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ITU shows full extent of global population still offline

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A timely report. the annual Measuring the Information Society Report, from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency responsible for information and comms [...]

Amazon gets .book

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s a piece of news that will probably gladden the hearts of those who accuse Amazon of being a monopolist: Amazon has just bagged the .book  generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) from the DNS [...]

Orion One Book Lane shift: Do publisher-led reader communities work?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

Orion Publishing Group, one of Big Five house Hachette‘s imprints, has just relaunched its women’s fiction (dare I say: chick lit?) reader community platform Cherry Picks as One Book [...]

Yelp ordered to reveal identity of seven anonymous reviewers

By Chris Meadows
January 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

A Virginia appeals court has sided with the trial court below it in ruling that Yelp must reveal the identities of seven anonymous reviewers who posted negative comments about a carpet cleaning [...]

On Negative Reviews and Bad Online Behavior

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 8 Comments

I’ve read a couple of articles this week on author bullying, fan culture and negative reviews, and I’ve taken a few days to let the ideas simmer before writing this essay. As an author, [...]

The Anonymous Comment Debate, and Why HuffPo's Proposed Solution Won't Work

By libertyc
August 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

One of the most controversial stories in today’s Morning Roundup was the news that Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington wants to end anonymous commenting on her site. She explains that [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 1: The Opening Argument

By libertyc
August 17, 2013 // 3 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * A Facebook friend recently sent me a great little blog [...]

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 [...]

Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 3: Wrapping Up

By libertyc
July 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Today marked the last day of my online summer source. Hurray! I actually did find most of the content appropriate, interesting and useful. I need some time to digest a few things before I look, [...]

The Human Cost of Big-Box Online Shopping

By libertyc
July 31, 2013 // 10 Comments

A Facebook friend sent this oldish-but-goodie my way from Mother Jones, titled “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave.” Author Mac McClelland writes about a stint with a company she refers to as [...]

Digital Book World is back online

By Dan Eldridge
February 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Digital Book World website has been down since at least 9:00 am EST this morning, for reasons unknown even to its editorial staff, from what we understand. But DBW’s IT team has been hard [...]

Only half of UK Internet users read news online

By libertyc
September 8, 2011 // 1 Comment

The Media Briefing has an interesting article looking at some recently-released statistics about Internet use in the UK. Only 77% of British households have Internet access, and half of those who [...]

“Is Vogue planning a 119-year digital archive?”

By libertyc
August 5, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the Los Angeles Times: Does Vogue magazine have a digital archive in the works — one would stretch all the way back to its original 1892 issue? Rumors say that’s exactly what the [...]

Earliest known map of Medieval Britain now online

By libertyc
August 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the Bodleian Library at Oxford University: A fifteen-month research project of the earliest surviving geographically recognizable map of Great Britain, known as the Gough Map, provides some [...]

Novelist Reif Larsen uses Twitter to serialize flash fiction

By Chris Walters
July 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

Authors have experimented with Twitter fiction before, and even fictional characters from a musical have taken to Twitter to do a little world building (and marketing). But Reif Larsen’s [...]

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