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TeleRead podcast commences at 3 p.m. Eastern
July 2, 2015 | 2:17 pm

teleread-podcastIn just under an hour, we’ll be going live with our next TalkShoe episode of the TeleRead podcast! We hope some of you will be right there with us to tune in! Today, Juli and I will be discussing the recent hot news stories to hit the site in the last few days, including but not limited to: The appeal court decision upholding Judge Cote’s verdict in the Apple anti-trust case. Scribd’s decision to cull most romance and erotica titles from its subscription service. The great “Kindle Unlimited...

Accessory Review: Omoton Kobo Glo HD Sleeve
July 2, 2015 | 12:25 pm

omoton kobo glo hd sleeveOne of the downsides of owning an ereader with less popularity than an Amazon Kindle is finding accessories for it. I'm more comfortable reading a device when it has a case, so I wanted to find one for my Kobo Glo. I didn't like the look of the official Kobo Glo HD sleepcover case, and my hunting for alternatives uncovered few alternatives. I wanted a sleeve-type case because I find my thumb is more comfortable when it's resting on something covering the bevel instead of on the bevel itself. The only one I could find was the Omoton Kobo Glo HD...

Morning Links: Understanding Hugo Awards Snafu. Famous Typographical Optical Illusion
July 2, 2015 | 8:23 am

hugo nominations 2014Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awards Snafu (iO9) This year’s Hugo Awards controversy is confusing. There are two kinds of puppies! Are the puppies against diversity, or literary snobbery? And so on. But really, this is all about books, and particularly what kind of books we’re supposed to celebrate. So here are eight books that can help you understand the Hugo mess. TeleRead Take: On the off chance you weren't completely sick of the whole issue. However, the article lists some excellent books, so feel free to look at the pretty book covers and ignore the...

My Perspective on Scribd’s Announcement Of Removing Romance Titles
July 1, 2015 | 10:30 am

scribd logo subscription servicesFile this under "We had to know this was coming." Susan's already covered the main points of this story, but as the resident Scribd fan, I felt like I had to say something. As much as I love the service, I have been concerned all along about the sustainability of their business model. The recent announcement confirms the concern is justified. Last year, I was reading reviews of Scribd on various romance sites and all of them said basically the same thing: "All you can read romance? Sign me up!" I've always been curious about the percentage of Scribd subscribers who signed up...

Morning Links: Apple Music First Look. Kickstarter Setting Records
July 1, 2015 | 8:05 am

apple musicApple Music First Look: Rich, Robust — But Confusing (re/code) I’ve been testing Apple Music on an iPhone 6 Plus, loaned to me by Apple for about a day. Because of the short testing time, this isn’t a full-on review but a first look. I set out to gather some initial impressions of how it feels to use the product. And to answer the question: Would I pay $10 a month — $120 a year — to use it? TeleRead Take: It seemed like half my feed today was "Apple Music this" and "Apple Music that." This was a good article asking...

Morning Links: Comixology Subscription Plan? New Movie Anti-Piracy Ads Aimed at Moviegoers
June 30, 2015 | 8:00 am

comiXologyComixology to Launch “All You Can Read” Subscription Plan? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) There's an unsubstantiated, unverified, and unsupported (but almost certainly true) rumor going around today that Comixology is about to offer a Kindle Unlimited type of subscription service for digital comics. TeleRead Take: Considering I am quite interested in reading the Civil War comics before next year's movie, I'd be all over this. *** MPAA Targets New Anti-Piracy Ads... At People Who Already Paid To Go See Movies (Techdirt) Here, for example, is the MPAA, the guardian of Hollywood's old way of doing business, launching a big new "anti-piracy ad campaign" by......

Head to Head: Kobo Glo HD vs Kindle Paperwhite 3
June 26, 2015 | 12:28 pm

Glo vs PaperwhiteYesterday I reviewed the new Kindle Paperwhite 3, and I promised a shopping comparison between the Kobo Glo HD and the Paperwhite. Right now they are the closest competitors to each other since I don't consider the Kobo Glo HD to be a true competitor to the Kindle Voyage because of all the extra Voyage features. If you're thinking about a 300 ppi eReader, you're probably wondering Glo HD or Paperwhite? I don't think there is a one size fits all answer to that question. A lot depends on your preferences. What I'm going to do is present them, feature by...

Morning Links: B&N Revenues Down. Hoopla Adds Digital Comics
June 26, 2015 | 7:23 am

B&NB&N Reports Revenues Down Across the Board (Ink, Bits & Pixels) According to the press release (which was also filed with the SEC as the 10-K report), the company saw a net loss was $19.4 million in the 4th quarter, compared to $36.7 million in the same period last year. For FY2015 B&N reported net earnings of $36.6 million, down from $47.3 million in the prior fiscal year. TeleRead Take: Not a big surprise. I didn't think the hardware deal with Samsung was the right way to go. Plus awesome innovations like preventing downloading of books file to computers. Going the way...

eReader Review: New Kindle Paperwhite (PW3) With 300 ppi Resolution
June 25, 2015 | 12:14 pm

Paperwhite Care PackageLet me start by saying that Amazon is a class act. When they offered to send me a new Kindle Paperwhite 3 to review, I was expecting a box with a Paperwhite. Instead I got a care package which included the reader, an Amazon leather case, a water bottle, sunglasses and a beach towel. Seems like they were trying to suggest the Paperwhite is good for beach reading? However, don't think that I'm blinded by bling. While, in the main, I like the new device and do believe it is a worthy successor to last year's Paperwhite, I do have some...

Morning Links: No Curfew For Adult eBooks. Cord Cutting On the Rise
June 25, 2015 | 7:56 am

cord cuttingeBooks Won’t Actually Be Getting a Curfew in Germany (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Yes, that is as crazy as it sounds, but now it appears that German regulators recognize that fact as well. A new story crossed my desk this morning which suggests that the curfew might not be enforced after all. TeleRead Take: So glad it appears sanity is prevailing here. With the global economy, restrictions like this make no sense anymore (assuming they ever did). *** New Study Shows A Rise In Cord Cutting – 8.2 Percent Ditched Pay TV In 2014, Up 1.3% YoY (TechCrunch) There’s been some debate about how many...

How to Check Out Overdrive Library Books On a Kobo eReader
June 24, 2015 | 12:55 pm

Check Out Overdrive Library Book On a Kobo eReaderNote that these same instructions will work for a Nook or other ePub reader, not just a Kobo. I'm just using a Kobo for this example. Before you follow the steps in my post, you'll need to authorize both your computer with Adobe Digital Editions using the instructions in the above link. Then you are ready to check out Overdrive library books on a Kobo ereader (or other ePub-compatible reader). If you have a Kindle reader, check out this post for instructions for your device. 1. Find the book you want to check out and verify there is an ePub version. Most books...

Morning Links: Wendig on Fixing Kindle Unlimited. Real Price of Traditional Publishing
June 24, 2015 | 8:00 am

kindle unlimitedHere’s How Amazon Could Fix Kindle Unlimited (Terrible Minds) So, Amazon — you and me, we’re pals. We’re cuddlebuddies, right? I’m going to fix Kindle Unlimited for you. I’m going to blow it open and make it awesome for authors. TeleRead Take: I'm usually not a fan of Chuck Wendig (he's often too extreme for me), but he make such good sense here that it's worth sharing. Nothing exactly new but still good stuff, in Wendig's unique style. ;) *** The New World of Publishing: The Real Price of Traditional Publishing (Dean Wesley Smith) Now I could go on and on about the illusionary “support” traditional publishers...

Curious About Learning? Try Curious.com
June 23, 2015 | 1:56 pm

curious.comI stumbled across Curious.com about a month ago and was intrigued by the idea. The site has tons of video lessons on a variety of topics. I was most interested in their classes on technical topics, like setting up your own WordPress website (which has been on my to do list for a while), using Google Analytics and the like, but they have classes on just about everything. I've seen digital scrapbooking (didn't know that was a thing), knitting, orgami, baking, interior decorating and even dog training. For $8.99 a month you get access to all lessons on the site with...

Morning Links: Typeface Mimics Dyslexia. Why Apple Might Become a Bank
June 23, 2015 | 7:49 am

dyslexic-font1-250x140This Typeface Simulates Reading with Dyslexia (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Daniel Britton doesn't have to wonder; he's had the condition all his life, and now he's found a way to communicate it to others. TeleRead Take: I've always had sympathy for people with dyslexia, but it grew significantly after reading this article. I could read virtually none of the sample text. As much as I love reading, it's painful to think of others doing with difficulty what I do with ease. *** Opinion: Seven reasons I think Apple may become a bank within the next five years (9 to 5 Mac) Now that Apple Pay...

Morning Links: Apple Receives Helen Keller Award. 1990s Guide to the Web
June 22, 2015 | 7:50 am

appleApple receives Helen Keller Award for its pioneering VoiceOver feature (Cult of Mac) Organized by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Apple was specifically praised for VoiceOver, the iOS feature which reads out descriptions of everything happening on a device’s display. TeleRead Take: Go Apple. What's not to like here? *** This 1990s Guide to Using the Web Is Delightful (Gizmodo) Once upon a time you didn’t just use the internet, you were a “nethead” who “surfed the web” and “sailed data streams.” This is how we talked about the internet. TeleRead Take: Yes, there was a time when we needed paper books to tell...

Wanted: Your constructive feedback for TeleRead’s podcasters—and some graphics talent for this site
June 20, 2015 | 5:45 am

chriscatphone.jpg The first TeleRead Podcast got off to a good start---stream or download the show here or on the TalkShoe site. As already noted, the debut podcast “touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited compensation terms, the Authors Guild fair contract initiative, the new Kindle Paperwhite, and more.” The second show will happen June 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, probably with listener call-ins. Now---how to make the podcast even better? Share constructive feedback below with host Chris Meadows (first photo), Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe (second)  and Senior Writer Joanna Cabot (third). You...

App Review: iPoe Collection: Enhanced eBook in an App
June 19, 2015 | 2:08 pm

ipoe collectionRemember how I said I didn't much like enhanced ebooks? I might have to change my opinion if more publishers offered books like the iPoe Collection. I confess to being dubious when the developers offered me a free review copy, but then I started reading, and I was completely entranced. We'll start with the downside. These are ebooks done as apps, so, no, you're not going to be able to read them in your ereading device of choice, unless that device happens to be an iPad or iPhone. Each app (currently 3) cost between $3.99 and $4.99, and you only get...

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