People prefer electric shocks to being alone with their thoughts

By Joanna Cabot
July 21, 2014 // 3 Comments

I somehow missed this earlier in the month, but our friends at Boing Boing posted a link to this great little story. It’s about a study performed at the University of Virginia which aimed to measure how good people are at entertaining themselves. The answer? Not so good. From the story: [...]

Amazon was the grinch that stole Britain’s Christmas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

New research data from Kantar Worldpanel will bring absolutely no comfort whatsoever to the UK’s legions of Amazon haters. For the statistics in its quarterly entertainment barometer show that in the UK, “for the 12 weeks ending 22 December 2013, Amazon posted its highest ever market [...]

The 'Future' of Entertainment Looks a Lot Like 1995

By Joanna Cabot
July 21, 2013 // 4 Comments

This weekend, we hit a milestone in my household: the Beloved finally got sick enough of the limited selection on flat-rate Netflix to venture into the pay-per-movie world of the iTunes Store, which we can access on the bedroom television via the spiffy little Apple TV box. And … color us [...]

Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study

By Joanna Cabot
February 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children’s author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; he also believes they are severely damaging the book publishing industry. Techdirt’s Tim [...]

TMZ.com founder warns media need to abandon print, go electronic

By Chris Meadows
October 25, 2011 // 2 Comments

Here’s another new media magnate warning old media that the time is nigh to ditch the old print and jump into the new electronic world. Harvey Levin, founder of entertainment news site TMZ.com, spoke at the National Press Club on Monday where he told newspaper and magazine publishers to get out [...]

Elizabeth Bear on the future of web publishing also describes its past

By Chris Meadows
February 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

Earlier this month, as a guest writer on Charlie Stross’s blog, Elizabeth Bear wrote an essay about “the future of web publishing,” centering around the “hyperfiction environment” called Shadow Unit in which she takes part. I couldn’t help but be amused by the subject of the post. You [...]

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: Ergonomic Factors

By Chris Meadows
November 1, 2009 // 1 Comment

I have spent the last two weeks reading e-books on the Astak, and am ready to give my first impressions. The Screen First of all, the 800×600-resolution screen. I love the screen. Of course, it is probably the same screen that any non-touch-sensitive e-ink reader has, but compared to the Sony [...]

Paleo E-books: Catchall conclusion – From archives to zines

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

George Santayana said “Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.” Certainly e-book history has been repeating—the iPhone/iPod Touch and the Kindle are standing in for the Palm PDA and the RocketBook as a new generation discovers e-books just as the early adopters did [...]

Paleo E-books: The Legion of Net.Heroes

By Chris Meadows
April 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

This is the second in my “Paleo E-books” series looking at Internet writing communities that were producing electronic literature well before “e-books” were first popularized in the late 1990s. In this entry, I will look at the Legion of Net.Heroes (and, to a lesser extent, [...]

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