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Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook service: A match made in e-book heaven?
September 3, 2013 | 1:49 pm

Kindle MatchBookAmazon has just announced a service that the world has been waiting for—to judge from the number of past calls for it and halfway schemes that have come some way towards delivering it. According to this morning's announcement, "Soon Customers Will Be Able to Purchase Kindle Editions of Print Books Purchased from Amazon—Past, Present and Future—for $2.99 or Less." The full press release, accessible at the link above, details the Kindle MatchBook service, "a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy—for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free—the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Print purchases...

‘Find It Fast’ research tome from print era seeks rebirth in Internet age
August 30, 2013 | 7:45 pm

Find It FastChalk this story up to a chance encounter at a yard sale overseas in Taiwan. Meet Robert Berkman, a man with over 25 years experience as an editor, author and professor in the media and information industries. You might know him as the author of a curious little paperback from long, long ago titled "Find It Fast: How to Uncover Expert Information on Any Subject," first published in 1987. The subtitle of the print edition sounds quaint now. But with a new subtitle in the works, Berkman's info tome is now being prepared for an updated sixth edition to be released next...

The Best Example Ever of a Book That Would Never Work in ‘E’ Form
August 30, 2013 | 6:11 pm

bookI'm birthday shopping for a long weekend visit with a young friend, and I think I just found the most perfect example in the world of a book series that should not at all be threatened by the birth of the e-book. The background: The boy is turning three, and he is into trains. But he has a lot of train stuff already, including two train-themed gifts we will be bringing for him from various grandparents. And he likes the movie "Toy Story," but is, again, well-stocked. So ... what should we get him? We heard the news that he's been struggling...

Penguin gets cover nostalgia half right with le Carré reissue
July 30, 2013 | 12:10 pm

As I've argued elsewhere, Penguin and other major publishing houses could be tackling the challenges of the e-book and self-publishing revolutions by asserting their own distinct creative track record—not least in classic cover designs. Never one to miss a trick, Penguin is clearly doing just that, and now, for the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Cold War classic "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" by John le Carré, is reissuing the book in a hardback facsimile of its original 1963 Victor Gollancz first edition. Now there's something that you can't fit on a Kindle. Except ... Penguin...

Neilsen BookScan enters Brazilian market
July 29, 2013 | 12:59 pm

Neilsen BookScanNeilsen BookScan has entered its 10th market. The book retail measurement service is now tracking print book sales in Brazil. “We’re keen to develop our service in Brazil because of the enormous potential of a booming publishing market there,” said Neilsen Book president Jonathan Nowell, in a release. “With a population of nearly 200 million starting to educate themselves, I think publishers and retailers have tremendous opportunities ahead.” He added: “We are looking forward to providing Brazilian publishers and booksellers with the same timely, business-critical information that their counterparts in other countries are familiar with and value so highly. This new service will play a...

Print Copies of JK Rowling’s Secret Mystery Novel Sell Out
July 18, 2013 | 1:49 pm

JK RowlingThis quickie newsbite at paidContent reports the unsurprising news that JK Rowling's outing as the author of a mystery novel called "The Cuckoo's Calling" has caused huge demand for the book, and that its paper copies have sold out, driving price wars on eBay and elsewhere online. I think the only "surprising" part of this story is that the usually tech-savvy Laura Hazard Owen didn't even mention the e-book side. It seems so obvious to me that this is a clear situation where e-books win. There it is on Amazon, ready for anybody to read. And trust me, the Kindle people will...

Getting philosophical about the future of reading
May 29, 2013 | 8:59 pm

readingMark Kingwell, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, has just delivered his thoughts on “Does reading have a future?” for the Ottawa Citizen, distilling his conclusions from a keynote speech on ‘The Future of Reading’ for the 40th anniversary AGM of the Writers’ Union of Canada. “A noted Canadian philosopher” (which is probably why his piece is appearing in the Ottawa Citizen), Kingwell brings the hermetic hermeneutics of po-mo critical theory to bear on developments in e-reading and comes away—no great surprise—with the conclusion that “the current debates about the future of reading are merely the welcome death...

British horror writer A.N. Donaldson on the hard road to acceptance
May 29, 2013 | 11:27 am

A.N. DonaldsonBritish horror writer and lawyer A.N. Donaldson released his richly crafted and very unsettling novel Prospero’s Mirror, which chronicles the last days of the celebrated ghost story writer M.R. James, in April this year, in print and e-book editions from Endeavour Press. I talked to him about the difficulties of getting its peculiar strengths accepted by a publisher, and how the print and digital releases complement each other. TeleRead: Has e-publishing helped you produce a distinctive work that might otherwise never have been picked up by a print publisher? A.N. Donaldson: E-publishing has certainly proved a life-saver for my book Prospero's Mirror....

A Conversation with Ray Russell of Tartarus Press
May 24, 2013 | 2:09 pm

Tartarus Press Tartarus Press is "a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also publish paperbacks and ebooks. We have been the recipient of three World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 received a Stoker from the Horror Writers Association." TeleRead recently spoke to Tartarus co-editor and co-publisher Ray Russell about the press's e-publishing program, and how it fits with the rest of its business. TeleRead: You sell your e-books off your own site, in EPUB and Kindle/Mobi format, without DRM. What decided you on that policy? Ray Russell: Tartarus has always been about publishing...

Some things will always stay print
May 24, 2013 | 12:15 pm

After long campaigns carrying the fight for e-books to the print-only diehards, I’d like to turn back for once to something that can never be put into electronic format and will forever remain print. And for very good reasons. And yet it had to wait over a century until 2004 before appearing in the form its author originally wanted. And it is available online. The work is Un coup de Dés (A Throw of the Dice) , or in full, Un coup de Dés jamais n'abolira le Hasard (A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance), French Symbolist poet Stéphane...

Can hardcover books be made more attractive?
January 18, 2012 | 12:18 am

shakespeareOn The Bookseller, Martin Latham posts a brief complaint about the production quality of hardcover books these days. Today’s mass-market hardcover books, he notes, tend to be cheaply and poorly made, and will by and large not age into beautiful antiques such as a 1623 Shakespeare folio Latham describes. Latham talks up a £30 (US$46) book on maps that includes removable fold-out maps bundled in pockets, and a few other beautiful books. Of course, e-book fan that I am, I can’t see myself buying any of those, and wonder just how many people in today’s recession, price-sensitive economy would...

Print is dead…or not
April 27, 2011 | 11:20 pm

In a remarkable coincidence, today Zite gave me four articles in a row about “the future of books” or “the death of print”. I’m not sure what caused so many people to take a look ahead right out of the blue like this, but it seems like a good time to look at the articles and compare notes. On Singularity Hub Aaron Saenz points to the recent Kindle library news, and the rise of e-book sales as printed book sales decline. He suggests that digital downloads could become the majority of the market as early as 2015 or as...

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