Paul StJohn Mackintosh

Anthony Horowitz: Amazon are evil, their middle name is miseree …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Evil stalks the land. Evil. Badness. Wrong. Sin. Naughtiness. And its (their?) name is (are?) not legion, but Amazon. Thus the opening keynote speech by Anthony Horowitz at the London Book Fair’s [...]

Microsoft profit numbers say don’t write off Redmond yet

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

All those Microsoft knockers – me included – who’ve held back from embracing Windows 8 and shunned Windows Phone OS phones may want to eat their words, or at least, nibble around [...]

Amazon Eastward Ho push stalls with Czech warehouse cancellation

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon’s push to expand further in Central and Eastern Europe has hit a – probably temporary – stumbling block, as the southern Czech city of Brno said no to a new warehouse and [...]

Amazon ebook sales quandary drives Trefis to Kindles

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 4, 2014 // 2 Comments

Amazon’s reluctance to reveal precise figures on its ebook sales has caused all kinds of ripples within the book world, and beyond. For one thing, it’s been partly responsible for the [...]

New Android Developer numbers confirm disappearance of older Androids

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The newest figures from the Android Developers Dashboards, released on April 1st but apparently no kind of April Fool’s Day joke, confirm that KitKat, Google’s latest version of its [...]

CILIP confirms libraries endorsement of new UK intellectual property rules

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has just added its overall endorsement to the new changes to UK copyright law, confirming the overall positive reception of [...]

UK police advertise illegal websites

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well alright, that’s not exactly what’s going on. But it could have that effect. For the UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), siloed in the City of London Police, has [...]

Tim Waterstone says it’s all over, you can go home now

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Yes, the ebook revolution is officially over. Sez who? Sez Tim Waterstone, that’s who. Who he? A major bookstore chain founder. So it must be twoo… As reported in the UK Telegraph [...]

UK intellectual property review frees up copying, parody

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK government has introduced a series of changes to copyright law across various media, including books. “These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and [...]

Horror writers join anti Amazon bullying push

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 31, 2014 // 1 Comment

Horror writers are made of stern stuff, you’d think. But apparently they find online bullying as creepy as anyone. The Horror Writers Association (HWA) (www.horror.org) has just added its voice [...]

Book Review: Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath, Martian Migraine Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lovecraftian fans of the Cthulhu Mythos will need no introduction to Shub-Niggurath – as in “Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!” Yes, that  [...]

Android’s Lloyd looks set to bite into Apple right down to the core

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Research firm Gartner Inc.’s latest prognostication on sales of combined digital devices of all formats and operating systems, “Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles, and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, [...]

Jeremy Greenfield advocates Nook book sales for B&N salvation

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 29, 2014 // 2 Comments

Digital Book World‘s Jeremy Greenfield has just penned a very interesting and thought-provoking article over on Forbes. As the answer to the great “what is going to happen to Nook?” [...]

Harvard uncovers its (human) hidebound collections

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Harvard Crimson, college newspaper of Harvard College, shared a report that may make some more anxiously await the final ebook takeover. Because there’s always the risk in a print library [...]

I just got my first royalty statement. Evah.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

In some kind of testament to the enduring power of intellectual property and copyright, the UK’s Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) finally caught up with me last year, with a [...]

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