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Fahrenheit 451 rages north of 49th parallel as Canuck government said burning books
January 11, 2014 | 10:40 am

fahrenheit 451The Canadian administration of Stephen Harper, accused elsewhere of waging a "war on science," appears to be carrying the struggle to the bookshelves. At least if the testimony of scientists working with and close to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is to be believed. According to reports, 11 DFO research libraries are being consolidated into four, with - depending on who you believe - the contents either carefully digitized or winnowed to remove duplications, or broken up and destroyed in a process of "libricide." The office of Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea issued a combative press release to counter...

Quill & Quire survey shows publishing still a satisfying career – at least, in Canada
December 13, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Quill & Quire, "Canada's magazine of book news and reviews," recently released a survey of attitudes, standards, and salaries in the publishing profession. The results hardly paint a picture of an industry in decline. Of course, publishers could always be happier, and have some very specific discontents, but overall, they seem to be surviving digital disruption very well. Excerpts from the actual survey show salaries and compensation sort of holding ground in the profession. On average, around 56 percent of all employee types received bonuses in 2012, with the percentage in sales, marketing and publicity rather higher (though that may be...

Morning Roundup: Sherlock Holmes drama; test-driving Oyster; more
September 17, 2013 | 8:59 am

Reddit's Crowd-Sourced Media is a Lot Like The Regular Kind---Good at Some Things, Not so Good at Others (GigaOM) This time, Reddit was the one that avoided naming the wrong suspect, while mainstream outlets bungled the story — but the bigger picture is that both traditional media and crowdsourced media have their strengths. *** Conan Doyle Estate is Horrified That the Public Domain Might Create 'Multiple Personalities' of Sherlock Holmes (Techdirt) The Conan Doyle estate claims that having that [easyazon-link asin="0553328255" locale="us"]single book[/easyazon-link] under copyright means that the entire character is covered by copyright. *** Test-Driving Oyster, a Netflix for Books (The Digital Shift) Is Oyster set to...

Book Review: At Fear’s Altar, by Richard Gavin
September 16, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Canadian "numinous horror and esoterica author" Richard Gavin has released four collections since his debut "Charnel Wine" in 2004, and has garnered the kind of reputation that many writers would sell their souls for. This collection, his fourth, has received reviews varying from the enthusiastic to the ecstatic. There are thirteen stories, including a fictionalized prologue so dark that it definitely counts as one. There is the nightmare encounter with a dead god in "The Abject," where a wilderness becomes a metaphysical landscape that fulfils a myth in the most horrible but perhaps redemptive way. There is the new and quite...

Back to School Week, Part 1: Let’s Do Lunch!
September 3, 2013 | 11:40 am

schoolIt's back-to-school week here in Canada! Public schools typically open the Tuesday after Labor Day; I teach in a private school, so we don't start classes until Thursday, but we're back for meetings and prep bright and early on Tuesday morning. To celebrate this annual rite of Autumn, I'll be highlighting some useful school-thened e-book resources. For this inaugural post, we'll be "doing lunch" by looking at some lunchbox-themed e-books. * * * 1. Cooking with Trader Joe's Easy Lunchboxes by Kelly Lester I use the "Easy Lunchbox" containers regularly, and love their beautiful, photo-heavy cookbook so much that I have copies both in print (autographed!)...

The Best Example Ever of a Book That Would Never Work in ‘E’ Form
August 30, 2013 | 6:11 pm

bookI'm birthday shopping for a long weekend visit with a young friend, and I think I just found the most perfect example in the world of a book series that should not at all be threatened by the birth of the e-book. The background: The boy is turning three, and he is into trains. But he has a lot of train stuff already, including two train-themed gifts we will be bringing for him from various grandparents. And he likes the movie "Toy Story," but is, again, well-stocked. So ... what should we get him? We heard the news that he's been struggling...

A First Look at Indigo Tech!
August 29, 2013 | 2:14 pm

Indigo Tech Indigo Tech is open for business! I snapped these pics today at my local store, and it's about what I expected: a fancier Kobo kiosk, iPads and more! The various wall displays have headphones, speakers, health products such as the Fitbit, iPad creative accessories like a Crayola effects pad, and cases and accessories. The dedicated staff person moved back and forth between the main display and the separate Kobo area. I already have an iPad, and none of the displayed accessories caught my eye. But there are more Indigo stores than Apple stores, so maybe they're hoping to use that to bring...

Trader Joe’s vs. Pirate Joe’s
August 28, 2013 | 3:48 pm

Pirate Joe'sTechdirt is one of many who have been covering the curious tale of Pirate Joe—aka Michael Hallatt, a Vancouver entrepreneur who has set up a store in which he sells, at a markup, products he purchases at the Trader Joe's chain on the American side of the border. Hallatt claims he is doing nothing wrong—he buys his "merchandise" at full retail price and is permitted to sell them if he wishes to under the first-sale doctrine. Trader Joe's begs to differ and has filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement. Mike Masnick makes some useful points in his discussion of the case. Firstly, he...

Why Indigo’s Boutique Model is Succeeding
August 19, 2013 | 4:21 pm

IndigoI wrote earlier about a mysterious walled-off section that just went up at my local Indigo, announcing the impending arrival of something called "Indigo Tech." This morning, there was news in my RSS feed from my friends at Good e-Reader, confirming that Indigo has signed a deal with Apple to carry tablets, Apple TV boxes and other products. Their write-up also had this intriguing quote: "Indigo said during a recent investors call that it will revamp many of its large format stores to fall in line with the growing popularity of the store-within-a-store concept at many other retailers. The new physical format store will...

Lessons Learned During a Cross-Border Shopping Trip
August 6, 2013 | 5:07 pm

shoppingI've just gotten back from a little birthday getaway—we had a long weekend here and the Beloved took an extra day off to whisk me away for the big 3-6. And I realized that there is nothing better for clarifying the issues facing bricks-and-mortar retail right now than a little cross-border shopping. Lessons learned? 1. In the Brave New Internet World, it's Always Party Time! The Internet means you can celebrate anywhere. Isn't that fun? We were halfway to Buffalo, N.Y., when my phone bleeped with an email greeting from my dad, complete with an Amazon gift card appended to the message....

Morning Roundup: Free Obama e-single; Canada’s best-read city; and more
August 1, 2013 | 8:48 am

Morning Roundup3 Reasons Educational Book Publishing is Booming (Digital Book World) Creative breakthroughs are happening in educational publishing like never before. Justin Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Amplify, thinks he knows why. * * * The Sun (UK) Launches Innovative Digital Paywall (Good e-Reader) What is very exciting, is how the Sun is taking a departure from the standard way news companies make money online and doing some fairly innovative things. * * * Amazon's Interview with President Obama is Now Available as a Free Kindle Single (GigaOM) Amazon’s interview with President Obama is now available free in the Kindle Store. * * * Vancouver #1 Most...

And now, a quick look at Jori Phillips’ amazing bookworm dress
July 29, 2013 | 9:01 am

bookworm dressDigital wearables and e-paper may be advancing by leaps and bounds, but they still have some way to go before they can rival this. Mashable has shared a delightful piece of literary fashion sense with Vancouver based actor, model and artistic personality Jori Phillips and her amazing bookworm dress, crafted entirely from the pages of a thesaurus. "I was hired as a costumed character for the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival 2013," Jori explains on Facebook. "I created the character as well as hand-making the dress and hat. The entire costume was put together by myself over the course of a...