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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...

Japan Considering Copyright Extension; Canada Next?
July 16, 2013 | 10:25 am

copyrightFrom the inimitable Michael Geist comes this little tidbit that Japan is considering extending its standard copyright from Life-Plus-50 to Life-Plus-70. What makes this especially worrying is that Canada, one of the last Life-Plus-50 bastions, is, like Japan, considering participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and is facing pressure from TPP leader America to similarly extend copyright to 70 years. Chris Meadows earlier reported for TeleRead about a study that proves longer copyright terms don't actually keep works available and thus benefit their creators. I hope Canada (and Japan) don't cave to the pressure. I am all for creators benefiting from their work, but...

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: ‘Cord Cutters’ Survey Makes Wrong Point
July 12, 2013 | 9:38 am

surveyGigaOM has a report about a comScore survey showing that 16 percent of Canadians "stream all of their TV from on-line sources." The survey also has an additional 35 percent of Canadians watching both traditional television and a further 35 percent only watching traditional television. Janko Roetggers correctly points out some food-for-thought in the results here: that Google, owner of YouTube, commissioned the survey, and that bandwith caps, which are prevalent in Canada, might be playing a factor in what Canadians watch on-line. But it also misses the point that if you don't ask the right questions, you won't get a full picture...

Canada: The Great White Shopping Hope?
July 6, 2013 | 2:20 pm

CanadaAfter years of neglect by major American retailers, Canada is finally seeing some love. The Star is reporting that Target is gearing up to open 20 more stores across Canada. And an email from Amazon.ca this morning informed me that Canadians can now purchase toys & games, furniture & decor, health & personal care and lawn & garden products. And the Kindle Fire! I have only visited one Canadian Target store and found it underwhelming; the selection and prices were not as good as those at Walmart, and I have not been back there since. But anything that increases competition is a good...

Fancy children’s books: Who are they for?
July 3, 2013 | 11:17 am

children's booksAs a book-devouring adult reader, e-books have changed my life. But one of the areas in which I still prefer paper is children's picture books. Once they hit chapter-book reading level, I'd happily turn a kid loose on an e-book reader, but when they still need pictures, and when the layout and typographics matter, this is one genre where paper still rules. Or ... does it? It's been a holiday weekend here in Canada (Happy Canada Day!) and we spent most of it in big-chain bookstores letting the young relative we were visiting play with the train tables that were set...

The Mystery of the E-Book on the Subway Poster
June 24, 2013 | 3:15 pm

e-booksI'm all for creative marketing from the indie folks—it's a crowded market, and you want to stand out, no? What I don't understand? Spending money on this marketing without taking steps to make sure it's effective. Take today's little case study: I was on my way downtown and saw my first ever e-book subway poster ad. The poster was the little half-size kind they mount up at ceiling level, not unlike the Swatch ads shown in the photo above. A given subway car might have 10 to 15 of these per side, and often someone will rent out a whole car for a...