National Poetry Day gets Britain versing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

National Poetry Day, the UK’s annual celebration of all things poetical, takes place today this year, on Thursday October 8th. And traditional and social media alike, plus websites, libraries, town squares, billboards, and even construction scaffolding, are filling up with commemorations and [...]

Bookseller: Waterstones deletes Kindles from stores

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Britain’s The Bookseller has run a report headlined “Waterstones is removing Kindles from stores,” declaring that the UK’s top book chain has decided to withdraw Kindles from many of its shops, with Waterstones MD James Daunt quoted as saying that “sales of Kindles [...]

The Scots feeling for snow: In 421 words

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

For over a century, the number of Eskimo words for snow has been a football in linguistics, kicked back and forward between scholars, and the latest consensus gives around 50 words. But according to a new project at the University of Glasgow, the Scots language goes a lot better, with 421 words [...]

CILIP delivers crushing vote against UK library “amateurisation”

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) have just held their annual general meeting in London. At the meeting, they delivered a ringing majority vote in favour of a resolution submitted by CILIP member Andy Richardson “that CILIP should ‘actively [...]

Do you think the BBC should stay publicly funded?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

A poll held by the UK’s Radio Times, the longstanding companion listings magazine for the BBC, has garnered massive support for Britain’s Best-loved Company remaining a publicly funded institution supported by a television license fee. According to Radio Times, almost 9,000 respondents [...]

“Strange and difficult”: Anne Boleyn’s Songbook resurfaces, recorded

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

A British choir, Alamire, has just released a recording of songs taken from the Anne Boleyn Songbook, a collection of songs (including love songs) and lute tunes that once belonged to Anne Boleyn, most celebrated and tragic of Henry VIII’s six wives. According to the Alamire blurb, [...]

Apple applies for laptop fuel cell patent

By Chris Meadows
September 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Apple has just applied for a patent on a fuel cell charging system that could be used in MacBook laptops, Wired reports. Using removable cartridges to contain the fuel, such a system could power a computer “for days or even weeks without refuelling.” Apple is rumored to be working with UK [...]

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 [...]

Free to a good home? A top UK horror anthology

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

A while ago I  had the pleasure of reviewing Johnny Mains‘s excellent anthology Best British Horror 2014, from Salt Publishing. That collection contained some stories which still stick in the mind for their sheer horrific quality, which is quite a feat considering the amount of horror I [...]

Stuff picks the best e-readers of 2015

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK magazine Stuff has an extensive review of the current crop of e-reader devices from all the major manufacturers available in the UK—the Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage, and basic Kindle, the Kobo Glow HD and Aura H2O, the Nook Glowlight, and the Bookeen Cybook Ocean. They put a good deal of [...]

A ‘cool’ image: Amazon’s goal in the UK

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is the Kindle “cool”? Amazon sure wants to make it look that way with the new print and panel ads it’s running in the United Kingdom. The campaign, which also sees full-page broadsheet newspaper advertisements and extensive panels on both overground and Underground rail, has the slogan [...]

Are e-book prices too low? No, but they used to be too high

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 10 Comments

I missed participating in yesterday’s Futurechat Twitter hashtag chat fest, but the article that formed the basis of the discussion is interesting enough by itself. Porter Anderson poses the question that has been on many publishers’ lips ever since Amazon first started selling e-books: “Are [...]

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