Herrick backdates emoticons to 1648?

While attending the WCF Davos Forum in March, I was lucky enough to attend a presentation by Scott E. Fahlman, widely hailed as “father of the first smiley emoticon in 1982.” As it happens, though, there have been other challengers to that claim – the New York Times once ran a story citing an excerpt...

If you write, start planning to attend GenCon Indy this August

When I attended GenCon Indy for TeleRead last year, I interviewed a number of self-publishing authors, game industry execs, and other people with interesting stories to tell. I’ve posted a few of these, but life has been so busy over the last few months that I have had a hard time getting around to doing...

Tablets May Hinder Communication Skill Development in Children

A very interesting piece on the NY Times blog tells us how tablet and smartphone use may hinder the development of communication skills in children. The thing is that there’s no actual study to prove that, but rather guesswork, according to Dr. Gary Small, director of the Longevity Center at the University of California. Dr...

Kindle Direct Publishing Now Offers up-to-date Sales Data

Kindle Direct Publishing is a self-publishing platform that individuals and small presses use to add their eBooks for sale on the Amazon bookstore. When customers purchase an authors books, normally they did not know about it until 24 hours later. Today in a bold move, Amazon has introduced live sales data that will inform authors...

Telephone box libraries in UK unite two obsolete services – or not

Whatever your feelings about the future prospects of print book libraries, there is no doubt that they are anything but the cutting edge of library services. And the same can be said of public telephone call boxes. So it is a tad heartening to see several instances in the UK of people repurposing the iconic...

Did Apple, B&N and Kobo Miss the Boat on Comixology?

Comixology is the largest digital comics distribution platform on iOS, Android and Windows 8. The company has been going strong since 2007 and their technology powers the reading apps from Marvel, DC, Archie, and has every single comic and graphic novel of the Walking Dead. Last week, Amazon announced they acquired Comixology. This did not...

Scientists Can Use Your Hot Body to Generate Electricity for Wearable Devices

A research team from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have found a way to print thermoelectric materials onto flexible, glass fabric. This fabric is actually a miniature generator, capable of harnessing your body’s heat and converting it into usable energy to charge your mobile, wearable devices. Byung Jin Cho, professor of...

Podcast – London Book Fair Review and All Things Amazon

Welcome back to another utterly compelling edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! Today Michael Kozlowski and Jeremy Greenfield talk about all of the major news coming out of the London Book Fair. In addition, we talk about Barnes and Nobles expansion plans for Nook Press, what challenges they face with relying on Windows 8...

Germany sees mixed feelings on Amazon Publishing market entry

The launch of Amazon Publishing in Germany, already covered in TeleRead, has elicited some mixed feedback from German publishers, booksellers, and other book market players. As reported in Stuttgarter Nachrichten, some, like Klett-Cotta editorial CEO Michael Zöllner, “do not see any impact on the German book market,” while others, like Mirjam Berle, spokeswoman of Germany’s...

Secret Nokia Tablet Built Back in 2001, According to Archive Unveiling

Digging back in the archives of Nokia we find that they had some nice projects in early 2000, including a tablet. Back in 2001 there was a secret Nokia slate built, shown below. Finland’s ISTV has managed to score this product and showed it live, during an exclusive interview with Esko Yliruusi. He worked as...

British printers struggle to cope with shift toward digital media

My friend Michael Brotzman pointed out this story to me from the New York Times, about how the printing industry in Britain is coping with the decreased demand for its services. Even as high technology leads to printers that can print bigger runs, faster, more efficiently, and with fewer operators, demand is dwindling and so...

Webcast: Ten Cheap and Easy Way to Promote Your Book

Join us Tuesday, May 13 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00AM PT / 5:00 PM GMT for a webcast where you’ll learn effective, economical methods for promoting your content. The web, social media and a host of new marketing platforms and initiatives are redefining book promotion for authors, publishers and content developers alike. Learning how to select...

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced: The Goldfinch Wins for Fiction

It is shockingly easy to enter a book into the Pulitzer Prizes in Letters competition. The author (in most categories) must be an American citizen, the book must be available for sale in print, it must have first been published that year, and the person submitting the book has to send four copies of the...

PubSmartCon Kicks Off Tomorrow in Charleston

A revolution in writing and publishing conferences will kick off tomorrow in Charleston, South Carolina, one that is working to bridge all aspects of the publishing industries to better enable professionals of every kind. Alongside self-publishing mainstays like Hugh Howey, Nook Press, and Bibliocrunch will be speakers like Stephanie Bowen of Sourcebooks and Tracey Adams...

Norway pursues possible publisher cartel favoring own book chains

After the reports of Amazon entering the Swedish market amid possible restricted competition, now Scandinavian neighbor Norway has reportedly seen a crackdown on anti-competitive practices in the local book trade. According to the Norwegian press reports, the Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet) has raided the offices of the country’s big four publishing houses – Aschehoug, Cappelen,...

Is Social Media a Reliable Source for the News?

First there was Paper.li, an app that allows users to create a digital “newspaper” based on the story links their social media connections share. Then came Facebook’s Paper app, which serves as a curated offering of a user’s shares from contacts. But now, The Guardian is rolling out an actual print newspaper that will contain...