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Weekend Roundup: Cover designs for books that don’t exist, how to write the perfect post, and more
July 7, 2013 | 9:00 am

Weekend RoundupCover designs for books that don't exist (but should) io9 As part of his Masters of Branding study at the School of Visual Arts, Tyler Adam Smith is creating 100 covers for books that should be written, from goofy snarks at popular authors to imagined sequels to beloved books. * * * As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts (NYT) Jim Hollock’s first book, a true-crime tale set in Pennsylvania, got strong reviews and decent sales when it appeared in 2011. Now “Born to Lose” is losing momentum — yet Amazon, to the writer’s intense frustration, has increased the price by nearly a third. * * * Reading, writing may...

UK Author Returns to Her Self-Publishing Roots
June 21, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Polly CourtneyAn interesting article came my way about a UK author who began in self-publishing, got a contract with a legacy publisher, and then returned to self-publishing afterward. Author Polly Courtney has an interesting perspective on the ongoing 'indie vs. traditional' debate we've been having here on TeleRead this week, because she's seen both sides. One of the arguments the pro-traditional people always make is that traditional publishing offers authors the 'advantage' of not having to do the editing, cover art, promotion and so on themselves. Courteney points out that this isn't exactly the case: "When I signed with HarperCollins, I thought 'Great! This...

It’s 2025 and print newspapers have disappeared…
June 17, 2013 | 8:02 pm

newspapersImagine this: It's 2025 and print newspapers have disappeared, except for a few big city tabloids and free give-away shopping papers. So how do you get your news and opinion [N&O] broadsheets now? It's all online, digital, webbed, iPadded, Googled, Nooked. Print newspapers have ceased to exist since 2020. Everyone gets their N&O online now, from the Web-only New York Times to the digital Boston Globe. Even the Boulder Daily Camera is a camera to the online world now. Goodbye, paper. Sayonara newsprint. TeleRead? Still here and appearing daily. By 2025, print is finally dead. Digital reigns supreme. Any holdouts? A few. Inconsequential. Screens have taken...

TED Talks: How Books Can Open Your Mind (Video)
June 1, 2013 | 11:30 am

TED TalksFor anyone who hasn't yet had a chance to watch the video of Lisa Bu's beautiful TED Talks lecture about the power of books, and the life-altering affect they had on her own life, give yourself the gift of clicking on the video below; it's just six minutes and 17 seconds long. I don't know if any of you will feel the same way, but the next time I happen to find myself stuck in a reading rut, I plan to sit back and give this video another close look. (Lisa Bu, by the way, is TED's content distribution manager. Her...

[Video] First Look at the Hisense Sero 7 Pro Tablet
May 28, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Ever since Google released the Nexus 7, it has been a challenge for other companies to release low-priced tablets with similar specs. One of the latest competitors to enter the fray is Hisense. Perhaps best known for televisions, Hisense just released a couple Android tablets available exclusively at Walmart. The Sero 7 Pro and the Sero 7 LT cost $149 and $99 respectively. The Sero 7 Pro has specs that are on par with the Nexus 7, but it even manages to offer features Google’s tablet doesn’t have. Here is a rundown of the Sero 7 Pro’s specs: • Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean • 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor • 1GB...

The Longest Word in the English Language Takes 3.5 Hours to Pronounce
May 10, 2013 | 2:47 pm

Longest Word in the English LanguageYes, this is a few months old, but nevertheless, a kindly tip o' the hat goes out to GadgeTell editor Matthew Marchesano, who just alerted me to the bizarre YouTube video we've embedded for you below. The video features Dmitry Golubovskiy (the CEO of Esquire Russia, interestingly enough) reciting the chemical name of Titin. Apparently, it's either the longest word in the English language or the longest world in any language; it's made up of a mind-bending 189,819 letters and takes 213 minutes to pronounce. As some YouTube commenters have pointed out, Golubovskiy begins the 3.5-hour-long video with a respectably clean-shaven look; by the video's end,...

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...

A Commercial Message from the First ‘Honest’ Cable Company (NSFW Video)
March 29, 2013 | 3:35 pm

It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all dealt with our fair share of ridiculousness, bestowed complimentary-style from our local Internet service providers. Hidden fees, promotions that are too good to be true, bad or weak Internet connections, frustrating customer service reps, forced up-selling, etc., etc., and the list goes on… A comedy troupe that makes short YouTube videos and refers to itself as Extremely Decent Films published the following video earlier in the week. Although it’s an obvious exaggeration of the truth, at the same time it really isn’t. What’s alarming, in fact, is just how much of the content in this video is real...

Morning Links — Meet the Pyrus Mini
March 2, 2013 | 9:46 am

morning links Pyrus MiniPyrus Mini eBook reader Review (The E-Book Reader) Publisher Pulls Jonah Lehrer's "How We Decide" From Stores (The Daily Beast) Unglue.it and Open Book Publishers Announce New Crowdfunding Campaign (Info Docket) As tablets boom, e-readers feel the blast (CNN) PressBooks Goes Open Source To Let Authors Create Book Sites In Seconds (TechCrunch) Kindle Daily Deals: Deck Z: The Titanic by Chris Pauls ...

Want a pair of Google Glass specs? Here’s how to get ‘em…
February 20, 2013 | 11:08 am

So we’re all hip to Google’s latest consumer mega-project, Glass, right? The company that's synonymous with ‘looking things up on the Web’ hasn’t released much information on its Glass project lately—not since they opened pre-orders to developers and media at their 2012 I/O event. A New York City resident who describes himself as a "wearable computing and augmented reality enthusiast" spotted Google co-founder Sergey Brin rocking a test pair on a NYC subway earlier in the year; supposedly another hundred or so pairs were out there being tested at the time. In the meantime, Google has given us plebeians a little Google Glass taster in...

Amazon Kindle Fire HD One-Ups iPad Retina Screen in New Ad (Video)
February 6, 2013 | 12:26 pm

Amazon Kindle Fire HD“You may not be able to tell the difference,” says the advertisement’s narrator, as both the iPad and the Kindle Fire HD sit side-by-side displaying the same images. “But your wallet definitely can.” Amazon’s new 30-second ad draws the comparison in screen resolution between the iPad and the (new, larger) Fire HD 8.9-inch screen. Visually, the Fire looks awesome. Actually, both tablet screens do. I feel that strictly based on just screen clarity, sure, either would be a sufficient choice for new tablet owners. But the Kindle Fire HD's $299 price tag sure does appear as the ‘nice price’ alongside Apple’s $499...

CNET video briefly compares tablets, Kindle as holiday gifts
November 22, 2011 | 11:37 pm

CNET has a 3-minute video that bills itself as a “Buyer’s Guide” for tablets and e-readers, though it primarily focuses on tablets, and mostly the more expensive tablets—the iPad, the Galaxy S, and Sony’s Android tablet (which I hadn’t heard of before). It paints this trio of $499 tablets as the main attraction for buyers this holiday season, then spends a little time discussing the Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire as alternatives. In the video, CNET’s Donald Bell refers to the Kindle Fire as a “good enough product”—essentially a device that will work well as an e-reader and...