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Google Play Books is Now Renting Novels Published by Open Road Media

A reader just tipped me to a new section in Play Books that contains around 200 ebooks you can rent…

Google is Beta-Testing Custom Shelves, Search Features

Do you like trying the newest features before anyone else? I prefer tools that work, but for those who are…

Google Play Books Ends Discounting in Canada, Australia, and USA – Now Pays a 70% Royalty

Remember a couple months back when I reported that Google was insisting that authors sign up for an account with…

How to Stop Websites From Harassing You About Notifications and Location Tracking

Update: It's July 2019, and I am suddenly seeing a rash of websites asking to send me notifications, so I…

How to Erase Your Google History (Yes, All of it)

Like Facebook, Google makes most of its money from selling ads, and like FB one way Google tries to make…

Microsoft eBook Refunds Are Coming in July

When Microsoft announced in April that it was shutting down yet another ebookstore, they told customers that we'd be getting…

ClearInk SID Display Week 2019 (video)

Charbax caught up with ClearInk at SID Display Week last month. The company reps talked a very good game in…

Google Play Books is Cutting Out the Middleman, Now Wants a Direct Relationship with Authors and Publishers

Many authors and publishers use a company such as PublishDrive or Draft2Digital to handle their distribution to smaller ebook retailers.…

JK Rowling Facebook Fan Page Stolen – From Facebook

Facebok has long had an issue with hackers stealing control of pages. This problem has been cropping up every year…

Fourteen Amazing Google Docs Hacks to Make Writing Your Next Novel Easier

Google Docs is a popular word-processing tool that lets you access your documents and files from any internet-connected device. I…

How To Write A Book In Google Docs (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fbVls1CTw0 The above video is the work of Stefanie Newell. It came across my desk courtesy of The Book Designer's…

How to Stop Amazon From Sharing What You Say to Alexa with Contractors

Millions of people have smart speakers like the Echo. They are great tools that let you schedule tasks, play audiobooks,…

Six Default Amazon Security Settings You Can Change for More Privacy

So as you may know, my mother is on my Amazon account. (There is a point to this anecdote, trust…

Google Play Books 5.1.9 Adds Audiobook Download Quality Settings, Custom Skip Duration Settings

When Google started selling audiobooks last January, the Play Books Android app made the experience so frustrating that only masochists…

The Internet Archive Recovers 490,000 Music Files “Lost” by MySpace

It's not fair to expect a platform to host content for free forever (cough Flickr cough) but when MySpace deleted…