Why Indigo's Boutique Model is Succeeding

By libertyc
August 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

I wrote earlier about a mysterious walled-off section that just went up at my local Indigo, announcing the impending arrival of something called “Indigo Tech.” This morning, there was [...]

Toronto Stormwatch 2013: When New and Old Technology Collide

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 3 Comments

We got walloped last night with the storm of storms—more rain in one night than we typically get in a whole month, with consequences that at one point involved police boat rescue units paddling in [...]

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King's compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch

By Dan Eldridge
July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Six Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to [...]

The Mystery of the E-Book on the Subway Poster

By libertyc
June 24, 2013 // 9 Comments

I’m all for creative marketing from the indie folks—it’s a crowded market, and you want to stand out, no? What I don’t understand? Spending money on this marketing without taking [...]

Rob Ford, Crack Cocaine, and Editorial Responsibility in the Days of Instant News

By libertyc
May 20, 2013 // 1 Comment

In my grandfather’s day, if you saw it on the front page of the newspaper, it must be true. My, how times have changed! A bizarre story is gripping my city this week, and nobody knows if [...]

The Cookbook Store: A Lesson in Book Retail Done Right

By libertyc
April 4, 2013 // 1 Comment

From today’s Toronto Star comes this feel-good story about The Cookbook Store, a Toronto landmark celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The story also has some good lessons for those who [...]

Another One Bites the Dust: Landmark Toronto bookstore to close April 1

By libertyc
February 17, 2013 // 2 Comments

Bittersweet news came out this weekend that Nicholas Hoare, a landmark Toronto bookstore, is set to close April 1, 2013. The store is known for its eclectic stock and elegant interior, and has been [...]

Toronto library workers strike; ebook service remains operational

By libertyc
March 19, 2012 // 4 Comments

On the local news this morning, the news that the union of city library employees are striking. At issue: job security provisions, According to this article the issue is job security [...]

I’m interviewed by Dquarium – or “The Attack of the Giant Toronto Librarians”

By libertyc
December 13, 2011 // 0 Comments

Just posted is an interview with me on the Bibliotech section of the tech blog Dquarium.  It’s out of Toronto and is run by librarian Kayhan Boncoglu.  Librarians Erin Anderson and Doug [...]

New book review site – The Toronto Review of Books

By libertyc
September 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

Always good to see a new book review coming online.  This one will do ebooks as well as print.  Here’s what they say about themselves: About the TRB An online quarterly, The Toronto Review of [...]

Scientists find that fiction can change the personalities of readers

By libertyc
August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

From Quill & Quire, here’s a snippet of a fascinating article: “People always talk about books changing us. Could we actually measure that?” he says. As a grad student at U of T, [...]

University of Toronto digitizes 250,000 books

By libertyc
September 27, 2010 // 2 Comments

From a post at the Internet Archive by Brewster Kahle: When I talked with Carole Moore, the fantastic librarian from University of Toronto, about 6 years ago, she had a vision of scanning 250,000 [...]

Luminato in Toronto

By libertyc
June 22, 2010 // 1 Comment

Further to Luminato, Torontoist has a write-up of a recent panel at Luminato (a local arts event featuring authors Paul Theroux, Katherine Grovier, publisher Sarah MacLachlan, retailer Joel Silver [...]

Interview with House of Anansi’s Sarah MacLachlan

By libertyc
June 22, 2010 // 2 Comments

After Toronto’s Luminato arts festival publishing panel the CBC interviewed MacLachlan, who is the publisher for such authors as Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. Here’s an excerpt: [...]

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