Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Free for all, free-for-all

Claire’s post earlier this week (and Iris’ post before it) tackled the question of platform-limited educational tools—specifically, enhanced e-textbooks. And while that is an interesting discussion in itself, it leads … Continue reading

January 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Could special sales be the future of bricks and mortar?

Winding my way up the stairs at the four-story Anthropologie store in Harvard Square, I paused to admire a coral-colored cardigan. I held it up to test the length but … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

My fair Google

By now most people have heard of the infamous Google Books Project and Google Library Project, as well as the subsequent—and still ongoing—lawsuits (the first, by the Association of American … Continue reading

January 30, 2012

Top News of the Week

Thoughts on Amazon’s predatory nature: Could there be an Amazon Store in the near future? Are you a member of the Amazon Prime Cult? If not, you probably will be, … Continue reading

January 27, 2012

International News Sampler

In Soviet Russia, books read YOU. Alternatively, they appear in British bookstores or are assigned by your despotic prime minister: Waterstones is opening a Russian mini-store within its London flagship … Continue reading

January 27, 2012

When an ebook isn’t a book: proprietary formats and the iBooks Author app

The publishing and technology worlds are abuzz with the news of Apple’s recently unveiled iBooks Author app. And many are already reacting negatively to the news that the app publishes … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

Amazon, plagiarism, and self-publishing

Piracy. Plagiarism. Publishing. “P” words have been getting a lot of attention in the news lately, particularly with growing concerns about SOPA. Amid all of the coverage on Internet blackout … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mirasol courting the Chinese market

For Qualcomm, the American ereader market is the one that got away. The  San Diego-based technology company does not have a dedicated ereader, but a few years ago it had been … Continue reading

January 25, 2012

Do books still matter? Mein Kampf does.

(*Update 1/25, 11:18 AM: Faced with pressure from the German government and unable to afford a legal battle with the Bavarian state, McGee has backed down and will be graying … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · 4 Comments

Distance learning: what independent e-tailers can teach writers about self-promotion

Etsy is a wonderful place. It’s the Candy Land of craft addicts, the homestyle version of Amazon—and in fact, Appazoogle has already had a couple of posts centering on how … Continue reading

January 24, 2012

Google’s fourth quarter earnings miss the mark

Google’s fourth quarter 2011 earnings, released last Thursday, January 19, fell short of analyst expectations in a rare miss. Though Google posted earnings that were positive—the company reported $10.58 billion … Continue reading

January 24, 2012

Apple’s iBooks author forgets EPUB (as I should have expected)

By IRIS AMELIA Okay, after watching Apple’s New York announcement on their initiatives regarding electronic textbooks, my incessant tweeting has finally ceased. For now. While being glued to the event, … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · 7 Comments

International News Sampler

By LANA POPOVIC More international petit fours, this time with an icing of snark. I can only deny my true nature for so long. Amazon has a new inside man … Continue reading

January 20, 2012

Top News of the Week

The Apple Education Event: Apple announces a new iPad textbook initiative as well as a new textbook category called iBooks 2 on Thursday. How will the textbook industry fair? More info … Continue reading

January 20, 2012

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