"We are close to having the tech that could write stories into the wireless fabric of the city. Any restaurant, bus station or pop-up could offer stories set in their spaces to wi-fi users: the world can become our stage."
Book publishers are having a hard time selling ebooks. US ebook sales from the Big Five—Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster—as well as smaller publishers have fallen dramatically, to $1.37 billion in 2015 from $1.6 billion the year before. But data released yesterday (June 27) by the Association of American Publishers (AAP
On Book Riot, librarian and writer Katie MacBride has a guest post advising readers not to be reluctant to tell their librarian they read e-books. It’s an interesting little post, though it feels a little like it’s five years or so past due. Every library I’ve seen lately has big, hard-to-miss posters and other displays…
Major publishers are starting to see a pronounced decline in e-book sales. Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster only generated $1.37 billion in 2015 from $1.6 billion the year before.
We all have books that we have pretended to read, but sometimes the pretense isn't enough. Sometimes you might have to fake your way through conversations on a book, but luckily there is a solution. Writing over at Inverse, Lauren Sarner shares five different ways one can familiarize oneself with a book without actually reading it. She skips over the most obvious (audiobooks) and a couple of the online options (summaries on Wikipedia or Blinkist, reviews on Goodreads, and commentary/debate on Twitter) to come up with a list of five ways to Sparknote your way through a book without reading it: Know the conversation around the author Watch the tv show Know the author's ideas Eat the book Join a book club I'm pretty sure option four is a joke, but the other options in the list are useful tricks for consuming the books that everyone expects you to know and which you simply cannot stand. They all have their downsides, of course, but in certain situations the trick might be the better option than reading the book. For example, Ayn Rand drones on at length in novels that expound her social theories (objectivism). Rather than spend a thousand hours reading one novel, it would be better [...]
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