Budapest

Hungary’s very wonderful National Book Week

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

Hungary is a fiercely proud nation with a distinctive literature, thanks to its unique and ferociously difficult language. And the annual spring National Book Week is a correspondingly important [...]

Budapest’s beautiful libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Budapest, where I live – and love – has some amazing libraries, as it turns out. Showcased courtesy of Welovebudapest.com, here are just a few of them. Probably the most stunning is the [...]

Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Cory Doctorow came over to Budapest at the invitation of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University to speak on policing computers and other issues. In the course of a [...]

Budapest’s beautiful book stations

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Budapest has one delightful and very practical resource for the reading public: drop-off book stations where people can both deposit and pick up books. These are … ahem … stationed in the [...]

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 [...]

A Buyout for Shopline, Hungary's Amazon

By libertyc
July 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hungarian online retail site Shopline.hu, the Central European country’s local equivalent to Amazon and operator of online book sales platform Bookline.hu, which also has its own e-book [...]

MyAudio Arena in Budapest shows Europe's generic device makers pushing up-market

By libertyc
June 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

With some e-reader and tablet manufacturers apparently feeling the strain, and other brands pushing hard to corner more of the increasingly commoditized market in smaller generic tablet devices, [...]

The Bitter Struggle for E-Reading

By libertyc
December 23, 2012 // 13 Comments

I was unpleasantly reminded of the sometimes virulent passions that can be unleashed by the e-book debate on Mayan apocalypse day, as I was sitting in a cafe near Budapest’s Chain Bridge, [...]

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