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Why can’t the media understand the digital divide—especially the Associated Press?

By David Rothman
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just why can’t the news media understand the digital divide? And how about the related literacy issues that technology could help cope with, if top policymakers were better informed? Consider the masterful con job that Amazon performed on reporters by equating Amazon sales figures with how [...]

The EFF, other groups ask US Trade Representative to protect rights in orphan works

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

We’ve written about how international treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership tend to be a way to end-run around the laws and courts of any one nation by having multiple governments agree to things that never see voter approval. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, Authors [...]

UK e-book and paper book bestseller lists differ dramatically

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the UK, Amazon has published a list of its bestselling e-books of the year. That’s not really news—but just how much and in what ways it differs from a similar list of bestselling paper books compiled by Waterstones is. The Telegraph reports that Amazon’s list includes fairly lowbrow [...]

381 accounts banned in Wikipedia paid editing scandal

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve covered paid-editing scandals on Wikipedia before, but a new one has popped up that might be even larger. Motherboard reports that Wikipedia editors banned 381 accounts that were creating articles and “protecting” them against edits in return for money. Wikimedia wrote: Most of these [...]

Getting the most out of your Karma Go hotspot

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Right now, you are one of two types of people. You either have a Karma Go 4G WiFi hotspot and are curious about how to get the most benefit out of it, or you don’t have a Karma Go and wonder why you might want one. I’m writing this guide for both of you. If you have a Karma Go, I’m going to [...]

Books vs. other entertainment: The real numbers for the Lilliputians to worry about

By David Rothman
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest sales statistics are out for the U.S. book industry, and they aren’t pretty—with sales for the first quarter coming in at $2.22 billion, a 6.6 percent drop from the $2.38 billion of the same period for 2014. You can complain all you want about the reliance of the Association of [...]

How Amazon Underground will affect content pricing and business models: More ads in e-books, in time?

By Joe Wikert
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

As interesting as the all-you-can read models from Next Issue, Oyster Books and Scribd are, I believe Amazon has just introduced a new model that’s likely to be much more disruptive in the long run. I’m talking about Amazon Underground, where paid apps go to be free. If you haven’t heard [...]

Harry Potter’s first son enters Hogwarts today

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

Just in case you missed the news, Geeks of Doom reports that on this date in the books, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Potter’s first son, James Severus Potter, begins his first term at Hogwarts. The kid featured in the epilogue of the last book, their second son, Albus Severus Potter, will enter [...]

Terry Pratchett traduced, or: Dissing Alzheimer’s victims doesn’t give you intellectual cred

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2015 // 4 Comments

England is a land of snobs. Intellectual snobs, cultural snobs, or plain old social snobs: the place is riddled with them. So it’s a pity but perhaps not a surprise that when a truly popular literary figure appears, one well loved across the social and intellectual divides, the snobs [...]

Experienced project runner Marian Call offers sound Kickstarter advice

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

A remarkable number of projects, including book and e-book projects, are financed via Kickstarter these days. It’s one of the most amazing new tools at any publisher’s disposal. But as with any powerful tool, it can be easy to misuse. Singer-songwriter Marian Call, an experienced Kickstarter [...]

Kids, privacy and the K-12 tech debate

By Joanna Cabot
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Can K-12 students actually get too much tech? Several parents I know are on the “too much” side, and it’s a fitting topic, as the new school year approaches—especially since some of the most famous names in Silicon Valley have sent their grade schoolers to a low-tech school. But that [...]

The ‘Audience Information Sheet’ and publishers’ new consumer focus

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

On the Idea Logical blog, Mike Shatzkin discusses a new marketing idea for books his company has originated, and why it was necessary. In the old days, he explains, books were sold strictly business-to-business, publisher to distributor to bookstore, and so reviewers and bookstore buyers needed a [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival finishes 2015 on a high

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has finished its 2015 run on what it declares is “the most successful year in our history,” with “over 800 authors from 55 countries taking part in almost 800 events,” and “around 225,000 visits this August,” as well as a [...]

The Last Unicorn, other Peter S. Beagle novels to hit Kindle October 1

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

I just got off the phone with Connor Cochran, Peter S. Beagle’s publisher, who let me know some news that Beagle’s fans have been awaiting for quite some time. On October 1, 2015, a number of new Kindle e-book editions of Peter S. Beagle novels, including The Last Unicorn, will go live on [...]

Survival kit includes mobile phone battery, smartphone app

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

How reliant are we on mobile devices? It sounds like the punchline to a joke, but smartphones are so much a part of our lives now that this survival kit design from Box Clever includes not just the usual bandages, multi-tool, and lighter, but also an external battery to charge your phone. [...]

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