Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Author Archives: Erica Hartnett

Back to Basics: The Lean, Mean Publishing Machine?

Everything comes in cycles, they say, and lately, it looks like a lot of publishing companies are focusing on simplifying their business strategies, eliminating the “extra” business lines, and focusing … Continue reading

March 19, 2013

If you can’t read print books, why not wear them (or use them as decorations)?

Sometimes we are all so entrenched in the digital world that we lose touch with our “print” origins. A while back, I wrote a post highlighting some unconventional uses for repurposing … Continue reading

March 7, 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

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

Book solutions here, there, and everywhere

It seems like new book-related sites are popping up all over the place on practically a daily basis. Whether discoverability-focused, sales-driven, or community-based, book-related sites and discoverability tools are emerging … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Musings from a recent B&N visit: Print or digital?

This past week, I visited my local Barnes & Noble for the first time in, well, longer than I should probably admit. I confess, I am a heavy ebook reader. … Continue reading

December 3, 2012

Reading on the web? Changing standards? More disruption?

How do you prefer to read your books? In good old paper and ink? On a no-fuss ereader? A tablet? How about a web browser on your computer screen? Perhaps … Continue reading

November 19, 2012

Publishers taking active role in ebook promotion: Is anyone listening?

We all know that ebooks get a bad rap sometimes. Whether it is due to pricing issues or poor formatting, ebooks always seem to be in the hot seat—right alongside … Continue reading

November 15, 2012

The harder they fall? Amazon faces a succession of scrutiny as people draw snap judgments

If you’ve been following any of the publishing news stories lately, most likely you’ve seen quite a few stories that report missteps, mistakes, and mysteries concerning the giant e-tailer that … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Google Chrome’s ad: “An Awesome World” about a self-published “awesome dad”

Have you seen Google Chrome’s video about children’s book author Dallas Clayton? I happened to catch it during X Factor commercials last week. (Don’t judge. I was curious.) The ad describes Clayton’s goal … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

One big misunderstanding?: The problem with misconceptions and epublishing

One of the biggest misunderstandings that plagues the publishing industry today is that ebooks are inherently cheaper, faster, and easier to produce than their print counterparts and, as a result, … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 14 Comments

Apps on ereaders: Does anyone use them?

I am extremely curious to hear whether you Appazoogle readers use apps on your ereader and tablet devices. (Unless you have an iPad. That’s a whole different story.) Because I … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Elektrobiblioteka: A student turns a book into a remote control

One of the most interesting topics to me these days is how to make print and digital coexist in an increasingly complicated, crowded space. (It is a theme that I … Continue reading

September 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

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