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Morning links: ‘Woe is literature’ edition
July 7, 2015 | 10:52 am

ErnestHemingwayIt's a dark time day for us booklovers, especially the U.S. variety. Noting the many high-lit imports that inspired high-brow movies and TV shows here in the States, the Atlantic asks: "Is American literature too Too Dark for TV?" The subhead warns: "The executive producer of Masterpiece Theater says Jane Austen works a lot better on screen than Hemingway does." Atlantic pop critic Spencer Kornhaber's post then asserts: "While an fan of the American canon might bristle at those comments, consider the history of literary adaptations. Whereas English Literature 101 authors like Shakespeare and Jane Austen have inspired a host of well-loved movies and TV shows, often, when talking...

Smart phones : The dating and reading angles
June 22, 2015 | 11:14 am

cellphonesAtlantic2 This  Atlantic video delves into the pros and cons of smart phones for daters and others. But what about phones for reading? Have smart phones in the end done more harm than good, through distractions such as Facebook and other social media? Is your iPhone really “saving literature”? Few are keener on smart phones as reading platforms than I am---complete with my advocacy of cell phone book clubs. But for me the answer isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. It isn’t enough just to own a smart phone. You also...

Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?
May 27, 2015 | 1:00 pm

Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and the promotional efforts may not even be effective. The rest of the piece was dedicated to demonizing Amazon and Google, but Nate Hoffelder at Ink, Bits, and Pixels has already done an excellent job picking apart those claims and the motives behind them, and I see no point in duplicating his...

Morning Roundup: Feedly goes pro, Apple goes free
August 5, 2013 | 9:18 am

Morning RounupApple Store Offers Free Downloads Through its iOS App (Mashable) Now the Apple Store app comes with a little extra oomph: a free download. Starting Friday, Apple will offer one free app, iTunes download or iBook every week through its iOS app. Feedly goes Pro: $5 per month for better search, security and more (Engadget) Log into your free 'n easy Feedly RSS service this morning and you may be offered the opportunity to make it less free, but potentially even easier to use. An upgrade to Feedly Pro will normally cost $5 per month or $45 per year, but it's also currently be sold for $99 with a lifetime...

Morning Links: The Atlantic launches new e-book division; e-book sales are up in the UK
May 2, 2013 | 10:21 am

Morning LinksMulti-Million Dollar Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Penguin, Author Solutions (The Digital Reader) 2012 eBook Sales Increased by 66% in the UK (Good e-Reader) The Atlantic Launches New eBook Division with e-Singles and Curated Content (Paid Content) Permission-Based Publishing: The New York Publishing Model and Why it Doesn't Work (Huffington Post) Kindle Daily Deals: Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick (and 3 others)  ...

A national digital library endowment: More details
March 26, 2013 | 10:00 am

National Digital Library endowmentLibraryCity inspired mentions on The Atlantic magazine’s website and elsewhere with a call for a national digital library endowment for the United States. Endowment funds would come entirely or almost entirely from philanthropists, in the beginning at least, given the hostility of so many politicians toward new programs. The endowment would be just one source of library funding, but it could make a huge difference. Ahead is a follow-up, an informal FAQ, to which you can speed instantly; and LibraryCity will welcome your own questions, suggested answers, and other ideas via email or in the comments area. But first, some background for newcomers to these issues. Who says...

Nate Thayer and the quest for monetization: Asking vs. receiving
March 8, 2013 | 9:45 am

Nate ThayerA blog post by freelance journalist Nate Thayer has been making the rounds this week. In the post, Thayer shares an exchange he had with an editor at The Atlantic, who wanted to republish a significantly shortened version of a feature story he'd written about Dennis Rodman's recent publicity trip to North Korea. When Thayer inquired as to payment, he was rebuffed and told the exposure of appearing in their publication would be payment enough; Thayer, a working professional, was offended and the story lit up the blogosphere. Lost in the righteous indignation was the smaller detail, revealed by Thayer himself,...

TeleRead founder David Rothman in The Atlantic
February 19, 2013 | 4:50 pm

The Atlantic logo"Over the years I've often quoted David H. Rothman of Alexandria, Va., a pioneer in the entire field of electronic reading devices," writes James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, in an article about U.S. infrastructure that was published earlier this morning on The Atlantic's website. "[Rothman] was talking about his "Teleread" proposal many, many years [before] products like the Kindle, Nook, or iPad had been conceived." [caption id="attachment_79310" align="alignright" width="130"] David Rothman[/caption] In the same post, Fallows also emphasizes Rothman's philosophy of e-readers as "'public goods' and indispensable parts of the modern infrastructure of the 21st century, in much the way public libraries...

Ignorant U.S. electorate? Absolutely Could digital libraries help fix this and reduce political polarization?
November 30, 2011 | 9:57 am

imageIgnorant U.S. electorate? Absolutely. Read libertarian professor’s study. Could digital libraries help fix this and reduce political polarization?: " Maybe one person—excluding me—entirely read the Digital libraries vs. our national dumb-down: Could ‘civic dashboards’ and other innovations help America break out of an endless loop? That person, however, was Peter Levine, director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Engagement at Tufts University, who, besides supplying me with an essential citation, which I’ve happily incorporated in the Web version, said he liked my essay. "Your piece takes this general idea in important new directions that I hadn’t considered," he said. Now...

Where Borders Went Wrong
January 15, 2011 | 9:15 am

The Atlantic’s Peter Osnos has an interesting piece on what went wrong with Borders. Originally founded in the early 1970s by brothers Tom and Louis Borders, book lovers who were also university graduates, the stores were built on an advanced inventory tracking system, as well as a team of experts in its Ann Arbor headquarters who dealt with publishers to fill the stories. In the ‘80s and into the early ‘90s, Borders was at the top of its game. But then the franchise was sold to Kmart, who didn’t seem to know quite what to do with it—it...

The Atlantic “Premium Edition” to replace the current iPad app
September 8, 2010 | 10:03 am

images.jpgPaid Content is reporting that the single issue $4.99 iPad app will be converted into Atlantic Premium which will be a daily compilation of all the magazine produces, and it will charge a monthly fee. Developed with Portland-based Urban Airship, Atlantic Premium will deliver a constant flow of content daily. Havens compares it to an RSS reader and the free Mashable app. The pricing hasn’t been set yet and the company still has to decide exactly how the premium app will affect the content in the free apps. The free apps will continue to have some content but will become more...

David Rothman on the iPad Stimulus Plan
June 23, 2010 | 10:06 am

images.jpegTeleRead founder, David Rothman, the cover of whose latest book is pictured here, has a 4 page article with the above title in The Atlantic as a guest post in James Fallows' column. David's article is far too long to quote, but here is what Fallows has to say about the: ... guest essay by David Rothman, of the Teleread site and the DC roman-a-clef The Solomon Scandals. David was one of the journalism world's earliest adopters of computers and related technology. Since 1992, when many people (including me) could barely imagine what a Kindle/Nook/iPad-style "e-reader" might be, he has been...

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