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Weekend Links: Data plans biggest obstacle to mobile video. Two Kobo articles and more
September 7, 2014 | 10:55 am

KoboKobo Aura H2O Outside Reading Test (GoodeReader) The Kobo Aura H20 is coming out this October, but Good e-Reader has an early release edition and have been extensively reviewing it. Today, we look at how this e-reader performs in direct sunlight. *** Data Plans are the Biggest Obstacle to Mobile Video's Future (GigaOM) The high cost of mobile data is one of the main reasons why people don’t stream more video on the go. High price tags on content are also a turn-off. *** Canadian Prisons are Cutting Access to Reading (GalleyCat) Prisons across Canada are cutting back on inmate access to libraries. This unfortunate occurrence is...

The Celebrity Picture Story, Part Deux: Who Holds Copyright?
September 5, 2014 | 10:24 am

copyrightSo, the thorny issue of photo copyrights is making headlines in the celebrity world again, and no, I don't mean Bradley Cooper's famous Oscar shot, or the monkey selfie this time. I'm sure many of you have seem the iCloud hacking story, where a data security breach led to the hacking of, among other things, personal photographs of several female celebrities. The interesting little wrinkle on this is that at least one site is claiming that a celebrity tried---unsuccessfully---to get the photographs removed using the excuse of copyright infringement. Jennifer Lawrence, as TMZ reports, got a reply to her takedown request which...

Morning Links: Amazon gambles on kids. What? Twitter might filter our feeds?
September 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

twitterAmazon Gambles on the Kids (Digital Book World) Amazon’s announcement of their Kindle Kids’ publishing software platform probably caught very few in the industry off-guard. It’s been clear that Amazon’s ambition is to become both the publisher and the retailer, which irrespective of what the industry feels lines up perfectly with Amazon’s stated goal of delivering better value to their customers. *** Authors United Preparing New Amazon Initiative (PW) It’s been almost a month since Authors United, a group of more than 900 authors concerned about Amazon putting writers in the middle of its dispute with Hachette, published a full-page ad in the New...

Lego Mindstorms: How not to do technology in the classroom
September 4, 2014 | 12:26 pm

lego mindstormsIt pains me to write this, because I love the LEGO people so much. But I've wasted two hours of my life in possibly the worst teacher training I have ever attended, and I feel like all those pundits who wonder why teachers don't use eBooks and apps and iPads better in the classroom might wonder a little less if they went through what I did today. Want to get your new technology into the schools? Take note, and don't do it this way! The first problem was, the trainer had too much stuff with her, and none of it worked...

Morning Roundup: Amazon launches KDP Kids. What should editors read?
September 4, 2014 | 8:50 am

kdp kidsAmazon Launches Kindle Kids' Book Creator, Launches KDP Kids (The Digital Reader) Making an ebook is easy – so long as it mainly consists of text. But if you want to want to make a fixed layout ebook like a kid’s picture book, that’s a little harder, which is why Amazon launched Kindle Comics Creator last year and why Amazon just launched the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. *** Reading Rainbow to Publish Levar Burton's First Picture Book (GalleyCat) Actor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton has collaborated with writer Susan Schaefer Bernardo and artist Courtenay Fletcher on his first picture book. *** What Should Editors Read?...

Morning Links: B&N testing espresso machines. In defense of Amazon
September 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonInsert Citations in Multiple Formats Easily with Google Docs (Lifehacker) You can save yourself some time and use the research sidebar to automatically insert the appropriate citations you need for your paper. *** The Guardian Publishes Unreleased Chapter of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (GalleyCat) Roald Dahl‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the occasion has brought about a controversial new book cover, a golden ticket sweepstakes and now the unearthing of a previously unreleased chapter of the book. *** B&N Testing Espresso Book Machines (PW) The country’s largest bookstore chain recently began a test of the system at three...

Scribd rings in one-year anniversary with a bang!
September 2, 2014 | 12:01 pm

scribdThe folks at Scribd sent us this fine-looking infographic, in honour of their one-year anniversary. I am not a subscriber to their service myself, but I have to admit, I find their numbers impressive and interesting. One billion pages read in a year? Readers open lots of business books but only finish fiction? That says something about how we read. And we definitely need more information about that fastest go-kart lap! Clearly there is a demand for eBook subscription services, and I am pleased to see that several competitors have now entered the marketplace. I think this is, for better or...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kobo Aura H2O. Concerns about eBook quality?
September 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo aura h2oAmazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs Kobo Aura H2O (GoodeReader) In this video comparison we look at the flagship Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 and the Kobo Aura H20. This two e-readers have fairly similar technology, as they are both rocking  e Ink Carta, which result in faster page turns. *** Liberio Review: Turn Your Google Docs into a Published eBook (PC World) Liberio connects to your Google account. From there you’re able to import any file stored in Drive. While you can also upload files from your PC, the Google credentials are necessary to activate a Liberio account. *** Publishers Polled Worry About eBook Quality (Econtent) But with...

Review: French Readers at the Kindle Store
August 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

french readersI wrote last year about a series of 'French reader' storybooks I found at the Kindle store. I had downloaded several of them as freebies and found them decent, but over-priced. I would rather pay $10 for a full-length book than $4 each for a whole bunch of mini ones! So I was delighted to find that my favourite paper-only 'French reader' book has finally hit the Kindle store---and in my travels, I picked up another beginning reader which has its plusses too! Here are my reviews of these two reader books. I welcome any recommendations on where to go next! 1)...

Weekend Links: Question of Clickbait. The opposite of legacy
August 30, 2014 | 11:27 am

clickbait-memeInternet Archive Uploads More than 14 Million Public Domain Images to Flickr (Boing Boing) Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive... *** The Opposite of Legacy (Joe Konrath) I've found--and I'm sure I'm not alone--that when something newsworthy is happening, I first hear about it via Twitter or Facebook. Often, from people reporting what's occurring in real time. *** Bookless Library Opened by New U.S. University (The Guardian) Florida Polytechnic University's enormous facility promises to make 'many more books available for the students' in digital form. *** When Does Giving...

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins Humble Bundle. Monkey selfie not copyrightable and more
August 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinsHarperCollins Humble eBook Bundle with Gaiman, Bujold. Coelho, Williams and More (Boing Boing) It's a really big deal that HarperCollins has teamed up with the Humble Bundle. When I was curating the first of these bundles, a bunch of big name HarperCollins writers -- and their editors -- were incredibly excited about the opportunity, only to have it crushed by head office, who wouldn't allow them to sell books without DRM. *** Judge Says You Don't Own Facebook 'Likes' on Your Page (Techdirt) In a world where people are always pushing the idea of "intellectual property" over just about everything, is it really any...

Is Humans of New York real journalism?
August 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Humans of New York coverIt's nice to see one of my favourite Facebook pages, 'Humans of New York,' getting a little press these days. As the New York Times reports, HONY head chief Brandon Stanton has gone global, taking his slice-of-life photography on a UN-sponsored trip to ten countries. I have been following the series (and indeed, the 'blog' as a whole) and it's brilliant in its simplicity: Stanton finds an interesting person, photographs them and then posts the photograph along with a little sound bite from the person. He has a way of getting his subjects to reveal profound truths about themselves, and their...