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11 Publishing Shakers to follow, besides us
August 13, 2014 | 8:28 pm

shakerI’ll admit this is blowing my own horn a little, but today I was alerted to an article on The Independent Publishing Magazine listing “The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following.” After a bit of puzzlement—are the Shakers even still around, and didn’t they make furniture rather than publish?—I noticed that our very own Paul St. John Mackintosh comes in at number one on the list. (And they happen to mention a certain other TeleRead writer in the comments after that…) Another TeleRead-related writer, Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, came in at #7. While posting about it...

Salon’s Laura Miller swears off Amazon: Not many dead
May 23, 2014 | 12:44 pm

compete with amazonSalon has been the venue for plenty of gratuitous Amazon-bashing in the past. And the latest contribution is from senior Salon writer Laura Miller, who headlines her piece "Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through!" and adds, "I quit Amazon because of its monopolistic tactics. Is it impossible for book publishers to do the same?" "I used to be an Amazon Prime member myself," she admits, but continues, "I stopped buying any books, print or digital, from the company. What I knew of the predatory, proto-monopolistic practices of Amazon caused concern. I believe no single corporation should have as much control over the book...

In The Adventures of a Village, the story literally unfolds
December 19, 2013 | 1:17 pm

You've heard of pop-up books, right? Well, here's a book that takes the same basic idea of a pop-up book in a new direction. Rather than having you pull a tab, this book lets the reader unfold the story step by step. The Adventures of a Village is the work of artist Julie Stephen Chheng, and it lets you decide how to tell the story by choosing which section of the page to unfold. There are in fact a couple different stories in this one book. The village couple be attacked by a sea monster or invaded by aliens, and the...

Google has a new reason for you to use Google Plus
December 17, 2013 | 12:15 pm

google plusGoogle has been doing everything they can to get users to sign up for Google Plus. They require customers who want to leave a review in Google Play to join, they make it difficult to leave YouTube comments, and every time I have set up an Android device Google has pestered me to sign up for their social network. So far none of these tricks have worked on me, but Google's next program just might. College Humor has posted a new video for Google Blackmail. You may think that no one knows all of your dirty secrets, but Google does. And if...

Washington Post: Indie Bookstores Aren’t Dying After All
December 16, 2013 | 8:10 pm

indie bookstoresThere's a new article in Sunday's Washington Post which takes a look at the revival of  indie bookstores. According to the several booksellers interviewed for the piece, their stores are thriving and sales have never been better. Independent bookstores are not dead. In fact, in some of the country’s most urbane and educated communities, they are making a comeback. In an e-tailing world, their resurgence is driven by e-book growth that has leveled off, dyed-in-the-wool print lovers who won’t (or can’t) abandon page flipping, a new category of hybrid reader (the latest mystery, digital; the latest John Irving, print) and savvy retailers...

Kindle Fire HDX tablets can now print to Epson printers – but so can most Android tablets
December 6, 2013 | 12:10 pm

kindle fire hdx Editor's Note: I know many readers of TeleRead also read The Digital Reader. His articles are frequent additions to our Morning Roundup posts, and I'm delighted to publish his first TeleRead article. Please welcome Nate to the team! Thanks to a some hard work on the part of Epson and Amazon, Kindle Fire HDX owners are going to be a little more productive. This printer and screen tech manufacturer has worked with Amazon to roll out an update which lets owners of the Kindle Fire HDX and the Kindle Fire HD (2013) print to select Epson printers. Epson announced on their blog...

Alcatel One Touch Hero: The phone I can’t live without?
September 9, 2013 | 3:56 pm

AlcatelNormally I'd give myself a good kicking for picking up a lead from Nate Hoffelder over at The Digital Reader. After all, what kind of lazy journalism is that? But in this case, he may very well have turned me on to the ideal smartphone—one that's going to make a conspicuous difference to my gadget buying plans. According to the Alcatel press materials quoted over at Engadget, the Alcatel One Touch Hero features "a 6" Full HD IPS display, 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor and 13 megapixel camera," as well as a stylus for onscreen input, wireless linking to external displays,...

The Old Reader Strains Under Massive Post-Readerpocalypse Demand
July 30, 2013 | 3:52 pm

The Old ReaderNate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader posted an intriguing tidbit earlier today about The Old Reader, one of the more solid but less-hyped Google Reader alternatives to benefit from Google Reader's demise. But in this paticular case, it seems the benefit turned out to be more of a curse: Since the shutdown of Google Reader was announced, The Old Reader's user base swelled from 10,000 to over 400,000—and it's just too many users for the admins of this 'labor of love' to handle. In a blog post entitled "Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures," they say: "We really want The Old Reader to...

Amazon scrapes bottom, sells books cheaply to public, talks to Democrats
July 29, 2013 | 5:02 pm

AmazonJust when you thought they could sink no lower, Amazon has added fresh offenses to their litany of crimes. So you'd conclude, at any rate, from the scrupulously impartial, limpidly objective coverage of their head-to-head discounting battle with Overstock in The Bookseller and Shelf-Awareness. Indeed, if you believe the latter, all that's keeping those unscrupulous bad hats out of the courts is their overly chummy dealings with the Democrats. Yes, fresh from being pilloried for not discounting enough, Amazon is discounting too much again. Of course, Overstock didn't exactly help the situation by calling Amazon out, specifically advertising its limited-period discount run...

Is there more to the college textbook ‘bubble’ than meets the eye?
July 18, 2013 | 3:12 pm

textbooksOver at The Digital Reader, founding editor Nate Hoffelder posted some comments on a report from something called "The Book Industry Study Group," which shows an increase in "piracy" among college students. It isn't clear from the limited info Nate posted just how large the sample group was, how they were polled, or what other questions were asked of them. But I do have some experience in the different possibilities for what might be going on here, and it is far from a straight line between "textbook sales are declining" and "piracy is on the rise." I do agree with Nate that pricing...

Post-Apocalyptic Reading: A short story from the end of the world
December 10, 2012 | 10:00 am

With the End of the World coming up on the 21st of December and all, we need to consider our reading options carefully. (Here’s a tip: don’t start the Wheel of Time series.) Nate Hoffelder has a piece on Digital Reading in a Post-Apocalyptic World over at the Other Place that got me thinking ... Maw was kinda upset the day the Apocalypse came. I remember her yellin’ at Paw: "Bruce! You’re a CPA! What the hell use are YOU gonna be?" But Paw, he just took it calm. "Elsie," he said, "I got on to the file-sharin’ sites before the power went down." He held up...

Toys R Us to Launch their own Toddler Tablet named “Tabeo”
September 10, 2012 | 10:52 am

Toys R Us has officially listed the latest Android tablet that has been designed specifically for children. The model is known as the Tabeo, and it brings a 7-inch display along with a slew of aimed-at-children features such as a drop-safe number and child-friendly interface. The tablet will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and will come pre-loaded with more than 50 educational and gaming apps, including Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, and the ever-popular Temple Run. The Tabeo Tablet is currently available for pre-order only, and it's priced at $149.99. The Toys R Us listing is showing an...