Why Indigo's Boutique Model is Succeeding

By Joanna Cabot
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 news in my RSS feed from my friends at Good e-Reader, confirming that Indigo has signed a deal with [...]

Toronto Stormwatch 2013: When New and Old Technology Collide

By Joanna Cabot
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 with dinghys to rescue 400 people who were trapped for seven hours on a flooded commuter train. [...]

The Mystery of the E-Book on the Subway Poster

By Joanna Cabot
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 steps to make sure it’s effective. Take today’s little case study: I was on my way [...]

The Cookbook Store: A Lesson in Book Retail Done Right

By Joanna Cabot
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 wonder how book retail can continue to survive and thrive in today’s Amazon-and-Internet [...]

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

By Joanna Cabot
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 in operation in three different cities, at various junctures, since 1971. The shocker? This article [...]

Toronto library workers strike; ebook service remains operational

By Joanna Cabot
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 provisions” “Under a recently signed agreement with city outside workers belonging to Local 416, only [...]

New book review site – The Toronto Review of Books

By Paul Biba
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 Books covers print and e-books, but also anything else that intrigues our writers. We’ll review [...]

Scientists find that fiction can change the personalities of readers

By Paul Biba
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, Raymond Mar, now an assistant professor of psychology at York University and associate editor [...]

University of Toronto digitizes 250,000 books

By Paul Biba
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 books from their libraries. Well, a few days ago she succeeded. ( [...]

Luminato in Toronto

By Joanna Cabot
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 and Atlantic deputy editor Scott Stossel, who moderated the event. From the write-up: The biggest [...]

Interview with House of Anansi’s Sarah MacLachlan

By Paul Biba
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: With Amazon and Apple making it easy and enticing to self-publish, how does a publisher keep authors [...]

wordpress analytics