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Can You Use Your eReader Without Wi-Fi?
December 20, 2013 | 3:14 pm

ereaderSeveral users at Mobileread are reporting issues with their Paperwhites now that the Kindle ecosystem is managing collections through the cloud. A few people are complaining that the 'cloud' aspect is forcing them to wade through content they don't care for---for instance, a collection belonging to a spouse or child who shares their account, which previously would be local to that user's device only. A few others who prefer to sideload their books and keep Wi-Fi access minimized are reporting that their reading experience is being interrupted by nags from the device to connect to Wi-Fi so it can update...

Morning Roundup: Kobo Launches Digital Magazine Shop, Is Viral the Holy Grail of Content? and more
December 4, 2013 | 9:00 am

Kobo Launches Digital Magazine ShopKobo Launches Their Digital Magazine Shop (GoodeReader) At a product launch event in New York City Canadian based Kobo announced their intention of launching a digital magazine store. *** Goodreads Choice Award Winners Revealed (GalleyCat) With 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards. *** A Growing Obsession with Viral Content Exposes the Weakness of Most Digital Media (GigaOM) Everyone from BuzzFeed to the Washington Post seems to be chasing after viral content because of the traffic it brings — but all this does is reinforce how doomed the pageview-based model really is. *** Is Editing Teachable?...

Weekend Roundup: Review of iPad Air, Kobo Glo Hacked and more
November 3, 2013 | 9:26 am

ipad airHands-On Review of the iPad Air (GoodeReader) The 5th generation Apple iPad was released today in over 72 different countries and if you could take waiting in line for an hour, many happy customers were able to get their hands on one. *** When Will iOS and OSX Finally Meet, or Have They Already? (GigaOM) With the redesign of iOS 7, release of OS X Mavericks, and updated versions of the iWork and iLife apps, Apple continues to blur the lines on what is a desktop feature and what is a mobile feature. *** Kobo Glo Hacked (Again)---Now Runs Android (The Digital Reader) Kobo doesn’t have a...

Kobo Kissing the Blarney Stone with Eason Partnership in Ireland
October 31, 2013 | 12:26 pm

I'm not going to draw too many self-serving connections between the announcement that Kobo, fresh from its "finest hour," is about to enter the Irish market, and the news that the Republic may be about to abolish its Censorship of Publications board. (Less fear of being burned in Eire now, after all.) So anyway, Kobo has announced a partnership with leading Irish bookstore chain Eason & Son Ltd., "largest and oldest standing book retailer in Ireland ... with more than 60 outlets through Ireland and Northern Ireland." Under the deal, Kobo devices, including the Kobo Aura, Kobo Glo, and Kobo Arc...

Morning Roundup: A Halloween Story, When Fans Attack and more
October 31, 2013 | 8:45 am

halloweenA Scary Story for Halloween: The Curious Case of the Phantom Authors (Scholarly Kitchen) Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a ghost story, and while we’ve covered ghost writers in the past, a bizarre paper retraction takes things to a new level. *** Amazon Should Shelve Reading Recommendations (The Guardian) Does it annoy you when a bookseller like Amazon keeps emailing you after a purchase with further suggestions for what it considers similar books? It seems to me that that the last thing I'd want to read after finishing a book is another just the same. *** Kobo eReaders and Tablets to be Available in 60 Eason...

“Kobo’s Finest Hour”? Really?
October 28, 2013 | 12:19 pm

KoboIt's rare to see a kneejerk panic reaction to populist scaremongering hailed as " a courageous stance," but then the whole debacle of Kobogate and the WHSmith ebook sales shutdown has been rich in cheap prudish posturing and unwitting self-condemnation, and I don't expect this to be the last shameful instance. Now we have Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer at Kobo, going on record via "A Kobo Writing Life Update" to give his official post facto version of events. And we have John McKnight, "a comic novelist as well as the author of the notorious self-help manual "a comic novelist...

Weekend Roundup: Print Books No Longer the Norm? Kobo Takes a Firm Stand and more
October 27, 2013 | 11:07 am

print booksFor Major Pubs, Will Print No Longer be the Norm? (Publishers Weekly) Format has been a long-simmering topic of debate in book publishing, and the question of when, and if, a title is published in hardcover, paperback, and/or digital has become even more pressing as bricks-and-mortar bookstores dwindle and e-book sales grow. *** Kobo: Writers Free to Write What They Want, We Are Not Compelled to Sell It (GoodeReader) Kobo and several other self-publishing platforms took a bold stance and blocked self-published titles from sale until a thorough review could be conducted. Angry accusations filled the social media sphere as authors discovered their titles...

WHSmith site back online, echoes still ringing
October 18, 2013 | 5:10 pm

WHSmithWHSmith, the UK stationery and book chain at the eye of the ebook porn storm-in-a-teacup, has reopened its customer website for business, as the British media continue to stick in their spoons and stir up the mess. However, WHSmith is still not offering direct sales of ebooks, referring customers instead to its ebook partner Kobo, which in a concurrent article in the UK Daily Telegraph entitled - with due moderation and restraint - "Kobo porn scandal: the end of self-publishing?", "promised to clean up its act. " "Search and browse to find an eBook at and we will pass you...

Morning Roundup: Kobo vs. Paperwhite, Interview with Hugh Howey and more
October 18, 2013 | 9:05 am

author Hugh HoweyWriters as Readers: An Interview with Hugh Howey (Book Riot) I first heard of Hugh Howey early last year, when someone asked me if had read Wool, a self-published science fiction book. I hadn’t, I said, and thought “Why would I read a self-published book?” I then heard of it from someone else and then again from someone else. *** Kobo Aura HD vs Amazon Paperwhite 2 (GoodeReader) The Kobo Aura HD was a departure from the standard six inch e-reader and gave a larger viewing area with the 6.8 inch display. The limited edition model came out in April and quickly gained momentum...

David Gaughran speaks on the ebook porn purge
October 17, 2013 | 10:12 am

David Gaughran Self-publishing savant David Gaughran had to digest the bitter irony of seeing his own titles on self-publishing taken offline in the mass cull of self-published ebooks that followed the recent revelations of freely accessible extreme porn on popular ebook platforms. He has tracked the whole farce since its inception. I asked him for his view of the latest developments. TeleRead: What are you seeing in terms of inoffensive, uncontroversial ebooks being taken offline after the ebook purge began? David Gaughran: It's hard to know how many books Kobo has removed because they won't tell us. Most authors don't even realise their books...

Morning Roundup: Kobo Responds to Pulled Titles (Sort of), Censorship Rules to Safeguard Self-Published Books and more
October 15, 2013 | 8:47 am

books Kobo Responds to Complaints About Deletion of Self-Pub Titles (The Digital Reader) Kobo has finally shared a partial explanation for why they removed self-published titles from their ebookstore. It may have taken them well over 48 hours to respond, and their explanation leaves many questions unanswered, but at least we now have something solid to go on. *** Three Simple Censorship Rules Can Safeguard Self-Published Books (Digital Book World) It all seemed so sweet; anybody can get their book published on Kobo or Amazon without having to endure a zillion rejections from picky publishers, and what’s more they can pocket the lion’s share of...

Kobo Has Sent Email to Authors/Partners on Writing Life
October 14, 2013 | 7:24 pm

Kobo Writing Life As a self-published author on Kobo, I just received this email: To our Kobo Writing Life and self-publishing partners: As you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media attention in the UK regarding offensive material that became available across a number of eBook platforms. Kobo was included in the reports from media and we are taking immediate action to resolve an issue that is the direct result of a select few authors and publishers violating Kobo’s content policies. In order to address the situation Kobo is taking the following steps: 1.       We are removing titles in question from the...