Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

When “mixing it up” is a bad thing

A few weeks ago, I did a copyediting favor for a friend: I proofed the first chapters of a long-form My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfiction. (Apparently MLP has a … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

The power of preorders: Instant gratification

There are many avid readers who will run right out to the bookstore to pick up the latest hardcover from their favorite author on release day. I confess that I … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Geolocated literature: A new genre?

Much is to be anticipated this summer in the world of enhanced serial novels with the approaching release of the The Silent History on the iPad and iPhone by publishing … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

When Uncle Sam (or Parliament) comes knocking

This week, three similar but unrelated articles caught my eye: one about Canadian textbooks, one about academic articles in the United Kingdom, and one about Wikipedia. All three of these articles deal with … Continue reading

July 25, 2012

Tim Waterstone takes aim at Amazon, publishers, in scathing blog post

Last Thursday, July 19, bookseller Tim Waterstone spun a bitter tale of woe in recounting the decline of Waterstones, the British book-selling chain he founded in 1982. Waterstone alleges that … Continue reading

July 24, 2012

Branding: Priority for publishers

There is no publishing industry fan page that is good enough to sell books. No one goes to fan pages for publishers because publishers are not household brand names. The … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Sales or reads: Is there a difference anymore?

How do you define a sale? I’ve always pictured some sort of monetary exchange, coupled with receipt of a product or service, and, heck, perhaps even a handshake. And the … Continue reading

July 18, 2012

Apps to help you organize your books, whether print or digital

When we think about the intersection of technology and books, at least right now, the knee-jerk reaction is to wonder how digitization is affecting print books versus ebooks, or how … Continue reading

July 17, 2012

The economic failings of the Espresso Book Machine

In a series of previous posts, Appazoogle guest blogger, Casey Brown, touched on using the Espresso Book Machine to create bound proofs for a book proposal project. In this post, … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

“Excuse me, sir, my menu doesn’t work,” or, when high-tech overshoots the mark

Sometimes I like our high-tech world, and other times I feel like we’re making unnecessary improvements. You know what they say: If it ain’t broke, don’t replace it with an … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

What tools do we have?

Frequently in adventure movies, the heroes find themselves locked in a small room that is rapidly filling with water, or a gas chamber, or [insert-peril-here]. Sometimes in this scenario, one … Continue reading

July 11, 2012

Size matters: What are the dimensions of the “perfect tablet” and will the (rumored) iPad mini fit the bill?

Ain’t gonna lie. Fifteen years ago, I thought the portable CD player was the epitome of the term ‘portable.’ I even used the double-compartment carrying case—one pocket for the player, … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · 4 Comments

Riffle enters the online book discovery showroom showdown

Goodreads. Jellybooks. Shelfari. LibraryThing. BookMooch. BookNibblr. (I’d add Bookish if they’d just launch, already.) All are websites that attempt to solve the problem of online book discoverability—with so many readers … Continue reading

July 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

‘Tis time for Shakespeare in ebook land: Two new adaptations of the bard’s classics

Summer never truly feels like summer until I get myself a healthy dose of Shakespeare. With Shakespeare in the Park in New York and Shakespeare on the Common here in … Continue reading

July 6, 2012

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