The library … is no mere cabinet of curiosities; it’s a world, complete and completable, and it is filled with secrets. Like a world, it has its changes and its seasons, which belie the permanence that ordered ranks of books imply. Tugged by the gravity of readers’ desires, books flow in and out of the library like the tides. The people who shelve the books in [Harvard’s] Widener talk about the library’s breathing — at the start of the term, the stacks exhale books in great swirling clouds; at the end of term, the library inhales, and the books fly back.
Hey hey! Here’s the latest entry in our weekly post series, “The Pitch.” This post, written by SFB editor Ernie Smith, analyzes the larger implications around the Journatic journalism scandal in wider context. Find him on Twitter over here.
Journatic is only the tip of the iceberg. In recent weeks, the scandal with Journatic, a company that outsources the work of individual stories to people outside of a given community, has drawn scorn and shocked reaction from media pundits and readers alike. But let’s think about this a little more. There’s a root issue here that often gets ignored by outsiders — newspapers have slowly been trimming the edges in every way possible. What does that mean? Let’s analyze after the jump. (image by Free Press, a group running a campaign against Journatic)
Winning Teens Over With Technology
Both Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble have offered incentives to boost interest in teen readers. Simon & Schuster is promoting a texting contest to win a coffee date with Scott Westerfeld to chat about his new book, Leviathan. The same is being done for Tonya Hurley’s, The Blessed, and have the chance to win a guitar.
Barnes & Noble is giving away a collection of free young adult eBooks with the purchase of a Nook Tablet. This is being done to combat the up-and-coming Nexus 7 being put out by Google. Buyers of the Nook Tablet will receive Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz; Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly; The Enemy by Charlie Higson; and Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.
Creator of Kobo, Michael Tamblyn, understands that an international company is vital for the expansion and survival of the eBook industry. Although it has been difficult for both Amazon and Barnes & Noble to expand internationally, Tamblyn does not think it will take long before Kobo becomes the international eBook phenomenon he wants it to be. Since the company began in Canada, it has a leg up on the international front. Click here to read more about his plan to beat Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the international game.
When you read a book on your Kindle, Amazon knows how fast you’re reading, where you got bored, and what you underlined. And publishers are using that data to try to write snappier books.
We talked to WSJ reporter Alexandra Alter about how this works and whether it’s going to make every book more like the Da Vinci Code.
eBooks are now the dominant single format of adult fiction
At the same time, net sales revenue from eBooks increased from from $869 million in 2010 to $2.074 billion in 2011. That’s 15 percent of net revenues for publishers. AppNewser has more about how these numbers have affected the total US book market.
[In] a development that even just thirty years ago would have seemed like the most absurd science fiction, there are now far more books available, far more quickly, on the iPhone than in the New York Public Library.
This technology cannot simply substitute for the great libraries of the present. After all, libraries are not just repositories of books. They are communities, sources of expertise, and homes to lovingly compiled collections that amount to far more than the sum of their individual printed parts. Their physical spaces, especially in grand temples of learning like the NYPL, subtly influence the way that reading and writing takes place in them. And yet it is foolish to think that libraries can remain the same with the new technology on the scene.
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