Asus VivoStick puts a desktop in your pocket

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Computers have been getting smaller, but phones and tablets aren’t the only beneficiaries. ASUS has come up with a nifty little computer in the form factor of a stick you can carry in your pocket. It has 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a Bay Trail Atom processor, and two USB ports, making it [...]

Hugo Awards controversy breaks out in self-published e-books

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

I haven’t touched on most of the Hugo and Puppy-related affairs of late. It’s only sort-of on topic for the blog, after all. Also, I think the more that is written about it, the more the flames get fanned, and I’d really like to see them have a chance to die down. (Whether that is actually [...]

Review: Scribd subscription service is fun for the frugal—but beware of the Kobo Syndrome

By Joanna Cabot
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have been enjoying my Kindle Unlimited subscription a lot, but it does have its limitations. Although Indie authors are very well-represented, legacy authors are less so. Besides, these legacy authors can be expensive. In a recent topic immersion, I wishlisted seven books I wanted to read which [...]

Sony’s new Z5 Premium: Do you really need a 4K screen in your pocket?

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

How good a screen do you really need to read e-books? Ars Technica is carrying an Ars Technica UK article reviewing Sony’s newest smartphone handsets, the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium. The 5.5” Premium sports what may be the highest-resolution screen ever put to a smartphone—a fully [...]

Book review: The Monstrous, edited by Ellen Datlow, Tachyon Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

In these dog-days of generic Lovecraftian smorgasbords, a collection entitled The Monstrous could easily evoke jaded expectations of yet more creaking tentacles and stale Yog-Sothothery. Even a name like Ellen Datlow, doyenne of horror/weird anthologists, might not conjure up greater hopes, though [...]

Can Facebook help you sell books? Two authors square off

By David Rothman
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yes, Facebook can help you move books, says first-time novelist Teymour Shahabi in  a Digital Book World post. Not say, counters another writer, Michael Alvear. I myself think this is YMMV, a book-by-book matter. Some books might be Facebook naturals—for example, one by a celebrity close [...]

I, cyborg? E-books and the pacemaker

By David Rothman
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

My father was a cyborg in a small-scale way (if you apply a definition from Dictionary.com: “a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device). And now I just may become one myself. This week my doctor said I might need a pacemaker due to a [...]

Why can’t the media understand the digital divide—especially the Associated Press?

By David Rothman
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just why can’t the news media understand the digital divide? And how about the related literacy issues that technology could help cope with, if top policymakers were better informed? Consider the masterful con job that Amazon performed on reporters by equating Amazon sales figures with how [...]

The EFF, other groups ask US Trade Representative to protect rights in orphan works

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

We’ve written about how international treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership tend to be a way to end-run around the laws and courts of any one nation by having multiple governments agree to things that never see voter approval. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, Authors [...]

UK e-book and paper book bestseller lists differ dramatically

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the UK, Amazon has published a list of its bestselling e-books of the year. That’s not really news—but just how much and in what ways it differs from a similar list of bestselling paper books compiled by Waterstones is. The Telegraph reports that Amazon’s list includes fairly lowbrow [...]

381 accounts banned in Wikipedia paid editing scandal

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve covered paid-editing scandals on Wikipedia before, but a new one has popped up that might be even larger. Motherboard reports that Wikipedia editors banned 381 accounts that were creating articles and “protecting” them against edits in return for money. Wikimedia wrote: Most of these [...]

Getting the most out of your Karma Go hotspot

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Right now, you are one of two types of people. You either have a Karma Go 4G WiFi hotspot and are curious about how to get the most benefit out of it, or you don’t have a Karma Go and wonder why you might want one. I’m writing this guide for both of you. If you have a Karma Go, I’m going to [...]

Books vs. other entertainment: The real numbers for the Lilliputians to worry about

By David Rothman
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest sales statistics are out for the U.S. book industry, and they aren’t pretty—with sales for the first quarter coming in at $2.22 billion, a 6.6 percent drop from the $2.38 billion of the same period for 2014. You can complain all you want about the reliance of the Association of [...]

How Amazon Underground will affect content pricing and business models: More ads in e-books, in time?

By Joe Wikert
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

As interesting as the all-you-can read models from Next Issue, Oyster Books and Scribd are, I believe Amazon has just introduced a new model that’s likely to be much more disruptive in the long run. I’m talking about Amazon Underground, where paid apps go to be free. If you haven’t heard [...]

Harry Potter’s first son enters Hogwarts today

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

Just in case you missed the news, Geeks of Doom reports that on this date in the books, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Potter’s first son, James Severus Potter, begins his first term at Hogwarts. The kid featured in the epilogue of the last book, their second son, Albus Severus Potter, will enter [...]

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