Month: March 2012

Books and publishing are two different things

Books and publishing are two different things

This fabulous journal by Craig Mod talks about his creation of a product (as part of a team) and the chronicle of that journey in a book. The book will never be published in the sense that publishing is a risk-taking business venture that involves a sale. But the magic of its bookness still matters.…

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The null set

The null set

Ask a friend with a tablet (iPad or Fire) to show you her bookshelf. More and more, you’ll see nothing. Emptiness. When we juxtapose an ebook with a movie, Instagram or pigs that attack turtles, the ebook often loses. One of the very real truths of our culture is being hidden in the dramatic shift…

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What is Bach worth?

What is Bach worth?

Well, today and tomorrow, about 99 cents for 9 hours worth of music (download link). (US only, I’m told… sorry). Enough of a bargain to make it the top selling album on Amazon. Is that all the genius is worth? Of course not. Once again, it’s an issue of substitutes. If you want Bach, you…

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Will you miss the encyclopedia?

Will you miss the encyclopedia?

Britannica has announced what we all knew was coming: the print version is no more. And they continue to proclaim that the digital version is far better than the free alternative. Consider this entry on Rick Santorum (free this week only), and compare it to this one from Wikipedia. The first is out of date,…

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