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The Magazine is just a broken iPad

A charming video of a one-year old trying to make a magazine work like an iPad.  She keeps pressing it with her fingers to get it to do something and of course, nothing happens.  Welcome to reading kid. Less charming is the parent’s interpretation of this moment.  Writes the proud …

Booktracks

I wrote a while ago about publishers’ interests in sound tracks for books. Well, there’s a new company that specializes in this. Instead of plugging in your headphones to your e-book and listening to your own library, the book now comes with one. Innovation! Of course, there are ways that …

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 …

The $23 million book

A great piece by Michael Eisen at his genomics blog on a science textbook whose price on Amazon marketplace ran up to $23,698,655.93 (plus $3.99 shipping). How did this happen? The story is actually straightforward and has to do with algorithmic pricing employed by used booksellers. One company, profnath, had …