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Goodreads: a second opinion (Part 2)

A day after I drooled with admiration over the mission of social book reading site Goodreads and their not-as-sketchy-as-Amazon’s book reviews, Amazon swept in and bought them. Cue the speculation, lamentation, … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Goodreads: a checkup

I use Goodreads to brag. I do so in the most subtle, but competitive, and most definitely dork-alicious way.  Quickly scanning the “friend″ update emails,  I’m not always drawn to what … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Ebook gift card update: Livrada caters to authors

Last holiday season, we highlighted the pros and cons of ebook gift cards in lieu of gifting books, or even retailer cards like a Barnes and Noble gift card. Last … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

Gadget realism: A digital divide

Every year, my electronics-obsessed brother tries to rope the siblings into “going in” on a big tech purchase for my mother. His enthusiasm is fueled by the one gamble that paid … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Ebook gift cards: The ultimate anticlimax?

With the digitization of music, books, and other intangible forms of entertainment, where does one draw the line in gifting these items?  I know that other than my mother, the … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Lessons from Gilbane: Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I promised to show the light at the end of the tunnel for publishers trying to keep up with digital disruptions to their businesses. Topping the list … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

Lessons from Gilbane: Part 1

Where would you find a CEO belting out karaoke of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (the lyrics swapped out with intentionally nauseating tech buzzwords), the creator of something … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

Top news of the week

Google turns vacuum cleaner into book scanner. Via Wired: As if scanning those 7 million rare and out of print books didn’t ruffle the feathers of enough opponents, we at least know how they … Continue reading

November 16, 2012

Top news of the week

DBW power rankings. Two notorious love birds top DBW’s list of  top ebook publishers. Amazon is gunning for Netflix and Hulu. By raising its Prime prices? Aggro. Print is not dead! Fetishists say so. “Clicking to … Continue reading

November 9, 2012

Holiday e-cookbooks: Can they trump food blogs?

Now that Thanksgiving is less than a month away, holiday worries creep in: What will I cook? What outfits are safe from in-law scrutiny (that also expand at the waist)? … Continue reading

November 2, 2012

Mini me, you complete me: Small is big in new ereaders

Rumors are swirling around the not-so-subtle Apple announcement for Tuesday’s event that teases, “We’ve got a little more to show you.” Little, you say? As in…mini? Something…nan-tastic?

October 18, 2012 · 3 Comments

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