The Future of the Book

February 8, 2010

Cooped up in a Bookstore, Just to Stop Reading 8

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A new Kaiser Family Foundation study indicates a roughly 25% drop in print newspaper and magazine readership among kids ages 8-18 since 1999. Why? The answer lies in the Internet-saturated, online-only culture in which I have grown up.

January 31, 2010

Amazon eBook Pricing Battle Gets Ugly 12

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Readers, especially those who read ebooks, will have to decide whether cheap ebooks are worth the cost of Amazon’s quest for monopoly control.

January 25, 2010

Confessions of a Book Pirate 270

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“TRC” is a self-described bibliophile who has “pirated” thousands of books. How and why does he do it, and what does he think the publishing industry should do to curb the looming ebook piracy threat?

January 21, 2010

In Tablet Battle, Amazon and Apple Could Slight Readers 13

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The Apple tablet certainly has the potential to further revolutionize how people consume music, TV, and movies on the go, but the implications for the book, newspaper, and magazine industries are potentially much greater.

November 16, 2009

Google’s Future for Books Inches Closer 7

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With a finalized settlement, millions of volumes will become plugged into the internet as we know it, available for purchase, and accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a willingness to pay.

October 27, 2009

Tina Brown, Goin’ Rogue, and the Limits of Timeliness 0

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Isn’t the erstwhile “Queen of Buzz” part of the problem of dwindling attention spans, rather than part of the solution?

October 12, 2009

Bringing Book Scanning Home 10

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Dan Reetz built a book scanner, in two days, from old digital cameras, cardboard, and scrap parts; a friend wrote the page-processing software.

October 7, 2009

Adventures in Machine Translation 1

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Using Google to create a passable translation of the blog posts of a Spanish or German blogger is one thing, using it to translate a work of literature is quite another.

August 27, 2009

The Post-Kindle World 3

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The woman reading Bolaño switched halfway through my ride to a Kindle. I’m not making this up.

July 27, 2009

Revisiting a Literary Throwdown: Zombie Books for Free 1

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It was a battle between an evangelizing visionary and a sage defender of the past, perhaps the first big tussle in the great sorting out of publishing’s new look in the digital age. This was 2006, when Wired Magazine technology evangelist Kevin Kelly wrote about the helter skelter future of books in the digital age. […]