Articles by Nick Moran

July 19, 2011

Digital Textbook Rentals 0

Amazon is going to start allowing Kindle users to “rent” textbooks. The best part? You can keep your notes after the book is returned.

July 19, 2011

The Pandora of Books 0

In The Atlantic, Johnathan A. Knee writes about how curation and aggregation can be more profitable than content creation. That is the idea behind BookLamp, a new search engine based on books’ content and writing style, not sales data. “At times, being able to ignore the marketing data can be good for the recommendation,” explains […]

July 19, 2011

Serializing in the Digital Age 0

The University of Michigan Press will be serializing two novels on their Facebook account. Previously, authors such as Brandon J. Mendelson have experimented serializing their novels 140 characters at a time. He even has some tips for doing so.

July 15, 2011

AIP calls for Mortensen’s resignation 0

Months after 60 Minutes aired its damning profile of Central Asia Institute’s founder Greg Mortensen (Three Cups of Tea), the American Institute for Philanthropy has called for his resignation. The call comes on the heels of Jon Krakauer‘s investigation into Mortensen’s use of the CAI’s finances.

July 15, 2011

Literary Birthdays 0

New Directions turned 75 yesterday, so here’s a look back on the history of their colophon. In other birthday news, Iris Murdoch was born on this day in 1919, and tomorrow The Catcher in the Rye turns 60.

July 15, 2011

Bookstores: Aquatic and Secret 1

In Karen Russell‘s Swamplandia!, there is an enchanting place known as the abandoned Library Boat. “It held a cargo of books,” Ava Bigtree explains, “In the thirties and forties, Harrel M. Crow, a fisherman and bibliophile, had piloted the schooner around our part of the swamp delivering books to the scattered islanders. Then Harrel M. […]

July 14, 2011

Borders may liquidate 2

Borders may be on the brink of liquidation. If the deal goes through, you may be able to score some excellent deals.

July 14, 2011

Muldoon’s Commencement Address 0

Paul Muldoon raised this season’s commencement bar with his address to Bennington College’s Writing Seminar graduates. At The Russian Samovar a few months ago, before reading from Maggot, he explained the phrase “cock a snook.”

July 14, 2011

Bill Keller wants reporters to report and only report. 0

The New York Times‘ executive editor Bill Keller caused an uproar three months ago when he railed against Twitter and, specifically, how it was making us all dumb. (Or, after being challenged, was it for some other reason?) This month, he rails against his staff of reporters because they want to write books.

July 13, 2011

The Limits of Speed 0

Chuck Klosterman wonders whether or not the fastest human ever may have already been born.