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IQ2 heralds non-controversial debate in NYC: Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend
January 12, 2015 | 2:26 pm

New York-based debating circle with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), bringing you "Oxford-style debates live from New York City," has put up an alert for a soporific and unprovocative little debate to open 2015, on the topic of: "Amazon Is The Reader's Friend." That ought to elicit absolutely no controversy or attention whatsoever ... The IQ2 introduction to the proposition reads: In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon’s view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book...

Google, New York City libraries deliver new lending program – of Wi-Fi devices
December 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

public librariesAccording to an announcement from NYC City Hall, Google has committed $1 million to support "an innovative library program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers to use at home." The New York City Library Hotspot program, offered by the city's three library systems, the The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library, seeks  "to offer about 10,000 families Wi-Fi devices powered by Sprint, helping to close the digital divide in New York City." Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Robin Hood Foundation, are also supporting the...

Chromebooks take another bite out of the Apple, get official in New York City schools
November 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

The recent news on strong K-12 takeup of Chromebooks for education received solid confirmation via the Google for Education official blog, where Hal Friedlander, Chief Information Officer at the New York City Department of Education, posted an item on the recent decision by the New York City Department of Education Division of Instructional and Informational Technology to approve the Google Apps for Education productivity suite as a supported tool for NYC public schools - and the Chromebooks to run it. Friedlander said of the decision: We saw that many schools wanted to use Chromebooks, and in our assessments, found them to be an...

Amazon to experiment with brick-and-mortar store in New York City
October 9, 2014 | 5:16 pm

Remember when Apple opened its first retail store and everyone thought they were crazy? It’s déjà vu all over again. The Wall Street Journal (article paywalled; google the headline to read) cites the ubiquitous “people familiar with” the matter to reveal that Amazon is opening its first brick-and-mortar store at 7 West 34th St. in New York City, across from the Empire State Building and just a block away from Macy’s at Herald Square, just in time for the holiday season. The store space could be used for same-day delivery in New York City, returns and exchanges, order...

Morning Links: NYC to pay Occupy Wall Street for destroyed books
April 11, 2013 | 9:17 am

Occupy Wall StreetNYC to pay Occupy Wall Street for destroyed books (NPR) New imprint Moth to publish Northern crime (The Bookseller) Taking e-books mainstream ... in Germany (TOC) Independent foreign fiction prize 2013 shortlist announced (The Guardian) Kindle Daily Deals: Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden (and 3 others) ...

A Virtual Library for NYC Straphangers
March 12, 2013 | 1:20 pm

Those who take the subway in New York City know it can be tedious and crowded at times, and lively and energetic at others. During the long evening-time commute home, the subway can be dreadfully boring; it can also be downright entertaining. Reading, of course, is a common pastime on the train, with e-readers and physical books in the hands of many straphangers. A group of students from Miami Ad School has an idea to help pass the time and get readers involved with local libraries, according to a post on Buzzfeed. Underground Library is a proposed project for the NYC subway...

Our upcoming TOC 2013 coverage
February 12, 2013 | 12:39 pm

Author Revolution Day O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing 2013O'Reilly's annual Tools of Change for Publishing conference just got underway this morning at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. And while we unfortunately weren't able to make it New York for the event's first day, we will be on the scene, tweeting and reporting live, throughout days two and three. Today's big TOC draw, of course, is the (day-long) event being referred to as Author (R)evolution Day, which may very well end up being considered a revolutionary event in and of itself; the focus is on independent authors and the swiftly-growing self-publishing scene. As the TOC site describes it,...

The Strand Book Store Fights Back
September 22, 2012 | 8:28 pm

The Strand Book Store displays Kindle price on price tag If you're a book lover who lives anywhere near the Mason-Dixon Line, you're probably familiar with the Strand. The legendary new-and-used bookstore in Manhattan's East Village is famous for its claim of being home to "18 miles of books." (Full disclosure: A little over a decade ago, I briefly worked as a Strand employee.) I can't remember where I found this photo, but it strikes me as admirable. Instead of simply wilting beneath the power of Amazon, the Strand has apparently decided to strike back by revealing its cheaper-than-Kindle Store prices, of all things. Obviously, this is a bit of a gimmick. And as anyone...

Paleo E-books: The Legion of Net.Heroes
April 27, 2009 | 1:45 pm

lnh.logo This is the second in my “Paleo E-books” series looking at Internet writing communities that were producing electronic literature well before “e-books” were first popularized in the late 1990s. In this entry, I will look at the Legion of Net.Heroes (and, to a lesser extent, rec.arts.comics.creative). Like Superguy, the LNH is a shared universe centering on comic book superhero parody. However, perhaps owing to its different origin, the approach it takes is very different. The Legion of Net.Heroes The LNH had its genesis in April, 1992, in one of the free-wheeling discussions that took place on Usenet newsgroups (forums) at the height...

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