Ebooks

Has Kindle Killed the Book Cover?

How designers are responding to e-readers

Article in - The Atlantic

Google abandons indies again — but says they really mean it this time

Google ends their ebook program for independant bookstores. Full story here.

The DOJ E-Book Lawsuit: Is It 1934 All Over Again?

The DOJ E-Book Lawsuit: Is It 1934 All Over Again?

Essay at NPR

E-Book Borrowing, Preceded by Waiting

Libraries want to make borrowing e-books easier, but publishers' restrictions are slowing them down.

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Justice Dept. Sues Apple and Publishers Over E-Book Pricing; 3 Publishers Settle

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., center, leads a news conference describing a lawsuit in which the Justice Department charges Apple and book publishers with raising e-book prices.

Full article in the NYT

Give people time to read.

Blog post arguing that ebook check out times should be longer than 7-14 days.

Full post here: Give people time to read

A feast of data to interpret in new Pew survey of book readers about ebooks

Mike Shatzkin comments on the Pew survey: A feast of data to interpret in new Pew survey of book readers about ebooks

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky
“Social reading,” the way I’ve always interpreted the phrase, is reading that recognizes that you’re not just a consumer, you’re a user. You’re going to do something with this, and that something is going to involve a group of other people. Read a book. The very next thing you’re going to do, if it was at all interesting, is talk to someone about it. Book groups and discussion lists are social reading. Because so much of our media in the 20th century was delivered in real-time, with very little subsequent ability to share, save, shift, store, we separated the consumption from the reproduction and use of media. We don’t actually think of ourselves as users of media, when in fact we are.

A Promise by Harvard's Librarian

From Publishers Weekly: Scholar and Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton vowed that the Digital Public Library of America, a nonprofit, nationwide effort to digitize and offer access to millions of free, digitized books and special collections would launch by April of 2013. “I make this promise to you,” Darnton said at the close of his talk, entitled “Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books": “We will get this done.” -- Read More

Flexible ebook screens mass produced by LG

It appears LG is making good on its promise to bring flexible displays to e-book readers, as the Korean consumer electronics company revealed that it has started mass production of the "world's first" plastic electronic paper display (EPD).

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