Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Appazoogle going on hiatus

Dear readers, Thank you for making the last year and a half an exciting and memorable one for those of us on staff at Appazoogle. Due to a variety of … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Goodreads: a second opinion (Part 2)

A day after I drooled with admiration over the mission of social book reading site Goodreads and their not-as-sketchy-as-Amazon’s book reviews, Amazon swept in and bought them. Cue the speculation, lamentation, … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Invisible marketing: How the digital world makes it hard to prove your mettle

I work in textbook marketing. Last week, an author on one of my lists sent me an email. The general tone: “You don’t know how to do your job, I … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Goodreads: a checkup

I use Goodreads to brag. I do so in the most subtle, but competitive, and most definitely dork-alicious way.  Quickly scanning the “friend″ update emails,  I’m not always drawn to what … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Back to Basics: The Lean, Mean Publishing Machine?

Everything comes in cycles, they say, and lately, it looks like a lot of publishing companies are focusing on simplifying their business strategies, eliminating the “extra” business lines, and focusing … Continue reading

March 19, 2013

Literary agencies and ebook publishing: fad or future?

Many moons ago, I wondered whether literary agents would thrive or be cast adrift in the ever-shifting waters of the publishing industry. With the emergence of a vast array of … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

How do you solve a problem like the Hydra?

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Random House are in a fight over a nine-headed monster. Well, sort of. Last week, Digital Book World reported on an … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

AWP: the post-show report

A big thank you to everyone who came to see us at AWP on Thursday! We had a great time presenting and had about 70 people come out to hear … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

If you can’t read print books, why not wear them (or use them as decorations)?

Sometimes we are all so entrenched in the digital world that we lose touch with our “print” origins. A while back, I wrote a post highlighting some unconventional uses for repurposing … Continue reading

March 7, 2013

Amazon Japan turns tables on Kobo

After taking a semester-long hiatus while I wrote my master’s thesis, I now return to the East Asian side of the digital revolution where, in the blink of an eye, … Continue reading

March 6, 2013

Appazoogle out in public

Are you planning to be at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Boston this week? Since the conference is on our home turf, five of our … Continue reading

March 5, 2013

Barnes & Noble in troubled waters

“It’s really scary for me that I covered the bankruptcy of a major book chain last year, and I’m kind of wondering if I might be doing the same thing next … Continue reading

March 5, 2013

Legal check-in: February updates

Jenna Gilligan wrote earlier this week about the recent indie suit against major publishers in regards to DRM, which has prompted us to take a look at what else in publishing … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · 13 Comments

Will the indies succeed in making DRM illegal?

Last week, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Fiction Addiction, and Posman Books—three independent bookstores who claim to represent “all independent brick-and-mortar bookstores who sell ebooks”—sued Amazon and the Big Six, … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 32 Comments

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