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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

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

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 Amazon patent, part two: What does it mean?

Yesterday we posted an article that discussed the recent Amazon patent that has the digital blogosphere up in arms. Check out that overview or read the full text of the … Continue reading

February 20, 2013

The Amazon patent, part one: What is it?

Digital publishing has been abuzz (and in many cases, aghast) at the recent news that Amazon may be entering the digital resale market. Publisher’s Weekly announced earlier this month that … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

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

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

Cheating on the printed page

The sig other and I entered the twenty-first century this holiday season: we received a stand mixer and a Nexus 7 tablet. In less than a week, I have gone from … Continue reading

December 31, 2012

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

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

ALA releases ebook media and communications toolkit

A lot has happened recently in the ongoing battle between publishers and libraries to get ebooks on library shelves in the most practical, effective, and secure way possible. Macmillan has … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

Penguin ebook lending program update

More good news on the library e-lending front: Penguin has plans to expand its library ebook lending pilot program to libraries in both Los Angeles and Cleveland. The pilot program, … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments
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