print books

Future Library places a 100-year bet on the printed page

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

An interesting – and pretty conceptual – art project from Scottish artist Katie Paterson highlights issues around the future of the printed book, and even the survival of literature. The so-called Future Library (Framtidsbiblioteket) for the city of Oslo in Norway looks to commit 100 [...]

Publishing should create ‘new ecosystem’—but can it?

By Chris Meadows
January 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

What is the answer to allow publishers to compete in the new world of the Internet on their own terms? On Futurebook, author Jeff Norton proposes that the publishing industry should do what the airline industry did in creating Orbitz, or the broadcast TV industry did in creating Hulu: create their [...]

Book Patrol proclaims undeath of the book

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 4 Comments

I’m not sure whether any of us pro-ebook pundits was actually expecting the death of the printed book, but it seems a lot of people thought we were. So much so that Book Patrol has decided it should proclaim that “The Worst is Over and The Book is not Dead.” Rumors of the rumors [...]

Rock on, Books Rock My World

By libertyc
October 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

Books Rock My World ( is “a community of people who come together on Facebook to share their love for literature. Run by admins who collaborate from all over the world to bring their passion for reading to the group, Books Rock My World features book-related [...]

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 this morning’s announcement, “Soon Customers Will Be Able to Purchase Kindle Editions [...]

'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 industries. You might know him as the author of a curious little paperback from long, long ago titled [...]

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

Bowker Annual Review: E-books gain in market share, B&N sees digital drop off

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s no surprise consumers buy many of their goods online. When it comes to books, the percentage is only getting higher. In 2012, 44 percent of American dollars spent on books went to online retailers—that’s up from 39 percent in 2011, according to Infodocket‘s report on 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 record—not least in classic cover designs. Never one to miss a trick, Penguin is clearly doing [...]

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 potential of a booming publishing market there,” said Neilsen Book president Jonathan Nowell, in [...]

Latest Nielsen UK figures show slowing e-book market, still overtaking paperbacks in 2014

By libertyc
July 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

The latest UK Nielsen BookScan newsletter for July 2013 showed a continuing decline in print book sales by 5.6 percent in value and 6.1 percent in volume, based on year-on-year sales for the 24 week period to mid-June 2013, with a total value of £538.6 million. But according to the same report: [...]

The bread machine effect: Why it doesn’t matter if most people prefer print

By libertyc
July 21, 2013 // 11 Comments

Is there an e-book backlash? A couple of polls have come out, one on the UK side of the big pond and the other in America, professing to indicate that most people still prefer paper books. The one from the UK is cited in an article in the Sunday Times, which I couldn’t read since it’s [...]

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

The Reading Room Will Offer Print Books for Purchase

By libertyc
May 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

We briefly mentioned The Reading Room back in April as an alternative to Goodreads. It’s closely resembles Goodreads, a popular social reading site bought by Amazon last month. The company is changing how it does some things. The Reading Room will now offer print brooks for sale, starting June 1, [...]

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 print. And for very good reasons. And yet it had to wait over a century until 2004 before appearing in [...]

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