Books

When B&N abandons hardware, what should they do next?

Barnes and Noble should abandon the device market in favor of innovating in other areas of ebooks. states O’Reilly’s Joe Wikert. He’s right on with that. He’s also right on with that Barnes and Noble needs to innovate their reading app for smartphones and tablets. Yeah! Totally. But Wikert is off the mark when he …

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Good news and bad news from Amazon buying Goodreads

Amazon buys the popular social book reading website Goodreads. Is that good or bad news for Goodreads? Possible good news Book exchange system through Goodreads. From Kevin Eagan: “I could see Amazon’s used ebook store platform (now just a credible rumor) integrated with the Goodreads platform. Goodreads already gives away ebooks on their site, so this is possible.” …

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eBooks as symbols and experiences

The comments on “Losing the book as a symbol” are very interesting, touching on points of symbols vs. experiences. These two are frames that I will use to look up on how I perceive things. The author François Joseph de Kermadec argues how “Publishing needs to build new symbols for the digital age” and our current …

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A library with no books

The Library of the future is coming and it has no books! San Antonio has plans for a bookless library. The rendering is quite curious. iMac-o-rama I love me some iMacs, but is the future of libraries really all the same computers? For some reason, I’d like to see a diversity of computers. I like …

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How to archive all your Kindle notes and highlights

Would you like to be able to download all your notes and highlights from your Kindle books? Amazon doesn’t make it easy, but here’s the workaround way to get your notes and highlights. 1) Sign into your online kindle account. Go to: https://kindle.amazon.com and sign in. 2) Find the book you want to copy your …

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What happened to Amazon’s book rankings by city?

Do you remember when Amazon used to rank books by their popularity in various cities? I enjoyed seeing which books were topselling in Chicago. Or at my alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University. But Amazon no longer has those rankings listed with the books. What gives? To find the answer, I tweeted this question and my …

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ebook standard sizes for covers

What size should you make your ebook cover? There are many devices with different size screens. One size fits all Many people recommend a generic 600×800 size. But that’s for older e-ink screens. Three experts online each have a different recommendation for a catch-all size. Kindle Expert recommends 1876×2500 (7/12/2012). Cinda Fernando likes 1600×2400 (9/27/2012). …

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ebook or eBook?

Do you like the “B” capitalized in eBook? I don’t. ebook looks more normal. eBook looks like it’s trying to do something. Like it should be eBook™ We don’t spell email to be eMail. That would be dumb. Just look at that. eMail. That’s silly, isn’t it? I’m gonna spell it ebook from now on. …

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