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Craig Morgan Teicher

Craig Morgan Teicher Signing Off


It is with a heavy heart that I sign off today as editor of MediaBistro’s eBookNewser. It’s been an amazing six months since we started the blog, and I’m honored to have been on this beat during such a time of change in the digital publishing world. Covering the leadup to and launch of the iPad was nothing short of a thrill, as was following the first months of the Nook, Amazon‘s reluctant embrace of the Agency Model, and the continued unfolding of the Google settlement.

I’ve been hired by PW XYZ, the company that bought Publishers Weekly. Starting in June, I’ll be PW’s new Senior Web Editor. For most of the summer, I’ll be focused on getting PW’s new Web site running smoothly, and I’ll resume writing for PW in August, when I look forward to an active dialogue with GalleyCat and eBookNewser.

I want to send a big thank you to everyone who’s been following and commenting on eBookNewser on the blog itself and on Twitter. It’s been wonderful to join this passionate community of eReaders, and I look forward to continuing to contribute in my new capacity at Publishers Weekly.

I hope you’ll keep reading GalleyCat and eBookNewser, where you’ll continue to find up-to-the-minute coverage of publishing and eBooks. eBookNewser Managing Editor Jason Boog, and whoever succeeds me as editor, will do a wonderful job of keeping you informed. More exciting things are on the way in eBook-land, and you’ll be able to read about them here.

Thanks for reading,
Craig Morgan Teicher

Free eBook(s) of the Day: Barnes & Noble’s Summer eBook Giveaway


For this editor’s last official free eBook of the day, here’s a way to get five free eBooks, though you’ve got to be patient. Barnes & Noble is running a promotion by which it will give customers a free eBook by a bestselling author each week for the next five weeks.

All you’ve got to do is own a Nook or download a free Barnes & Noble eReader app for your mobile device. Then you bring your Nook or iPad or whatever with you to a B&N store, show it off to an employee, and you’ll get a voucher for a free eBook. This week’s title is Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

You don’t much–or any–choice in terms of what eBook you get, but this is a clever ploy on B&N’s part to get customers to not only read eBooks but to visit the store, too. Smart. Very smart.

City Lights Books Says Smash Your Kindle


This is the current City Lights Books catalog. As you can see, it depicts a kind of Kindle graveyard. “Smash your Kindle,” City Lights seems to say, “we publish books in print.”

Is City Lights, the maverick publishing house founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the 1950s, against eBooks? So it appears. Or at least they’re holding out a while longer. Though who wouldn’t love to get a copy of Howl on their Kindle?

City Lights publishes many wonderful books, nonetheless, even if you do have to read them on paper.

iPad Already Out of Stock in UK


Apple won’t start shipping iPads to UK customers until May 28th, but, the company is already out of stock due to a high volume of pre-orders, reports The Guardian.

US iPad owners will recognize this song: according to The Guardian, “eager iPad owners visiting [Apple's] website over the weekend were being warned that if they ordered an iPad now it would ship ‘by June 7th’.” Here’s the link to Apple’s magical UK iPad ordering page.

Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad in the UK on May 10, and some lucky, trigger- (or mouse-click) happy few will have theirs on May 28th. The rest will have to wait until early June to read their Faber & Faber titles on iBooks.

Book Trailer Award Finalists Announced


With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Melville House announced the finalists for its Moby Awards for book trailers. 25 trailers have been nominated in five categories, all of them listed below. The winner will be announced next Thursday night, May 20th, 7pm, at the Moby Awards ceremony. Click here for more info.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Low Budget/Indie Book Trailer:

A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell
The Electric Church in One Minute by Jeff Somers
Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew Ervin
I am in the Air Right Now by Kathryn Regina
I Lego New York by Chistoph Niemann

Best Big Budget/Big House Book Trailer:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Blameless by Gail Carriger
Going West by Maurice Gee
High Before Homeroom by Maya Sloan
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

Best Performance by in Author:

Gordon Lish in Collected Fictions
Dennis Cass in Head Case
Thomas Pynchon (voice of) in Inherent Vice
Daniel Handler in Kindle vs. iPad #10
Jeffrey Rotter in The Known Unknowns

Best Cameo in a Book Trailer:

Jon Stewart in I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil…
Jonathan Safran Foer’s Grandmother in Eating Animals
He is Legend’s Schyler Croom in High Before Homeroom
Deepak Chopra in The Karma Club
Zach Galifinakis in Lowboy

Least Likely Trailer to Sell the Book

Pocket Guide to Mischief by Bart King
Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden by Cameron Pierce
Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin
Sounds of Murder by Patricia Rockwell
True Confections by Katharine Weber

Kindle Firmware 2.5 May Be Downloading to Your Kindle Right Now


In a post on Amazon’s Kindle discussion boards, a Kindle user named S. Foster recounted some compelling details from a conversation had with an Amazon tech. Foster found out that the update has already been rolled out to 20,000 customers in order to reduce strain on the server and troubleshoot. Whatever problems Amazon found have been fixed, and now Amazon is beginning to send it to more customers.

But, here’s the most interesting bit:

The update can take 2-4 days to download to your Kindles!

I suspected this might happen, as a 10mb binary file is hard to compress (unlike books, which compress pretty nicely). So in order to keep the strain off the wireless networks, the update comes to our Kindles in smaller chunks. (I found this out because he had to take a look at my Kindle’s activity log, and he noted that mine was in the process of downloading the update – I won’t have the whole thing until sometime Saturday. Ah well…).

So, the Kindle update may be making its way to you even now, though there’s now way to tell unless you happen to be an Amazon tech, in which case you probably already have the update and aren’t reading this post.

Kobo: The Open eReader App


The New York Times gives Kobo a bit boost in a story published earlier this week about various eReader apps and platforms. Basically, Bob Tedeschi of the NYT compares various platforms–iBooks, Kindle, B&N–and then notes a distinct advantage of Kobo that hasn’t been much discussed.

Here’s more from the article: “The company’s [Kobo's] chief executive, Michael Serbinis, said that on the Kobo app, you could buy a book, keep it forever and read it on any other device you choose, excluding Amazon’s. (A Barnes & Noble executive vice president, Jamie Iannone, said its books could be read on other apps too, like Kobo, as long as they used similar technology, but it had not tested that.)”

This hardly promises that Kobo will be the eReader to last forever, but with the upcoming launch of its cheap eReader device, this could be a good time for the company formerly known as Shortcovers.

Finally, A Golden iPad!


What could be better than our old friend the diamond iPad? The Golden iPad, of course! This little beauty, pictured above via Mashable, costs an impressive $189,125 (£129,995 from the UK based company that makes it, Stuart Hughes), but not only do you get the bling, but you also get the 64 gig WiFi + 3G iPad (though whether or not the WiFi can pick up a signal through all that heavy metal is another question.

Father’s day is coming up…

Will the iPad Go Mass Market?


TechCrunch Europe cites a UK report that says iPad won’t be going mass market any time soon. According to the report, people can’t figure out where the device will fit into their lives, and its functions seem too “use-case specific.” Is reading “use-case specific”?

Here’s an interesting tidbit: “Part of the problem, the report notes, is that the amount of hype that the iPad garnered before and at launch doesn’t match up with expectations. Mainstream users were expecting a revolution when all they see is incremental change.”

What do you think about that? If you don’t own one, presumably many of you have had the chance to get your hands on an iPad by now. Does it indeed disappoint?