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Full of dross or not, Smashwords still a boon to libraries
June 3, 2014 | 5:58 pm

Funny how quick some people jump to conclusions. On Good e-Reader, Michael Kozlowski slams Smashwords’s new public library program to bring curated lists of its e-books to libraries inexpensively via OverDrive. Kozlowski feels that Smashwords is a slush pile, plain and simple, and it seeks to convince libraries to throw their money away on poorly-written, badly-edited rubbish. Libraries are going to feel ripped off that they have bought titles that no one will read and if they do, will likely be very vocal about the poor writing quality and in the end, libraries will feel like...

Self-publishers should call themselves whatever they want
March 8, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Yep, I’m the jerk who clicked on the link because I thought the headline was idiotic. Then, I read the post and still thought everything about it was idiotic. Now, if you have read my previous posts on Teleread, I tend to aim for a balanced approach to things, usually sticking to the news of a story. However, I couldn’t ignore this post on Good E-Reader. The premise: Shockingly (that was sarcasm), Michael Kozlowski at Good E-Reader wrote a post saying that self-publishers should not be called authors. Here’s an excerpt: Just because its easy to upload your written word, so that it can be...

Do You Pre-Order Your E-Books?
July 29, 2013 | 10:00 am

pre-orderOver the weekend came the news that Smashwords is rolling out the ability to pre-order its titles in the major bookstores. Yay? Or meh? Before we get too excited, Michael Kozlowski asks the necessary follow-up question: Do people actually use this shopping method? Do you out there in Internetland actually pre-order books? Kozlowski acknowledges that surely, some people do pre-order, or there wouldn't be a demand for offering it. But he adds that booksellers have been less keen to exploit some of the incentives that movie, music and video game companies have for shelling out early. From the article: "If you order an album...

A War Against the Indie Author?
June 18, 2013 | 10:44 am

indie authorFirst came this one, at one of my favorite e-book blogs, Good e-Reader: 'Self-Published Authors are Destroying Literature.' Then, a day later, this one from the same writer: 'The Vast Majority of Indie Authors Will Never be Taken Seriously'. So ... what's going on? Did somebody kick Michael Kozlowski's puppy, or does he have a point? I think the genesis of this stuff seems to be the recent report from Bowker Market Research, saying that self-published e-books now account for 12 percent of the market. This is a significant enough chunk of the share that it's prompted a slew of navel-gazing. A...

Hey, Andrew Franklin: Self-published books enhance my world
June 13, 2013 | 10:15 am

Andrew FranklinI went through a phase where I wanted to become a book reviewer. Not just the books everyone else was reading, but indie books as well. My plan was to read a self-published book one week and a traditionally published book the next. I intended to go back and forth that way for quite some time. I stopped after about two months. Some of the self-published books I read were not good. But that’s not why I stopped. Between work and other commitments, I couldn’t keep up that pace. But I still review books on Goodreads, just not at a frantic pace. [caption...

Is this the first-ever TV commercial about e-book lending?
February 19, 2013 | 8:57 pm

Metropolitan Library System logoGood e-Reader ran an interesting post earlier today about Oklahoma’s Metropolitan Library System, which took the unprecedented step back in December 2012 of advertising its e-book lending services on broadcast television. According to the post, the 60-second spot was developed by the library system's own IT department. It ran for about two weeks on the area's Fox and CW affiliate stations, and for roughly a month on local cable channels. And as the library system's marketing director, Kim Terry, explained, "over 1,700 new customers began using our eMedia site since the commercial started running, which was a 22 percent increase over the previous month.” Perhaps not surprisingly,...

Video Highlights from the 2013 DBW Conference + Expo
January 19, 2013 | 2:44 pm

Digital Book World logoThis year's installment of the Digital Book World Conference + Expo came to a close two days ago, and not surprisingly, video highlights from the event have been popping up online all week long. Those of you with a bit of extra cash to spare (or, more realistically, a corporate account) might consider purchasing an on-demand video of the conference, which is already available at the DBW website. For U.S. $295, you'll be able to watch 20 general session events from the first two days of the conference, along with a half-dozen breakout sessions. Head over to YouTube if you'd like to check out a few...

E-Readers and the Public School Problem
September 20, 2012 | 10:42 pm

We've been hearing a lot lately about the trouble public libraries can find themselves in if they make the mistake of purchasing tablets or e-readers that aren't accessible to the disabled. Both the Sacramento Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia, for instance, have become the subject of lawsuits as a result of their non-accessible Nook e-readers. Some public schools, of course, have ended up in similar situations. It seems to me that a fairly obviously hole exists in the e-reader marketplace at the moment, and it'll be interesting to see if a e-reader manufacturer eventually steps forward to create an all-accessible device. Honestly,...

Morning Roundup — Links to Start Your Day
September 12, 2012 | 9:05 am

Kindle Fire HD Roundup of Reviews {via The Digital Reader} Newspapers See Disappointing Print & Digital Ad Revenue {via Good E-Reader} Man Booker Shortlist Turns its Back on 'Readability' {via The Telegraph} Bye Bye 9.99 {via An American Editor} Kindle Daily Deal: Collision of Evil {and} Corduroy...

GoodEReader reviews the Kobo Vox
October 27, 2011 | 9:43 am

Kobo vox goodereader They have gotten a pre-release view of the unit: Kobo will be releasing their first tablet dubbed “Vox” this Friday at Chapters/Indigo locations and from their website in the USA. It will be priced at $199 and is competitively priced vs. the Kindle Fire. We just got back from Toronto, where we were at the Kobo HQ and got a full hands on review a few days before it officially comes out! Hardware The Kobo Vox features a 7 inch capacitive multi-touchscreen display with a resolution of 1025×600. The colors absolutely pop on this unit and the entire interface was customized for...

Good e-Reader starts a radio show
June 8, 2011 | 10:16 am

Radio stream From the Good e-Reader blog: Welcome to the leading tech radio show with your host Markus! Twice a week i bring you the latest news on e-paper, digital publishing, ebooks, e-readers, tablets and slate computing and a whole lot more! During the shows we also give you bonus segments such as live video and always give you the best new books you should be reading every week. We give you 30 minutes per episode and we even expand your musical horizons with a great new Indy Band every episode! Don’t have time to read our articles every day? No problem, you must have a blackberry and if...

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