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Notes on iPhone/iPad
November 18, 2014 | 4:25 pm

notes on iphoneIn today's Morning Links, there was an interesting piece from Mark Crump at GigaOM on his work process for iPad/iPhone note-taking. This is an interesting subject for me as I have at various times tried to run my workflow in this way, and have been unable to. I have never seen an article---Crump's included---that discussed only one product, so that tells me that the field of digital note-taking still has a ways to go. So, what are some of the deficiencies in what is currently available? 1) Most of them require ancillary tools to work at their best. Crump discusses the...

Morning Links: NYC to offer free public WiFi by 2015. Taking notes on the iPad
November 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

public wifiIf Publishers Are Going to Harness Data, We Need One Language (Media Shift) Publishers now have the ability to capitalize on audience interests and behaviors (i.e., types of content preferred, which links are clicked or shared, etc.) with various types of analytic tools. *** Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Review (GoodeReader) Amazon has put together their first true true tablet aimed at children with the Fire HD Kids Edition. *** NYC To Offer Free Public Wifi by 2015 (The Digital Reader) NYC unveiled a new plan today to adapt some 10,000 pay phone locations to fill  a new need as public Wifi hotspots. *** How to...

Morning Links: Afternoon at Harlequin. Book publishers and Black Friday
November 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

harlequinAn Afternoon at Harlequin (Dear Author) I had been warned by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches–who had visited the Harlequin headquarters before–that the offices where Harlequin is housed is a rather ordinary building featuring a plain exterior. Inside is where the magic takes place. *** A Kindle Software Update Lets You Share eBooks with Your Family (GigaOM) Amazon started pushing an over-the-air update to certain Kindle e-readers on Friday, which means that the new e-reading features Amazon touted when launching its Kindle Voyage will soon be available for older Kindles as well, as promised. *** Five Trends to Watch (PW) But six months later, Amazon’s purchase of...

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited numbers. Should libraries make their own eReader apps?
November 16, 2014 | 10:26 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited and the Only Amazon Numbers We Know for Sure (Dear Author) But since the announcement of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon has shared (albeit reluctantly as you will see) actual numbers which show the performance of one of its most recent consumer launches. *** Jane Austen's Fashion history: 200 Years of Cover Designs – in Pictures (The Guardian) It’s more than two centuries since Sense and Sensibility was first published, in three austere volumes. Things have grown rather more colourful since, with heaving bosoms, gilt-embossed curlicues appealing to different decades and demographics. Here are some of Jane’s many faces. *** The Author's Guild: Do More Than...

Cash for reviews: a slippery slope
November 14, 2014 | 4:25 pm

cash for reviewsI recently purchased some teaching products via Amazon.com. The order arrived last week and everything was fine, so I didn't pay too much attention to it, and did not realize it had come from a third-party seller until I got a curious email from them this week. The email said that their records indicated my order should have arrived by now, they hoped I found everything satisfactory, and they suggested that if I indeed did find it so, perhaps I could leave them a review for it. Fair enough so far, I guess. But then I got to this little clincher: "If...

More on ‘finishing every book you read’
November 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

bookI wrote yesterday on an article that has been making the blog rounds, about the value (or not) of finishing every book you read. I fell into the 'life is too short' camp; I have no guilt at all abandoning a book that isn't working for me. Many times, I will 'respect art,' as the article suggests, by devoting that time to another book. But I do have other hobbies to spend time on, and people I care about who need me. I just can't spend the time on a book which is a slog. I was delighted to see some...

Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”
November 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletWhy It's Time for Facebook to Offer a 'Pay for Privacy' Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to hand over more personal information in exchange for the right to use the service for free. *** Can Reading Local Cure my Amazon Addiction? (Book Riot) Here’s my confession. I buy 90% of my books from Amazon (gulp!), even as I diligently link to Indiebound.org on my blog to spur readers to shop indie. *** Do You Still Use...

Must you finish every book you’re reading?
November 13, 2014 | 10:25 am

reading on a tabletI caught this provocative essay during my vacation and wasn't able to respond to it,  but since the fine folks at Book Riot are still talking it  I figure I am fair game to weigh in, even a few days late. The question: must you finish every book you're reading? The arguments Juliet Lapidos presents in the 'yes' camp are briefly, that finishing every book you read teaches you fortitude, persistence and respect. How can I rebut against that? With three words: life is too short. That's it. That's my answer. Life is too short to read bad books. On the 'fortitude...

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.
November 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

clickbaitGift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted to them. *** eBooks Take Hold in Schools---Slowly (The Digital Shift) Sixty-six percent of schools nationwide offer ebooks, up from 54 percent in 2013, and overall, the figure is steadily growing, according to School Library Journal’s fifth annual “Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries” report. *** Barnes & Noble...

Morning Links: Debut novelist wins Canada lit prize. Non-fiction formatting terrible on tablets?
November 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

formattingDebut Novelist Wins Canada's Biggest Lit Prize (PW) When the winner of the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced at a gala in Toronto Monday night, the spotlight was on a new writer, Sean Michaels, and his debut novel Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada. *** Ending Reader Comments is a Mistake, Even if You Are Reuters (GigaOM) In a post about the decision, Reuters Digital executive editor Dan Colarusso describes it as a necessary evolution, brought about by changes in reader behavior. *** Is Nonfiction eBook Formatting Still Terrible on Tablets? (The Digital Reader) One might think that ebook formatting would be nearly perfect...

Amazon on the Road!
November 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

amazonThe Beloved and I took a little vacation  last week! And guess what I found, tucked in amongst the sights and sounds of the mighty New York City? One of the Amazon trucks! The truck was one of a handful that Amazon plans to take around the country to promote the new Kindle models. I asked the vendor how that was going and he anecdotally reported to me that business was brisk. They are offering each current Kindle model for $5 off and that has been an incentive for people. As for me, it was fun checking out the new Kindle Voyage,...

In Flanders Fields and Other Poems of Remembrance Day
November 11, 2014 | 1:35 pm

remembrance dayToday is Remembrance Day in Canada---the holiday Americans call Veteran's Day. This day commemorated throughout the Commonwealth countries with a moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the day the armistice treaty was signed to end the First World War. There are usually poems, songs, readings and other activities to mark this solemn day. A Canadian tradition is the recitation of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John McRae. McRae was a Canadian physician who served on the front and was inspired to write the poem by the fields of poppies that grew...