Category Archives: Social Reading

Publishers, Libraries, and Ebooks

Jonathan Rochkind says that “Libraries can offer ebooks, unlike print books, only at the sufferance of publishers, and publishers may charge whatever they like for this ‘privilege’. Publishers, not liking the idea of libraries much, are not providing that permission in some cases, and are providing pricing models in other cases which make it much [...]

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Building Walled Gardens

Word comes of a new version of aNoblii, the social book sharing site: “Now aNobii has relaunched with new discovery features including ratings, rankings and user-curated book topics that can be “followed” as though they were Twitter lists. CEO Matteo Berlucchi tells paidContent these trump Amazon’s hierarchy because they are more natural. It’s designed to [...]

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BEA 2011 Talk: Why Ebooks Will Save the Book

[Below are the slides and text of a talk I gave Thurs. May 26, at BEA. Feedback is welcome!] Hi, I’m Ben Clemens. I work at a company in San Francisco called Blurb, which has a set of tools for making beautiful printed books. I’d like to talk to you about e-books however, because as [...]

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Live-blogging TOC 2011: Better than Free, How Value is Generated in a Copy Free World

First up is Kevin Kelly from Wired magazine, Long Now foundation (and certified wise old man). Six trends in the world of book publishing: Screening: we’re moving from being people of the book to people of the screen. Ubiquitous screens is the context of publishing now. Reading a book on a phone wouldn’t have made [...]

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