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Kobo appoints Tamblyn President, Chief Content Officer
April 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

michale_tamblyn.jpgKobo, now probably Amazon's biggest rival in the ereader ecosystem realm, with Barnes & Noble wavering over the Nook and an also-ran outside the U.S., has just announced that Michael Tamblyn, hitherto its Chief Content Officer, has now had his position upgraded to the status of President and CCO. Seen here in an earlier video on TeleRead, Tamblyn is a founding member of Kobo's team, according to the company, and has "led the expansion of Kobo’s publisher relationships, content catalogue, and merchandising operations" since 2009. His new role will expand the content acquisition and business relationships development he is currently engaged...

Morning Roundup: E Ink revenues declining. Amazing Stories relaunching and more
March 31, 2014 | 9:00 am

einkE Ink Expects Revenues to Drop Next Quarter (The Digital Reader) With tablet sales up year after year, ebook reader sales have been declining, much to the dismay of E Ink. This screen manufacturer is predicting that their revenues will decrease over this quarter and the next as a result of seasonal drops in ereader sales. *** Why eReaders Are Not Innovative Anymore (GoodeReader) The constant innovation was directly attributed to the sheer amount of e-readers shipped between 2010 and 2012. Why the lack of innovation? e Ink, the largest company devoted to e-paper screen technology has become complacent. *** Amazing Stories Relaunches on April 1...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite tricks. Reddit having trouble defining news and more
February 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle paperwhite tricksPaperwhite Tricks, Touchpad Settings and Flashcards (Lifehacker) Readers offer their best tips for resetting the time remaining on books or chapters, discovering touchpad features, and flashcard apps. *** Pocketbook to Launch Waterproof eBook Reader, the Aqua (The Digital Reader) New ereader launches might be few and far between in the US but not in Europe. The Ukrainian ebook company Pocketbook has just revealed that they are planning to launch a water and dust resistant ebook reader called the Aqua. *** John Steinbeck Gets Google Doodle for his Birthday (GalleyCat) Google has created a Doodle to celebrate John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday. *** Reddit is having the same problem as traditional...

Weekend Roundup: Failed attempt to turn Android tablet into eReader, Canada limits agency pricing
February 9, 2014 | 11:42 am

android tablet into ereaderLessons Learned From a Failed Attempt to Turn my Android Tablet into an eBook Reader (The Digital Reader) While it’s quite common to use an Android tablet as an ebook reader, few are designed to serve that process from the ground up. *** How to Replace Your Old Computer with a New iPad (GigaOM) When transitioning from a computer to the iPad there are still a few challenges that you will face along the way. Here are a few steps that may help you leave the personal computer era behind for good. *** Poorly Translated Public Domain Titles Removed from Amazon (GoodeReader) Now that anyone can self-publish...

Alcatel Magic Flip ereader could be the most ebook-friendly accessory of this year – or any other
January 6, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Attentive (and loyal) TeleRead readers may remember that I dubbed the upcoming Alcatel OneTouch Hero possibly the one smartphone I'd most like to have on account of its e-ink cover, intended to double as an easier-on-the-eyes ereader accessory. Now, according to news from CES relayed via Engadget, Alcatel appears to have gone one better by cutting the cover free from the phone as a separate item, the Magic Flip. Alcatel Magic Flip appears to be already an Alcatel brand, currently serving for slick-looking covers for the Alcatel OneTouch Scribe smartphone, with an inlaid watch dial. But a phone cover this is...

Morning Roundup: Getting the Most Out Of New eReaders, Google Books Appeal Filed
December 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

Google Books appealHow to Get the Most Out of Your New eReader (GoodeReader) Today, we look at some of the great websites out there to aid you in your literary endeavors and look at some cool services that will get you the most out of your e-reader. *** Author's Guild Files Appeal in Google Books Lawsuit (The Digital Reader) Never one to give up on a fight, the Authors Guild filed a new appeal last week in the Google Books lawsuit. *** Konrath's Publishing Predictions 2014 (Joe Konrath) I've been looking to the future, wondering what is going to happen next, and I've got a few equally wild ideas. *** Facebook...

Christmas Roundup: Getting Started With Your New Electronics
December 25, 2013 | 9:00 am

Getting Started With Your New ElectronicsI thought we'd do something different for today's Morning Roundup post. Many of you have either opened a shiny new gadget or you have purchased one for a family member. How about a roundup of helpful articles for getting started with your new electronics? Tips for getting started with your new mobile gadget (CNN) If you are one of the lucky many to have received a new tablet or smartphone over the holidays, congratulations! You'll want to rip open the box and start playing right away. But before you do something potentially distracting like downloading Dots, here are some starter tips to make...

Can You Use Your eReader Without Wi-Fi?
December 20, 2013 | 3:14 pm

ereaderSeveral users at Mobileread are reporting issues with their Paperwhites now that the Kindle ecosystem is managing collections through the cloud. A few people are complaining that the 'cloud' aspect is forcing them to wade through content they don't care for---for instance, a collection belonging to a spouse or child who shares their account, which previously would be local to that user's device only. A few others who prefer to sideload their books and keep Wi-Fi access minimized are reporting that their reading experience is being interrupted by nags from the device to connect to Wi-Fi so it can update...

Penguin partners with Readmill for an alternative UK reading app
November 29, 2013 | 6:45 pm

penguinGerman ebook app developer Readmill has announced a partnership with Penguin UK to produce an ereading option that seems to want to sidestep Amazon and other ebook distributors and go direct to the consumer from the Penguin UK website. "Now when you purchase ebooks from Penguin UK, you can send them instantly to your Readmill library. We’re honored to provide a beautiful mobile reading experience for some of the world’s most well-loved books," reads the Readmill blurb. "Look for the Send to Readmill button the next time you purchase an ebook at penguin.co.uk." According to coverage in The Guardian, the deal applies...

Morning Roundup: National Book Award Winners Announced. Rusch on Discoverability and more
November 21, 2013 | 8:46 am

national book award winnerNational Book Award Winners for 2013 (GalleyCat) The National Book Award winners for 2013 were revealed tonight.  You can read free samples of all the winners below to help fill your eReader or tablet. *** Nearly Half of Parents Plan on Buying E-Reading Devices for Kids This Holiday Season (Digital Book World) E-reading devices and the digital books to fuel them will be popular gifts this holiday season, an October 2013 study by PlayCollective with Digital Book World reveals. *** The Business Rusch: Advertising, Print Editions, and Traditional Publishing (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) The latest buzz word in the publishing industry is “discoverability.” Everyone’s worried about the “mountain...

Is the Smartwatch Trend Heralding a New Type of E-Reader?
July 18, 2013 | 11:45 am

smartwatchExcitement over the new trend toward smartwatches seems to be reaching a crescendo, with Apple’s rumored iWatch supposedly due to debut in 2014, while Sony brings out the latest generation of its less-than-rhapsodically-received Android SmartWatch series, startup Pebble retails its own customizable e-paper watch, and almost every device vendor from Microsoft and Samsung on down is supposedly working on touch-sensitive wearable devices. But could you read a book on one? Hardware shouldn't be much of a barrier, in principle. Memory, battery life, display technology, and touchscreen interactivity have long ago converged at the point where something at least as capable as a...

Expired: Infinite Jest was $1.99 on Kindle July 4th
July 4, 2013 | 6:16 pm

My Kindle-with-special-offers just informed me that David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is on sale for $1.99 today in Kindle format. I wouldn’t be inclined to report every $1.99 book I came across (unless it was one I really liked), but it was just a couple of weeks ago I had occasion to post about this one, so the synchronicity struck me as amusing. Other than my post, we previously mentioned this over-1,000-page doorstopper here and here. At $1.99, that’s less than a fifth of a cent per page—and you won’t even have to cut the page numbers off with a bandsaw! Learning...