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Review: Age of the Infovore, by Tyler Cowen

By libertyc
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I just finished reading a fascinating book called Age of the Infovore by Tyler Cowen. It’s somewhat misleadingly subtitled ‘succeeding in the information economy’ and has a picture of a USB cable on the front; this led me to believe it was about how to use the internet and modern [...]

How reader technology has made me a smarter reader and learner

By libertyc
July 4, 2012 // 5 Comments

I read a few articles recently on how ebooks affect learning. On the con side, these articles pointed out that textbooks are often less available in ebook (true), that the e-versions which do exist are clunky and limited (true) and that for some types of learning, people really do absorb [...]

My worst ebook year ever: an update on spending from the ebook trenches

By libertyc
June 3, 2012 // 10 Comments

I have written before about how this has been a bad ebook year for me—the books seem less interesting, the quality seems lower, the prices higher and the selection worse. I’m reading what I have already, and finding myself driven back to the classics, the indie stuff and other options [...]

From the trenches: are publishers' library policies affecting book choices?

By libertyc
April 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

First, one publisher set a cap on how many times their ebooks could be loaned out. Then another one pulled their stuff from library purchase altogether. So, what has that meant for the average library patron? What are the library buyers getting in lieu of books which once might be available to them [...]

Is Amazon evil, or are they just really good at business?

By libertyc
February 15, 2012 // 23 Comments

Nico Vreeland’s earlier post, which Teleread reprinted earlier, was one of many articles I have lately seen which explore the issue of the publishers versus Amazon. Is Amazon evil? Are their business practices ‘predatory’ and should publishers be trying to disable them? More and [...]

An ebook rental option: the solution to OverDrive's library woes?

By libertyc
February 13, 2012 // 4 Comments

So, Penguin has now dropped out of the Overdrive library service. Yikes! It strikes me that all of these ‘legacy’ publishers who are panicking because Amazon or Apple or Google or Indie Everyman are going to crush them to bits are taking an entirely wrong approach here. What if, instead [...]

A tribute to indie author L.C. Evans

By libertyc
January 24, 2012 // 1 Comment

To celebrate and honor our friend, indie author, L.C. Evans, and her contribution to the Indie eBook revolution, we’re giving away a whole bunch of free books. Linda lost her fight with cancer earlier this month. We lost a friend and a compatriot. We’d like you to buy her books, read her [...]

Make your own ebook: some unconventional book replacement ideas for your tablet

By libertyc
January 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

When people think about ebooks, they think about mostly text-based reading of straight, narrative work. But here are some off-the-beaten-track book replacements you can make yourself that save time and money and provide an enhanced experience. 1) Art books. Delphi Classics, a favourite vendor of [...]

Can publishers and customers meet on ebook pricing?

By libertyc
December 20, 2011 // 8 Comments

Some interesting threads on here these last few days about the price of content. Are publishers gouging customers with prices that are unfairly high? Are customers bringing about the ruination of the media industry by demanding prices that are too low? Is there a halfway point at which these two [...]

Quality is the new gatekeeper: how ebooks have changed my reading

By libertyc
November 30, 2011 // 6 Comments

I was thinking today about how ebooks have changed my reading habits in the last few years. I had flirted with them as early as 2005, when I experimented with Project Gutenberg freebies on a Palm Pilot while living in smalltown New Zealand. There was only one local bookstore, and its selection was [...]

Close, but not yet perfect: my review of the Kindle 4

By libertyc
November 14, 2011 // 3 Comments

I have been a Kindle user for its last three incarnations: I bought a K2 to replace my Sony reader because I wanted to use the text to speech feature and I wanted support for multilingual dictionaries, then when my visiting aunt expressed interest, I sold it to her bought the K3. I was happy with [...]

Kindle thieving, and other adventures in converting family to the joys of ereading

By libertyc
November 3, 2011 // 1 Comment

So, until this weekend, my tally of relatives converted over to e-reading was as follows: Dad, gifted a Kobo and happily downloading his obscure boyhood favourites off Manybooks.net; Mom with a Kobo still registered to my account, and to which I do all the book loading; Stepmom, also with a gifted [...]

Pricing pitfalls 101: this customer is so confused!

By libertyc
September 12, 2011 // 6 Comments

I’m sure you’ve read the same headlines I have: ebooks are cannibalizing print sales! They are driving people to pirate their media instead of purchase it! They are threatening local bookstores and small presses as Amazon/Apple/Google set out to rule us all! Or…are they? Might [...]

A world of e-choice: blessing or curse for the aspiring author?

By libertyc
June 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

I did an e-purge this weekend, deleting some 50-odd titles from my bloated Kindle, and what I have learned from the experience is this: on the blessing side, the e-universe makes getting your book into a reader’s hand easier than ever. But the downside? The reader knows that there’s [...]

My morning in Librarian Hell

By libertyc
June 21, 2011 // 10 Comments

When David Rothman started Teleread, he had a dream of establishing a national digital library. Today, I wished that dream was a reality—I spent most of my morning in Librarian Hell, as part of the annual school clean-up now that classes are done for the year! Here was the problem: children [...]

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