Morning Links: Children in Mali reading eBooks. Digital making us dumber?

By Joanna Cabot
May 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

Is Digital Making Us Dumber? (GoodeReader) Since the most recent advent of digital reading and ebook proliferation, the techno format has been blamed for  a drop in reading comprehension scores among grade school students, developmental concerns over children’s screen time, and even the [...]

Why people still prefer print – in pictures

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s an interesting infographic from UK new-era second-hand book trading platform FatBrain on why people still prefer print books to ebooks – all down in pretty pictures for those who reading onscreen has left comprehensionally challenged. And of course, FatBrain, whose business [...]

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 [...]

Another Print vs Paper Story

By Joanna Cabot
February 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for posting the link to this blog post by author John Guillen. It’s a fairly straightforward rehash of my least favourite theme of the ebook revolution: the paper ‘versus’ pixel straw horse. From the article: “The print vs. e-book [...]

Morning Roundup: Kindle FreeTime Updated, 70% of Readers Will Not Abandon Print Books and more

By libertyc
December 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon Updates Kindle FreeTime with New Educational and Parental Controls (Digital Book World) Parents can now use Kindle FreeTime to set educational goals for their kids, and make sure their kids have met their goals before switching to cartoons and games. *** Almost 70% of Readers Will Not [...]

Morning Roundup: The End of Print? What Three Skills Do You Need in Publishing and more

By libertyc
November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

The End of Print? Hold That Thought (Campus Books) Don’t get us wrong, we think digital books have definite advantages and we love enhanced learning solutions that take eBooks from PDFs read on the screen to collaborative experiential environments with all sorts of interaction and quizzes and [...]

Weekend Roundup: Print Books No Longer the Norm? Kobo Takes a Firm Stand and more

By libertyc
October 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

For Major Pubs, Will Print No Longer be the Norm? (Publishers Weekly) Format has been a long-simmering topic of debate in book publishing, and the question of when, and if, a title is published in hardcover, paperback, and/or digital has become even more pressing as bricks-and-mortar bookstores [...]

Norwich's Galley Beggar Press doesn't need to beg for independent publishing

By libertyc
June 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Small UK independent fiction publisher Galley Beggar Press, based in the East Anglian city of Norwich, recently attracted a lot of attention when the august Times Literary Supplement ran a high-profile and hugely positive review of one of its latest books, “A Girl Is A Half-Formed [...]

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 [...]

Arthur Frommer reacquires his guidebook brand from Google

By Dan Eldridge
April 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

According to an Associated Press report that was filed less than three hours ago today, the travel publishing pioneer Arthur Frommer “said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks.” [...]

Is the Vampire Weekend classified ad proof that print is approaching its retro-cool tipping point?

By Dan Eldridge
February 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

I about wet myself after opening up the February 18 issue of New York magazine, after which I immediately flipped to the often imitated (but never duplicated) Approval Matrix. There it was, right down in the furthest corner of the Brilliant/Lowbrow axis: Liberal-arts rockers Vampire Weekend show [...]

For the first time in history print is optional. Now what?

By Paul Biba
February 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

That’s the title of an article in the [e-reads] blog: Despite the gloomy talk about the death of the book it’s pretty clear that printed books serve an essential function in our culture and will always be with us. For those who greet this statement skepticism, we reiterate that there is [...]

The decline of print and the rise of the digital revolution

By libertyc
January 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

On iMediaConnection, analyst Rebecca Lieb of the Altimeter Group posts a thoughtful look at what the “decline of print” might mean for media. She points to some of the same reports that we have covered over the last few weeks, such as surveys showing that tablet owners are buying less physical [...]

Douglas Page: Newspapers should think twice before going digital

By libertyc
January 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

On News & Tech, Douglas Page posts a diatribe against “the newspaper cognoscenti who see a terminal disease in every printed newspaper.” He declaims against papers turning digital because a digital newspaper is “just another website” and less attractive to advertisers than a printed [...]

Demise of Borders highlights vanishing print infrastructure

By libertyc
November 30, 2011 // 4 Comments

Joseph Esposito of Scholarly Kitchen has a post looking at the demise of Borders and what it means for the publishing industry. Yes, I know, we’ve posted plenty of those looks before, closer to the time the demise actually happened, but this one brings a perspective I hadn’t thought so much [...]

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