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Review: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
March 25, 2015 | 12:25 pm

zero waste home'The Zero-Waste Home' by Bea Johnson was one of my more thought-provoking March break reads. It was a little more dry than I had thought it would be---I knew this lady had a blog, so I was expecting more of a memoir-ish feel, and this was pretty much straight-up information. But there were several aspects of it which interested me so I perservered. This might seem like an odd title to review on a blog like this. What does reducing your household garbage have to do with reading books? Well, I have long thought that the digital revolution has played an...

Morning Links: Why I quit Goodreads. Facebook to become publishing platform?
March 25, 2015 | 9:00 am

goodreadsWhy I Quit Goodreads (or, The Bookternet Is Not Safe for Women) (Book Riot) The Kathleen Hale controversy snapped into focus something I had always kind of wondered about: as a woman, putting my views on the internet is an act of risk-taking. *** Rich Kids Use the Internet to Get Ahead, and Poor Kids Use it 'Mindlessly' (Teachers with Apps) According to MarketWatch, Putman said in an interview that most kids have access to smartphones but the poorest ones tended to use the devices “in completely different, mindless ways,” He went on to say, … “for all the wealth generated in the name...

Morning Links: Amazon adds new review options. New Dr. Seuss museum
March 24, 2015 | 9:00 am

amazon reviewsAmazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop-Down Menus (Self-Publishing Review) If you’ve tried to review a book on Amazon recently, Amazon has added a few options for users when reviewing a book via drop-down menus. *** Does Patent Licensing by Patent Trolls - Or Anyone - Serve A Useful Purpose? (Techdirt) The paper also provides yet more evidence that the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act, designed to encourage the commercialization of research results through licensing, actually turns universities into patent trolls -- something that Techdirt has discussed before. *** Duolir Lets You Read a Dual-Language eBook With Instant Translations (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Yesterday a friend on Twitter...

Morning Links: Magazine subscription services say why not doomed. Story of Lorem Ipsum
March 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

magazine subscription services'Netflix for Magazines' Services Explain Why They Are Not Doomed (Media Shift) It must be depressing to hear so many people say that your company’s business model has no future. *** The Story of Lorem Ipsum: How Scrambled Text by Cicero Became the Standard For Typesetters Everywhere (Open Culture) And so you might imagine how pleased I was to discover what looked like classical Latin in the real world: the text known to designers around the globe as “Lorem Ipsum,” also called “filler text” and (erroneously) “Greek copy.” *** Goodreads Has Decided That There is No Friendzone for Authors and People (Ink, Bits & Pixels) The...

Weekend Links: Book market contracting? Lessons from a day unplugged
March 22, 2015 | 12:44 pm

book market contractingIs the Book Market Contracting? (Dear Author) In the past few months, three of the big five traditional publishers have posted a downturn in sales: Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Reading these reports has felt alarming to me. *** Reading on a Tablet is Bad for Your Neck (GoodeReader) A recent study of 33 university students who use tablets 50+% of their time. Users were tested in a variety of usage positions and whilst reading and typing for 2-5 minutes. *** What I Learned from a Day Unplugged (Apartment Therapy) I don't consider myself addicted to my phone, but recently I've noticed some bad habits lately...

Amazon return policy: a case for when it’s appropriate
March 21, 2015 | 10:42 am

amazonA article from 2012 on Amazon's return policy seems to continue getting hits here on Teleread! The updated comments came at an opportune time for me because I just returned a Kindle book yesterday. Here is what happened. The book was a re-purchase of an oldie-but-goodie I had in paper. I did a casual glance at the preview just to make sure it wasn't Topaz, and then I bought the book for $4.99. I realized midway through the first chapter that I was in trouble. There seemed to be an issue with the letters E and C; I was seeing words like...

What Will People Read 20 Years From Now?
March 20, 2015 | 2:25 pm

crystal-ball-219x300.jpgOur friends at GoodeReader posted an interesting little poll today. They surveyed over 400 people and asked them to predict how people will read in 20 years. Print? Tablet? e-Ink? Unsurprisingly, the poll predicted that eBook technology would continue to remain popular. But what their poll did not ask is WHAT people will be reading on these devices of theirs. So here are my predictions: 1) eBook Subscription Services. I think today's kids are going to be trained by educational websites like RAZ-Kids and TumbleBooks to view eBooks as readily available, and disposable. When you are finished with level 1, you go...

Morning Links: Beginner’s luck. Disney tells court about importance of public domain
March 20, 2015 | 9:00 am

public domainWhy I Came Back to Poetry (Book Riot) I’m not a very good reader of poetry yet. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about the craft of poetry, stanzas, or technique — but that’s what keeps drawing me back to it; the fact that there is so much more to learn. *** Business Musings: Beginner's Luck (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) One of the most astonishing moments I had as the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction occurred at the Hugo award ceremony. A writer won a Hugo with a short story I had rejected. He got in my face—literally inches away...

Morning Links: Overdrive acquired by Rakuten. Raising kids who read
March 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

overdrive librariesOverdrive Acquired by Rakuten, Owners of Kobo (GoodeReader) Tokyo-based Rakuten, Inc., one of the world’s largest internet service companies, has acquired OverDrive in what is another in a long line of acquisitions dedicated to increasing the global footprint of companies, adding reading focus to its practices, and extending itself into new markets. *** How to Raise Kids Who Read (GalleyCat) Want to raise a child who loves reading? Daniel Willingham, author of the book Raising Kids Who Read recommends making reading “the most appealing thing a child can do.” *** 2015 PEN Longlists Revealed (PW) PEN American Center announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary...

Morning Links: 8 Apple features you might not use. KU payouts up; lending down
March 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

appleHow Long Does it Take to Read Popular Books? (Personal Creations) We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed, 300 words per minute. *** Eight Apple Features You Probably Never Use (Re/Code) This week, I rounded up eight examples of these to make sure you remember that Apple is … human. *** Black Authors and Self-Publishing (School Library Journal) I am a Black feminist writer committed to social justice. I write stories about Black children and teens, but within the children’s literature...

Morning Links: Organizing library books, Culture of Reading or Buying?
March 17, 2015 | 9:00 am

library booksHow I Organize Our Library Books (From 9 Different Sources) (Book Riot) Our home is a veritable borrowed book disaster. Each human occupant of our apartment (there are four of us) has their own New York Public Library card. My two daughters go to different schools, and we have library cards from each one. *** A Culture of Reading, or a Culture of Buying? (Dear Author) Last week’s post on digital book prices for commercial fiction engendered a lot of great responses, reflecting some really passionate opinions on how books are priced and how readers make their purchasing decisions. *** The Long Story Behind...

Morning Links: Amazon friend or foe? It’s complicated. Worst ebook cover art
March 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

amazonThe Worst eBook Cover Art- March 2015 (GoodeReader) Self-published authors normally forgo the expense of hiring a professional graphics designer to do their e-book cover art and elect to do it themselves. Sometimes it works out, but most of the time the end result can make you shake your head in disdain. *** Copyright and Open Textbooks: The Case of Boundless (The Scholarly Kitchen) Third, whether Boundless is successful as a company in the long run doesn’t matter very much. What does matter is whether this model proves out in concept—meaning whether Boundless books prove popular with students. *** Asking Whether Amazon is Friend or Foe...