Archive十二月 2018

Morning Coffee – 10 December 2018

Morning Coffee - 10 December 2018 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

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What’s the Best Option for Rescuing Your Content From Tumblr?

What's the Best Option for Rescuing Your Content From Tumblr? Web Publishing

Tumblr’s announcement this week that all adult content will be deleted on 17 December has many users running for the exits, and that really should include you (even if you have a clean blog on Tumblr). While the intent was to ban NSFW content, the scary thing about Tumblr’s decision is that they are using bots to censor content, and the bots have already proven to be completely (nay, hilariously) inept at identifying adult content.

Many innocent users are going to be burned by the new policy, and it would be a good idea to anticipate the problems Tumblr is going to cause. That’s what I am going to do with my blog on Tumblr.

Earlier this evening I rediscovered an old forgotten humor blog I had on Tumblr. It’s not great literature, but I am rather fond of some of the jokes I posted, and I’d prefer not to lose them.

And so I decided to investigate my options for saving my posts from Tumblr’s inept bots. Here’s what I have learned.

Broadly speaking, I have two options. I can download an archive of my content, or I can automatically transfer the content to a WordPress blog (there are other perfectly good platforms, but I deal in WP so that is my main focus).

I can set up a new WP site and move the content there, or I can add the content as posts on an existing WP blog, or I can set up a second blog on an existing WP site and move the posts there, but generally speaking the process for moving Tumblr posts to WordPress works the same way for all three choices.

The process of moving Tumblr posts to WordPress involves using one of the WordPress import features to automatically transfer the content from the Tumblr site to the WordPress site. You have two options, one that is built to work with Tumblr and another that will work with just about any RSS feed.

They work equally well, but I don’t think you should choose either option.

The thing is, last night I tried automatically moving a few of my Tumblr posts to my humor blog, The Oyster Pail, I did get the content moved successfully, but the resulting posts just look unacceptably ugly. The automated settings turned posts with big, bold images into anemic pathetic posts.

Just to give you a better idea what I mean, here’s a before and after example.

I am going to have to go in and fix each post one at a time, and that kinda defeats the goal of automatically moving it. I wanted to save time, and the automatic process can’t do that.

So since I have to spend time on this, clearly the best option is to download an archive of my content so I can repost the content at my leisure. This archive (if I ever manage to download it) is supposed to arrive in a ZIP file with html pages and images. If and when I get it I can either set this up as its own static site, or I can browse the posts one page at a time using a web browser, and then repost each post one at a time.

I don’t have that archive yet (and I’ve been waiting almost a day) but I do think this is the best option. It’s the one I will be recommending to all my clients.

If you need more info, Tumblr has instructions on how to export a blog from their service.


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Onyx Boox Euclid Runs Android 60, Has a 9.7″ Screen, Costs $397

Onyx Boox Euclid Runs Android 60, Has a 9.7" Screen, Costs $397 e-Reading Hardware Onyx has a new ereader, and this time they are going retro.

The Onyx Boox Euclid runs a current version of Android on a reasonably powerful CPU, but it also has an older  9.7″ screen.

That screen has a capacitive touchscreen and frontlight, but that doesn’t change the fact the resolution is 1200 x 825 (the same as on the Kindle  DX). It also has a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU with 1GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.

Weighing in at 410 grams, the Euclid has a 3Ah battery. It also has Wifi and Bluetooth.

You can buy the Euclid on Amazon for $397.

Four hundred dollars is a lot to spend on an ereader with an older screen. Still, the new version of Android might make it worthwhile. What do you think?

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Morning Coffee – 7 December 2018

Morning Coffee - 7 December 2018 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this Friday morning.

  • Amy Collins “laments” the end of the era where she could spam book reviewers with requests to review her newest book. 
  • Major media companies are whiny over the EU’s new Article 13 copyright rules because they think it doesn’t go far enough – it actually gives some protection to ISP! 
  • It should come as no surprise that grammar nazis are often jerks
  • The UK book publishing industry is once again calling for the end of high VAT on ebooks
  • Amazon tops this list of potential subjects of antitrust investigations, 

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Kindle Android App Now Lets You Store eBooks on Your SD Card

Kindle Android App Now Lets You Store eBooks on Your SD Card e-Reading Software Kindle Amazon just released a new update for the Kindle Android app in Google Play today. There’s no new feature listed in the “What’s New” section, but it does show this teaser notice:

What’s new

In the coming weeks, you will see the following:

* Download books to your SD card to save storage space on your device. Go to Settings to get started.

What this means is that we will finally be able to store our Kindle ebooks on an Android device’s external storage (SD card, microSD card, etc).

Just to double check, I checked my phone, and the updated app does include a setting in the Kindle app which gives it permission to access the phone’s storage (see screenshot at right). I clicked yes, and the app asked if it could move all 8 or so of my current Kindle ebooks to my phone’s microSD card.

This is going to be very useful for anyone who reads a lot of comics or textbooks in their Kindle app; in fact, I have to wonder why it took so long for Amazon to offer such a basic feature. I would have loved to have it on my old phone, which had so little storage to spare after bloated app updates that I desperately needed to store files on the microSD card.

Why is it the most useful features always arrive several months too late?

Thanks, Randy!

Google Play via Android Police

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Here’s What You Can Do with That Old Blog After Launching a New Website

Here's What You Can Do with That Old Blog After Launching a New Website Web Publishing

If you write online for years on end there will come a point where you will end up with multiple old blogs and abandoned writing projects residing on various platforms across the web.

While most writers take Mike Cane’s approach of letting the old blog(s) lie fallow after the writer put down the keyboard and walked away, did you know you have another option?

One question I have been getting more and more from authors is how to move their old blog to their new site without mixing the old and new posts. Sometimes the author had switched genres or audiences, or perhaps they had decided they wanted to adopt a different blogging style but didn’t want to throw away all they had written before.

It used to be that you had to set up separate sites so you could keep the old and new content separate (see Rocket Bomber and its archive for an example), but lately what I have been doing is using the “Custom Post Type” feature of WordPress to set up a second (or third, or fourth) blog on a WordPress site just to act as an archive for an old blog.

I’ve used this trick three times in the past year to give a client’s site a second blog. In one case it was an archive for old blog posts, and in the other two cases my clients just wanted two separate blogs on one site. (BTW, I will soon be using this trick on The Digital Reader so I can continue to write posts like this one and yet keep them out of the main blog. TDR is a news blog, and the post you’re reading right now – while very interesting – doesn’t quite fit.)

The cool thing about this second blog idea is that you still get to use things like categories, tags, and featured images on the extra blog(s) – it even has its own RSS feed which readers can follow. But best of all, a second blog is relatively easy to set up. (Now, if you want to move posts from a whole other site, for example a Blogger or Tumblr blog, it is going to be a little more difficult to put them on the second blog on a WordPress site. But it can be done.)

To set up the second blog, I use a plugin called Custom Post Type UI to create the second blog (CPT UI does a lot more than just make a second blog, but that is the topic of another post). All I have to do is fill in certain key technical details, and click the blue button, and most of the work is taken care of for me.

Now, this plugin doesn’t work with all WP themes, but generally I have found that it is a quick and easy way to create a second blog.

How would you like to use two blogs on your site?

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Sony to Discontinue Its Marlin DRM (?)

Sony to Discontinue Its Marlin DRM (?) DRM

There’s an as yet unconfirmed rumor going around that Sony “has chosen to discontinue the commercialization” of its Marlin ebook DRM.  Supported by Sony DADC, this DRM was an ideal solution for any provider that needed a secure system more than it needed compatibility with other platforms (an internal corporate library, for example).

And according to Actualitte, Sony is giving up on this DRM.

At this time, Sony DADC, which we were unable to reach, has chosen to discontinue the commercialization of its DRM. For now, it is unclear whether the choice is final, or whether other operators will take up the torch. Indeed, some had expressed the wish, but since Frankfurt no news of the project.

The lack of activation of licenses would justify, according to our information, the discontinuation of marketing. In Italy and the United States there has been some interest, but not enough to make this somewhat agnostic approach stand out.

As of yet I am unable to confirm this rumor. While I have not been able to reach Sony to get a statement, I did ask Bluefire, one of the ebook tech companies that license the Marlin DRM. They were not aware of any change in its status.

I can’t see that very many companies have licensed it, though; the last was eBooks2Go, in May 2018, and before that there was ArtaTech, which added the Marlin DRM to its ereaders, and Datalogics, which integrated Marlin DRM into its Active Textbook ebook offerings in 2016.

There is in fact so little adoption that Sony DADC may indeed be giving up on the DRM, but there’s no way to confirm that detail at this time.

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Will you Nominate me for the Writer’s Digest Best Websites for Writers List?

Will you Nominate me for the Writer's Digest Best Websites for Writers List? blog maintenance

Every year Writer’s Digest compiles a list of the top 101 best websites for authors.  This is an authoritative list of all the best “writing communities, publishing resources, agent advice, writing craft gurus, games for word nerds, genre fiction resources” sites online where authors can use to advance their career and improve their craft.

I didn’t use to care about this kind of list (it’s usually not published online, and I’ve never even paid attention to it). But now that I have decided to start giving a damn again about the blog, I realize that I need to raise my profile by getting on lists like this one.

And so I have a favor to ask of you.

Writer’s Digest is taking nominations for this year’s list, and I would be really grateful if you would help support the blog by nominating it for the list.

The Digital Reader is the leading news blog for indie authors, so much so that there have been times that other sites could have started their weekly roundup posts with “here’s what Nate reported this week”. Not only do I regularly break news like the Bowker and Createspace hacks, I also provide a unique commentary on the industry that cannot be found elsewhere.

I should be on this list, and I need your help to get there.

Can you please go over Writer’s Digest and nominate me?

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