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HuffPost buys into Espresso model to save bookstores
January 12, 2014 | 12:30 pm

bookstoresYes, the Huffington Post appears to have bought into the print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine model as the solution to bookstores' woes in the digital age. Or at least, travel writer columnist Eytan Levy does. In his piece "How to Save Local Bookstores in Two Easy Steps," he outlines how these machines and tablet affiliate sales could be the salvation of bricks-and-mortar bibliophilia. Salvation must begin, though, by "recognizing the impending doom of the current model," he believes. "Local bookstores currently face the difficulties of increased overhead due to real estate costs and inventory issues, whereas Amazon can cut those costs by shipping...

Embrace your bookworm stereotypes, with Huffington Post
December 8, 2013 | 4:42 pm

Bookworm StereotypesHuffington Post has just run a delightful and insightful piece on 31 "Stereotypes About Book Lovers" that "Are Absolutely True, And That's A Good Thing." (And we have some evidence to prove it.) But just read and enjoy. Well, no need to tell a book lover that ... Some, God forbid, take a position in the print versus digital debate. "1. You never leave home without a book," for instance, can apply equally to on-paper or onscreen book nerds. I never leave home without a couple of hundred these days - in ebook form on my mobile phone. So I never...

The Anonymous Comment Debate, and Why HuffPo’s Proposed Solution Won’t Work
August 22, 2013 | 12:46 pm

anonymousOne of the most controversial stories in today's Morning Roundup was the news that Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington wants to end anonymous commenting on her site. She explains that the troll problem is getting more aggressive and that people should "stand up for what they say and not 'hide' behind anonymity." But is it the anonymity that's the problem? Or is the people, who wrongly give themselves permission to behave differently? And is this belief dissipating now that the Internet becomes more commonplace? I think that, among "regular" people, it might be. My mother used to differentiate between "real" friends and "Internet people" when...

Morning Roundup: HuffPo to end anonymous comments; new Penguin Aussie teen website; more
August 22, 2013 | 10:25 am

PenguinPenguin Australia Launches New Teen Website (Good e-Reader) Penguin Australia has been running a fairly popular teen website for the last six years. The main draw about the website is the blogging platform that wrote a number of articles on books to film and fashion. Penguin has just launched a totally new website and really takes blogging design to a new level. * * * Huffington Post to End Anonymous Comments (GigaOM) Arianna Huffington said the time has come to put names to commenters — at least on the Huffington Post. * * * Career Writers (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I write from the perspective of a career...

Author John Green backs traditional booksellers, editors and publishers
June 5, 2013 | 10:47 pm

Author John Green is an Internet sensation. He has millions of followers through various channels such as Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr. Green recently was named Indie Champion by the American Booksellers Association. The ABA published his acceptance speech on YouTube last week, which I spotted on the Huffington Post today. His speech may be not NSFW, but he gives a heartfelt rant about the power and necessity of tools of traditional publishing: “I am sometimes held up as an example of someone who is like changing the publishing paradigm or whatever because I have a lot of Tumblr followers or YouTube subscribers and I...

Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon and Publishers Misses the Mark
February 21, 2013 | 12:52 pm

According to the Huffington Post, three independent bookstores are filing a class action suit against Amazon and the "Big Six" publishers. Alyson Decker of Blecher & Collins PC, lead counsel acting for the bookstores, described DRM as "a problem that affects many independent bookstores." She said the complaint is still in the process of being served to Amazon and the publishers, and declined to state how it came about, or whether other bookstores had been approached to be party to the suit. "We are seeking relief for independent brick-and-mortar bookstores so that they would be able to sell open-source and DRM-free books that...

A Nook Owner Tests the Kindle Platform; How HuffPo Is Making Money Off Comments
January 29, 2013 | 12:00 pm

  By Brian Howard and James Sturdivant I own a Nook Simple Touch. Maybe it's because I root for underdogs or maybe it's because I chafe at platform lock-in and proprietary file formats, but I've been quite happy with life on the B&N ebook platform. Then, on Friday, Amazon announced its Stephen King Kindle Single exclusive, "Guns." In the short essay, King, whose book Rage had been linked to several instances of school violence, weighs in on the gun control issue. (King penned Rage as a high schooler. The book was published under his Richard Bachman pseudonym and has since been taken out of print  at the author's request.) I forked over the 99...

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...

Stigma of self-publishing has largely gone away
May 20, 2012 | 11:15 pm

On IndieReader, Terry Giuliano Long has an interesting, long post about how self-publishing’s stigma has decreased over the last few years—leaving some traditional authors feeling threatened. Long notes that a number of brick and mortar booksellers are starting to make room for self-published authors in their stores, leading to traditionally-published authors complaining about the effects this is having on their income. One author even referred to it as “literary karaoke.” This comes at a time when the rise of the e-book is threatening paper sales. Industry leaders are concerned that publishers may ditch paperback sales altogether in favor of...

Newspapers could survive advertising declines by turning to e-books
September 14, 2011 | 2:15 am

peopleshistoryHow are newspapers going to survive the e-revolution? Dan Pacheco of BookBrewer thinks he has the answer: e-books. He points to the recent Huffington Post decision to start organizing and curating years of journalism work on particular subjects and releasing it in the form of e-books. E-book revenues, he suggests, could supplement flagging on-line ad revenues by targeting people who would like to read on given subjects in depth with materials that probably already exist in many newspaper archives. Why settle for a paywall when you can aim specific stories at target audiences who might never bother trolling...

Huffington Post releases first ebook
September 8, 2011 | 8:58 am

51L1fZqnZ7L SL500 AA278 PIkin4 BottomRight 34 22 AA300 SH20 OU01 From The Bookseller: The Huffington Post has turned digital publisher, releasing its first e-book, A People's History of the Great Recession by reporter Arthur Delaney, yesterday (7th September). The title is available on the UK Kindle store priced £3.51, and available for $4.99 on the Kindle store, the Barnes & Noble site, Nook Bookstore, Kobo, and Apple iBookstore. It is also for sale on the German Kindle store. The e-book is a compilation of Delaney's articles about the financial crisis, which have all previously run on the news and opinion site. ...

Is free on-line writing devaluing paid prose?
February 22, 2011 | 12:04 am

A few days ago, NPR carried an interesting story looking at the sale of the Huffington Post to AOL. As David Carr pointed out, much of the value of the $315 million sale was created by bloggers working for free. When you look at personal blogs and social media, you might see random people telling the rest of the world trivial things like what they ate for breakfast—but altogether, what this mass of personal creativity represents is content. "As we all twitter away and type away and update our Facebooks, we're creating the coal that sort...

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