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Morning Roundup: Don’t count out Barnes & Noble!
June 27, 2013 | 11:21 am

Digg App Updated for iOS with Digg Reader (The Digital Reader) Digg rolled out an update to their iOS app this morning. It’s a very small update, and it really only added a single feature: Digg Reader. * * * On the Likelihood of Academia 'Taking Back' Scholarly Publishing (Scholarly Kitchen) Fast-forward to last month, when I wrote a post about what I believe to be “signal distortions” contributing to a very weird set of economic dynamics in the scholarly publishing industry. At the end of that piece I mentioned that there are some who would clearly welcome the “taking back” of scholarly publishing...

Bookish Impressions
February 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

Bookish has launched with much fanfare. Some good. Some bad. Nate over at The Digital Reader had an amusing look at their terms of service. DBW has three reasons they will succeed and three reasons they will fail. Hedging their bets much? So I decided to try using the site and assess it from a usability perspective. The first thing I tried didn't work out so well. There's a big box in the middle of the page that says "Enter a Book." I assumed I would enter a book title and get some recommendations based on that title. Failing that, I thought at...

A conversation with Amanda Close about BookScout, Random House’s new discoverability app
February 1, 2013 | 1:00 pm

  By Brian Howard Last week, following a soft-launch the week prior, Random House marched out BookScout, a Facebook app designed to link readers with books they'll like but might not have discovered on their own. The recommendation engine draws on a user's "likes"—both on one's Facebook timeline and then directly through the app. Intriguingly, BookScout is not purely a Random House recommendation engine—it'll tip readers to any book in print, regardless of whether it was published by its own imprint Knopf, Big Six rival HarperCollins, indie McSweeney's or even Amazon Publishing. Though the app's early reviews have been mixed (I've found its recommendations to...

Ownshelf Helps Readers Share Their Digital Libraries With Friends
December 12, 2012 | 11:45 pm

  Rick Marazzani believes readers should be able to share and discover e-books through their friends' personal libraries just like they do with print books. That's why he built Ownshelf. Ownshelf, a free web service that launched in beta Friday, provides readers with a cloud storage platform to share e-books with friends and family. Think of it as a simpler Dropbox intended specifically for e-books, but with a social element built in to foster discovery ...   Read Full Article Source: Mashable * * *  ...

SmallDemons Releases “Collections” Feature for Storyverse
November 19, 2012 | 3:27 pm

smalldemons collections, collections featureBy Colleen T. Reese Today, SmallDemons, a book discovery and literary culture app, quietly released what can ultimately only be described as the Pinterest for books. We’ve written about SmallDemons before, but for those of you unfamiliar with the application, SmallDemons aggregates cultural references made in books and uses them to aid in book discovery. Users contribute references, passages and images, as well as rank and create topics in a user-generated, user-controlled, wiki-format. These references make up what is called the "Storyverse," or the universe of books, so to speak. The Storyverse is categorized by Books, People, Places, and Things. So instead of a behaviorist...

Are you drowning in e-books? Here’s a solution.
September 26, 2012 | 5:04 pm

book carousel widgetThose of you who work professionally in the publishing biz have probably been reading, hearing and talking about the art and science of 'e-book discovery' for years now; it's been a slowing growing industry trend for as long as I can remember. But unless I've suddenly been stricken with a nasty case of Baader-Meinhof Syndrome, the so-called 'discovery' concept has absolutely exploded lately: Everyone in the book world, it seems, is talking about it. Why is that? The best explanation, as far as I can tell, is that book publishing itself has exploded—e-book publishing especially—now that we all live in the Age of...