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Morning Roundup: Feeling dumb while reading? Why publishers want to sell direct and more
April 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

On the Perils of Feeling Dumb While Reading (Book Riot) Or maybe you don’t hate it, but you certainly don’t love it like everyone else seems to. And you can’t help but ask yourself, “Is it me? Am I just not smart enough for this book?” *** Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct? (The Scholarly Kitchen) During my conversations with press staff, I was able to put together a list of motivations for why a press would want to sell direct. After all, this is not a self-evident proposition. *** Scholastic Launches Summer Book Reading Challenge (GalleyCat) Scholastic has opened the pre-registration for the 2014...

Another look at the ebook pricing question
April 7, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebook pricingA blurb on The Passive Voice links to an article at Sciencefiction.com where author Tracy Hickman of Dragonlance fame offers 'sobering news' for aspiring authors. The news is that being a full-time fiction author is really hard work, and doesn't earn as much money as people think it does, which I suppose has to some degree always been true. And, to be fair to Mr. Hickman, he did contribute to the comments and clarify that his quote was taken out of context and he was not complaining so much as explicating on a reality. But, as I am increasingly finding in stories...

Morning Roundup: Fight for libraries, Amazon book categories and more
April 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesHow Thin, Flexible Electronics will Revolutionize Everything from User Interfaces to Packaging (GigaOM) Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. *** Getting Inside Amazon’s “Head” with Your eBook Category (Author U) Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. *** Fight for Libraries, Prevent Book Deserts...

Weekend Roundup: Readmill shutting down. Moving from iPhone to Android and more
April 6, 2014 | 12:21 pm

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-IIIjpg Nook Android Update Lets Everyone Sample (GoodeReader) According to the Google Play store, Nook has been updated to fix bugs, allow users to browse and sample books without an account and to get deal and book notifications. *** How I Made the Move from iPhone to Android with Few Regrets (Dear Author) I began to spend time with people who had these larger Android devices. In January I finally broke down and bought one of my own. It’s been three months now and I’m not sorry that I’ve switched. *** Readmill...

Dear Amazon: whither Canada for Fire TV?
April 4, 2014 | 10:25 am

Fire TVYesterday's news brought another new product launch from Amazon, Fire TV---a Roku-esque box which plays the expected YouTube, Netflix and so on, plus video from Amazon's own instant video and Freetime Unlimited kids service. The box plays games too! The not entirely unexpected caveat? Only in the US and UK right now. So once again, I am sitting here in Canada looking at the specs of a service I would willingly pay for if only someone would sell it to me. I know Canada is not the den of profit America is. We just don't have the population to be. But...

Morning Roundup: Sony issues Reader updates, How to measure success and more
April 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

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Review: Reading A-Z.com
April 3, 2014 | 4:40 pm

reading a-z.comMy school recently purchased, at my request, a one-year subscription to the website Reading A-Z.com. The website offers hundreds of printable leveled reader books in a variety of languages (English, British English, French, Spanish), and I found it when I was looking for French resources I could use to enhance my program for a child who speaks French at home. I think this resource will be useful for other teachers in my school, and I am looking forward to seeing what people do with it. I had thought initially that I could save the PDF files for use on my iPad....

Morning Roundup: eBooks should be MORE expensive? Amazon introduces Fire TV and more
April 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

eBooks should be more expensiveContent Pricing Consultant: eBooks Should Be (Much) More Expensive (Digital Book World) “Ebooks are terribly misnamed,” said Luby. “They’re not a product. They’re a reader service.” *** Editor’s Note: Yes, I can imagine your reactions to this were much like mine. (Check date. No, not April 1.) Nor was it persuasive enough to make me go raise all my eBook prices. *** Creators Need Beyond 'Copyright' to 'Copy-Credit' (Digital Book World) Content creators and rights holders need to move beyond the business model of simply exploiting intellectual property rights to survive and grow, according to Jeff Jarvis, author of multiple books on media, professor of journalism...

2014 Reading Challenge: March Update
April 2, 2014 | 12:30 pm

2014 Reading ChallengeI am humming along on my 2014 reading challenge! I got through just three books this month, which might seem odd given that I spent half the month on holiday for March break. But the Beloved was not similarly vacationing, and I felt weird just lounging around while he was working. So I went on my annual spring cleaning kick and endeavored to occupy my time productively. The books I did read were good ones though, and I met my goals in a few key areas. Here was how my month stacked up: Goal 1: Read 100 books Not even close. Goodreads is...

Morning Roundup: Author’s Guild allows self-published authors. Ever heard of BookTube? and more
April 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

author's guildA Beginner's Guide to BookTube (Book Riot) BookTube may sound like a root vegetable, but it’s actually an incredibly vibrant community of people who vlog (that’s video blog for those of you who are unfamiliar with the lingo) about books on YouTube. *** Author's Guild Expands Embrace of Indie Books, Authors (Indie Reader) CJ Lyons, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, will be the first self-published author to serve on its executive council. *** Apple Abandons Higher Education Reseller Program in Canada (GoodeReader) The essence of the reseller program is to give discounts to University and College bookstores to stock iPads, Mac...

Defining digital literacy
April 1, 2014 | 12:25 pm

digital literacyAn article making the rounds in today's news details the Canadian government's interest in 'defining' digital literacy for teachers and students. From the article: The report released by People for Education on Monday finds that the vast majority of Ontario secondary school teachers use some form of digital technology in the classroom, though it noted that the type of technology and the way it is used varies greatly, necessitating the need for a clearer policy on what makes for a digitally literate student. As both an Ontario teacher, and one who was explicitly trained in integrating technology into the classroom, I have...

Morning Roundup: New update for Nook Glowlight. Publish or perish?
April 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

new update for nook glowlightSchool Libraries Adapt or Face Closure in Digital Age (GoodeReader) An article today for The Bookseller highlighted one school library system in the UK, North Yorkshire County, that will be closing its school library service effective March of 2015. The reason? Lack of use on the part of schools. *** Amazon's Literary Journal Day One is Seeking Submissions (GalleyCat) Amazon’s literary journal Day One is seeking submissions. *** Barnes & Noble Rolls Out New Update for Nook Glowlight (The Digital Reader) Poking holes in the rumor that they fired their entire hardware staff, Barnes & Noble released a new update today for the Nook Glowlight, their latest...