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The Harrowing History Of The Oldest Hebrew Bible

Matti Friedman | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Matti Friedman

An electronic book exists in an infinite number of copies; there is no original. The Aleppo Codex, on the other hand, existed only in its original 500-page manuscript. There were no copies at all, and for this reason its physical safety was always paramount.

How Publishers Can Avoid Extinction

Stephen S. Power | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Stephen S. Power

Publishers need a new operating system. Here are three core features that would make it work.

Temptation in the Big Apple

David Sable | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
David Sable

The temptation was too great. The need...the need...what can I say? I did it! YES! I can't hide from it. I went into a bookstore and bought books.

E-Books Still Fly Under Sales Tax Radar

SmartMoney | Quentin Fottrell | Posted 07.17.2012 | Money

SmartMoney: Those who order “Fifty Shades of Grey” in paperback generally pay sales tax, but in most of the country the e-book version is tax f...

Is Traditional Publishing Dying?

Michael Levin | Posted 08.29.2012 | Books
Michael Levin

Book publishing as we know it is dying. Publishers don't want to recognize this reality, because they can't imagine what else they'll do for a living once their companies collapse. But collapse they will, and here's why.

Same Title, Different Book

Will Weaver | Posted 08.28.2012 | Books
Will Weaver

My novel seemed dead in the water. Destined never to pay off its advance. So imagine my surprise to see a recent, dramatic spike in its sales, particularly in e-books.

Are Publishers Long Overdue In Offering Libraries eBook Titles?

Molly Raphael | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Molly Raphael

To the surprise of many readers, public library e-book "shelves" now sport gaping holes. The Witness by Nora Roberts? Unseen. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark? Missing. Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs? DOA.

Reader Reports Anti-Kindle Copy Of Nook Ebook

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 06.07.2012 | Technology

The Nook-Kindle ereader rivalry just took an odd turn. Blogger Philip Howard noticed an error in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace while reading the mons...

At What Temperature Does a Kindle Burn? Remembering Ray Bradbury

Sandip Roy | Posted 08.07.2012 | Books
Sandip Roy

When I discovered Ray Bradbury I thought he was imagining the future. Now I realize he is part of my past.

Are Best-seller Lists Irrelevant?

Warren Adler | Posted 08.06.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

It may be time for the media that covers the book business to stop publishing best seller lists. They are, in today's book choosing environment, disorienting, unhelpful and confusing, a valiant but failed attempt to make sense out of disorder.

'Paperback Writer': A Playlist in Praise of Physical Books

David Wild | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
David Wild

Call me a caveman, but as much as I love getting my news here, I STILL like physical books more than ebooks, iPads, Kindles, Fires and even the prospect of getting a little quick Nook-ie.

No More Reading Wars! Getting Ahead of the Transition From Print to Digital Books

Michael Levine | Posted 07.29.2012 | Education
Michael Levine

When it comes to learning to read well, our country seems to be in a never-ending cycle of conflict and consternation. Enter the fray a new disruption: the transition from print to digital books.

The Coming Battle of E-Readers

Warren Adler | Posted 07.04.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

Okay, so now we know where the e-book is going. Ever upward. To have predicted that twelve years ago, when I had all my novels reversed from major pu...

Price-Fixing Is Bad for Both Readers and Authors

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Hoyt Hilsman

The truth is that this dispute is not about saving literature or the sanctity of the literary world, it is about the publishers' business model.

The Digital Transformation of Education: A 21st Century Imperative

Vineet Madan | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Vineet Madan

As we push forward with the digital transformation of education, it's worth taking a look at just how greatly technology can impact teaching and learning in this country.

Andrew Losowsky

Facebook's Next Purchase? | Andrew Losowsky | Posted 04.25.2012 | Books

By Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor Barnes & Noble just got some new, potentially activist shareholders. Earlier this year, analysts speculated that i...

Harlequin Picks Up "Sh*t Girls Say" Book, But Can Old Industries Keep Up With Internet Time?

Lori Culwell | Posted 06.18.2012 | Books
Lori Culwell

Most Internet memes have the shelf life of a banana, and trying to capture these memes in traditional forms like publishing or television is often an exercise in "too little, too late, no one cares anymore."

E-books and the Privatization of the Village Square

Dan Kennedy | Posted 06.18.2012 | Technology
Dan Kennedy

The trouble is that in too many cities and towns, we no longer have a village square except in the form of enclosed spaces owned by profit-seeking corporations. What happened to that protester said a lot more about our privatized idea of community than it does about that one particular incident.

The E-Book Dilemma

Warren Adler | Posted 06.17.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

For fiction authors who are published by traditional publishers and rely on advances and royalties for their living, the future is dim.

EBooks: Windbagging the Price Issue

Dan Agin | Posted 06.15.2012 | Books
Dan Agin

Here are some truths about the current brouhaha concerning the Department of Justice and the Big Six publishers and Apple controversy.

Why The DoJ Lawsuit Is Good For EBooks

Will Entrekin | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Will Entrekin

The DoJ lawsuit might make things more difficult for those who have based their business models on paper books, but it could well be a boon to smaller publishers, authors, and--most importantly of all--readers.

How the NY Times Bought Apple's Spin on the Feds' Antitrust Suit Allowing Amazon to Cut Prices on E-books

Peter Scheer | Posted 06.12.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

It's not possible for Amazon to both (1) sell e-books at a loss in order to reap big profits on Kindle devices, and (2) sell Kindles at a loss to reap big profits on e-books. It may be doing 1 or it may be doing 2, but it can't be doing both at the same time.

Why You (Yes You!) Should Indie Publish

Hillary Rettig | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Hillary Rettig

For many authors, the decision to indie publish is a no-brainer. Sure, it's work, but it's interesting work, and you have a shot at fair compensation for your efforts.

We've Reached the E-Book Tipping Point

Steve Kettmann | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Steve Kettmann

Count me among those who would much rather hold a book in my hand as I read, pen at the ready, rather than clicking through glowing text on a screen.

An Open Letter to Jonathan Franzen, or How I Learned to Love the Twittersphere

Amanda Guinzburg | Posted 05.09.2012 | Home
Amanda Guinzburg

The fact is the digital train has already long left the station and we, those of us who call ourselves writers and artists, have an obligation to get on board so we might impact the nature of the trip.