Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Knock it off: Fakes, mistakes, and (a lack of) curation

In May, NPR profiled Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Grey, a historical fiction novel about a girl exiled to Lithuania during Stalin’s regime—no sex involved. However, Sepetys’ work has been … Continue reading

September 4, 2012

The calm before the storm: Will September’s press events shake up the ebook world?

Well, if one thing’s for certain, September is shaping up to be a pretty active month in the technoglobe. While I think everyone knows to expect an announcement from Apple … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Amazon speaks to the consumer with returns on ebooks

GalleyCat’s Dianna Dilworth may have surprised a few readers with her recent post on how to return a Kindle ebook. Although Amazon’s return policy is not new, it’s an easily overlooked feature, particularly … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

The odd couple: ABA and B&N join forces to protest agency model settlement

It’s often said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Apparently this is also true when the government involves itself in the book industry: Last week, the American Booksellers Association and Barnes & Noble … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Tim Waterstone takes aim at Amazon, publishers, in scathing blog post

Last Thursday, July 19, bookseller Tim Waterstone spun a bitter tale of woe in recounting the decline of Waterstones, the British book-selling chain he founded in 1982. Waterstone alleges that … Continue reading

July 24, 2012

Sales or reads: Is there a difference anymore?

How do you define a sale? I’ve always pictured some sort of monetary exchange, coupled with receipt of a product or service, and, heck, perhaps even a handshake. And the … Continue reading

July 18, 2012

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

Google enters the tablet wars

As if deciding which tablet to buy weren’t hard enough already. Last Wednesday at its annual I/O conference for developers, Google announced that it would be adding yet another item on … Continue reading

July 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

Working with the Evil Empire, part III: Kindle edition

This is the final segment of a series of posts by Casey Brown, Emerson College publishing graduate student and an author who has self-published through Amazon’s CreateSpace. To learn more … Continue reading

June 26, 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

Working with the Evil Empire, part I: Deciding to self-publish with Amazon

This is the first part of a series of first-person posts documenting the experiences of a self-published, niche author with Amazon and CreateSpace, Amazon’s print-on-demand publishing platform. I published with … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 10 Comments

Top News of the Week

The Amazon Effect. The Nation’s in depth cover story explores Amazon’s history and its current conquest over the publishing industry. Indies vs Amazon. Shannon McKenna Schmidt at Shelf Awareness discusses … Continue reading

June 1, 2012

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

Target vs. Amazon: On target or missing the mark?

On May 2 Target announced that it will no longer carry Amazon’s Kindle products in its stores. The chain’s decision is just the latest spot of controversy in the never-ending … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

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