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Why Indigo’s Boutique Model is Succeeding
August 19, 2013 | 4:21 pm

IndigoI wrote earlier about a mysterious walled-off section that just went up at my local Indigo, announcing the impending arrival of something called "Indigo Tech." This morning, there was news in my RSS feed from my friends at Good e-Reader, confirming that Indigo has signed a deal with Apple to carry tablets, Apple TV boxes and other products. Their write-up also had this intriguing quote: "Indigo said during a recent investors call that it will revamp many of its large format stores to fall in line with the growing popularity of the store-within-a-store concept at many other retailers. The new physical format store will...

Toronto Stormwatch 2013: When New and Old Technology Collide
July 9, 2013 | 11:14 am

Toronto We got walloped last night with the storm of storms—more rain in one night than we typically get in a whole month, with consequences that at one point involved police boat rescue units paddling in with dinghys to rescue 400 people who were trapped for seven hours on a flooded commuter train. Google the pictures—they are incredible! The Beloved got home, in torrential downpour, about 20 minutes before our power went, so we spent the night cuddled up together, safe but dark, keeping up with events in that strange confluence of new and old technology that characterizes this modern life of ours. Below,...

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King’s compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch
July 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

Morning RoundupSix Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction (The Atlantic) Emily Keeler, editor of Toronto-based zine Little Brother, reads a lot of literature for a living. But for the past six weeks, she confesses she's found the news stories coming out of Toronto City Hall more entertaining than most of the novels she's read...

The Mystery of the E-Book on the Subway Poster
June 24, 2013 | 3:15 pm

e-booksI'm all for creative marketing from the indie folks—it's a crowded market, and you want to stand out, no? What I don't understand? Spending money on this marketing without taking steps to make sure it's effective. Take today's little case study: I was on my way downtown and saw my first ever e-book subway poster ad. The poster was the little half-size kind they mount up at ceiling level, not unlike the Swatch ads shown in the photo above. A given subway car might have 10 to 15 of these per side, and often someone will rent out a whole car for a...

Rob Ford, Crack Cocaine, and Editorial Responsibility in the Days of Instant News
May 20, 2013 | 3:14 pm

Rob FordIn my grandfather's day, if you saw it on the front page of the newspaper, it must be true. My, how times have changed! A bizarre story is gripping my city this week, and nobody knows if it's true or if it isn't. The fact that somebody told it to somebody else is news enough! It's almost too bizarre to even begin explaining. Our mayor, Rob Ford, is, to put it in the kindest way, a character. His dislike for the Toronto Star, a major local paper, is legendary and well-established. Their dislike of him is as established. But when they...

The Cookbook Store: A Lesson in Book Retail Done Right
April 4, 2013 | 2:20 pm

The Cookbook StoreFrom today's Toronto Star comes this feel-good story about The Cookbook Store, a Toronto landmark celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The story also has some good lessons for those who wonder how book retail can continue to survive and thrive in today's Amazon-and-Internet economy. Some takeaways? Go with the Flow The article mentions that the store's founder started in on a five-year lease and figured she would 'see what happens.' I think that's a healthy attitude. I've read too many articles about book publishing whose authors twisted themselves into knots trying to predict how the business model was going to change into...

Another One Bites the Dust: Landmark Toronto bookstore to close April 1
February 17, 2013 | 11:29 am

Bittersweet news came out this weekend that Nicholas Hoare, a landmark Toronto bookstore, is set to close April 1, 2013. The store is known for its eclectic stock and elegant interior, and has been in operation in three different cities, at various junctures, since 1971. The shocker? This article on the closure says there isn't actually any 'untoward' reason for the closure—no 'competition from big chains will destroy us all' or 'Amazon is killing the little guys' or 'ebooks are causing the death of print.' It's simply that Hoare's lease was up for renewal and Mr. Hoare had a choice to...

Toronto library workers strike; ebook service remains operational
March 19, 2012 | 8:42 am

Images On the local news this morning, the news that the union of city library employees are striking. At issue: job security provisions, According to this article the issue is job security provisions" "Under a recently signed agreement with city outside workers belonging to Local 416, only those employed by the city 15 years will get security giving them continued employment if their jobs are made redundant by outsourcing. An agreement like that for library workers would leave about 70 per cent vulnerable, said O’Reilly, because so many are part-timers." Another article reporting on the subject off-handedly concluded with a remark that the...

I’m interviewed by Dquarium – or “The Attack of the Giant Toronto Librarians”
December 13, 2011 | 11:08 pm

Screen Shot 2011 12 13 at 9 02 23 PM Just posted is an interview with me on the Bibliotech section of the tech blog Dquarium.  It's out of Toronto and is run by librarian Kayhan Boncoglu.  Librarians Erin Anderson and Doug Mirams are also part of the regular interview team and joined in as well. We had great fun and my only caution is that the interview runs 116 minutes! Go over and take a look, or should I say take a listen....

New book review site – The Toronto Review of Books
September 21, 2011 | 9:40 am

Header Always good to see a new book review coming online.  This one will do ebooks as well as print.  Here's what they say about themselves: About the TRB An online quarterly, The Toronto Review of Books covers print and e-books, but also anything else that intrigues our writers. We’ll review websites, art, policy, cloud formations, and everything in between. Books are our inspiration, not our limit. Our blog, Chirograph, will post updates on Toronto’s exploits. From closet dramas in community centres to outdoor film screenings, from literary festivals to illustration shows, from street parties to opera, Chirograph...

Scientists find that fiction can change the personalities of readers
August 11, 2011 | 11:46 pm

Change From Quill & Quire, here's a snippet of a fascinating article: “People always talk about books changing us. Could we actually measure that?” he says. As a grad student at U of T, Raymond Mar, now an assistant professor of psychology at York University and associate editor of Scientific Study of Literature, worked with Oatley on doing just that. Mar sums up the central assumption Oatley developed to frame their research: “When people are reading literary fiction, they’re creating in their mind a simulation of experience. It’s a simulation that’s cognitive as well as emotional, and has all these different components.” From there, Mar...

University of Toronto digitizes 250,000 books
September 27, 2010 | 5:59 am

internet archive.jpgFrom a post at the Internet Archive by Brewster Kahle: When I talked with Carole Moore, the fantastic librarian from University of Toronto, about 6 years ago, she had a vision of scanning 250,000 books from their libraries. Well, a few days ago she succeeded. ( http://www.archive.org/details/university_of_toronto ) It has been a winding road to here, with financial help from Yahoo and Microsoft, from the Canadian government and from the University of Toronto-- but she got there in grand style. She had books from the 1400's scanned, she has done all sorts of things with the able help from Jonathan Bengtson and Sian...