Book Review: At Fear's Altar, by Richard Gavin

By libertyc
September 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Canadian “numinous horror and esoterica author” Richard Gavin has released four collections since his debut “Charnel Wine” in 2004, and has garnered the kind of reputation that many writers would sell their souls for. This collection, his fourth, has received reviews [...]

Back to School Week, Part 1: Let's Do Lunch!

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s back-to-school week here in Canada! Public schools typically open the Tuesday after Labor Day; I teach in a private school, so we don’t start classes until Thursday, but we’re back for meetings and prep bright and early on Tuesday morning. To celebrate this annual rite of [...]

The Best Example Ever of a Book That Would Never Work in 'E' Form

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m birthday shopping for a long weekend visit with a young friend, and I think I just found the most perfect example in the world of a book series that should not at all be threatened by the birth of the e-book. The background: The boy is turning three, and he is into trains. But he has a [...]

A First Look at Indigo Tech!

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Indigo Tech is open for business! I snapped these pics today at my local store, and it’s about what I expected: a fancier Kobo kiosk, iPads and more! The various wall displays have headphones, speakers, health products such as the Fitbit, iPad creative accessories like a Crayola effects pad, [...]

Trader Joe's vs. Pirate Joe's

By libertyc
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 [...]

Why Indigo's Boutique Model is Succeeding

By libertyc
August 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

I wrote earlier about a mysterious walled-off section that just went up at my local Indigo, announcing the impending arrival of something called “Indigo Tech.” This morning, there was news in my RSS feed from my friends at Good e-Reader, confirming that Indigo has signed a deal with [...]

Lessons Learned During a Cross-Border Shopping Trip

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve just gotten back from a little birthday getaway—we had a long weekend here and the Beloved took an extra day off to whisk me away for the big 3-6. And I realized that there is nothing better for clarifying the issues facing bricks-and-mortar retail right now than a little cross-border [...]

Morning Roundup: Free Obama e-single; Canada's best-read city; and more

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

3 Reasons Educational Book Publishing is Booming (Digital Book World) Creative breakthroughs are happening in educational publishing like never before. Justin Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Amplify, thinks he knows why. * * * The Sun (UK) Launches Innovative Digital [...]

And now, a quick look at Jori Phillips' amazing bookworm dress

By libertyc
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Digital wearables and e-paper may be advancing by leaps and bounds, but they still have some way to go before they can rival this. Mashable has shared a delightful piece of literary fashion sense with Vancouver based actor, model and artistic personality Jori Phillips and her amazing bookworm [...]

Japan Considering Copyright Extension; Canada Next?

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 4 Comments

From the inimitable Michael Geist comes this little tidbit that Japan is considering extending its standard copyright from Life-Plus-50 to Life-Plus-70. What makes this especially worrying is that Canada, one of the last Life-Plus-50 bastions, is, like Japan, considering participation in the [...]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: 'Cord Cutters' Survey Makes Wrong Point

By libertyc
July 12, 2013 // 7 Comments

GigaOM has a report about a comScore survey showing that 16 percent of Canadians “stream all of their TV from on-line sources.” The survey also has an additional 35 percent of Canadians watching both traditional television and a further 35 percent only watching traditional television. [...]

Canada: The Great White Shopping Hope?

By libertyc
July 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

After years of neglect by major American retailers, Canada is finally seeing some love. The Star is reporting that Target is gearing up to open 20 more stores across Canada. And an email from this morning informed me that Canadians can now purchase toys & games, furniture & decor, [...]

Fancy children's books: Who are they for?

By libertyc
July 3, 2013 // 2 Comments

As a book-devouring adult reader, e-books have changed my life. But one of the areas in which I still prefer paper is children’s picture books. Once they hit chapter-book reading level, I’d happily turn a kid loose on an e-book reader, but when they still need pictures, and when the [...]

The Mystery of the E-Book on the Subway Poster

By libertyc
June 24, 2013 // 9 Comments

I’m all for creative marketing from the indie folks—it’s a crowded market, and you want to stand out, no? What I don’t understand? Spending money on this marketing without taking steps to make sure it’s effective. Take today’s little case study: I was on my way [...]

Wireless Playing Field Finally Leveled in Canada

By libertyc
June 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

In this era of cloud-everything, Michael Geist reports on a hugely important story for Canadians—the CRTC, the regulatory body that deals with telecommunications issues, has released a new ‘Consumer Wireless Code’ that addresses a number of consumer complaints about cell phones. [...]

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