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eReading while cruising
December 19, 2014 | 10:27 am

ereadingWhen I mentioned to Chris Meadows that I was leaving for my first ever cruise, he suggested I write something about ereading while cruising. I wasn't sure how I'd approach that, until I'd been on the ship for a couple of days. It was interesting to walk around the decks and see what devices people were using. Here's what I saw. The first day, Nooks outnumbered Kindles, but that turned out to be a fluke. After that first day, I saw only one other Nook. Kindles abounded, although most of them were the eInk versions. I saw lots of Paperwhites, one Touch,...

eBooks in Star Trek?
December 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebooks in star trekThe Beloved and I have a nightly Netflix ritual and lately, we have been working our way through the Star Trek canon. Deep Space Nine is his favourite of the Treks, so we started with that one. And it's been so interesting to see how much of their predicted technology has actually come true! One episode in particular caused me no end of amusement. It involved an alien race who attempts to study humans by impersonating characters it observes in their lives---Dr. Bashir's romanticized version of his co-worker, Dax; Commander Sisko's favourite baseball player, lifted from a 'holosuite' adventure; and Rumpelstiltskin,...

Library book sales: a lesson in critical reading
November 25, 2014 | 10:27 am

library book salesA story from today's Morning Links proved to be an interesting case study in critical reading. It seemed straightforward enough: the folks at GoodeReader reported on a UK government study which "carry out real-time, real-world research into the impact of eBook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service so that a suitable and sustainable model could be found." One of the more alarmist findings to come out of the study was the headline-making tidbit that readers who borrowed from the library "is not driving people to buy more eBooks." But...look again. Here is the exact wording...

Morning Links: Readers who borrow don’t buy? HarperCollins partners with JetBlue
November 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinseBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print in 2018 (TechCrunch) PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. *** Readers Who Borrow eBooks From the Library Don't Buy More Books (GoodeReader) The essence of the pilot is to carry out real-time, real-world research into the impact of eBook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service so that a suitable and sustainable model can be found. *** One Reason Apple's Cloud Stinks: It's an Organizational Orphan (GigaOM) It is striking that Apple, for all the rave reviews it gets for its devices and OS...

Morning Links: 3 Questions about Goodreads gender study. Novels that started in NaNoWriMo
November 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoAre Parents Under-Reporting the eBooks They Buy for their Kids? (The Digital Reader) One common concern with consumer surveys is that the respondents might not answer truthfully. Whether through unconscious bias or simple oversight, there’s always a chance that data from a survey might not be as reliable as it would appear. *** 3 Questions About the Goodreads Gender Study (Book Riot) In case you missed it, Goodreads did a study on 40,000 users of their site (20,000 women and 20,000 men). Then they took those users’ stats and came up with some interesting information. *** 5 Indie Novels That Got Their Start in NaNoWriMo (IndieReader) We’re...

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.
November 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

clickbaitGift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted to them. *** eBooks Take Hold in Schools---Slowly (The Digital Shift) Sixty-six percent of schools nationwide offer ebooks, up from 54 percent in 2013, and overall, the figure is steadily growing, according to School Library Journal’s fifth annual “Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries” report. *** Barnes & Noble...

Morning Links: Debut novelist wins Canada lit prize. Non-fiction formatting terrible on tablets?
November 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

formattingDebut Novelist Wins Canada's Biggest Lit Prize (PW) When the winner of the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced at a gala in Toronto Monday night, the spotlight was on a new writer, Sean Michaels, and his debut novel Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada. *** Ending Reader Comments is a Mistake, Even if You Are Reuters (GigaOM) In a post about the decision, Reuters Digital executive editor Dan Colarusso describes it as a necessary evolution, brought about by changes in reader behavior. *** Is Nonfiction eBook Formatting Still Terrible on Tablets? (The Digital Reader) One might think that ebook formatting would be nearly perfect...

Morning Links: Hooked on ebook highlighting. Amazon chooses best books of 2014
November 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonI’m Hooked on ebook Highlighting – What we Underline is so Revealing (The Guardian) Ebook readers reveal the most highlighted passages in Harry Potter, the Bible, Lord of the Rings and many more. *** Amazon Editors Choose Their Best Books of 2014 (GalleyCat) Amazon has revealed their picks for Best Books of 2014, a list led by Celeste Ng, Stephen King, and Liane Moriarty. Follow this link to see the full list of 100 titles. *** Netflix is Becoming Part of the Cable Bundle in the UK (GigaOM) Netflix is becoming more and more like HBO: Customers of U.K. telco BT can now pay for the service...

Morning Links: Reading on a smartphone: availability bias? Resuscitating Enhanced eBooks
November 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

smartphoneIs Reading eBooks on your Smartphone a Product of Availability Bias? (GoodeReader) Availability bias is a human cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the probability of events associated with memorable or vivid occurrences. *** Social Media and Breaking News: Why Authenticity Trumps Authority Almost Every Time (GigaOM) When it comes to breaking news events, many people are willing to overlook the fact that some of the reports they are getting might not be verified or 100-percent accurate, in return for the immediacy and authenticity that comes with a report from someone close to the action. *** How did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy #1?...

Amazon’s $99 Fire HD shines for library and public domain books—and here are a few related tips
October 30, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Thumbs up on Amazon's Fire HD 6 from Len Edgerly of the Kindle Chronicles. Amazon’s new Fire HD 6, a $99 tablet computer, might be catnip for frugal lovers of library and public domain e-books who don’t need a cell phone in the same gadget. Libraries themselves, in fact, may want to loan out HDs and other Amazon models while experimenting with other brands, too. The six-inch screen’s resolution is 1280x800, and the pixel count is 252 per inch. That’s equal to many cell phones selling for twice as much. 252 ppi is just 48 ppi shy of the 300-ppi of the Voyage, the new top-of-the-line E Ink reader from Amazon. The HD 6’s screen should also...

Morning Links: eBooks vs. Print. Best ereader is the phone in your pocket
October 27, 2014 | 9:00 am

phoneWhy Publishing on Your Own is a Very, Very Viable Option (Author U) Times have changed. With the Internet and today’s technology, traditional publishers are being turned on their heads, shaken up, forced into unheard of mergers and marriages, and vanity presses have morphed into new critters. *** 'Public by Default' is the Future of Professional Communication (GigaOM) Expecting privacy in every form of communication may create more problems than it solves. *** eBooks vs Print – The Reasons Why Digital is Better (GoodeReader) One of the big questions that readers always ask, is what are the direct benefits of reading digitally? Is there a big...

Morning Links: Why TV networks are ready to unbundle. Polish eBooks on the rise
October 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

tv networksLove it or Hate it, Common Core Should Include Journalism Education (Media Shift) Launched in 2009, Common Core is a set of national standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy intended to enhance college and career preparedness as well as bring all states in line with international benchmarks. *** Never Say Never: Why TV Networks Are Suddenly Ready to Unbundle (GigaOM) Not so long ago, people argued that HBO wasn’t going to unbundle anytime soon, or ever. So what changed? *** The Polish eBook Industry is on the Rise (GoodeReader) The Polish eBook industry is starting to see some significant gains and rose 23% in 2013....