Review: Epomaker GK68XS Bluetooth mechanical keyboard

Granted that Bluetooth keyboards don’t have any direct connection to ebooks, they are nonetheless an important key to making better use of the tablet that you might have gotten to do various things that include e-reading—such as, for example, going to a picturesque spot to write something that might one day become an ebook.

I’ve reviewed a number of such keyboards for TeleRead, in fact: these models by AmazonBasics and Anker, as well as an Anker keyboard cover for the iPad Mini; Julie reviewed a keyboard by Inateck, also. Which provides me with all the excuse I need to review another, because I think I’ve finally found the nearly perfect Bluetooth tablet keyboard: the Epomaker GK68XS.

I picked it up basically on a whim, when I ran across the Kickstarter funding the project in a Facebook advertisement. The design of the keyboard intrigued me, so I shelled out the cash. Some


Original URL: https://teleread.org/2020/09/15/review-epomaker-gk68xs-bluetooth-mechanical-keyboard/

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The Internet Archive will soon stop honoring robots.txt files

One of the fixtures of the modern web is the robots.txt file—a file intended to notify web-crawling robots what parts of web sites are off-limits to them, so as to avoid reindexing duplicate content or bandwidth-intensive large files. A number of search engines, such as Google, honor robots.txt restrictions, though there’s no technical reason they have to.
Until recently, the Internet Archive has also been honoring the instructions from robots.txt files—but this is just about to change. On the Internet Archive’s announcement blog, Mark Graham explains that robots.txt’s search-indexing functionality is increasingly at odds with the site’s mission to archive the web as it was.
Over time we have observed that the robots.txt files that are geared toward search engine crawlers do not necessarily serve our archival purposes.  Internet Archive’s goal is to create complete “snapshots” of web pages, including the duplicate content and the large versions of files.  We have also seen an upsurge


Original URL: https://teleread.org/2017/04/24/the-internet-archive-will-soon-stop-honoring-robots-txt-files/

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Some Barnes & Noble college stores drop textbooks, too

The New York Times is not usually known for burying the lede, but it seems like it might have done so in this case. After spending most of an article discussing New York college Stony Brook University’s decision to drop textbooks from its campus bookstore in favor of textbooks ordered online via Amazon, it adds at the very end of the article that, oh, by the way, said bookstore is run by Barnes & Noble.
The article does note that “Barnes & Noble College” hasn’t actually called itself a “bookstore” for several years, and that 98% of B&NC shops do still carry textbooks and course materials, but even so, it’s interesting.

“We firmly believe in the importance of a physical store,” Lisa Malat, the chief marketing officer, said. “Millennials and Gen Z are still very much committed to the physical shopping experience.”
Though perhaps not only for books: In recent years, Barnes & Noble


Original URL: https://teleread.org/2016/09/18/some-barnes-noble-college-stores-drop-textbooks-too/

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TeleRead 2.0: Why change matters

When I first started writing for TeleRead, it was all about ebooks. They were still a new thing. They needed their own platform. Over the years, TeleRead has evolved to cover other kinds of stories, targeting authors, educators and other tech users with a mix of news and how-tos.
This past year, our esteemed editor David Rothman has called for a return to the ‘ebooks only’ focus, in part to try and improve the site’s SEO and other techie specs. But as a contributor, I’ve really struggled with this change. I’ve found that as people shift their reading format to blogs, RSS feeds, social media and other platforms—and as their device use shifts to tablets, phones and other multi-purpose devices—it’s harder than it used to be to tell what is an ‘ebook story’ and what is not.
When I started writing for TeleRead, there was one place to buy ebooks, and it


Original URL: https://teleread.org/2016/06/24/teleread-2-0-why-change-matters/

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TeleRead.org: A return to our roots

TeleRead.com, the web’s oldest site devoted to general-interest news and views on ebooks and related matters, has just moved back to TeleRead.org.
We hope you’ve rejoined us here. The “we” means Editor Chris Meadows (photo), Associate Editor Paul StJohn Mackintosh, Senior Writer Joanna Cabot, Contributing Writer Susan Lulgjuraj, and me. A former poverty beat reporter in an Ohio steel town, I founded TeleRead two decades ago to advocate well-stocked national digital libraries for all, and today I’m publisher.
In keeping with the .org, we’ll stand up for the commonweal and write on topics dear to us and our long-time community members. We won’t worry so much about pleasing Google and other SEO-related dieties. Hosted at WordPress.com, the new site will cost a fraction of what the .com version did. So no need to chase after ads right now.
TeleRead.com will remain online briefly as a locked-up WordPress site, then as static HTML.
Links to


Original URL: https://teleread.org/2016/06/21/rejoin-us-at-teleread-org-if-you-havent-already/

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