Is there an e-book generation gap?

By Chris Meadows
October 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

Last night I re-posted a great essay from my good friend Eric Burns-White of Websnark (we wrote for the same Internet fiction writing circle during our college days). In his essay, he responded to another essay by his niece Hadley Gibson about how much better paper books are than e-books. Both [...]

Mike Shatzkin: E-books enable better international and backlist sales

By Chris Meadows
October 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin’s latest blog entry has some interesting points to ponder. Mainly, he has his say about Carolyn Reidy’s much-remarked-upon remarks about backlist in her keynote at the Book Industry Study Group’s meeting. But he also has some things to say about e-books enabling extraterritorial [...]

The Intangibility of Books: The Digital Bibliophile

By Eric Burns-White
October 7, 2015 // 9 Comments

Hadley Gibson is one of the newest bloggers at Cambridge Editors’ Blog, a house organ and mouthpiece for Cambridge Editors, which perhaps not shockingly is an editorial service for hire. 1 They offer line editing, critiquing, proofreading — in short, all the services that a writer might [...]

Amazon is the first stop for nearly half of online shoppers

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Amazon is the first stop for 44% of shoppers looking to buy or research a product on-line, according to e-commerce software company Bloomreach’s survey cited in Re/Code. 34% use Google as their first stop, and only 21% use some other online retailer, according to the survey. A 2012 Forrester [...]

‘The Martian’ is a digital media kind of movie

By Chris Meadows
October 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I went out and saw The Martian yesterday, and wow, what a great movie. Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary writes that not only is it a great movie adaptation of a great book, it’s just as good a movie in its own right as The Martian is a good book. And it is. It’s that rare gem of an adaptation [...]

Why are e-books still stuck in neutral?

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2015 // 7 Comments

On Aeon.co, Craig Mod posts a long and thoughtful essay about how he fell into and out of love with the Kindle that’s worth giving a little attention. Mod explains that he was originally attracted by the Kindle’s compelling promise of a digital future for literature, but gradually embittered by [...]

The OCLC officially sunsets its library card catalog program

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Libraries just reached a milestone yesterday. In some ways it’s a sad one, but in other ways it’s one that you would honestly have expected to have been reached years ago. As found on Facebook, and confirmed via the OCLC’s official catalog cards page, as of September 30, 2015, the OCLC ended [...]

The Fire’s SDXC slot may be its most compelling feature

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch opens its review of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 by admitting that it’s silly to make such a big deal out of removable memory, but it actually is one of the most compelling features of Amazon’s new Fire tablet line—it can support up to a 128 GB SDXC memory card. (Update, Oct. 2, 2015: [...]

Someone is right on the Internet: xkcd turns 10 years old

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

As Engadget pointed out, yesterday Randall Monroe’s Hugo-award-winning stick-figures-and-science webcomic xkcd turned ten years old. A mainstay of geeky humor, to the point where visiting an explanation wiki is sometimes necessary for laypeople to get the jokes, xkcd has provided fodder for a [...]

The ‘slip’ in e-book sales

By Joanna Cabot
October 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Digital Reader has run D. B. Hebbard’s  informative analysis of the recent ‘e-book sales have been slipping’ meme. He points to factors such as ’embarrassingly bad’ content. But what else might be behind the ‘slip’ in book sales? Here are some views [...]

Paperwhite is what you read in the dark

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 4 Comments

I can already tell that this Kindle Paperwhite is going to be bad for my insomnia. Or good for it. Either way, it can do something my old Kindle Touch never could: read in bed, at night, with the lights out. Yes, it’s a little thing, and it’s something I could do already with my tablets. But it [...]

Michael Kozlowski: Traditional publishers are the true price predators

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

If someone mentions “predatory pricing” in an e-book context, your first thought is probably Amazon’s $9.99 new-release e-books. Publishers complained that Amazon was using “predatory pricing” to drive competitors out of the market and put pressure on the publishers to lower their asking [...]

Univac indexed the Bible in 1955

By Chris Meadows
September 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Did you know that the Revised Standard Bible’s concordance was generated by computer…in 1955? Mashable explains how it was done. In what must surely be one of the first examples of computerized indexing of a book, Rev. John W. Ellison proposed to the Remington Rand company, owners of the Univac [...]

Is self-publishing heading for a ‘train wreck’?

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 9 Comments

Wow. There’s someone who’s bitter. Author Derek Haines has written a blistering diatribe against the current state of the self-publishing market. From such portents as Sony exiting the e-reader business, the end of Diesel eBooks, the loss of Flipkart and Oyster’s all-you-can-eat services, and [...]

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