Managing The Holidays With Your iPhone or iPad

I have a new article up at the Peachpit Website: I eagerly look forward to the holidays every year, but increasingly I rely on my iPad and iPhone to help deal with holiday tasks in ways that free me to enjoy time with friends and family. In my case, the holidays include cooking and entertaining…

John Gruber on the new iPad Mini with Retina Screen

John Gruber writes: After three days of extensive use of the Mini (a review unit on loan from Apple), it works and feels exactly like the iPad Air. Everything about it is of equivalent or identical quality: the display, the cameras (front and back), the performance, the battery life. This is the iPad I’ve been…

VDM or Verlag Dr. Mueller Has a New Tactic

I’ve written about VDM (Verlag Dr. Mueller), an exploitive academic/scholarly mill before. Writer Beware writer advocate and writer Victoria Strauss notes that VDM has a new wrinkle: . . . a company called Bloggingbooks that wants to publish your blog in book form Read Writer Beware’s warning about Bloggingbooks. Run away; you can do this…

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Exporting Your Books and Data From Goodreads

I like social networking sites for bibliophiles. I’ve tried most of them. The recent idiocies surrounding Goodreads has had me re-thinking my participation for quite a while. The latest Goodreads faux pas has Goodreads deleting reviews and user’s shelves based on arbitrary criteria about shelf labels referring to authors. There’s a certain irony in that…