Be Google for a day – or more like a minute?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

How would you like to become a world-spanning tech giant? At the click of a button? That’s what the Internet Fairy did for one lucky browser, who found that the domain was actually available for purchase. What’s more, from Google Domains. Sanmay Ved, the very temporary king [ on]

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 technologies, comes as a fresh reminder of how far the information economy still has to spread. According to [ on]

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 overseer Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) against competitors like Google [ on]

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 Lane, repurposed as a general book lovers’ community, although for now, still appearing under the [ on]

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 service. The owner of the service, Joe Hadeed, believed that these users were not actually customers of [ on]

On Negative Reviews and Bad Online Behavior

By Juli Monroe
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, I’m sensitive to the subject. But I’m also a reader, and that allows me to see both sides [ on]

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

By Joanna Cabot
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 post. It’s titled, “Don’t Go to Art School,” and here’s an excerpt: [ on]

Lessons Learned During a Cross-Border Shopping Trip

By Joanna Cabot
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 better for clarifying the issues facing bricks-and-mortar retail right now than a little cross-border [ on]

The Human Cost of Big-Box Online Shopping

By Joanna Cabot
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 Amalgamated Product Giant Shipping Worldwide Inc., a massive fulfillment company that ships all [ on]

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 at work on the problem—whatever it was—for the majority of the day, and the site now seems to be [ on]

Only half of UK Internet users read news online

By Chris Meadows
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 don’t have it don’t feel they need it. And only a little more than half of those who do have it say [ on]

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

By a TeleBlog Contributor
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 long-lived fashion magazine is up to. The blog Fashionista reads the tea leaves: Vogue editor Anna [ on]

Earliest known map of Medieval Britain now online

By a TeleBlog Contributor
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 revealing insights into one of the most enigmatic cartographic pieces from the Bodleian collections. The [ on]

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