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Author Archives: Jenka Eusebio

Amazon Japan turns tables on Kobo

After taking a semester-long hiatus while I wrote my master’s thesis, I now return to the East Asian side of the digital revolution where, in the blink of an eye, … Continue reading

March 6, 2013

Crowdsourced ebook soundtrack hits the (digital) shelves

Publishing singularity strikes again, this time with a social network twist. For a while now, I’ve had scored ebooks on my mind—“scored” as in fully scored, with music, sound effects, … Continue reading

September 5, 2012

Kobo’s first shaky steps in Japan

Earlier in July, the Kobo Touch ereader was the hottest selling item in Rakuten’s online shopping mall, the third-largest e-commerce website in the world. The preorders were apparently outselling water … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

The NOOK gets street smart

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of detective cartoons. I particularly enjoyed following the adventures of Inspector Gadget and his younger and more astute sidekick, Penny. … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

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

Will Rakuten score the first point against Amazon in the Japanese ereader battle?

Having been on the Rakuten beat since November of last year when the Japanese Internet retailer purchased Kobo for $315 million, I find myself constantly—and pleasantly—surprised by the company’s international … Continue reading

July 5, 2012

Amazon and U.S. government collaborate in international learning initiative

Mysterious things are afoot in the world of cultural diplomacy and English language education. The digital revolution has moved beyond the marble halls of the Department of Justice and into … Continue reading

June 19, 2012

Print book nostalgia…in a perfume bottle

So word around the stacks is that there’s a new fragrance on the shelves called “Paper Passion,” a perfume inspired by the smell of books. Yes, you heard me. Literary … Continue reading

June 14, 2012 · 2 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

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

B&N and Microsoft: the newest alliance of Bibliotech Land

On April 30, 2012, a press release echoed through the skies of the publishing world like a choir of angels, piercing through the miasma of gloom felt by many in … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

Bottom of the Ninth: An animated graphic novel for iPad and iPhone

Every now and then I like to indulge the other side of my inner geek, the side that relishes in the reading stories enhanced with still images. I don’t need … Continue reading

May 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

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