Make it easier to sample e-books and other content

By Joe Wikert
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The goal of the content sample is to acquire new customers, right? So why are publishers settling for sample content models that are outdated and largely ineffective? Look at ebooks, for instance. Publishers mostly rely on retailers for discovery and distribution, just like how they sell the full [...]

A self-published bestseller helps children get to sleep

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Guardian reports on a 2014 Swedish self-published picture book whose English translation has, by word of mouth, suddenly shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. While it doesn’t seem to work for everyone, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep helps a [...]

Are e-books good for us as primates?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction writer, once gave an interview in which he called for human activities to be more primate-friendly. Enough with technology disrupting our routines! So here’s a question. Do e-books or p-books better satisfy our needs and desires as primates? Before I [...]

How to sell e-books through your own Web site

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Who says farmers must be the only ones selling directly? Here’s a dream. What if someday bookstores and libraries teamed up to offer search-and-discovery tools—to make it easier to sell e-books without relying so much on, say, the Amazon juggernaut? Suppose you could even push your titles [...]

The iPad Pro as an e-book machine—and possible savior of frogs

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

Whenever the big-screened iPad Pro shows up—perhaps in September or later this year—it will matter to the e-book world. Maybe not instantly. But in time. A 12-13 inch screen would be a vast expanse of real estate by tablet standards. My bet is on 12.9 inches. This would be noticeably [...]

Start-ups in Europe look for new ways to give books digital life

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The BBC has an article looking at different ways that books (mostly e-books, but with a print example or two) can be made more attractive in the information age. One way has to do with digitally personalizing printed books with children’s names—not exactly a new idea, as I was given a [...]

Enjoy a spiffier-looking Wikipedia—via Wikiwand

By Joe Wikert
August 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Content containers are slowly going away in the digital world. Those things we think of in the physical world as books, newspapers and magazines are being redefined digitally. It’s a slow evolution but one that is definitely taking place.  In the years ahead we’ll see more blurred lines [...]

Bucharest train station uses QR codes to bring e-books into the real world

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here’s an update on a story we covered last year, about a Romanian company developing a way to display your e-books with digital bookshelf wallpaper. Web Urbanist has some great pictures of the Bucharest train station and its dramatic new wallpaper display listing hundreds of books with QR codes [...]

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