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A secret weapon for authors
July 26, 2010 | 9:36 am

images.jpgThe real secret weapon for authors these days has nothing to do with self-publishing versus Big Publishing, or posting the book here versus posting it there. The real secret weapon? Treat your book like any other product and provide superior customer service! Here is a brief example of an author who went the extra mile and made such a positive impression on me that he'll have my eyeballs---for the duration of the free sample, anyway---for any book he ever puts out again. Joe Haldeman, I salute you and you have won me as a fan. THE CRISIS The short version is, I lost...

Quick Notes: Verizon e-book tablets, HP Slate, Android eReader, Barnes & Noble ‘freebies’
July 21, 2010 | 7:15 am

Engadget reports that Verizon is getting a pair of e-book reading devices—one 7”, one 10”—in September, and the name “Entourage” has been thrown around in connection with them. Are they going to be made by the company Entourage, currently known for the dual-screened Edge? Are they going to be dual-screened like the Edge, or just tablets? Nobody knows at this point. On the other hand, our sister blog Gadgetell reports that Sharp is releasing 5.5” and 10.8” color LCD tablets through Verizon later this year (see also this TeleRead story), with 3G enabled. Is this something entirely different...

Quick Note: eReader updated
July 20, 2010 | 9:47 am

Screen shot 2009-11-05 at 8.58.43 AM.pngeReader has been updated to 2.1.2. According to the App Store it has been updated for iOS 4 and now natively supports the iPad....

Finding an ebook to buy
July 5, 2010 | 10:12 am

images.jpegHow many hours do you spend sitting at your computer for work and pleasure? How many hours are you willing to spend reading an ebook on your work computer? How many additional hours are you willing to spend to search through ebook websites to find an ebook to read? I find these latter two questions to be the ones that haunt me as I try to find an ebook to buy and read. I broached this topic in an earlier article, Finding the Needle in a Haystack of Needles (II): eBooksellers, but didn’t really delve into the problem of reading on...

Fictionwise ends Micropay rebate program
June 29, 2010 | 9:38 pm

It looks like another chapter in Fictionwise’s existence has come to a close. Fictionwise is ending its Micropay e-book rebate program. Until June 2010 Fictionwise had a Micropay System that allowed deposits by members and supported micropay rebate promotions on some ebooks. Rebates and deposits for this system have been discontinued due to eBook industry changes and other factors. If you have an existing balance you may still use it until it is exhausted, but no further deposits may be made and there will be no further Micropay Rebates other than Buywise Large Transaction Rebates....

Finding the needle in a haystack of needles (2): ebooksellers
June 17, 2010 | 2:04 pm

images-2.jpegI have “bought” more than 400 ebooks since I received my Sony Reader as a gift 2.5 years ago. I put “bought” in quotes because about half of the ebooks I “bought” were free ebooks; the other half I paid for. But I’ve noticed a significant downward trend in my buying of ebooks in the past few months, and I have finally realized why that is occurring: frustration with the ebookseller experience. Before someone jumps up and says how wonderful and easy the buying is at Amazon with the wireless downloading to the Kindle and the 1-click payment system, let me...

Star Trek books no longer on eReader.com?
May 24, 2010 | 7:05 am

51Nau7aVIYL._SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU01_AA115_.jpgReceived the following email from reader John Hagewood. Anyone got any insight into this? I purchased many many books from ereader.com from 2000 until 2009, going way back to the palm digital media and peanut press days. For years, they were my favorite seller...loved the format, the reader, and the social DRM. A lot of what I purchased were Star Trek books. I was just revisiting my library there today via the PC and the iPhone, updating my expired CC and trying to reset my unlock codes. Then I started clicking through from my bookshelf to...

Lexcycle’s Stanza: One year under Amazon
April 28, 2010 | 1:53 pm

It’s been just over a year since Amazon bought Lexcycle, makers of Stanza, and as I reviewed Stanza the other day I glanced back over some of the old blog entries TeleRead writers made back then. I thought it would be interesting to look at a couple of those predictions or opinions in light of how the past year has gone. David Rothman wanted Washington to see the acquisition as a signal to investigate the e-book industry for possible monopoly practices: Washington often bungles things, but at least we can vote the bastards out...

iPad/iPhone e-book app review: Stanza
April 26, 2010 | 12:50 pm

Stanza 001I’ve already looked at the other two of the original “big three” iPhone e-book apps. The third of these apps is Stanza, the EPUB reader from Lexcycle. Stanza has a lot in common with eReader. They’re both great apps for the iPhone, their reading models are similar, and Stanza even shares the ability to download and read eReader-format e-books—even those protected by DRM. And like eReader, Stanza’s future in the iPad era is uncertain. Lexcycle COO Neelan Choksi said in a comment posted on Lexcycle’s forum on March 15th, “Currently, there is no work being done to customize...

The Editor’s pick of the week’s top posts
April 24, 2010 | 9:55 am

pick.jpgEvery Friday I’ll post a listing of my favorite articles for the preceding week. Purely a subjective judgment. iPad Review: Getting started by Chris Meadows iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Fictionwise/Barnes & Noble eReader, by Chris Meadows iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Amazon Kindle Reader by Chris Meadows iPhone/iPad e-book app review: GoodReader by Chris Meadows Michael Tamblyn of Kobo talks about what he has learned Commentary on New Yorker piece on altruistic publishers and devil Bezos by Andrys Basten Shelved! Google Books–My Library (Library Guides Series: Technical) by Tony Bandy ODFToEPub coverts OpenOffice documents to EPub The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome now online iPhone/iPad e-book app review: iBooks...

Barnes & Noble to release ‘redesigned’ iPad eReader app
April 23, 2010 | 11:27 am

bner In an article mainly covering the new features of the Nook’s firmware update (which we already mentioned here), CNet lets slip this interesting tidbit about a forthcoming iPad version of its eReader app, which could be available as soon as May: Barnes & Noble reps said the new iPad app is completely redesigned from the ground up. Interestingly, the company is also working on a totally new iPhone app, but it will come out after the iPad app and be offered as a separate download for iPhone and iPod Touch users. Unlike Amazon's...

Are Fictionwise and eReader on the way out?
April 19, 2010 | 9:15 am

I began writing this as part of the review of eReader that I posted earlier, brought on by thinking about eReader and Stanza’s failure to get high-resolution iPad versions, but I thought that it deserved its own separate post. Make no mistake, there has been a certain amount of anti-corporate paranoia going around about smaller, much-beloved e-book companies bought up by larger corporations ever since MobiPocket planned to release an iPhone version of its reader but was allegedly stifled by its new owner Amazon. Just look at what happened when Stanza vanished from the app...

iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Fictionwise/Barnes & Noble eReader
April 19, 2010 | 8:15 am

eReader iPod This review represents an update to the review I posted looking at version 1.3 of the reader back in December, 2008. For the most part, I am copying the text of the eReader portion of that review and changing the parts of it that are no longer true. In this, as in future reviews in this series, I will focus the interview on the iPhone reading experience, then cover how the iPad experience differs afterward. eReader (now in v2.1.1) is the grande dame of iPhone e-reading applications, tracing its lineage back more than ten years to the...

Prices for “Oprah” are all over the lot – from $9.99 to $30
April 13, 2010 | 11:55 am

oprah.jpegI just got an email from Kobo about the new Kitty Kelly Oprah biography. They are selling it for $9.99. This peaked my interest and so I did a bit of a search to find out what other stores are selling it for. Here's what I found: Kobo: $9.99 Amazon: $13.50 Diesel Ebooks: $28.95/ePub, $25.05/Mobi Sony Reader Store: $13.50 Books On Board: $30 Fictionwise: not listed Caveat Emptor! ...

More Fictionwise/agency model news
March 31, 2010 | 5:18 pm

agency.jpegReceived the following email from Joanna and thought I should pass it on: It's a newsworthy day :) Apparently Fictionwise has removed books from the agency publishers as they ramp up for tomorrow's big change. Someone on Mobile Read reported that the titles are off the website and have been removed from people's wish lists as well. I can confirm that my own wish list of 3-odd books is down to 3 titles now, and some of them are already at the higher prices (although a book on my Kobo wish list seems to have gone down in price!) Many people...

Fictionwise Buywise Club is discontinued – killed by the agency model?
March 30, 2010 | 7:12 pm

Screen shot 2010-03-30 at 7.07.11 PM.png Above is a screenshot from Fictionwise's site. I guess this had to happen because of the agency model. If you remember the Kobo post we did Kobo said that discounting is prohibited for agency model books. I suspect that the work involved in going through each and every entry to see if it can be discounted or not is major. Easier just to end the program altogether. Thanks to MobileRead for the heads up....

Valve’s Steam is game DRM done right—is there an equivalent for e-book DRM?
March 29, 2010 | 2:59 pm

steam_logo The Wolfire Games Blog has an interesting post about online-only DRM of the sort we mentioned a few weeks ago, that keeps soldiers and others with poor net connections from playing the latest Ubisoft games. Wolfire points out that Valve created a very similar system in the form of Steam, the on-line installer/game catalog through which Valve sells its and others’ games—but with a couple of crucial differences. For one thing, Steam allows people to play its games off-line. For another, Valve added considerable value, making Steam useful to gamers as well as content providers. ...

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