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

Barnes & Noble in troubled waters

“It’s really scary for me that I covered the bankruptcy of a major book chain last year, and I’m kind of wondering if I might be doing the same thing next … Continue reading

March 5, 2013

Will the indies succeed in making DRM illegal?

Last week, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Fiction Addiction, and Posman Books—three independent bookstores who claim to represent “all independent brick-and-mortar bookstores who sell ebooks”—sued Amazon and the Big Six, … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 32 Comments

What’s a MOOC? (And why should publishers care?)

Though they sound like they might have been cooked up by Seuss, MOOCs have been a hot topic in academic publishing lately. These “massive open online courses” are jut what … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 7 Comments

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

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

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

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

President TK: Ebooks, elections, and the drive for currency in the digital environment

We live in an Internet era. Information is cheap, fast, and easy, available almost as soon as our brains can tell our fingers to Google it. But the ready availability … Continue reading

November 6, 2012

Our hero?: Penguin Random House confirmed

This week I joined most of the publishing industry in the water cooler buzz about the recently-announced marriage of Random House and Penguin. (Also, of course, the blogosphere/social media/Internet buzz.) … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

New age piracy: ask the right questions

Recently, one of the authors I work with was in touch with me because someone was torrenting his book. To paraphrase the email: “They’ve got my book on a site … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Top News of the Week

 AAP and Google reach settlement.  After seven years of litigation over Google’s library book scanning, publishers have seen that “Google has kept on scanning and indexing—and the sky did not fall.” Microsoft and … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

How YOU doin’? DBW launches social media dashboard for top publishers

Digital Book World (DBW) launched its Discoverability and Marketing social media dashboard today that measures the social imprint of top publishers. While the project is a great start,

September 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Kids tablets: Toys “R” Us announces Tabeo

After reading books to her son on her iPad, a friend of mine became so dismayed by her toddler’s absorbed trance and alarming affinity for the touch screen that she … Continue reading

September 16, 2012

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