Month: May 2012

Home delivery

Home delivery

At 5 am this morning, a stranger drove up to my house, got out of his car and walked up to my front door. Something that happens nearly every day. This is the insane last step in the almost crazy notion of the home-delivered newspaper. Hundreds of reporters and editors and then thousands working in…

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The future of the cover

The future of the cover

Great essay by Craig Mod on how ebooks change the role of the cover. The divergence between the homemade covers that indicate the junkiness of what’s inside by being junky on the outside, and the handcrafted covers that communicate care and taste in an iconic way continues to get wider and wider.

Amazon bans junk ebooks

Amazon bans junk ebooks

Just got a note from them highlighting this rule: Some types of content, such as public domain content, may be free to use by anyone, or may be licensed for use by more than one party. We will not accept content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of…

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Using ebooks to promote ebooks

Using ebooks to promote ebooks

It sounds like an infinite loop, but it’s actually quite smart. The people most likely to buy an ebook are people who are already reading them, and unlike blads, galleys and other printed samples, the cost of producing one more copy of a sample is precisely zero. Some authors have had success promoting new books…

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Book content as a solo endeavor

Book content as a solo endeavor

Some would argue that books need to evolve into apps or other forms of multimedia–that books won’t be appreciated by large numbers of people until appreciating a book ceases to involve reading it. While this may be an accurate discussion of the public’s habits (far more people saw the Hunger Games than read it), it…

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