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Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Facebook IPO: What happens now?

I could have told you not to buy shares in Facebook. In all honesty, I only have layman’s knowledge of the stock market. I’m no finance professional. But what I … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Ebooks plus soccer equals literacy

A headline in last Thursday’s Publishers Weekly daily Round Up immediately caught my eye: “One million ebooks headed to Africa: With FC Barcelona’s and Worldreader’s help.” Naturally I was intrigued … Continue reading

May 30, 2012

Print v. digital or print + digital?

Last week on the Publishers Weekly site, I read something that presented yet another side of the print vs. digital conundrum: using ebooks as a way to generate interest in print. … Continue reading

May 30, 2012 · 3 Comments

Opening the doors to the international book market

According to a recent article by Digital Book World, “sales of e-books by U.S. publishers to readers in other countries increased to $21.5 million in 2011 from $4.9 million in … Continue reading

May 29, 2012

Crowdfunding: Can it change the publishing process?

Crowdfunding is exceptionally popular today, with many people turning to places like Kickstarter to raise funds for their projects. Crowdfunding works like this: an inventor, creator, or whoever can propose a … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Reading v. storytelling: let’s prioritize

Last week, Digital Book World published a blog post by Chris Rechsteiner about how the future of publishing depends on getting people to read again. In his article, Chris boldly states, … Continue reading

May 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Publishing degree programs: Worth the student debt?

My cat is catching the day’s last rays of sunlight on the sill, and the open window lets in a soft breeze, the occasional seagull scream, and the wail of … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · 4 Comments

Target vs. Amazon: On target or missing the mark?

On May 2 Target announced that it will no longer carry Amazon’s Kindle products in its stores. The chain’s decision is just the latest spot of controversy in the never-ending … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

Is a book really a book anymore?

Last week “the DocuMentor” from ZDNet asked a few curious questions in a blog post titled, “Should we come up with a new term for books?” Specifically, the writer asked: … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

“Ask again tomorrow”: the future of ebook pricing

Earlier this week, I came across an infographic by Winning Edits on Digital Book World that showcased three-word summaries of publishing professionals’ predictions on the future of ebook pricing. Answers range … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Resurrecting the serial novel: Graphic novels and comic books go digital

I would be doing a great injustice to the publishing industry if, in discussing the evolution of serial novels, I failed to consider the changes currently happening in the world … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

The consumer/reader divide

*5/15: As of last week, seventeen more states have joined the amended suit against Apple and the “Agency Five” publishers. As a voracious reader of literary fiction—and more than my … Continue reading

May 14, 2012

What’s the cost of credibility?

Last week I read a pretty hilarious Atlantic article titled “Abraham Lincoln Did Not Invent Facebook: How a Guy and His Blog Fooled the Whole Wide Internet.” If you haven’t heard about … Continue reading

May 13, 2012

Top News of the Week

Android taking over iPad in e-reading market. According to Digital Book World, the real news is that choosing tablets may be having an adverse effect on the e-book market. Color … Continue reading

May 11, 2012
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