Webcast: Developing Children’s Apps for Authors and Publishers

Join us Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00AM PT / 5:00 PM GMT for a webcast where you’ll how to stay ahead in the rapidly changing market for children’s apps. As more “digital natives” come of age and technology grows more sophisticated, the challenges and opportunities for children’s app developers increase tremendously. An...

First 24 Hour Bookstore Opens in China

Most bookstores in North America and Europe have set business hours. They tend to open at 9 AM and go until 10 PM. Indie bookstores often have the standard 9-5 mentality and this sometimes prevent people who work late from buying books. A bookstore in Beijing China is bucking the standard operating hour trend and...

Small Business Owner Blocks Amazon’s Purchase of Domain Name

Amazon customers in Sweden will have to wait it out to begin buying their discounted goods and books from Amazon.se. The current owner of the domain, a fifty-seven-year-old small businesswoman, won’t sell it, despite reports of repeated attempts from the retail giant to purchase it. The domain, purchased in 1997 by a Stockholm-based advertising agency...

Experts Fears eBooks Hinder Student Reading Comprehension

Photo courtesy of nbclatino.com Renewed concerns about students who use tablets for reading have surfaced as experts now fear the “bells and whistles” approach to enhanced ebooks are actually stunting student comprehension. At last week’s American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, researchers Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar presented their findings from a study...

Wiley buys into executive e-learning with CrossKnowledge acquisition

Education and learning specialist publisher John Wiley & Sons has announced the acquisition of CrossKnowledge, “a learning solutions provider focused on leadership and managerial skills development, for $175 million in cash.”As well as ramping up the publishing consolidation and M&A trend another notch, this development also marks another step in convergence between specialist publishing companies...

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...