Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Monthly Archives: January, 2013

The single life: Progress report on digital short forms

Close to a year ago, a fellow Appazoogler pondered the future of digital shorts and book formats conducive to Kindle Singles. The focus, appropriately, was on form length and our … Continue reading

January 30, 2013

San Antonio announces BiblioTech, a digital-only public library

Would you be inclined to take a trip to a digital-only library for your latest reading needs? This fall, perhaps residents in San Antonio will have that chance. Bexar County … Continue reading

January 29, 2013

Free books for everyone (in Seattle)

Several months ago I finally created a Twitter account because, I rationalized, I need to stay relevant in the digital revolution. I immediately followed a variety of writers, editors, and … Continue reading

January 24, 2013

Elsevier, Mendeley, and STM publishers look to the future

Last week, news broke that the scholarly STM publisher Elsevier is in talks to purchase Mendeley, the successful research collaboration platform used by researchers and academics around the world. And … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Top News of the Week

Judging from the all the hype over children’s book publishing at the Digital Book World event this week,  here’s a special edition of Top News dedicated to the kiddos. Children’s … Continue reading

January 18, 2013

To curb “showrooming,” Target to match Amazon’s prices

Last week, my sig oth gleefully showed me an article on the WSJ‘s MarketWatch: Target has promised to match Amazon’s prices. To combat practice of “showrooming,” in which a customer uses a store … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Random House announces internal reorganization

Random House and Penguin are still awaiting verdicts from global fair trade organizations to finalize their planned merger, but that certainly hasn’t left them standing idle. Last week, Publisher’s Lunch … Continue reading

January 15, 2013

Santa wasn’t so good to B&N this year

It was a tough break for Barnes & Noble this holiday season. The Nook side of the business was down 12.6 percent compared to last year’s figures—a disappointing number, particularly … Continue reading

January 10, 2013

Social reading and…social publishing?

As we all know, reading is one of those activities that wears two masks: On the one hand, reading can be an intensely personal and private experience; on the other, … Continue reading

January 3, 2013

Are tech giants out to kill the novel?

Last week, Wired  interviewed Tim O’Reilly, the CEO of O’Reilly Media, a company that has revolutionized the e-publishing space over the last 35 years.

January 2, 2013

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