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Might a $150 ad-blocking proxy endanger web publishing?
November 12, 2012 | 11:42 pm

adtrap illoThe Internet has a love-hate relationship with advertising. Many users of the web consider web ads obnoxious. Many publishers of content on the web consider them vital. And as a result, there’s been an arms race between ad purveyors and ad blockers for as long as ads have been around, despite content publishers’ insistence that the lost revenue could cripple them. The latest shot fired in the war is a Kickstarter project for a device called AdTrap, Intended to retail for $150, available for $120 to early kickers, the AdTrap is a little open-source box with two Ethernet ports...

Starbucks launches new in-store web portal
October 20, 2010 | 2:07 am

starbucks[1] CNet’s Caroline McCarthy has a piece looking at Starbucks’s new web hub, which it unveiled yesterday. The Starbucks Digital Network will only be accessible from the wifi networks within Starbucks stores, and will serve as “the digital version of the community corkboard,” according to Starbucks exec Adam Brotman. But McCarthy notes it might be more apt to call this network a “digital newspaper”, as it takes the place of the stack of papers stores used to have next to the cash register but consumers have effectively stopped noticing. The network will content from various technology partners, most notably...

Are publishers incapable of facing digital change?
September 26, 2010 | 9:20 pm

change[1] I’m a few months late noticing this, but one of my Facebook friends posted a link to this editorial from April about the reluctance of the publishing industry to embrace change. It’s from the Novelr blog, which is a blog centered around independent Internet fiction (much like the net writing I talk about in my “Paleo E-Books” columns). Blogger Eli James cites this New Yorker story (which I mentioned here) about the e-book power struggle involving Amazon, Apple, and Google, in the context of wondering why publishers haven’t been trying harder to adapt to the oncoming digital revolution....

Web-only e-book wins Andre Norton award, is truncated by future print publisher
May 18, 2010 | 7:15 am

fairyland This must be a first of some kind. As the title of the LiveJournal entry where I found out about it notes, “a book that doesn’t actually exist yet won a major award.” Catherynne Valente, author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, won the Andre Norton Award for superior achievement in science fiction and fantasy writing for young adults at the 2009 Nebulas. Why does it “not actually exist”? It was serially published to the web in return for donations on Valente’s website, and will not actually be published in print until May, 2011....

Elizabeth Bear on the future of web publishing also describes its past
February 27, 2010 | 9:15 am

Elizabeth Bear. Photo taken by Catriona Sparks, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license Earlier this month, as a guest writer on Charlie Stross’s blog, Elizabeth Bear wrote an essay about “the future of web publishing,” centering around the “hyperfiction environment” called Shadow Unit in which she takes part. I couldn’t help but be amused by the subject of the post. You see, history repeats itself. Bear et al may very well be right about being part of the “future” of Internet publishing—but in the format in which they are writing, they have also stumbled squarely onto its past. To note, I do not mean this in any derogatory sense. Though I have not read...