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Morning Roundup: Teachers; librarians; and German Kindle owners, getting nervous
August 2, 2013 | 9:07 am

Morning RoundupNo, iPads Do Not Make Teachers Obsolete ( The Brave New World is officially here — and it’s not just new, it’s also expensive and, at best, unproven. That’s the news of the last few weeks in the world of education. * * * What Makes a Good Librarian? (GalleyCat) “How do I make myself stand out?” one young librarian asked a community of veteran librarians on Reddit, looking for some advice about jump-starting a library career. They received some fascinating advice from the community, workplace tips that can help bookstore employees or writers as well. * * * Kindle Owners Beware: Amazon is Now Closing the Accounts...

Is It OK to Hate Reading to Your Children?
July 23, 2013 | 10:09 am

READINGI had to laugh at this blog post on the New York Times website where the author laments the chore of reading out loud to her son. It's not that she dislikes books, she's careful to explain—it's just that the books her son enjoys are tedious and irritating. Those Richard Scarry books particularly irk her: "In Richard Scarry’s world, there is a lot to look at, but not a lot to read, and when there’s not a lot to read, you have to make up things. I could go that route, and I probably should go that route, but since I am...

Morning Roundup: JK Rowling is PISSED!
July 19, 2013 | 9:12 am

JK RowlingJK Rowling 'Very Angry' That Law Firm Leaked Her Name (NPR) In a twist worthy of her latest detective novel, it turns out it was a lawyer's wife's best friend who leaked J.K. Rowling's identity as the "Robert Galbraith" who wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling. Pro tip: When you have a JK Rowling secret, don't tell anyone (LA Times) A British law firm admitted on Thursday that it was the source of the information that J.K. Rowling had secretly published a mystery novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling's response? She is "very angry." She wasn't at first. Initially, she was somewhat...

David Carr bashes Amazon, bucks for Witchfinder General vacancy
July 16, 2013 | 2:33 pm

David CarrThe latest in a long series of analyses of the Penguin Random House merger, the Apple price fixing verdict, and the difficulties of Barnes & Noble as all chapters in some great "Lord Of The Rings"-style epic struggle against the encroaching forces of darkness in the shape of Amazon, with its regiments of marching Kindles, comes, perhaps not surprisingly, from the pen of New York Times columnist David Carr. Carr has an illustrious track record as an Amazon-basher, so it's not unusual to see more of the same on display here. Still, savor these gems: "So far, what has been bad for the...

Weekend Roundup: 5 ways to save book publishing; marathon writing sessions; Neil Gaiman (maybe) breaks a world record; and more
July 13, 2013 | 8:30 am

publishingSave 1,100 vintage science fiction books from destruction! (i09) Onondaga Public Library in Syracuse, New York, has an enormous collection of roughly 1,100 vintage books in science fiction, mystery and "other genres." But apparently, there isn't enough interest to keep them in circulation. So they're asking people to propose what should be done with them. * * * Neil Gaiman possible breaks book signing world record, doesn't recommend it (Tor blog) Not content with a New York Times chart-topping novel in The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, author Neil Gaiman might also have scooped a world record for the number of books signed in a single sitting—though it’s not an...

The New York Times Now Available as a Kindle Fire App
July 12, 2013 | 1:37 pm

Kindle Fire AppLove The New York Times and want to read it on your Kindle Fire? Until this week, you had to settle for the Kindle edition, which gave you the articles but none of the multi-media content. No longer. Kindle Fire users can now run a New York Times app, with the features of the Android and iOS apps that have been available for a while now. The Next Web has a nice roundup of the features and a short interview with Paul Smurl, GM of Core Digital Products at The New York Times. We reviewed the New York Times app for Android and...

Does Amazon Have an Acquisition Hit List?
July 10, 2013 | 12:31 pm

AmazonThere's been a lot of speculation lately around Amazon's long-term strategic intentions and its overall modus operandi. David Streitfeld's New York Times blog opined that, "it has made the future of bookselling seem as if it will inevitably be owned by Amazon." Others have been very quick to pick up on the organizational and technological pincer movement that enables this market dominance, with "green marketing and business ethics success expert" Shel Horowitz, for instance, remarking that: "This is what happens when a company gains a market share bordering on monopoly—while establishing a tech and logistics infrastructure that would be very difficult for a new...

Oh no! Amazon’s raising prices! (Or … maybe not)
July 8, 2013 | 4:23 pm

AmazonAll weekend I saw this New York Times story making the rounds of various blogs. Basically, the point of the article was that Amazon is (once again) being a terrible company by raising prices. Well, if you read further, they aren't actually being accused of raising prices but of reducing the discounts. Which, yes, does mean the same thing to the consumer, but which has a different connotation nonetheless. Digital Book World was particularly strident in their coverage of this story. Here's their quote: "The moment many have feared in the book publishing industry may be finally here, according to the New York...

Is there an antidote for ‘faux’ quotes?
June 20, 2013 | 11:45 am

Hell is other peopleJean-Paul Sartre, the famous French existentist, never said "Hell is other people at breakfast," but if you Google that phrase you will find dozens if not hundreds of websites and blogs that say he did so say that. That's the Internet for you, where one man's faux quote can go viral in a matter of days without anyone ever checking to see if the quote was what the man really said. While Sartre's faux quote about hell being other people at breakfast was never written or uttered by the quote-worthy philosopher, many people today not only agree that the "breakfast" quote is a deep existential truth, but that Sartre...

‘Air quotes,’ ‘scare quotes’ … and now ‘dick quotes’?
June 17, 2013 | 11:40 am

scare quotesIn a movie, a character can use "air quotes" to punctuate his or her lines, as has been done countless times in dozens of films. TV sitcoms and comedy shows use "air quotes" with abandon as well. Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" uses both air quotes and scare quotes, but he refers to the latter as ''dick quotes''—and he'll have to explain that one! But how to perform an "air quote" in print, in a newspaper article or a blog post online? Well, the body language is a bit different, and one uses a keyboard rather than one's outstretched fingers...

Is anyone still paying attention to the DOJ/ebook antitrust case?
May 18, 2013 | 12:47 pm

DOJ vs. AppleI guess I'd forgotten. Now that all the the publishing players have settled, abandoning agency pricing and returning to the wholesale slums, the DOJ/e-book antitrust case, which popped up again in everyone's news feeds this week, feels a little anticlimactic. The DOJ, perhaps simply because it's what it found, or perhaps because there's no one left to pick on, is framing the last defendant standing, Apple, as the "ringmaster" in the price-fixing suit, according the New York Times. With the case set to go to trial June 3 in New York (and what a fine note on which to end BEA), I find myself wondering: At...

Morning Links: Instapaper sold, new products at N.Y. Times, and more
April 26, 2013 | 8:45 am

Morning LinksInstapaper Sold to Betaworks (Good e-Reader) What do readers really want from ebook frontmatter and endmatter? (Futurebook) Revenues Up 22% to 16 Billion at Amazon in First Quarter (Digital Book World) NYT Says New Products to be Profitable by 2014 (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Die for Me by Cynthia Eden (and 3 others)...