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Eco-merits of e-readers versus print – in infographic
February 19, 2015 | 6:25 pm

CustomMade, a platform that focuses on putting together individual custom-makers with consumers, has just shared an infographic comparing the ecological benefits and footprint of e-readers versus traditional print books. In their own context, this could be about persuading people that the venerable bookshelf is not such an ecological burden as it might at first seem. And their feature breaks down the whole argument in very detailed terms, and is worth scanning. But they've also distilled it into a neat infographic, which even if it does some strange moves like contrasting pounds and kilos of carbon, is well worth perusing. Enjoy.   ...

You’re never too old for literary fame and fortune
January 21, 2015 | 10:25 am

For all those talented writers still plugging away in obscurity, here's today's ray of hope - an infographic from Tesco's Blinkbox Books, which asks "What age did the greatest authors publish their most famous works?" The original page itself is in fact a fully interactive mega-bookshelf, which invites you to "explore the careers of some of the world’s most successful authors" and "sort by first published book, age at breakthrough book, and number of books published, so you could do far worse for a quick comparative summary skimthrough of some great literary careers. But even the raw graphic is useful enough. I'd query...

Get creative with this infographic of inspirational imaginary beings
January 10, 2015 | 2:37 pm

an-anthology-of-mythical-creatures_547cfbd1e696f_w1500 Travel blog produced this rather wonderful infographic of imaginary beings from the world over, gathering an entire Borges bestiary-worth of fabulous creatures. And even the most enthusiastic collector of imaginary fauna is likely to find novelties here. For instance, the Guita Xica is a new one on me although it comes from as close to home as Spain, and the bake-kujira is not only remote but also wonderful, as are the Madremonte and the Surale. You could almost work your way down the chart composing a new story about each - if you're aspiring to be the next Neil...

Your handy all-in-one guide to the publishing process
December 29, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Just in case any readers out there still needed to be walked through the intricacies of how books get published in the old-fashioned way, here's a handy step-by-misstep guide to how it all happens pre-digital disruption, courtesy of Mariah Bear and publisher Weldon Owen. And although I do wonder why the marketing and distribution departments are mostly left out of the equation, I'm not surprised to see that Big Publishing is effectively one of the world's biggest ultimate producers of cheese. I knew there had to be a rational explanation for that strong smell wafting out of the remainder stores ... Read....

Lovereading’s guide to the world’s most popular books – and a few surprises
December 3, 2014 | 1:27 pm

TheMostPopularBooksofAllTime_5284b9a651a5a-640x4278 UK book discovery and selection site Lovereading has developed this striking - though pretty conjectural - infographic of the most popular books of all time, based on  number of copies sold, translations made, and editions printed. For some titles, especially the Quran and the Bible, these figures are certainly going to be somewhat off target, even more so since the data is just over a year old, but the general picture is clear. I'd really hope against hope that the data on the Quotations from Chairman Mao or The Da Vinci Code is off though....

NYT delivers the art of misery, Russian style
November 28, 2014 | 8:25 pm

The New York Times has just shared a wonderful infographic on the great writers and works of Russian literature - "Unhappy in Their Own Ways." And for anyone looking to reinforce their preconception that Russian literature is all some great Love and Death-style landscape of melancholy and disaster, here's the evidence laid out in strikingly graphic form. For such a serious - yea, gloomy - topic, it's surprisingly fun, but there is an all-too-serious dimension to this. As Masha Gessen revealed in a sobering recent article in The New York Review of Books, "The Dying Russians," Russia is in the grip...

Battle of the genres (infographic)
October 27, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Battle Of The GenresThis is probably the best looking infographic I've seen in a long time. It's showing some of the best-selling books of all time, sorted by genre, to show the best-selling genres of all time. You can quibble with a few of their choices The Thorn Birds as YA? Why only one book in magical realism? However, overall, it makes for interesting viewing. Infographic credit:​...

Infographic: How Americans spend their tablet time
July 13, 2014 | 2:47 pm

tabletA cute interactive infographic  came my way this weekend from the folks at Kensington, exploring how Americans use their tablet devices. There was nothing earth-shaking here, but a few fun facts, including who is most likely to use their tablet in the bathroom (men), who is more likely to prefer a television (senior citizens) and who are the biggest early birds (18-24 year olds). If you are a trivia junkie, you might enjoy this! ...

Infographic from Sainsbury’s on slowing ebook growth
February 5, 2014 | 5:25 pm

There's been lots of discussion lately on slowing eBook growth and the possible reasons behind it. I personally liked Barry Eisler's analysis, discussing that there's a difference between ebook sales slowing and the growth of sales slowing. If you haven't read the article, go and read it. There's lots of good stuff in it, beyond the sales question. Sainsbury's is adding their analysis to the mix with a recent infographic. It's attempting to be balanced and not inflammatory. They point out that there hasn't been a new Hunger Games or 50 Shades to make a dramatic impact in the market. What surprised me...

Popular Electronic Devices In 2013 (Infographic)
January 8, 2014 | 12:15 pm

Top Gadgets & Tech Of 2013: Blackberry Z10, Microsoft Surface, Google Chromebook, OUYA and MoreHere's an interesting infographic about popular electronic devices in 2013. I like how they broke it out into different categories: Winners Clunkers Game Changers Contenders Provided by | Author: Robin Renford | See our Twitter While on the one hand I wish they had added an "eReader" category, I can't fault them for skipping it. It wasn't a particularly exciting year for eReaders. I basically agreed with most of their conclusions, especially in the Tablet area. While I didn't upgrade to an iPad Air, I have to acknowledge that it's a nice device. They scored the 2013 Nexus 7 as a Contender and the Microsoft...

The Life & Times of the Travel Guidebook (Infographic)
September 3, 2013 | 1:37 pm

guidebookCould it actually—finally—be a real possibility that the printed travel guidebook is not long for this digital world? As a former full-time guidebook author myself, I honestly never thought I'd say this, but given the most recent shakeup with the Lonely Planet brand, I suppose it is beginning to look that way. And what an incredible shame that would be. In the meantime, those of you young enough to have never actually purchased or used a physical guidebook might find the following infographic especially educational. Just to state the obvious, it's nowhere near to being a completist look at the history of...

Infographic: E-Reader vs. Octopus Tech Battle! Which is Better?
July 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

E-readerNo, honest, that's not a linkbait title. Or, well ... not too much of one. My husband found this absolutely awesome infographic on Livescience. Source: LiveScience Check out the image of the cephalopod skin vs. an e-reader display. Kind of creepy how close they are? (And why doesn't WordPress' spell-check recognize cephalopod as a valid word? That's discrimination against lack of a backbone, I'd say!) Wouldn't it be cool if our e-readers could crinkle their displays? Or manufacture their own power? Talk about awesome battery life. Anyway, just enjoy. The infographic kind of says it all....