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As long as kids enjoy reading, does it really matter what they read?
June 14, 2013 | 9:35 pm

readingGawker ran an interesting article earlier this week that referenced an NPR piece on children and reading. The basic point of both articles was that children are reading at a lower grade level than in previous years, and that classic books have fallen out of favor in preference of books like "The Hunger Games." The comments on the NPR article were fascinating. Many people criticized NPR by giving so much attention to Renaissance Learning, an organization that promotes reading and other basic skills. The people commenting pointed out that while Renaissance rates "The Hunger Games" at a fifth-grade level, they give similar...

‘Cli-fi’ takes international role as climate fiction term
June 2, 2013 | 1:00 pm

Cli-fiBy Dan Bloom TAIPEI -- In a recent Guardian commentary published in late May, British writer Rodge Glass issued a "global warning" about what he termed "the rise of 'cli-fi'" -- noting that ''unlike most science fiction, novels about climate change focus on an immediate and intense threat rather than discovery." His piece about the rise of cli-fi as a literary term in English -- in both the U.S. and in the UK -- was well-received among his newspaper's readership, with over 100 comments joining the post-publication online discussion. National Public Radio aired a story about cli-fi in April, which was followed by a second story by the Christian Science...

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here’s the Answer
January 1, 2013 | 9:15 am

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder of a federal judge. Some 400+ D.C. library users awaited 60 electronic copies of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the best-selling fiction title on the New York Times list. And a digital version of The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling, was not even in the catalog of the D.C. public library system. Could a well-stocked national digital library system—in...

{AUDIO} NPR on E-Books
September 22, 2012 | 6:58 pm

Over the last few years, NPR and its many affiliate stations have done a fantastic job in their reporting of the changes taking place in the publishing industry today. Many of those stations, it turns out, seem to have a soft spot for e-books. I figured it might be fun, and maybe even useful, to compile some of NPR's most interesting e-book radio reports on one easy-to-access page. And while many of the stories that follow are straight-forward news reports, others are fairly lighthearted, including the Andrei Codrescu essay, "In Praise of E-Books," that opens the collection below. Enjoy! * * * In Praise of E-Books by Andrei...

Off to Untethered in New York
June 17, 2010 | 5:30 am

Screen shot 2010-06-16 at 5.19.45 PM.pngGetting up at a silly hour to beat the traffic driving to the ferry to New York City. I'll be posting from the conference as time permits. Here are some of the speakers: Vivian Schiller, President/CEO NPR; Donald Graham, Chairman, CEO of The Washington Post; Carolyn Reidy, President/CEO Simon Shuster; Sarah Chubb, President, Conde Nast Digital, Brian Murray, President/CEO, HarperCollins and numerous others. You can find more about it here....

2 Baker & Taylor announcements
May 31, 2010 | 9:34 am

Screen shot 2010-05-31 at 9.30.11 AM.pngThanks to Resource Shelf for picking these up. Baker & Taylor Inc., the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at Book Expo America announced it has signed agreements to provide print-on-demand services - via its TextStream Digital Print Service unit - to Simon & Schuster and German academic publisher De Gruyter. Baker & Taylor Inc., the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at BookExpo America announced it has signed agreements for its TextStream Digital Print Service to provide print-to-order services for Baylor University Press and University of Wisconsin Press. Backlists...

Quick Notes: Fundraising for Jeanne Robinson, charging (or not) for on-line content, Amazon in Canada, and more on Gizmodo’s iPhone scoop
April 22, 2010 | 2:32 pm

BoingBoing reports on a benefit to raise funds for Jeanne Robinson, wife of Baen SF writer Spider Robinson, who is battling cancer and needs assistance with medical funds. A number of renowned artists are donating works to an eBay charity auction held by SF podcast Sci-Fi Saturday Night. Journalist Alan D. Mutter, whose “Reflections of a Newsosaur” blog we’ve mentioned a few times before, has a post in which he talks about the best model for newspapers to charge for on-line content, as opposed to the models newspapers are currently trying: The only way...

My iPad hands-on: Stellar for nonDRMed indie and public domain e-books, not just locked bestsellers
April 3, 2010 | 5:27 pm

imageWhere to start---in this first look at the iPad and some major e-reading apps for it? How about the new ones like iBooks and oldies like Stanza? A 32G WiFi-only iPad, almost fresh off the jet from China, is resting on my lap as I type. And even as a fan of public domain e-books and author of a novel from a clueful, DRM-hating small publisher, I’m delighted. No jokes about “hands-on” and the iPad name, please, and don’t be a jerk on the openness issue, either.The iPad is about much more than Apple’s control-freakish App...

NPR covers e-book pricing
March 12, 2010 | 11:44 am

npr_logo E-book pricing seems to be much in the news today. This morning, NPR has a story on the e-book pricing argument, covering both the standard publishing agency line that e-books should cover publishers’ overhead costs (via publisher Jason Epstein) and the belief that e-books should cost less (via analyst James McQuivey and freelance writer Chris Dannen). It is a quite well-balanced report, laying out the major arguments on both sides. The only drawback is that it does not mention Baen, which makes a great counter-example to the argument that e-books necessarily have to be expensive....