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

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 this morning’s announcement, “Soon Customers Will Be Able to Purchase Kindle Editions [ on]

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

By Joanna Cabot
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 birth of the e-book. The background: The boy is turning three, and he is into trains. But he has a [ on]

Penguin gets cover nostalgia half right with le Carré reissue

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 record—not least in classic cover designs. Never one to miss a trick, Penguin is clearly doing [ on]

Neilsen BookScan enters Brazilian market

By Susan Lulgjuraj
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 potential of a booming publishing market there,” said Neilsen Book president Jonathan Nowell, in [ on]

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

By Joanna Cabot
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 demand for the book, and that its paper copies have sold out, driving price wars on eBay and elsewhere [ on]

Getting philosophical about the future of reading

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 keynote speech on ‘The Future of Reading’ for the 40th anniversary AGM of the Writers’ Union of [ on]

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

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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. James, in April this year, in print and e-book editions from Endeavour Press. I talked to him about the [ on]

A Conversation with Ray Russell of Tartarus Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 publish paperbacks and ebooks. We have been the recipient of three World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 [ on]

Some things will always stay print

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 print. And for very good reasons. And yet it had to wait over a century until 2004 before appearing in [ on]

Can hardcover books be made more attractive?

By Chris Meadows
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 made, and will by and large not age into beautiful antiques such as a 1623 Shakespeare folio Latham [ on]

Print is dead…or not

By Chris Meadows
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 right out of the blue like this, but it seems like a good time to look at the articles and compare [ on]

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

By Chris Meadows
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 conformity and marching to the beat of a different drummer and all that. It ends up coming across [ on]

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

By Chris Meadows
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 written completely independently of each other). Bridges admits that a number of things can be done [ on]

E-book readers’ sheepish connection

By Chris Meadows
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 in medieval days. Folding the parchment a different number of times before cutting produced a [ on]

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