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Etsy and Review Extortion
July 3, 2015 | 12:33 pm

etsyI wrote last year about an experience I had on Amazon with a seller trying to game the review system by offering cash prizes to people who left only five-star reviews. Well, now I have had the opposite experience: a seller on Etsy who has not use reward, but punishment. I ordered a crafting stamp from her earlier this year, and it was fine. It turned out that the stamp was a little big and unwieldy for me. I am not the best crafter in the world, and I am not blaming her for this. But when Etsy prompted me to...

Why DRM Leaves Such a Sour Taste in My Mouth
July 1, 2015 | 12:25 pm

drmI have made no secret in the past about my hatred of DRM. Well, now the sour taste it leaves in my mouth is literal and not just figurative. With the death, early Monday morning, of the Keurig machine which came with the Beloved, we had to go out and get a new one. And all of the new Keurig machines for sale are the '2.0' variety with the coffee DRM. The DRM is both simple in theory: the machine has an infrared camera built in which detects a logo on the lid of the pod. If it can't find one,...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Adjust the Brightness on Your Kindle Paperwhite
June 30, 2015 | 12:20 pm

brightness on kindle paperwhiteHere is another ereader tip: did you know that the brightness on your Kindle Paperwhite can be adjusted? It can! It all happens via the top=of-screen tool bar. Tap in the middle of your screen to make the tool bar appear. From left to right, the buttons you'll see are: - The home button, which takes you back to the main screen - An arrow button which takes you back to where you just were previously - And thirdly, an icon which looks like a light bulb That third light bulb button is the one you want! Tap it and you will see a...

What Indie Authors Can Learn from Big Retail
June 26, 2015 | 10:56 am

competitionAs a relative Twitter newbie, I have been burning up my Kindle Unlimited downloads this month on social media guides for authors. How much to tweet? What to say? How to say it? It all felt so confusing to me. Then I had a retail experience yesterday which opened my eyes a little. When I came home and told the Beloved what happened, he smirked and said 'it's just like Twitter, in a way. Are you going to write about this?' Let me back up and tell you the whole story. I bought a wedding dress yesterday! Yes, yes, I know, very...

Another ‘Permission Culture’ Landmine
June 24, 2015 | 10:25 am

copyrightFrom our friends at Techdirt comes this insane story about yet another copyright landmine we all need to be worrying about falling into: the 'freedom of panorama' principle. As Tim Cushing explains: "Photographing public structures could soon become copyright infringement. At this point, there's no unified "freedom of panorama" across European countries. Some recognize this as a right inherent to citizens. Others feel any photographic reproductions of structures in public spaces are a violation of the creators' rights." Cushing goes on to comprehensively detail the ramifications a potential copyright reform to this law would have, including restricting the use of historical photographs...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Add a Book to Calibre
June 23, 2015 | 10:25 am

add a book to calibreCalibre is a free software program which makes it easy to organize your eBooks and send them to your device. Here is a refresher on how to add a book to Calibre! First, you need to download the Calibre eBook library software, if you haven't already. You can find it here: Then you need to save your eBook file. I usually just download it and save it onto my desktop so I can find it later. A DRM-free book will download and save the same as any file would; there are no special procedures. Now, open your Calibre library. Choose the big red...

Wanted: Your constructive feedback for TeleRead’s podcasters—and some graphics talent for this site
June 20, 2015 | 5:45 am

chriscatphone.jpg The first TeleRead Podcast got off to a good start---stream or download the show here or on the TalkShoe site. As already noted, the debut podcast “touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited compensation terms, the Authors Guild fair contract initiative, the new Kindle Paperwhite, and more.” The second show will happen June 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, probably with listener call-ins. Now---how to make the podcast even better? Share constructive feedback below with host Chris Meadows (first photo), Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe (second)  and Senior Writer Joanna Cabot (third). You...

High Book Prices at Toronto Library
June 19, 2015 | 12:25 pm

toronto libraryThe Toronto Star has an article up this morning on high eBook prices. What is unusual about this article is that, unlike many articles on this subject, it gives cold, hard numbers. The library system pays $135 for a Hachette eBook. They pay $85 for a Random Penguin. And all of the eBook purchases come with restrictions which make them repurchase the book after 26 usages (HarperCollins) or one year (everyone else). Out city librarian, the fabulously-named Vickery Bowles, calls these prices 'unsustainable.' And I have to agree. The library is funded by tax dollars. That seems like an unfair demographic to...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Use Night Mode in the Kindle App
June 16, 2015 | 12:25 pm

kindle night modeMost people know that one of the benefits of eBook reading is being able to adjust the size and font of the words. No more being constrained by the availability of large-print books! You can make the text as large as you want, to help you see. What many people might not realize, though, is that the Kindle has other options to help save your eyes, and they are tucked away in that same font menu. One of these options is night mode. What is night mode useful for? It is useful for reversing the contrast when you read at night. The...

Author Inc: My First Royalty Payment
June 15, 2015 | 12:25 pm

cash.jpgToday seemed like a timely day for another update on my Amazon business, for two reasons: my first royalty payment is on the way, and my first original book is out! Don't get too excited about the royalty, though---Teachers Pay Teachers automatically sends out payments via Paypal, on every 15th of the month. They don't wait for it to accrue above a certain amount like Amazon does. So this month's princely sum due to me this fine day is....drum roll please...28 cents! I am not too concerned. It was the wrong time of year to put out teaching stuff, so I am...

Podcast, RSS and email list updates—plus a collection of Joanna Cabot’s provocative essays on e-reading
June 14, 2015 | 7:13 pm

chriscatphoneChris Meadows has already broken word of the forthcoming TeleRead podcast. Pass on your ideas within the comments area for his post. How important is it to you that we do listener call-ins? We may start out without call-ins to keep down the complexities.  Any thoughts on show topics? As for a title, I’m personally thinking of “Ebook Talk, with Chris and Juli”---in homage to Car Talk. Love it? Hate it? Ebook Talk is just a working title. I can see the show as a mix of news, views and practical Car Talk-style tips, with Chris and...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Return a Kindle Unlimited Book
June 9, 2015 | 10:38 am

tutorialtuesdayWelcome to a new Teleread feature---Tutorial Tuesday! Every week, we'll post a quick little how-to for all you eBook fans out there. Want to learn where to get new content? How to get it onto your reader? How to optimize your reading experience, no matter which app or device you are using? Tutorial Tuesday to the rescue! For this first instalment, I am going to show you how to return a Kindle Unlimited book. When I first joined Amazon's monthly subscription service, this was one task I found surprisingly unintuitive. I remember finishing my first KU and tapping all...

Is Digital Publishing Broken?
May 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

digital publishingThe short answer is: no. But our friends at GoodeReader beg to differ. And I think I want to add this trope to the list of 'article topics which should be banned from the internet.' Here is why. Mercy Pilkington's core assertion seems to be that every 'solution' which has come about so far favours someone other than the author. Therefore, she concludes that discoverability is the biggest issue facing publishing, and since no technology has come about to solve it, digital publishing is 'broken.' No, no, a thousand times no. First of all, readers---aka the customer, the only one paying actual...

Library Renovations for the Win!
May 26, 2015 | 10:25 am

libraryAmidst all the coverage on how the library and retail books scenes are changing due to the eBook revolution, I was inspired to see two news stories pop up in my Feedly feed about library renovations. The first struck close to home, too---the Toronto Public Library just opened their 100th branch! The branch includes the requisite books---42,000 of them, in four languages!---and some cool techie stuff too. There is a 'Digital Innovation Hub' which includes a 3-D printer for public use, free wifi, a computer lab and so on. And on the non-techie side, an 'Early Literacy Centre; designed for children...

Parsing the Amazon Best-Seller Lists
May 22, 2015 | 10:25 am

amazon best seller listNow that my first book  is up at the Kindle store, I have been reading a ton about Amazon rankings, trying to tweak the category listing for my title to give it broader exposure. I knew the book was not going to be a best-seller. It is a niche category, and I knew that. But it was a book I wanted to read myself, so I figured it would be a good test project for me to learn the ins and outs of the Kindle process. The good news: I am beating out my chief competitor. Normally, I am...

Morning Links: Vook to relaunch as Pronoun. Change to MacBook Pro
May 20, 2015 | 8:26 am

pronounMy Personal List of What Should be Top-of-Mind for Publishers Around Digital Change Today (Mike Shatzkin) To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. *** Vook to Relaunch as Free Self-Publishing Platform Pronoun (Digital Book World) The strategy shift comes eight months after acquiring the short-form ebook publisher Byliner and more than a year after buying Booklr, a data and analytics start-up. *** Apple Gives New 15-Inch MacBook Pro a ‘Force Touch’ Trackpad (Plus Other Stuff) (Re/Code) Apple has updated its 15-inch, Retina-display MacBook Pro laptop...

Morning Links: Children in Mali reading eBooks. Digital making us dumber?
May 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

malebooks-250x80Is Digital Making Us Dumber? (GoodeReader) Since the most recent advent of digital reading and ebook proliferation, the techno format has been blamed for  a drop in reading comprehension scores among grade school students, developmental concerns over children’s screen time, and even the overturning of a time-honored pricing and value structure within the publishing industry. *** How This Tokyo Bookstore Made Me Fall Back In Love With Print (Medium) And why Tsutaya gives me second thoughts about the primacy of digital culture... *** Children in Mali Can Now Read PD eBooks, Wikipedia Thanks to MALebooks eReaders (Ink, Bits & Pixels) This project seeks to distribute ereaders packed...

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