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British Library responds under Freedom of Information Act on questions about digitization and collections

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Following rumors of reduced access to the British Library’s printed books collections in the course of its digitization program (including archiving or even destruction of some physical copies), I sent in questions to the British Library’s information service. They replied under the UK [...]

Digital age puts Chinese 'characters' in a bind

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 8 Comments

Long ago, in ancient China, the feet of some women from wealthy or ruling families were bound, and the resulting “bound feet” were not a pretty picture. Now, the digital age of computers and microblogging is placing a bind on the ability of younger Chinese people to write their Chinese [...]

Eyeball-licking trend in Japan debunked by sharp-eyed reporter

By libertyc
August 31, 2013 // 4 Comments

When the Guardian posted a “news article” earlier this year headlined “Eyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sick,” all hell broke loose. That’s because the “story” was a hoax, and the Guardian, along with a number of news-gathering [...]

Publishing Technology cracks China's e-journal market with CNPIEC — or not?

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

UK content solutions provider Publishing Technology has partnered with the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) to launch the CNP eReading Platform at the Beijing International Book Fair this week. This new digital hub claims to offer “over 200,000 [...]

Smashwords Opens Distribution to India

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Smashword’s distribution network is growing. The company announced it reached a deal with Flipkart.com, the largest online marketplace and bookseller in India. Titles will be on the site within the next three to four weeks, Smashwords stated on its blog. “Flipkart is commonly referred to as the [...]

Amazon expands Kindle Store and KDP to Mexico

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon has expanded its Kindle Store into Mexico, the company announced Thursday. More than two million books will be initially offered in the new Kindle Store, including more than 1,500 free e-books and best-selling Spanish-language books. There should be more books popping into the Mexico Kindle [...]

Trader Joe's vs. Pirate Joe's

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 4 Comments

Techdirt is one of many who have been covering the curious tale of Pirate Joe—aka Michael Hallatt, a Vancouver entrepreneur who has set up a store in which he sells, at a markup, products he purchases at the Trader Joe’s chain on the American side of the border. Hallatt claims he is doing [...]

London Bookstore Sets 'Cli-Fi' Table For Climate Books

By libertyc
August 26, 2013 // 6 Comments

During the sweltering British summer of 2013, Foyles bookstore in London did something that was a long time coming: It set up a dedicated ”cli-fi” table with a simple yet eye-catching sign promoting fiction and non-fiction books with climate themes. Among the books seen on the table in [...]

The State of Scottish Publishing: Feedback from the Edinburgh Festival

By libertyc
August 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

At the inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards in this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP, praised “Scotland’s fantastic publishing industry.” But is it so fantastic? With [...]

First Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards honor best of 2013

By libertyc
August 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Announced close to the end of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the first ever Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards have recognized “the company who has the most exciting, progressive and developmental story to tell over the previous year of their activity,” [...]

Is The Main Street Trading Company Scotland’s best bookshop?

By libertyc
August 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Deep in the heart of Walter Scott country, between his own-built architectural fantasy at Abbotsford House, his favorite vantage point at Scott’s View, and his last resting place at Dryburgh Abbey, I chanced across The Main Street Trading Company—voted Independent Bookseller of the Year 2012 [...]

Minnie Driver joins campaign against Lincolnshire libraries closure

By libertyc
August 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Public opposition to a plan by the county council of Lincolnshire in eastern England to close or outsource to volunteers 32 of the county’s 47 libraries has been building, in the shape of a petition campaign that has so far garnered over 20,000 signatures, as well as support from singer and [...]

In Taipei or Beijing, a book launch is often a "sa ching" affair

By libertyc
August 23, 2013 // 5 Comments

With more and more Western publishers (and writers) looking forward to doing business in China and Taiwan, a special Chinese-language term, “sa ching,” might be useful for folks in New York and London to know. Of course, in the West, we speak of a “wrap party” for movies [...]

Edinburgh's mystery bird sculptor: Is this where she works?

By libertyc
August 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

The work—and identity—of Edinburgh’s mystery bird sculptor has been a recurrent theme throughout the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Speculation continues to revolve about who she might be and what inspired her to produce her captivating series of works. Now here’s one [...]

Edinburgh guides you round its bookshops — if you're on iOS

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

To help mark its status as the first UNESCO City of Literature during the International Book Festival, Edinburgh has put up an interactive Flash map of 53 of the city’s bookshops and released a free Edinburgh Bookshops Trail iPhone App—but on iPhone only. The app “shows you all [...]

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