G.K. Chesterton on Christmas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

I was moved to write this after reading a number of snarky Christmas comments by Facebook friends and writer buddies, and after struggling through Christmas shopping crowds. Yes, the festive season [...]

Fabulously frightful freebies for the Festive Season

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Since the extremely talented Simon Strantzas has graced us with a very unsettling Christmas special, “Making Merry,” I thought that this was a good time to pick up on a couple of modern [...]

Too festive not to share: Flavorwire's secret Santa scribes

By libertyc
December 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: Apologies for not publishing this one yesterday. Too stuffed from Christmas dinner to waddle to my computer. It’s still enjoyable a day late. Who could possibly turn down [...]

Christmas Eve in a bookstore: How it used to be

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville werewolf novels, has posted to her blog an amusing tale of the Christmas Eves she used to work in a bookstore, right after college. She explains that she [...]

Did Amazon really yank purchased content at Disney’s behest? Not intentionally

By libertyc
December 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

One of the stories in our “Morning Roundup” today touched upon Amazon yanking a Christmas special that a customer had previously purchased because Disney wanted it available only on its TV [...]

Survey Says: E-Readers Are Racing Toward Extinction

By libertyc
December 25, 2012 // 8 Comments

I can’t even begin to count the number of articles I’ve seen over the past few weeks about the swiftly growing popularity of tablet computers. A week or two after the holiday season has [...]

E-Books means never having to say "excuse me"

By libertyc
December 17, 2012 // 3 Comments

It’s the week before Christmas, and the post office and local stores are full of people I’ve never seen before. Where do they shop the rest of the year, these folk? Do they live in suspended [...]

Why free Kindle e-books are like a slot machine

By libertyc
December 31, 2011 // 2 Comments

With about a zillion people getting Kindles for Christmas, they’re going to be wanting something to read, and not necessarily for a lot of money, either. I spotted a couple of articles highlighting [...]

Amazon Kindle sales figures for December – over a million a week

By libertyc
December 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the press release:, Inc. today announced that 2011 was the best holiday ever for the Kindle family as customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers. [...]

Apple’s iTunes Connect publishing platform closes for the holidays

By libertyc
December 23, 2011 // 3 Comments

One of the benefits of electronic media is that e-book stores are never closed for the holidays—at least for purchasers. But in some cases, for publishers, it’s another story. EbookNewser reports [...]

Giving ‘The Gift of E’ this Christmas

By libertyc
November 30, 2011 // 2 Comments

PaidContent writes about a holiday campaign launched by digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media. Called “The Gift of E”, the campaign centers on giving e-books for Christmas as an [...]

Black Library offers Christmas e-book bundles

By libertyc
November 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

Our sister blog GamerTell points out a set of game-related e-book deals for the holiday season. Games Workshop e-book publisher Black Library (whom we’ve covered here before) is offering a number [...]

CNET video briefly compares tablets, Kindle as holiday gifts

By libertyc
November 22, 2011 // 1 Comment

CNET has a 3-minute video that bills itself as a “Buyer’s Guide” for tablets and e-readers, though it primarily focuses on tablets, and mostly the more expensive tablets—the iPad, the Galaxy [...]

Boy saves allowance for whole year, helps buy brother Kindle for Christmas

By libertyc
December 27, 2010 // 1 Comment

From Reddit comes the heartwarming story of a 27-year-old man whose 13-year-old brother saved his allowance all year to chip in (with other members of the family) toward buying him a Kindle for [...]

Nook e-reader servers apparently go down for Christmas…again

By libertyc
December 26, 2010 // 13 Comments

Last year at this time, I posted a story on a contrast between Kindle and Nook’s successes or failures over the holiday: Kindle sold more e-books than printed books on Christmas day, and the [...]

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