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The Price of Books

A debate on the debate of e-book pricing at the NY Times. The back and forth relates to the suit against Apple and the publishers, essentially on behalf of Amazon. Leveling a monopoly to ensure a monopoly is a nice sign of the times we live in. So is the …

Sustainable Publishing

This is my new watchword for the open access debate as it concerns academic publishing. A new spot on “On the Media” addresses the outrageous costs of academic journals, largely in the sciences. The comments by the representative for Elsevier are disturbingly demonic, not to mention insulting to people who …

The tale of two Kakutanis

A great twitter caper reported at the Daily News’ books blog. Apparently, someone began posting under the name @CriticMichiko making fun of some of the renowned NY Times book critic, Michiko Kakutani’s verbal ticks. Then someone else (or the same person) began posting under a new name @ActualNYTMK to ask the …

Fairness

A new piece at the NY Times covering the Richard Prince copyright case, in which Prince reworked photographs from a printed book and then sold the works of art for a great deal of money. It’s a high profile version of the tug-of-war going on everyday surrounding the issue of …

mApp Editions

A new press specializing in digital illustrated content. For me it raises all the old questions about monetizing digital files and the problem of free culture. I get that an iPad can be a gorgeous visual tool. I get that you might be able to get content through a publisher …

Incidental Media

Meet Little Printer. He’s cute, little, and smart. He prints out your own customized newspaper (more like ticker tape). You program an app to deliver information from various sources (The Guardian, Twitter, Dictionary.com) and the thermal-powered device prints it all on a spool of paper a couple of times a …

Bookshop Nostalgia

A familiar piece on the decline of bookselling by essayist Curtis White in Lapham’s Quarterly. With the death of each new generation of booksellers, each failed “business model,” the independent literary writer/poet/publisher wants to say, “Good riddance, they had it coming,” only to be mortified by how much worse the …

The return of the pamphlet

At a recent conference I came across this flyer.   In asking for the 20,000 word manuscript, it made me think about the surging popularity of little books today, that one answer to the digital onslaught is print brevity — or perhaps better stated, print mediumness, as the pamphlet is …