? I’ll leave such questions to braver souls in regard to the $180 Kobo. I was fine with dropping a $90...

‘A Beautiful Mind,’ e-books and the Five Laws of Library Science: RIP, John Forbes Nash, Jr.
May 24, 2015 | 4:54 pm

John_Forbes_Nash,_Jr._by_Peter_Badge“A Beautiful Mind,” the inspiration of the book and film by that name, died over the weekend.  John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were killed Saturday in an automobile accident. A world-famous mathematician, he shared a Nobel Prize in economics for his contribution to game theory. His work helped shape fields ranging from diplomacy to law to computer science. But when I read of Nash’s death. I thought of something else—the Five Laws of Library Science. They remind librarians of the need to help patrons find the right books, and the right...

Morning Links: Myth of consumer tech globalization. Canadians selling ebooks direct
May 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThe Myth of Globalization in Consumer Tech (Re/Code) As he recounted this story, what stood out to him was not that these young Chinese tourists didn’t use Facebook or Instagram, but that they clearly had no idea what they were. *** Companies Join Forces to Provide Free eBooks in Airport (GoodeReader) Most travelers don’t count the airport as the best part of their trip, but thanks to a joint effort by BookShout, HarperCollins, and American Express Canada, the wait time might be a little more pleasant. *** Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling eBooks Direct (DBW) 66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according...

Morning Links: Fresh look at wearable. No more “boys” or “girls” toys on Amazon
May 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

apple watcheBook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table (DBW) When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting? *** A Fresh Look at Wearables (Re/Code) Politics and religion are supposed to be two hot-button topics you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with friends, family and co-workers, but I think we can now add a third to that list: Wearables. *** Amazon Drops 'Boy' and 'Girl' Categories from Toy Listings (Boing Boing) Amazon's toys category is no longer sorted into "Boys" toys and "Girls" toys. *** 2015 Locus Award Finalists Revealed (GalleyCat) Locus Magazine has revealed the shortlist of nominees for...

Morning Links: Free ebooks don’t help poor kids. 2015 Edgar Winners
May 4, 2015 | 8:52 am

Edgar award winners"Free" eBooks Don't Help Poor Kids (Book Riot) Poor kids don’t have access to internet or devices. It’s a fact, and it’s backed up time and time again. *** 2015 Edgar Winners Revealed (GalleyCat) The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the 2015 Edgar Award winners. *** What Apple is Featuring in the Kids Section (Teachers with Apps) Notice in the picture above that all the players are big box names; this is what I see featured in the Kids Section of iTunes App Store on any given day, or for that matter products in any given toy store. *** How to Make Multi-Channel Publishing Profitable (DBW) The digital environment...

Morning Links: Cheerios ebook code. Goodreads spam?
April 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebook codePublishers Finally Taking the Reins on Web Marketing (Digital Book World) I’ve noticed that for the first time there is nearly universal agreement on the following five things... *** Cheerios Box Prize: An eBook Code (GalleyCat) General Mills is bringing the cereal box prize into the 21st century by giving away eBooks through breakfast cereal packaging. *** Goodreads Now Filling Your Update Feed With Spam, Er “Sponsored Posts” (Ink, Bits & Pixels) When Goodreads restructured their social network late last month I predicted that they would shortly use author pages for marketing purposes, and now it looks like I was about half right. *** Tory Chairman Accused of Smearing...

Morning Links: eBook production tools. Amazon adds audiobooks to KU in Germany
April 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

kuTen Great eBook Production Tools (Digital Book World) So while this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, it’s a quick guide to some of the best tools for four key pieces of the development process that ebook designers confront day in and day out. *** Library of Congress Releases Digital Audio of 75 Years of Recordings (GoodeReader) Google’s ambitious digitization project has started on that path to preservation, but the initial release yesterday from the Library of Congress has added even more highly valuable content: digital audio of famous recordings. *** Amazon Adds 2,000 Audiobooks to Kindle Unlimited in Germany (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Audiobooks have...

Yet More on the ‘Print vs eBook’ Debate
April 17, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Mike Twohy "Books on Paper" New Yorker cartoonI wrote yesterday about a thought-provoking question: are people 'returning' to paper books? Much as I hate turning the 'print and paper' debate into an either/or, a this vs. that thing, I do know at least a few people who tried out eBooks and it didn't stick. It's a legitimate question to ask if this is part of a bigger trend, even if the 'either/or' binary is a bit simplistic. One of the comments on the story, from our longtime reader Marilynn, asks about the subject of availability, which is 'never factored in.' By availability, she referred to the subject of...

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