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Podcaster Adam Carolla settles patent troll case
August 20, 2014 | 4:25 pm

patent trollAn interesting little tidbit from the world of intellectual property litigation today: podcaster and actor Adam Carolla has settled a patent troll lawsuit which was getting a lot of attention. I know a little this because the Beloved is a devoted listener of Carolla's prolifically produced podcast, and I it's often on in the background while I cook dinner. I don't care for Carolla much as a personality, but I have half paid attention to his complaining about the patent troll and his exhortation that we contribute to his legal defines fund to beat them down! It turns out that it...

Morning Roundup: Netflix paying Time Warner Cable. Kensington partnering with BAM
August 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

netflixReading Helped Me Overcome a Racist Upbringing (Book Riot) Through books, though, I met a lot of people that I never would have met in person; more importantly, I saw struggles that I never would have experienced in my own body. *** Netflix is Now Paying Time Warner Cable for Direst Access and Faster Streams (GigaOM) Netflix, the online streaming giant, has signed a paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, meaning that it now has deals with the four biggest U.S. ISPs. *** Kensington Signs Exclusive to Sell Ebook Imprint Titles in Print at Books-A-Million (Digital Book World) Kensington Publishing Corp. has announced an exclusive partnership...

Former GalleyCat Editor Dishes on Reading with Kids
August 19, 2014 | 12:17 pm

reading with kidsLaura Hazard Owen has a great review up at GigaOM on an intriguing new book on reading with kids, by former GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. The book, called 'Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age — From Picture Books to Ebooks and Everything in Between,' has strategies for reading with your kids, no matter what the medium. Boog proposes that not all reading is created equal. He proposes a reading style he calls 'Interactive Reading' where parents, well, guide the reading process through use of prompting questions, highlighting ways your child can identify with the characters and so on....

Morning Roundup: Google Play textbooks in Canada. Why do people trust Wikipedia?
August 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

wikipediaGoogle Play Textbooks Now Available in Canada (GoodeReader) Google has announced that their digital textbook service is now available in Canada. *** Why do People Trust Wikipedia? Because an Argument is Better than a Lecture (Techdirt) This doesn't mean you blindly read Wiki articles without questioning them. But a properly sourced article is simply more trustworthy than a talking head telling you how to think. *** Three Common Mistakes to Avoid When Publishing a Book App (Digital Book World) Now I want to discuss the three biggest mistakes people make when it comes to tackling this kind of project. I’ve helped scores of people publish their books...

Kindle Worlds: Success or Failure?
August 18, 2014 | 2:32 pm

Kindle WorldsGigaOM has this interesting little write-up about the Kindle Worlds program. This Kindle sub-category allows authors to write---and profit from---their own fan stories from worlds such as Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl. My only personal experience with these books has been an anthology---and a freebie first-in-series from an author represented in said anthology---set in Hugh Howey's Wool world. They were okay. I think they were nicely done, and reasonably polished and professional-looking. I did ultimately conclude that I would not be perusing any further Wool titles, but I do think the ones I saw seemed reasonable enough. So, where is the problem?...

Morning Roundup: Amazon says publishers not “really necessary.” Konrath advice
August 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonBook Rating Categories That Should Exist (Because Star Ratings are Useless) (Book Riot) I need a more nuanced system to keep track of my thoughts on the books I have read. Here are some categories that I desperately need when rating books. *** Is BuzzFeed’s Deletion of Articles an Ethical Lapse or the Growing Pains of a New-Media Entity? (GigaOM) BuzzFeed has come under fire for deleting thousands of old articles, which founder Jonah Peretti says didn’t live up to the kinds of standards the site wants to adhere to now. Should the company be criticized for doing this because it’s a journalistic no-no,...

Weekend Roundup: What do editors read? Kobo CEO speaks about taking over Sony ebook business
August 17, 2014 | 11:11 am

KoboWhat do Editors Read? (Book Riot) You’ve heard what librarians read. Now, I’ve asked some stellar editors to tell us what books they’re excited about right now. *** Kobo CEO Speaks Out About Taking Over Sony eBook Business (GoodeReader) “In North America we have been really happy with the Sony customers coming over to Kobo. People have been really interested and excited about our retail ecosystem and our investment around recommendations and how to discover your next great read. As a company, we are very happy with the collaboration and quality of customers coming over.” said Tamblyn. *** We. Don't. Care. How. Traditional. Publishing. Works. (The...

Why aren’t more teachers using technology in education?
August 15, 2014 | 4:25 pm

technology in educationThe excellent blog Teachers with Apps has a thought-provoking write-up on the timeless and eternal question of why teachers don't use technology in education better. The reasons they list, pulled from an Education Week survey, are varied, and true to my own experience: lack of time, lack of training, lack of access and so on. But when all is aid and done, they boil down to one thing: Technology is not an instant fix. That's it. That is the simple truth right there. People see the new and shiny and they get seduced by the idea that it's the better way which...

Humble Bundle releases Android App
August 15, 2014 | 1:50 pm

Humble BundleFrom the fine folks at Lifehacker comes this intriguing news (Humble Bundle Releases Android App): the Humble Bundle people have just updated their Android app to allow downloads right from inside. As the article explains, the app used to allow only game downloads. Now, you can download music, books and audiobooks too and send them to an app like Play Books for use and enjoyment. Very slick, Humble Bundle. Now, where is the iOS app?...

Morning Roundup: Amazon bets consumers won’t budge. Average price of ebook bestsellers rising
August 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonAmazon's Bezos Gambles Consumers Won't Budge Amid Supplier Spats (Business Week) Jeff Bezos is betting consumers are so hooked on Amazon.com Inc’s easy shopping and fast delivery that they won’t revolt even as negotiations with suppliers make it harder to find some items on the site. *** How to Use Social Media for Better Book Recommendations (Book Riot) In the height of summer reading season, everyone is looking for the next hot book to read. And they’re all on Facebook asking what they should get next. If you’ve tried this route you may have noticed that you get all kinds of titles shouted at...

Review: Next Issue magazine subscription service
August 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

next issueNext Issue which intrigued me. It offered a Netflix-esque model where you paid a fixed monthly fee and could access any title on the service. My last tablet magazine experience was Zinio, which I stopped using after some difficulties with the way they automatically renewed subscriptions. Since there was no subscription to deal with here other than a single fixed monthly fee, I wondered if Next Issue would be the app which got me reading magazines again. And the answer is: no, it is not. With Zinio, I liked the magazines but hated the service. With Next, I liked the service...

What features do the e-Ink Kindles still need?
August 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

E-inkThere is a new Kindle Paperwhite update making the rounds! It adds some features which have been present in the iOS app for awhile, including the 'sync to most recent open page' option and some PDF features. I really like some of the 'extras' eBooks allow me to take advantage of. I love the on-board dictionary, the Wikipedia and Google Translate options, the notes and annotation features (I never used to highlight paper books; I often do with eBooks) and, few bugs notwithstanding, the vocabulary builder. So, what's left? What features could Amazon still add here? 1) Academic Citation Features. I wonder...