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Back in the YooKay – and some thoughts on English English

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’m going back to the UK for a week from Hungary to touch base with family, friends and some things literary as well. Besides literary London and Gothic London, and Jane Austen’s Hampshire, I’ll also be trying to see some significant British writers and editors, and communing with [...]

One of Budapest’s loveliest bookshops: Rózsavölgyi és Társa

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of Budapest’s most fascinating and attractive specialist bookshops, as well as the storefront for one of Hungary’s largest music publishers, is Rózsavölgyi és Társa, just off the tourist thoroughfare of Váci utca and a major feature of the Rózsavölgyi House, itself an [...]

Diane Duane holds Cyber Monday sale; may have to close e-book store

By Chris Meadows
November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Diane Duane’s e-book store is running a 50% off sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. All e-books in the store are half-off, no discount code required. But as Duane explains in a blog post, this could very well be her last Cyber Monday sale, because of the new VAT MOSS regulations coming into [...]

New European VAT law could threaten small e-businesses

By Chris Meadows
November 29, 2014 // 4 Comments

New European Union regulations regarding value-added taxes (a sort of European equivalent of sales tax) will take effect January 1, 2015 that could cause problems for businesses selling electronic goods and services. Referred to as VAT MOSS (for “Mini One-Stop Shop,” the web portal each member [...]

FAA failure to keep up with commercial drone use could prevent innovation

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

At the risk of droning on, it seems like there has been a lot of news involving drones lately. We covered Amazon’s announcement of package delivery (someday) via drones, and some responses to it. Clearly, drone services could fill the middle range between snail-mail delivery and electronic [...]

Digital age puts Chinese 'characters' in a bind

By Dan Bloom
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 Dan Bloom
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 Paul St John Mackintosh
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 Susan Lulgjuraj
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Smashword’s distribution network is growing. The company announced it reached a deal with, 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 Susan Lulgjuraj
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 Joanna Cabot
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 Dan Bloom
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 [...]

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