P-books

Amazon's Kindle MatchBook service: A match made in e-book heaven?

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 5 Comments

Amazon has just announced a service that the world has been waiting for—to judge from the number of past calls for it and halfway schemes that have come some way towards delivering it. According to [...]

'Find It Fast' research tome from print era seeks rebirth in Internet age

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

Chalk this story up to a chance encounter at a yard sale overseas in Taiwan. Meet Robert Berkman, a man with over 25 years experience as an editor, author and professor in the media and information [...]

The Best Example Ever of a Book That Would Never Work in 'E' Form

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m birthday shopping for a long weekend visit with a young friend, and I think I just found the most perfect example in the world of a book series that should not at all be threatened by the [...]

Penguin gets cover nostalgia half right with le Carré reissue

By libertyc
July 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

As I’ve argued elsewhere, Penguin and other major publishing houses could be tackling the challenges of the e-book and self-publishing revolutions by asserting their own distinct creative track [...]

Neilsen BookScan enters Brazilian market

By libertyc
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Neilsen BookScan has entered its 10th market. The book retail measurement service is now tracking print book sales in Brazil. “We’re keen to develop our service in Brazil because of the enormous [...]

Print Copies of JK Rowling's Secret Mystery Novel Sell Out

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 8 Comments

This quickie newsbite at paidContent reports the unsurprising news that JK Rowling‘s outing as the author of a mystery novel called “The Cuckoo’s Calling” has caused huge [...]

Getting philosophical about the future of reading

By libertyc
May 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mark Kingwell, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, has just delivered his thoughts on “Does reading have a future?” for the Ottawa Citizen, distilling his conclusions from a [...]

British horror writer A.N. Donaldson on the hard road to acceptance

By libertyc
May 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

British horror writer and lawyer A.N. Donaldson released his richly crafted and very unsettling novel Prospero’s Mirror, which chronicles the last days of the celebrated ghost story writer M.R. [...]

A Conversation with Ray Russell of Tartarus Press

By libertyc
May 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Tartarus Press is “a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also [...]

Some things will always stay print

By libertyc
May 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

After long campaigns carrying the fight for e-books to the print-only diehards, I’d like to turn back for once to something that can never be put into electronic format and will forever remain [...]

Can hardcover books be made more attractive?

By libertyc
January 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

On The Bookseller, Martin Latham posts a brief complaint about the production quality of hardcover books these days. Today’s mass-market hardcover books, he notes, tend to be cheaply and poorly [...]

Print is dead…or not

By libertyc
April 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

In a remarkable coincidence, today Zite gave me four articles in a row about “the future of books” or “the death of print”. I’m not sure what caused so many people to take a look ahead [...]

Emma Silvers’s ‘e-reader revolt’: Examination and response

By libertyc
September 5, 2010 // 19 Comments

Here we have yet another story on why print rules and e-books drool, by 26-year-old Emma Silvers who posits the thesis that she is somehow nobly fighting against the tide of her generation, rejecting [...]

Deborah Willis: Will e-books be the death of prose?

By libertyc
September 4, 2010 // 11 Comments

On Publishing Perspectives, I’ve noticed an editorial by Deborah Willis that reads almost like a response to our recent post by C. A. Bridges on print vs. paper books (though of course they were [...]

E-book readers’ sheepish connection

By libertyc
September 4, 2010 // 1 Comment

Over at Gadget Lab, Tim Carmody has an interesting look at why e-book readers are the size they are. It has to do with sheep. More specifically, the sheepskins that were used to make parchment back [...]

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