Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

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

Two new tablets are thrust into the tablet wars

On Thursday, September 6, both Kobo and Amazon made press announcements to unveil new lines of ereaders and tablet devices. Bad timing on both of their parts since whichever way you look at it, a bit … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Kobo poised to become major player in the tablet wars

Kobo, the Japanese-owned, Canadian-based ebook retailer, has been in the news quite a bit lately. It appears that the company is starting to position itself in all the right places—and … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Kobo’s first shaky steps in Japan

Earlier in July, the Kobo Touch ereader was the hottest selling item in Rakuten’s online shopping mall, the third-largest e-commerce website in the world. The preorders were apparently outselling water … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

Update! More details emerge about Kobo Writing Life

In an article posted last week I drew comparison between Writing Life, Kobo’s new self-publishing platform, and three other existing platforms: Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Barnes & Noble’s PubIt!, … Continue reading

June 20, 2012

Kobo launches Writing Life, its new self-publishing platform: How does it stack up?

Canadian-based and Japanese-owned Kobo, the popular ereading services company, announced last week that it would soon begin its foray into the self-publishing world. Kobo’s new self-publishing platform is called Writing … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · 4 Comments

Resurrecting the serial novel: Graphic novels and comic books go digital

I would be doing a great injustice to the publishing industry if, in discussing the evolution of serial novels, I failed to consider the changes currently happening in the world … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Top News of the Week

Seattle Times publishes several articles, criticizing Amazon.  The Seattle Times reported on the deep discounts Amazon asks for from publishers, as well as the states fighting back against Amazon’s  tax deals. … Continue reading

April 6, 2012

Top News of the Week

How do readers discover books? The Goodreads Founder and CEO Otis Chandler discusses the challenge facing every publisher in Publishing Perspectives.  Tablets and reading. With last week’s launch of the … Continue reading

March 16, 2012

Top News of the Week

TOC 2012. O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference took place early this week in New York. Here are some highlights of the conference from Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly. … Continue reading

February 17, 2012

Japanese company acquires Kobo Inc.

Reporting in from the fringes of the e-reader war, I find myself inclined to touch on an interesting change that is happening abroad, tiptoeing stealthily beneath the cloud of buzz … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · 2 Comments

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