Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Z. Danielewski discusses the “art” of ebooks

Guest blogger Cailin Donoghue graduated with a master’s degree from Emerson College’s publishing program this past May and now works as the sales and marketing associate at Beacon Press. She … Continue reading

November 29, 2012

Are library ebook patrons also ebook buyers?

A new poll sponsored by OverDrive, the ebook distribution service, along with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), suggests that yes, people who loan ebooks from libraries are … Continue reading

November 20, 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

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