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The demise of Google Reader: Stability as a service

By Mike Loukides
March 21, 2013

Om Malik’s brief post on the demise of Google Reader raises a good point: If we can’t trust Google to keep successful applications around, why should we bother trying to use their new applications, such as Google Keep? Given the …

Publishing News: A used ebook market may hold more opportunity than risk

By Jenn Webb
March 15, 2013

Opportunities in used ebook resale With the recent patents filed by Apple and Amazon to create used digital resale platforms and digital resale company ReDigi’s ongoing court case that will weigh in on the legality of reselling used digital goods, …

Four short links: 14 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 14, 2013

Our Weirdness is Free (Gabriella Coleman) — Often lacking an overarching strategy, Anonymous operates tactically, along the lines proposed by the French Jesuit thinker Michel de Certeau. “Because it does not have a place, a tactic depends on time—it is …

Publishing News: B&N is at a “fork in the road”

By Jenn Webb
March 1, 2013

B&N, analysts respond to Nook losses Headline news this week was the dismal Nook news from Barnes & Noble’s earnings call on Thursday. The news wasn’t unexpected — Leslie Kaufman reported at the New York Times on Sunday that B&N …

Expanding the “ereading pie” with device simplicity

By Jenn Webb
February 25, 2013

Last fall, German startup Txtr announced it would be releasing a new ereading device called the Beagle in 2013. At the recent TOC conference in New York, I had an opportunity to sit down with Dan Vidra, VP Americas at …

O’Reilly’s journey to EPUB 3

By Sanders Kleinfeld
February 7, 2013

We at O’Reilly are very pleased to announce that we have officially upgraded to EPUB 3, and ebook bundles purchased from oreilly.com will now include EPUB 3 files, in addition to Mobi and PDF files. All O’Reilly ebooks released in …

TOC 2013 Start-up Showcase semi-finalists announced

By Kat Meyer
January 7, 2013

This year we’re having the publishing community help us determine the 10 finalists who will come to TOC in New York to show off their product/service. Starting today, an online voting site will be open to the public. Voters will …

Where are the apps for ereaders?

By Joe Wikert
August 7, 2012

I read on my GlowLight NOOK much more frequently than I read on my Asus Transformer tablet. I’d say there’s at least a 10:1 differential, so for every hour I read on my tablet I read at least 10 hours …

Why I can't shake my ereader

By Joe Wikert
May 14, 2012

Ereaders are now commodities — improvements are incremental at best — but the fundamental qualities of these devices still make them compelling.

Why I can't shake my ereader

By Joe Wikert
May 14, 2012

Ereaders are now commodities — improvements are incremental at best — but the fundamental qualities of these devices still make them compelling.

B&N and Microsoft: The potential beyond digital

By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

Joe Wikert: Microsoft should use its investment in B&N's digital business to create an end-to-end consumer experience that rivals Apple's.

B&N and Microsoft: The potential beyond digital

By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

Joe Wikert: Microsoft should use its investment in B&N's digital business to create an end-to-end consumer experience that rivals Apple's.

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: February 1, 2012

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: February 1, 2012
By Joe Wikert
February 2, 2012

Highlights from the 2/1/12 edition of the TOC newsletter include: TOC chairs Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert on what to watch for at the upcoming Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: February 1, 2012

By Joe Wikert
February 2, 2012

Highlights from the 2/1/12 edition of the TOC newsletter include: TOC chairs Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert on what to watch for at the upcoming Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers

By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

ValoBox, a publishing startup we covered earlier this year, has launched. In this interview, co-founder Oliver Brooks describes the platform, its development, and how its social retail system works.

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers
By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

ValoBox, a publishing startup we covered earlier this year, has launched. In this interview, co-founder Oliver Brooks describes the platform, its development, and how its social retail system works.

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons

By Joe Wikert
January 20, 2012

Joe Wikert says the Kindle Fire gets good marks for form factor and meeting basic consumer needs, but its lock in, auto updates and lack of a killer app are detriments.

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons
By Joe Wikert
January 20, 2012

Joe Wikert says the Kindle Fire gets good marks for form factor and meeting basic consumer needs, but its lock in, auto updates and lack of a killer app are detriments.

Where Do Digital & Printed Picture Books Come From - What's the Inspiration, the Process from Idea to Print to Digital

By William Stanek
January 9, 2012

Picture books are a misunderstood art and I want to take you behind the scenes to demystify the process by taking you from idea to print. When you're the creator, writer, and producer of an illustrated book some people think that you can sit down write, draw, revise, and poof! out comes a finished product in a few days or weeks. That's not so, the creative process for picture books and the work involved is substantial, and considerably different from traditional, non-illustrated books. To see exactly how, let's look at the creative process for one of my recent picture books: Pirates Stole My Booty.

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize

By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

The betting line on the Nobel Prize for Literature had an odd contender: Bob Dylan. Also, Steve Jobs' biography was moved up, and Mathew Ingram looked at the possible effects of a free Kindle.

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize
By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

The betting line on the Nobel Prize for Literature had an odd contender: Bob Dylan. Also, Steve Jobs' biography was moved up, and Mathew Ingram looked at the possible effects of a free Kindle.

Giving kids access to almost any book in the world

By Jenn Webb
October 5, 2011

For many kids, Worldreader provides the only opportunity they may have to access books. In this interview, Worldreaders' Elizabeth Wood explains how ereaders and access can make a difference.

Giving kids access to almost any book in the world

Giving kids access to almost any book in the world
By Jenn Webb
October 5, 2011

For many kids, Worldreader provides the only opportunity they may have to access books. In this interview, Worldreaders' Elizabeth Wood explains how ereaders and access can make a difference.

Kindle 2012: Wish-list features for the next model

By Joe Wikert
May 20, 2011

Amazon is positioned to advance the Kindle platform much faster and further than they have in any 6-12 month period. Joe Wikert outlines new features he'd like to see.

Kindle 2012: Wish-list features for the next model

Kindle 2012: Wish-list features for the next model
By Joe Wikert
May 20, 2011

Amazon is positioned to advance the Kindle platform much faster and further than they have in any 6-12 month period. Joe Wikert outlines new features he'd like to see.

Inside the E-Wars: It's a Braver New Digital World Than Ever Before

By William Stanek
May 11, 2011

I've been a writer in my heart since I was old enough to hold a pencil and a professional writer for nearly 20 years (writing as William Stanek and Robert Stanek). Over the years many would-be writers have asked...

Inside the e-wars: Barnes & Noble Woes and the Digital Marketplace: A 1-2 Punch

By William Stanek
March 7, 2011

Borders and Barnes & Noble used to be great. The #1 and #2 booksellers in the U.S., building out new superstores like they were going to grow forever. Three years ago, a new Borders was built in Olympia. It's...

Inside the E-Wars: Apple's iPad 2 Unveiled

By William Stanek
March 2, 2011

Apple officially unveiled the iPad 2 today, and I did pretty good on my feature/change predictions. The iPad 2 is indeed thinner (by 33%) and lighter (by 15%) than the iPad 1 with a depth of .34" and weight...

Inside the E Wars: Apple's iPad 2

By William Stanek
February 28, 2011

Last year I blogged quite a bit about Apple's iPad. I introduced iPad, explored it's features, and examined a networking problem iPad users were experiencing. Though it was a tongue-in-cheek title of the blog exploring iPad's features, I didn't...

The Watering Hole - It's Next to the Buggywhip Guide

The Watering Hole - It's Next to the Buggywhip Guide
By James Turner
December 20, 2010

I ordered two old Alex Hailey novels from Amazon the other day. I felt so... anachronistic. But the one real excuse I have left for paper books is the out-of-print stuff that isn't available on Audible.

Device Update: New companies enter the ereader market

By Kevin Shockey
October 21, 2010

In this edition of Device Update: New manufacturers enter the ereader market in time for the holidays; shifting perspectives on the breadth of ebook piracy.

Device Update: New companies enter the ereader market

Device Update: New companies enter the ereader market
By Kevin Shockey
October 21, 2010

In this edition of Device Update: New manufacturers enter the ereader market in time for the holidays; shifting perspectives on the breadth of ebook piracy.

TOC's Wednesday Devices, and Gadgets and EReaders Update #2

By Kevin Shockey
September 1, 2010

The IFA traditionally offers an early indication of what gadgets will sell well through Christmas. It's no wonder so much attention is focused on the show with order volume stemming from last year's show reaching nearly $3.8 billion.

Writing Beyond Tech: Introducing Ripple Reader and Recorded "Bugville" Books

By William Stanek
May 28, 2010

Last fall, all 15 of the original Bugville Critters books were released in a special "e" format for the beta of the Ripple Reader. Just recently, the Ripple team officially launched their Reader. If you are a parent with young...

Inside the E Wars: So Experiencing Networking Problems with your iPad?

By William Stanek
April 8, 2010

If you are experiencing networking problems with your iPad, you're not alone. I hate to say I told you so but in my previous blog post about iPad, I called it, stating: The transfer speed/reception quality over wireless and 3G...

Inside the E Wars: Interesting News Continues in the Publisphere

By William Stanek
January 20, 2010

Several interesting media and reading studies released recently. First, Book Industry Study Group released a comprehensive report on ebooks titled Consumer Attitudes toward E-Book Reading (http://ow.ly/WUYw). This is a major study with many contributors and sponsors, but mostly based on...

Barnes & Noble Nook: Installing and Using microSD Cards

By William Stanek
January 12, 2010

Nook has 2GB of internal storage (with 1.3 GB usable for your content). You can expand the storage capacity by adding a microSD card to the device. Cards of up to 16 GB are supported and the cards can be:...

Inside the E-book Wars: CES 2010 update on Barnes & Noble Initiatives

By William Stanek
January 8, 2010

William here. Digging in with a special blog series on the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas. As you probably know, Barnes & Noble acquired Fictionwise in 2009 and used this acquisition to launch into the ebook business...

Inside the E-book Wars: CES 2010 update on the Ocean and Tidal readers from Copia

By William Stanek
January 8, 2010

From the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas, sneak peaks at the Copia reader devices. Copia offers an e-reading / social networking combination on six different devices: Ocean-6 - with a 6" e-ink touch screen Ocean-9 - with...

Inside the E-book Wars: CES 2010 update on the eDGE dual-screen Reader

By William Stanek
January 8, 2010

From the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas, a sneak peak at a reader device from Entourage called the eDGe. The eDGe, shown in the figure below, has two screens: A 9.7" e-ink display on one side (1200...

Inside the E-book Wars: CES 2010 update on Alex Reader for Borders

By William Stanek
January 8, 2010

From the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas, a sneak peak at the e-reader device for Borders stores. This device, from Spring Designs, is called the Alex Reader. Borders and Kobo, its e-book store unit, will offer more...

Inside the E-Book Wars: PDF, Reflow, Color E-ink and More

By William Stanek
January 8, 2010

Recently a reader named Dayne posted a lengthy response to my post about the Nook. It got me thinking and I decided to turn my response into a new blog post. Dayne, you are right about PDF -- the format...

Inside the E-book Wars: Sony Turns up the Heat

By William Stanek
December 9, 2009

William Stanek here, delivering a new installment in my "Inside the E-book Wars" series. As I let you know in earlier posts, Barnes & Noble began shipping the Nook and Sony began shipping the Reader Daily Edition (PRS-900) in time...

This World of E: A Look Back to Look Forward...

By William Stanek
December 8, 2009

So the Atari 2600 debuted in 1977 and remained the world's most popular video game system through 1984. I bought one around 1978 and happily shelled out pretty big bucks for the privilege of having popular arcade games available for...

Inside the E-book Wars: Best E-Reader?

By William Stanek
December 3, 2009

William here. On 12/3, Business Week picked the Kindle 2 International Edition as the Best Gadget of 2009 because of it's "inclusion of free, high-speed wireless access that lets users download books on the go." But is it really the...

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 5)

By William Stanek
December 2, 2009

William Stanek here, completing the 5-part in-depth look at the Nook e-reader from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where Sony, Amazon...

Microsoft Press and O'Reilly

By William Stanek
December 1, 2009

William here, talking about the new Microsoft Press / O'Reilly partnership launches officially and it's pretty cool. You can learn more about the possibilities this new partnership brings at the new Microsoft Press site pictured in the figure below. Currently,...

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 4)

By William Stanek
November 30, 2009

William Stanek here, continuing the e-reader discussion with an in-depth look at the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where...

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 3)

By William Stanek
November 27, 2009

William Stanek here, continuing the e-reader discussion with an in-depth look at the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where...

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 2)

By William Stanek
November 24, 2009

William Stanek here, continuing the e-reader discussion with an in-depth look at the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where...


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