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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...

Could you really and truly go completely paperless?
July 3, 2013 | 7:05 pm

paper-free In a recent post, GigaOM presented this intriguing question: Can you really go paper-free? This is a timely article for me: The article's author, Eliza Kern, found the occasional need for a printer to be the bugbear in her quest to go paperless, and as it happens, I just spent two days giving tech support to my parents for their new computer, only to find that they are keeping the old one, after all. Their new computer, it turns out, is not compatible with the otherwise perfectly fine printer they've had for a decade, and when I replied with, "So what?" my stepfather...

E Ink Pebble Watch Ships Today!
January 23, 2013 | 12:49 pm

If you follow TeleRead regularly, you may know that aside from recently developed something of an obsession for the new smart watch trend, we're always fascinated by nearly any product that incorporates the technology of the E Ink Corporation into its design. Well ... remember the Kickstarted e-paper Pebble wrist watch? As promised, the company, Pebble Technology, announced Wednesday that they will begin shipping Pebble watches today, Wednesday, January 23. Although backers should be receiving their Pebbles in the mail shortly, the company has a few cautionary messages to announce. Listed as published on the Pebble blog, they are as follows: Notes: ♦ Pebble iOS App is not...

Douglas Page: Newspapers should think twice before going digital
January 13, 2012 | 4:15 pm

On News & Tech, Douglas Page posts a diatribe against “the newspaper cognoscenti who see a terminal disease in every printed newspaper.” He declaims against papers turning digital because a digital newspaper is “just another website” and less attractive to advertisers than a printed publication. He suggests a number of possible ways to keep printed papers relevant in an increasingly electronic world where free news is only a laptop, tablet, or smartphone click away. For example: Adopt a hybrid circulation model. Turn your newspaper into a TMC product and deliver it to the doorsteps...

Scary Go Round webcartoonist laments decline of paper books
October 28, 2011 | 4:10 pm

John Allison, webcartoonist for a number of strips (the only one I recognized by name was Scary Go Round), has posted an entry to his blog lamenting the rise of the e-book and the passing of the print book. While he likes digital music, he explains, he does not feel the same way about e-books: I hate them. I genuinely hate them. With music, your relationship is predominantly with what is going in your ear. Yes, you may stare at the cover for Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes for half an hour while going on...

Cornelius, NC stops printing paper meeting agendas, issues iPads instead
July 25, 2011 | 11:50 pm

Drawing a comparison to Alaska Airlines’s adoption of iPads to replace pilot flight manuals, the New York Times is covering a North Carolina town’s decision to stop printing town commissioner meeting agenda packages in favor of sending them electronically to iPads. In an interview with the New York Times, Cornelius, NC town manager Anthony Roberts explained that they see it as a method of saving time, taxpayer money, and trees—a typical meeting would have 20 copies of a 200-page agenda. Roberts expects the iPads to pay for themselves in overall cost savings over about a year and a half....

Product review: will paper replace ereaders?
March 22, 2011 | 10:28 am

Images That's the title of a review in The Next Web.  The review is a comprehensive look at the pros and cons of paper: We were given some review samples of a new technology called ‘paper’ earlier this week. Paper is a natural material that can be produced in bulk, relatively cheap, and some people think it will replace e-readers such as the iPad and Kindle. This week we read some articles and even a book using this innovative new material to find out if paper is really a viable technology and a possible replacement for electronic book readers, or e-readers....

High paper prices hurt publishers in Kenya
December 30, 2010 | 5:46 pm

Screen shot 2010-12-30 at 5.45.37 PM.pngFrom The Standard: It is back to school again, but the book industry in Kenya is reeling under the effects of skyrocketing paper prices in the world market coupled with low purchasing power for their book titles. Citing rising raw material costs for missed earnings, shrinking profits and frequent change of syllabus texts by the Ministry of Education, publishers are sending a cry to the Government to intervene by giving tax waivers on paper and inputs used to produce school books. Publishers warned that free primary and secondary education goal may be jeopardised by the prohibitive cost of books beyond the reach of...

World Wide Fund for Nature introduces unprintable PDF format
December 10, 2010 | 2:34 am

wwf-splash-iconThe World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)—best known as the organization that forced the World Wrestling Federation to change its name to World Wrestling Entertainment—has come up with a clever idea to end paper wasting through accidental or unnecessary printing: a PDF file format that can’t be printed out. The WWF format is a PDF that cannot be printed out. It’s a simple way to avoid unnecessary printing. So here’s your chance to save trees and help the environment. Decide for yourself which documents don't need printing out – then simply save them as WWF. ...

PaperBecause why, again?
October 25, 2010 | 2:15 pm

I'm so happy! I can write my name!John Biggs at TechCrunch has an amusing look at PaperBecause.com, a website by paper manufacturer Domtar about how awesome paper is. The site itself is pretty funny in its heavy-handed fulsome paper praise. Because, after all, “Underneath all our wireless, streaming, hands-free technology, we’re still people.” The site declares: Domtar is committed to the responsible use of paper. We're also committed to communicating paper's place and value to the businesses and people that use our products every day. Paper is a sustainable, renewable, recyclable, plant-based product that connects us in so many ways to the...

E-book readers’ sheepish connection
September 4, 2010 | 8:19 pm

parchmentbook Over at Gadget Lab, Tim Carmody has an interesting look at why e-book readers are the size they are. It has to do with sheep. More specifically, the sheepskins that were used to make parchment back in medieval days. Folding the parchment a different number of times before cutting produced a different number of parchment sheets of different sizes, which rapidly became the standard sizes of the printing industry. Even after printing moved from parchment to paper, the sizes were preserved out of habit—they were already set up for working with those sizes and there was no compelling...

Declining paper usage endangers toilet paper supply, prompts ad campaign
April 27, 2010 | 9:15 am

a-toilet-paper We all know that the so-called “paperless office” turned out…not to be. In fact, computers caused the use of more paper than ever before. There was even a paper shortage a few years back, though it may be stretching a point to tie this to paper use brought on by computers. But it looks as if the predominance of electronic media—websites, electronic newspapers, and, yes, e-books—is now doing what the “paperless office” could not, cutting down on the use of paper significantly. And this is having some unanticipated consequences. In particular, it could quite possibly cause a shortage...