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Sockpuppet Scandal! Ectaco Called Out Online
July 26, 2013 | 9:23 pm

EctacoThere's an interesting story brewing at Mobile Read about two user accounts which were banned for 'sock puppet' activities--these were posters who created regular accounts and posted as regular users, but were actually employees at Ectaco who were posting as such and trying to build up buzz for their company. The thread announcing this little bot of detective work has over 3,000 views, with some posters condemning the Ectaco folks and others shrugging and chiding them for being so dumb. Nate at The Digital Reader does some additional digging around and points out that Ectaco's activities were not just limited to Mobile Read;...

Is The Sky Really Falling on NOOK Media?
July 19, 2013 | 12:02 pm

NOOKEditor's note: The following opinion piece, written by former Book Business editor-in-chief Brian Howard, originally appeared on the Book Business website back on June 26. The subject this piece covers is, by now, relatively old news. But it's also a very well-written and smartly reasoned essay. And because this appears to have been the very last e-reading related bit of content produced by Brian before he left North American Publishing Co. for an editorial position with a different employer, we thought it only fitting to reproduce it here. We'll miss seeing you around the office, Brian. And we'll certainly miss reading...

A Note About TeleRead’s New Rating System for Reviews
July 7, 2013 | 12:15 pm

reviewBy now, we're assuming the majority of our TeleRead regulars have probably noticed that we recently added a small but nevertheless significant new feature to our reviews: a five-star-style rating system. We quietly introduced the feature in a film review by Joanna Cabot that ran on July 2. Two book reviews that ran this morning, one by Chris Meadows and another by Paul St John Mackintosh, also used the new rating system. But since we're of the opinion that books reviews, say—or film reviews, or app reviews or whatever—that are rated with a star-system is a pretty played-out journalistic cliché, we've decided...

Look Who’s Talking: Book Business’ New Video Chat Series
May 7, 2013 | 8:34 pm

Book BusinessLast week, NAPCO's Publishing Media Group launched its new video chat series, Literally Speaking Publisher Chats. The chats will take place every Friday at 11 a.m. EST, and I will be speaking to a variety of publishing people. The fun new video platform Shindig is hosting our events. On Friday, May 3, I spoke with Beth Kephart, an amazingly prolific author who has written in multiple genres including YA and memoir, and who has worked with a range of different sized publishers, from Gotham Books to Temple University Press. Kephart’s new YA novel, Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent, was just published on Wednesday and her next book, Handling...

Follow that Story: TeleRead Slays the Blognix Beast!
May 7, 2013 | 4:30 pm

BlognixSome of you may remember a post we ran last Wednesday, May 1, about a ridiculous website calling itself Blognix, and which had seemingly cloned TeleRead's entire site—content, design and all. Well, I suppose I was remiss in mentioning that just two days later, and without too much of a hassle, frankly, the head of NAPCO's IT department succeeded in squashing Blognix like the sad and pitiful little project it was. Incredibly though, Blognix morphed like an amoeba almost immediately after ridding itself of its bogus TeleRead cloak; it's now cloning a website called Cheap Tech For Me. Take a look for...

Wondering what to do with all those cell phone photos and digital videos? A new e-book has the answer.
April 16, 2013 | 5:56 pm

e-bookMike McEnaney spent nearly 10 years working as both an editor and a publisher of B2B photography and digital photography magazines for North American Publishing Company (NAPCO), the same organization that owns and operates both TeleRead and the Technology Tell network of websites. Very recently, though, McEnaney struck out on his own. And somehow, along with fellow journalist Greg Scoblete, he has already managed to launch Your Digital Life, a website about the digital photography revolution. McEnaney and Scoblete's latest project, however, is an e-book, also about the world of digi-photography. From Fleeting to Forever: Enjoying & Preserving Your Digital Photos and Videos, as...

TeleRead Goes to Vegas
January 12, 2013 | 11:48 pm

Those of you who read TeleRead regularly probably noticed that our coverage was a little bit thin last week ... but not to worry! I've got an alibi: I was in Las Vegas since last Sunday, covering the 2013 International CES for NAPCO—my employer, and TeleRead's parent company. This was my first-ever trip to CES, and while it was a huge milestone in my still-burgeoning consumer technology career, here's the God's honest truth: The experience totally and completely smacked the life out of me, both physically and psychologically. I walked for miles and miles, literally, every day. In fact, I walked so much—while at the same time straining...

Read the digital edition of Book Business magazine online
September 28, 2012 | 9:18 am

Book Business Magazine, September-October 2012 issueThe digital edition of the September/October 2012 issue of Book Business magazine just went online, and it features a couple e-book-specific stories you may be interested in. The cover story, for instance, "Inside the Ebook Test Kitchen," takes a good long look at some of the e-book world's latest advancements and technological achievements, from textbooks to apps to analytics. Any of you who happen to be involved professionally in the publishing field will definitely want to read J.S. McDougall's latest "E-Marketing Strategy" column, which discusses the harsh realities of branding in the Internet age. Click here to read the magazine's digital edition. (Book...

Publishing Business Conference: Keynote 10 predictions for the future of book publishing
March 19, 2012 | 10:12 am

Screen Shot 2012 03 17 at 6 16 18 PM Marcus Leaver, President, Sterling Publishing: Will be three different businesses in the future: immersive text, illustrated text for children, illustrated text for adults. Future not half as scary as people make it out to be. Beautiful objects: quality will be the most important predictor of success.  With all the entertainement options out there qulaity will lead to success.  A lot of frtee content on the web and if consumers are going to pay for content  quality will be a deciding factor. World does not need another book: those who do less will succeed more. , Are publishing far too many books.  Need to create...

Publishing Business Conference: Keynote The art of the turnaround
March 19, 2012 | 10:11 am

Screen Shot 2012 03 17 at 6 16 18 PM Josh Tyrangiel, Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek: At his magazine things are much better than they were. Greatest weapon is not taking things for granted. Started in 1999 at Time, which was considered the "top" magazine.  Had 450 editorial employees, but 7 years later this fell by about two thirds in all numbers.  And Time did better than most magazines.  The last decade was brutal for print.  Partly because many mangazines and newspapers had fallen into a malaise - just kept on cranking it out and didn't recogize the digital era.  Many of the titles that died in the past decade died because they...

Thousands of Book and Magazine Publishing Executives to Convene in NYC for the Largest Publishing Event of Its Kind
March 7, 2012 | 11:58 am

Screen Shot 2012 03 07 at 11 57 15 AM That's the title of a press release from our owners.  I will be there covering programs I think will be of interest to our readers. Thousands of publishing executives from the book and magazine publishing industries will convene at the New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square, March 19-21, for the Publishing Business Conference & Expo—North America's largest conference and expo of its kind. The conference—produced by Publishing Executive and Book Business (industry-leading business)—features more than 40 sessions and nearly 100 speakers, including: David Carey, President, Hearst Magazines; Josh Tyrangiel, Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek; Josh Quittner, Editorial Director, Flipboard;...

iPad 16GB review: Plans and preconceptions
April 9, 2010 | 7:15 am

The other day, our point of contact at our parent company NAPCO contacted Paul and me and asked if we would be interested in reviewing a 16-gigabyte iPad NAPCO had received. Paul suggested I should be the one to review it, and you could have knocked me over with a feather when I learned that I would be taking delivery of an iPad early next week. Plans I plan to do a series of review posts, just as I did for the Sony PRS-700 and the Astak 5” Pocket Pro, focusing on different aspects of...