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Morning Links — Are e-books really killing traditional publishing?
December 28, 2012 | 9:30 am

Looking Forward to 2013 (Digital Book World) Good-bye books, hello e-books (ZDNet) E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing? The Story's Not That Simple (NPR) Kindle Daily Deals: Under the Dome by Stephen King; Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz; and two other choices * * *      ...

Is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore the first novel for the TeleRead generation?
October 13, 2012 | 12:23 pm

Robin Sloan Kickstarter Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore"'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore' is a story about a young man who loses his job as part of the Great Recession of the early part of the 21st century, and gets a new one working a night-shift at a 24-hour bookstore in San Francisco. He quickly discovers that there's much more than meets the eye to this store. And before long, he's criss-crossing the country and enlisting all his friends in the quest to hack the code behind this mysterious place. "I actually wrote this book for myself—or for people like me—because I was tired of people asking the question, 'Books, or cool digital...

{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...

To pirate or not to pirate: Convenience vs compensation in the Internet age
June 19, 2012 | 8:39 pm

Here are two articles that expressly discuss pirated music, but a lot of the same issues of morality and artist compensation apply to any pirated media—movies, games, and, yes, e-books. They make an interesting presentation of two sides of the piracy argument: what can be done to get artists paid for their music? On one side is 21-year-old NPR All Songs Considered intern Emily White, who penned a piece at the NPR website discussing how she’d accumulated her 11,000 song music collection largely by copying CDs from the radio station she ran, mix tapes from friends, and so on. She writes: As...

Publishers, DRM, unauthorized sharing, and the NPR example
April 23, 2012 | 1:00 pm

We’ve heard a lot of people arguing that publishers should fight Amazon by dropping DRM. However, in The Scholarly Kitchen, Joseph Esposito has written a long and thoughtful piece looking at the possible drawbacks of this approach. Esposito first looks at the question of whether unauthorized sharing of e-books increases the market for them. His own guess is that infringement helps sales when there is sufficient friction—i.e. the free copy is harder or more annoying to use for some reason—but hinders them when friction approaches zero. And since free e-books are getting easier and easier to find, publishers...

The information age could require readers to learn fact-checking skills
September 2, 2011 | 6:15 pm

blurOn NPR’s Talk of the Nation today, authors Tim Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach discussed their new book, Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload. The thesis of the book seems to be that the more information we’re bombarded with by the Internet, the more adept we need to become at assessing the credibility of sources. We should develop the same sorts of skills editors and reporters use to separate fact from spin. The authors talk about the inherent bias in a number of news sources these days that build their audience and income by...

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...

Homeless newspapers help some homeless afford homes
December 26, 2010 | 2:11 pm

contributor-bagsAs much attention as e-newspapers are getting for threatening the livelihood of printed newspapers, there are some areas where selling e-papers just won’t do. One particular case is that of “homeless newspapers,” papers written by and sold by homeless people. NPR’s All Things Considered carried a story on these papers a couple of days ago, and points out an interesting dichotomy: if homeless people do well enough by selling homeless papers to afford homes, should they be entitled to continue selling homeless papers? Homeless street vendors buy the papers at cost and sell them for $1 each, as an...

Latest Cory Doctorow book is self-published, with a little help from his friends
October 27, 2010 | 9:15 am

doctorow_150x224[1] NPR’s All Things Considered has a brief audio interview with Cory Doctorow, and has also written it up in article form. Doctorow’s new project, A Little Help, is a collection of short stories that Doctorow is publishing entirely on his own—for the first time, he is not using a professional publisher at all. Proof-reading, editing, and typo-catching was done by members of Doctorow’s social network, which he also relied upon to help build buzz for the book. And while he’s giving the e-book and audiobook versions away for free, he has not limited himself to strictly selling print-on-demand...

A new children’s book entitled “It’s a Book”
August 23, 2010 | 11:09 am

itsabook_custom.jpg From National Public Radio by Linton Weeks: The premise of Lane Smith’s new work for children, It’s a Book, is simple: Books are under siege. On the first page a donkey asks a monkey, “What do you have there?” The monkey replies: “It’s a book.” “How do you scroll down?” the donkey asks. “Do you blog with it?” Then he asks: “Where’s your mouse? … Can you make characters fight? … Can it text? … Tweet? … Wi-Fi? … Can it do this? TOOT!” Illustrator Lane Smith’s new work, It’s a Book The title says it all. No, the monkey repeatedly replies. “It’s a book.” Smith’s book,...

NPR on the future of books
August 21, 2010 | 9:00 am

npr_logo_thumb[1] The death of the e-book has gone meta. NPR mentions a new children’s book about books, where one character is puzzled by another character reading this dull paper construct that you can’t “scroll down” or “blog with”. Actually, this book is brought up as an anecdote to lead into yet another article on the death of the book (ho hum!), but it is at least fairly well-researched, and suggests a few alternatives to the black and white, life or death depiction to which many paper book adherents fall prey. Dan Visel, of the Institute...

Audio report from NPR: in epublishing revolution rights battle wears on
July 28, 2010 | 11:47 am

images.jpg  A report by Lynne Neary that aired on All Things Considered today. Access the Complete Audio Report and Text Summary And there’s the still-simmering dispute between the publisher Random House and the powerful Wylie Agency over an exclusive deal Wylie recently signed with Amazon to sell digital versions of some bestsellers — books like Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man that came out before e-books even existed. “When an agent becomes a publisher, that is sort of contradictory,” says bestselling author and Authors Guild President Scott Turow. Turow says the guild is concerned that Wylie may have...

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