The Future of the Book

April 7, 2010

Connecting Readers in the Cloud 2


What if I couldn’t judge a book by a yoga mat? Would I find better matches, or perhaps more accurate ones?

April 5, 2010

Ceasing to Exist: Three Months in the Social Media Detox Ward 61


J. Alfred Prufrock may have measured out his life with coffee spoons; I had begun to measure mine with status updates.

February 8, 2010

Cooped up in a Bookstore, Just to Stop Reading 8


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


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 273


“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


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


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


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


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


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.