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eBook Blog TeleRead Purchased by North American Publishing Company

teleread.jpgThe digital book reporting website TeleRead was purchased by the Gadgetell subsidiary of the North American Publishing Company (NAPCO) today–big news for the world of eBook news.

Editor David Rothman reports that he will be leaving his role as editor and publisher, but his co-editor Paul Biba will take over as editor. In addition, senior writer Chris Meadows will also remain with the blog. NAPCO has been in business since 1958, running 16 magazines in addition to such online enterprises as email newsletters and the Gadgetell tech blog.

Here’s more about the sale, from Rothman: “Our sale to NAPCO happened for several reasons. We needed more resources to survive the remainder of this recession and compete with the growing number of other e-book-related sites. Also, I suffered a heart attack in 2008 and prefer to spend my mornings–when I’m at my freshest–on walking and other cardio-exercise rather than reading RSS feeds.”

UPDATED: Complete press release embedded, after the jump.

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The Bookshelf at Your Fingertips, Literally

The New York Times’s Peter Wayner decides it’s time to devote attention to the rise of e-readers and portable devices that allow commuters to read books when they choose to. Someone like lawyer Paul Biba, who commutes into Manhattan from New Jersey with his trusty portable reader. “Once you get use to having books with you, you get used to reading in places where it never occurred to you. If I’m waiting in line at the supermarket counter, why not read one of my science fiction magazines?” he said. “Believe it or not, I’ll sit down in my chair at home, pull out my phone and read a book.”

Getting Wayner’s attention are cellphones, the Sony Reader as well as software platforms like Manybooks.net and Fictionwise that create programs allowing people to read on their handy portable devices – such as the iPhone. It is only a matter of time before users create tools specifically for the iPhone, said Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, a repository of e-books no longer under copyright protection. “The iPod was only out one week before we had e-book readers running on them, so it will be no surprise if there are multiple sets of programs, readers and formats for the iPhone,” he said.