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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 [...]

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 [...]

The Public Collection: Indianapolis’s own ‘Big Free Libraries’

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

I don’t often run across TeleRead stories in person, though it does happen from time to time. Oddly enough, the story I came across lately actually happened in the very same spot as that one, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Or at least part of it did. I stumbled onto a brilliant new art [...]

Authors United monopoly claim against Amazon is fairly unconvincing

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A couple of interesting pieces on the Authors United matter popped up today. In the New Yorker, Vauhini Vara looks at the united authors’ arguments put forward in their letter. Calling those arguments “highly unorthodox,” she goes over them with the help of some anti-trust experts. The [...]

Kinokuniya snaps up 90% of Murakami book to keep it away from Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

Well, that’s one way to fight Amazon. According to Publishing Perspectives, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, Kinokuniya, has announced it is buying up 90% of the first printing of Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s new book to ensure that readers will be able to find it in Japanese [...]

Why hasn’t piracy killed artists’ incomes?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

15 years ago, during the height of the Napster hearings, Lars Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee of his concerns that Napster was going to set off a “creative apocalypse.” How were people going to afford to be able to continue making art, he asked, if people just wanted to [...]

New York Times separates hardcover, paperback, and e-books in children’s bestseller lists

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Publishers Weekly reports that the New York Times is making a significant change to how it lists bestsellers in the middle-grade and young-adult book categories, creating separate paperback and e-book lists to be published on-line while only the hardcover lists show up in print. Publishers Lunch [...]

A self-published bestseller helps children get to sleep

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Guardian reports on a 2014 Swedish self-published picture book whose English translation has, by word of mouth, suddenly shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. While it doesn’t seem to work for everyone, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep helps a [...]

The ‘Drinkable Book’ may offer sanitary drinking water to the developing world

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

E-books might be changing the way we read, but paper books can learn new tricks, too. Electric Literature and Discover Magazine report on a “Drinkable Book” composed of a new kind of “pAge” filter paper treated with silver nanoparticles that can kill 99.9% of water-borne bacteria. The book, [...]

Textfiles.com archivist Jason Scott saves hundreds of boxes of antique manuals

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

I’ve written about Textfiles.com before, as part of my “Paleo E-books” series. (Boy, if I’d known that “Paleo” would take on an entirely new meaning within a few years, I’d have called it something different.) Another TeleRead contributor had praise for the site as well. An archive of [...]

Australian Happy Meal book giveaway sparks parental protests

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Can Happy Meals make you unhappy? They seem to be doing that for Australian parents, in regard to an Australian McDonald’s campaign to give away print or e-books with Happy Meals for kids under 7. The Herald Sun reports that, far from applauding the use of tempting fast food to promote childhood [...]

Appreciating paper book design shouldn’t have to come at the expense of e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

How should you judge a book by its cover? And by its interior design, for that matter? That’s the question that Design Observer’s panel of judges has to consider in picking the winners of 50 Books / 50 Covers, an annual book design competition that has been held continuously for 92 years now. [...]

The mystery of the U.S. 287 paperbacks

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s a tale fit to chill the heart of a son of librarians: earlier this year, someone was chucking paperback books out his driver side window along a stretch of U.S. 287 in Colorado. They were mostly romance novels. When I read the first story, I figured it was someone with a stock of effectively [...]

Start-ups in Europe look for new ways to give books digital life

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The BBC has an article looking at different ways that books (mostly e-books, but with a print example or two) can be made more attractive in the information age. One way has to do with digitally personalizing printed books with children’s names—not exactly a new idea, as I was given a [...]

Sampling: How a research fiend saves money on e-books

By Joanna Cabot
August 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

New hobbies can wreck a teacher’s budget, especially if she’s a research fiend. How to afford the books that will bring me up to speed on my new interests? I’m already a constant buyer. Besides, some books in the end may turn out to be wastes of money—just duplicates of other titles, or [...]

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