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Morning Roundup: Estate asks SCOTUS to put Holmes back under copyright. Mourning B&N?
September 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

sherlock holmesOn Mourning the Passing of Barnes & Noble (An American Editor) After this week’s news that Barnes & Noble has lost money yet again, I decided that perhaps I should begin thinking about writing B&N’s obituary. After all, I am a B&N member and I buy a lot of books from B&N and I will miss it when the last store and website is finally shuttered. *** Conan Doyle Estate Asks Supreme Court to Put Sherlock Holmes Back Under Copyright (Techdirt) Back in June the 7th Circuit appeals court ruled that Holmes was in the public domain, followed up by a more thorough slamming...

Shock, horror: Techology doesn’t destroy reading habits, younger generation not cabbages
September 15, 2014 | 12:25 pm

reading habitsIn news that will come as no comfort to Jonathan Franzen and other Luddite technophobes, the Pew Research Internet Project has found that if anything, younger Americans are more likely to read books than their immediate seniors, have more respect for offline/dead-tree sources of knowledge, and are at least as involved with their local libraries as their elders. "Over three-quarters (77%) of younger Americans have a smartphone, and many also have a tablet (38%) or e-reader (24%)," says the Pew Research summary. "Despite their embrace of technology, 62% of Americans under age 30 agree there is 'a lot of useful, important...

How cell phone book clubs could help get young people reading and change their lives
September 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

BertelKingNote: Although David Rothman posted the article, he says the author is really Bertel King, Jr., SF/fantasy novelist and a journalist. Read about Bertel at the end of his cogent essay. Go here to learn how to start your own cell phone book club. Also check out related essays here and here. In 2008, I graduated from Southampton High School, which did an admirable job of preparing me for college. I say “admirable” because at the time I had no idea just how disadvantaged my county was compared to the wealthy suburban schools of Northern Virginia and Richmond that populate most...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kobo Aura H2O. Concerns about eBook quality?
September 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo aura h2oAmazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs Kobo Aura H2O (GoodeReader) In this video comparison we look at the flagship Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 and the Kobo Aura H20. This two e-readers have fairly similar technology, as they are both rocking  e Ink Carta, which result in faster page turns. *** Liberio Review: Turn Your Google Docs into a Published eBook (PC World) Liberio connects to your Google account. From there you’re able to import any file stored in Drive. While you can also upload files from your PC, the Google credentials are necessary to activate a Liberio account. *** Publishers Polled Worry About eBook Quality (Econtent) But with...

DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings show Hachette should worry as Big Five dominate
August 18, 2014 | 10:25 am

DBW_New_300.jpgThe latest DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings, "a list of publishers whose ebooks have appeared on the weekly DBW Ebook Best-Seller list" from Digital Book World, show that the entire Hachette/Amazon spat appears to be making little difference to Big Publishing's success in the ebook arena. Nor, alas, is all the hype over self-publishing and digital disruption of the traditional publishing hierarchy. Because Big Five publishers, including Hachette, hog the top three slots in the Power Rankings, with nary an Amazon-led-chokeoff-of-book-availability to be seen. As DBW observes, "the two largest trade publishers in the world controlled nearly two-thirds of all ebook best-sellers...

Morning Roundup: Evolution of the Nook. Reddit book recommendations in a bookstore
August 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

redditThe Evolution of the Barnes & Noble Nook-- in Pictures (GoodeReader) Today, we are going to take down memory lane and look at every single model they ever released and talk about important milestones. *** San Francisco Creates Reddit Book Recommendation Wall (GalleyCat) Reddit user Severitis has taken inspiration from the site and used it to curate a wall of books at the small bookstore that she works at in San Francisco. *** Before You Make a Fixed-Layout eBook: Five Things to Watch Out For (Digital Book World) So you want to make a fixed-layout ebook. For starters, are you sure? *** Four Questions for...Hugh Howey (PW) With the Amazon-Hachette...

Morning Roundup: Library ebook lending lags the US. Managing your library in Play Books
August 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

Google Play BooksHear, See and Speak - No Used eBooks? (Brave New World) The somewhat throwaway line that caught our attention was that, ‘there is no secondary market ebooks cannot be resold as used books.’ With the revelations earlier this year about Amazon’s used ebook patent, we know that it has had its eye on this opportunity, but that the first sale doctrine is maybe a battle too far today. *** Google Play Books 101: Managing Your Library (Android Central) Google's actually made it pretty easy to manage your library. You can buy and save new books to your device. Play Books also provides a way...

Why I Wish More Textbooks Had E-Versions
August 1, 2014 | 12:32 pm

textbooksI take a course every summer, and after last year's bliss of 'no book, just online articles' we are back to a paper-only text for this one. And it's so annoying! In counterpart to that big heavy book I have to lug around with me if I want to work not at home, I am doing a personal interest course this summer as well which did have an e-version, and it's so much easier. Here are some reasons why: - The reading is easier to keep track of in the eBook version. I can just read, stop at the end of...

Morning Roundup: Accidentally going digital. Libraries react to Kindle Unlimited
July 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle-unlimited-rumor620x350Accidentally Going Digital (Book Riot) I suppose this led to a gradual build-up of digital in my life, as books I really, really wanted to read were available, but only digitally. So what choice did I have? Lacking that choice meant more and more digital, and I suppose less and less thinking about it. *** Scholastic to Close Storia Bookstore; Customers Could Lose Access to their eBook Purchases (The Digital Reader) This US publisher announced in April that they will be changing their Storia ebook platform from a retail service to a subscription service, and as part of that transition Scholastic recently announced that...

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...