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Balanced Bibliophilocy: a new paradigm for reading
July 14, 2014 | 4:25 pm

e-booksOur friends at The Passive Voice linked to another of those tedious 'smell of paper' screeds the other day. You know the kind of article I mean: she bought a Kindle (for work! It's totally defensible!) but got seduced but the feature set and the convenience aspect, and the free public domain books and the one-clickiness of it all, and now she feels guilty. She is single-handedly killing the bookstores of the world, her ability to focus has gone out the window, her cat doesn't love her anymore and so on... And I got annoyed. And then I got bemused that...

Authors Guild shares message against Amazon offer from diehard critic Richard Russo
July 14, 2014 | 2:25 pm

America's Authors Guild has just shared an open letter from its current co-Vice President, novelist Richard Russo, coming out against Amazon's offer of 100 percent ebook royalties to Hachette authors while the Amazon/Hachette dispute continues. The letter attracted a prompt response from Amazon, who wrote as follows (here courtesy of Publishers Weekly): Our offer is sincere and it stands—Hachette need only say yes to help their authors. We also wonder what this letter would look like if Hachette had posed this idea and Amazon had rejected it. The letter conflates the long-term structure of the industry with a short-term proposal designed...

Clifford Irving: Former faker and jailbird, resurrected through ebooks
July 14, 2014 | 11:23 am

Many writers have been using ebooks to revive their backlist and reboot their careers. A Kindle freebie giveaway offer gives a chance to revisit the career of one of the more bizarre exponents of this practice - Clifford Irving, former inmate of federal institutions in Danbury and Allenwood, and author/creator of the fake Howard Hughes autobiography. Described by Newsweek as "the most daring literary caper of all time," the fake Howard Hughes autobiography is still out there and selling. Irving himself has put his entire backlist up on his official website, noting that "a couple of times a week the price...

Student vs eBooks: Another Question of Terminology
July 12, 2014 | 4:32 pm

ebooksI wrote earlier about how important the proper defining of terms can be when debating the complex issue of publishing today. In my earlier piece, I made a point about the distinction between a 'publisher' and an 'editor,' and how muddied the waters can get when on conflates these two very different terms. Well, another article has been lighting up the blogs this week, and it's about 'students' who prefer paper textbooks over 'ebooks.' Notice the scare quotes there; I am not trying to be dramatic. But I would like to point out that there are very different ways each of...

Only 17% of parents say reading is a top priority this summer
June 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

man reading on grassFrom GalleyCat comes this depressing survey, from a group called Reading is Fundamental, and Macy's. They surveyed 1,000 parents and found that only 17% of them feel that reading is a top priority this summer. I am not sure what to make of it. The sample size is pretty small for this one, and the survey does also point out that parents who do make reading a priority are more likely to have kids who read. But it stuck in my mind because I had read only yesterday a thought-provoking question on Ask Metafilter that struck close to home on this...

Fun with eBook stats
June 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ebook statsAs we reach the halfway point of 2014 and I prepare to look again at my reading goals for the year, I thought it might be an opportune time to check out my ebook stats! I have been keeping them since I first started reading eBooks in 2008, and it's been awhile since I've done a write-up on them! Why do I keep stats? Well, I like having a record of how many books I read, for one thing. And for another, I remember how when I first started reading eBooks, people used to remark on how expensive that must be....

What a diet book taught me about my eBook spending
May 29, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ebook spendingIt seems like every year, I read a book which is ostensibly about one thing, and then turns out to be about something else. Last year, it was a book about autism that turned out to be about the internet. This year, it was a book about sugar that gave me a wake-up call about my ebook spending. The book was [easyazon-link asin="B00IT6C2SU" locale="us"]Year of No Sugar[/easyazon-link] by Eve Schaub. The author, horrified by a YouTube video on the effects of sugar on the body, resolves to cut out all refined sugar for a year. She brings her husband and two small...

Target to offer ebooks through Librify
May 29, 2014 | 9:24 am

librifyTarget has announced it’s going to start offering ebooks through a partnership with Librify, according to USA Today. Even though the new service is still a few months off, the announcement of the program seems interesting. First, BookExpo America is this week, so companies tend to make their big announcements around the event. However, we can’t get away from the Amazon vs. Hachette news – and customers looking for easier ways to get their books. Partnering with Target gives Librify a big get, especially when it comes to marketing and reach. From USA Today: Librify, which started beta testing with select users in March,...

Let’s stop the eBook judging
May 27, 2014 | 1:25 pm

ebook judgingTwo articles crossed my inbox yesterday morning on the same subject; one via Nate's morning roundup at The Digital Reader, one via the Guardian website. In the first, David B. Coe, with very little enthusiasm, describes his life with his new eReader. There is a lot of 'smell of paper' nonsense in there, but the gist of it is that sometimes, the eBooks can be 'undeniably convenient' and other times, he prefers to not to 'stare at a screen.' In the second article, Margaret Drabble expounds on hers with much more enthusiasm. She loves being able to reference any book she needs...

Morning Roundup: Macmillan partners with Swagbucks. Recommending books is hard and more
May 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

swagbucksMacmillan Partners With Swagbucks to Offer Readers Rewards for Sharing Book Marketing, Buying Books (Digital Book World) St. Martin’s Press has partnered with Swagbucks, the web’s most rewarding content discovery community, for a new digital literature channel called READ. *** Recommending Books is Hard (Book Riot) If you tell me, “Hey I really enjoyed The Help. What other books would I like?” I can probably spout off five books immediately that you should read. But knowing absolutely nothing about the books you’ve enjoyed makes it hard. There are just too many awesome possibilities out there. *** UK Rules eBooks Aren’t Books as Far as Taxation Is...

Smashwords delivers titles quicker to the iBookstore
May 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords has taken steps to improve delivery to Apple’s iBookstore, the company announced on Sunday. Published e-books have appeared as quickly as the same day when submitted through Smashwords’ distributions network recently. Previously, the items would take several days to show up in the iBookstore. “We’re working to provide our authors and publishers faster retailer deliveries and faster metadata updates with the highest possible accuracy and reliability,” Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker wrote on the company blog. “We’re now shipping five times daily seven days per week to iBooks, and in the months ahead we’ll push that envelope further.” Part of the...

To Kill a Mockingbird is finally going digital
April 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee is giving readers a present for her 88th birthday - To Kill a Mockingbird as an e-book. Lee made an announcement through her publisher HarperCollins on Monday, the Associated Press reported: "I'm still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation." Readers love old, dusty books as well, but as more people are turned on to digital books, it’s good move to see Lee make the leap. The novel will be released digitally on July 8. Many authors have changed their minds when...