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Future Library places a 100-year bet on the printed page
September 5, 2014 | 2:15 pm

An interesting - and pretty conceptual - art project from Scottish artist Katie Paterson highlights issues around the future of the printed book, and even the survival of literature. The so-called Future Library (Framtidsbiblioteket) for the city of Oslo in Norway looks to commit 100 unpublished works - one per year - to a century's wait while 1000 trees grow in a Norwegian forest, awaiting the day in 2114 when they will furnish the wood to print those works in an anthology. And the first writer to contribute to the project is Margaret Atwood. "Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation...

Publishing should create ‘new ecosystem’—but can it?
January 22, 2014 | 3:04 pm

What is the answer to allow publishers to compete in the new world of the Internet on their own terms? On Futurebook, author Jeff Norton proposes that the publishing industry should do what the airline industry did in creating Orbitz, or the broadcast TV industry did in creating Hulu: create their own “arms-length new [venture] to offer credible and compelling services to consumers.” He writes: It strikes me that since the major publishers are facing a dominant digital player, there's an opportunity to form a new, arm's length e-reading ecosystem complete with site, device, and apps. ...

Book Patrol proclaims undeath of the book
December 24, 2013 | 7:36 pm

I'm not sure whether any of us pro-ebook pundits was actually expecting the death of the printed book, but it seems a lot of people thought we were. So much so that Book Patrol has decided it should proclaim that "The Worst is Over and The Book is not Dead." Rumors of the rumors of the death of the book were greatly exaggerated, maybe. I'm sure the book's relatives and family are breathing a sigh of relief outside the OR. So perhaps some people are jumping to correct a caricature impression here, but when it comes with such a funky infographic, who...

Rock on, Books Rock My World
October 28, 2013 | 6:07 pm

booksBooks Rock My World ( is "a community of people who come together on Facebook to share their love for literature. Run by admins who collaborate from all over the world to bring their passion for reading to the group, Books Rock My World features book-related images, discussion and trivia." They are rightly very pro-reading: They very much defend the status of books versus other media: And just occasionally, they are a little bit anti-ebook: (And just for the record - and I probably speak for most of TeleRead here - I'm not anti-print. I'm anti-unthinking print book purism. I'm anti publishers and other...

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...

Bowker Annual Review: E-books gain in market share, B&N sees digital drop off
August 6, 2013 | 3:30 pm

It’s no surprise consumers buy many of their goods online. When it comes to books, the percentage is only getting higher. In 2012, 44 percent of American dollars spent on books went to online retailers—that's up from 39 percent in 2011, according to Infodocket's report on the "2013 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review" from Bowker (just $799 if you want to read the whole thing yourself). Amazon led all online retailers when it came to selling books, which is also not surprising. Borders leaving the industry, in part, has to do with the gain of the online marketplace over brick-and-mortar...

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...

Latest Nielsen UK figures show slowing e-book market, still overtaking paperbacks in 2014
July 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

e-bookThe latest UK Nielsen BookScan newsletter for July 2013 showed a continuing decline in print book sales by 5.6 percent in value and 6.1 percent in volume, based on year-on-year sales for the 24 week period to mid-June 2013, with a total value of £538.6 million. But according to the same report: "Nearly 8.5 million adults, 18% of the population, have bought at least one e-book. But fewer new entrants are coming to the market. The March total of 227,000 is down on the same period in 2012, and 48,000 fewer than the four-week average since the start of 2011." From the report: "Acquiring an...

The bread machine effect: Why it doesn’t matter if most people prefer print
July 21, 2013 | 1:09 pm

breadmachineIs there an e-book backlash? A couple of polls have come out, one on the UK side of the big pond and the other in America, professing to indicate that most people still prefer paper books. The one from the UK is cited in an article in the Sunday Times, which I couldn’t read since it’s paywalled, but a summary on the Mobileread forum gives the pertinent details. Asked which they preferred, 17% said they preferred an e-reader and 65% paper books. 32% of those polled owned an e-reader. The provenance of the poll is unclear. (There are also...

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