Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Is publishing broken?

When the Department of Justice ruled against the agency model, we kind of felt sucker-punched. By ‘we,’ I mean us here at Appazoogle, but also publishers and booksellers in general. Rather … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Top News of the Week

World Book Night is a success. Shelf Awareness provides a sampler of reactions and  experiences from a variety of people all around the world on Monday night. How technology can … Continue reading

April 27, 2012

Event Preview: “Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book”

Next week, MIT’s Communications Forum, the Arts at MIT Visiting Artists Program, the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, and the Angus N. MacDonald Fund are co-sponsoring a FREE symposium … Continue reading

April 26, 2012

The winter of our [dis]content

Recently I read an article on Big Think’s Disrupt Education blog in which the author suggests that Pearson should enter the tablet market. My gut reaction is a wailing “nooooo!” … Continue reading

April 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

The mysterious specter that is Nook Audio

“Let him not quit his belief that a popgun is a popgun, though the ancient and honorable of the earth affirm it to be the crack of doom.” ~ Ralph Waldo … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Encyclopedi-app Britannica

Librarians and other such information enthusiasts jumped for joy last week as Encylopedia Britannica announced its rebirth as a mobile app. The news may have momentarily soothed the many collectors … Continue reading

April 24, 2012

Congratulations, you are magical: one adult’s adventures in Pottermore

I don’t know if you knew this, but this Muggle is magical. And although I am a little bit older than the target audience, I bring you a brief account … Continue reading

April 23, 2012 · 4 Comments

Top News of the Week

London Book Fair recap – Publishers Weekly has coverage of the Digital Minds Conference and The Guardian  reports on discussions of how publishers must adapt in the ever-changing industry. DOJ … Continue reading

April 20, 2012

Google Play: You sneaky little…

There it was, right before my eyes—a mysterious little word at the top of the Google search website. It quietly appeared on the gray navigation bar between ‘Maps’ and ‘YouTube’ … Continue reading

April 19, 2012

What’s next, Amazon?

In light of the DOJ lawsuit against five major publishers and Apple, Amazon has been granted a huge win (and they know it.) We already know low ebook prices are here … Continue reading

April 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Dear DOJ: Get a clue

Wednesday, April 11, 2012: the day had finally come. Rumors of an inquiry into the dealings between Apple and the big six publishers had been swelling for months. The question … Continue reading

April 17, 2012 · 11 Comments

Content IS king

Remember when Apple was a technology company, Google a search and advertising company, and Amazon an online retailer? Those were the days. Granted, Apple hasn’t opened a publishing division (yet), … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Understanding the agency model

While the Department of Justice lawsuit against the agency model rages on, the question I keep hearing, with a note of desperation, is: “What exactly are they suing about?” I … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · 9 Comments

Top News of the Week

DOJ Sues Apple and 5 of the Big 6.  Shelf Awareness sums up Wednesday’s news and developments. HarperCollins, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster have agreed to settle with the DOJ. However, Apple, Penguin, and … Continue reading

April 13, 2012

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