To the Best of Our Knowledge

Self-Publishing Success

Sunday, February 08, 2015

In 2011, as a relatively unknown writer, Hugth Howey released a dystopian science fiction novella on the internet. Readers loved it and clamored for more. Before any print copies had even been published, Howey's WOOL series sold hundeds of thousands of copies, earning him a small fortune. He believes that self-publishing is the future for lots of writers.


New Tech City

What Reading on Screens Does to Our Brains

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How should you read? Paper or screen? Your brain wants to choose one. Switching back and forth may not be effective. That is, unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain. 

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On The Media

Amazon Would Like Independent Bookstores To Sell Kindles

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Amazon announced a new program this week for independent booksellers. The deal: bookstores sell Kindles, and Amazon gives them a small cut of the sale plus commission on the buyers' first two years of eBook purchases.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Apple vs. Amazon On E-Books

Monday, July 15, 2013

Apple lost an anti-trust case on e-book pricing, Nook failed, and Amazon still reignsMichael Cader, founder of Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch, looks at the future of the book publishing world. 

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Borrowing E-Books, With No Late Fees

Monday, December 26, 2011

The New York Public Library is offering help for people who want to borrow electronic books.

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Pianist Finds the Keys to New Kindle Format

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A significant trend in publishing, the Kindle Single format was recently adopted by the pianist Jonathan Biss.

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The Takeaway

Will the iPad Save the News?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The experience of holding a tablet or eReader is so different from using a computer that it's changing our attitudes toward paying for digital media. A new consumer survey from the Boston Consulting Group finds that tablets are nudging consumers to give up their cheapskate ways and pay for content, but it has to include extras and come at the right price.


The Takeaway

'Information Ubiquity' Connects Swine Flu and the Kindle

Monday, May 11, 2009

Experts said our interconnected world was going to make outbreaks like H1N1 far worse than those that came before. But author Steven Johnson says that information spreads faster than people do, and that's what will keep us safe. This is thanks to what he calls "information ubiquity," which is the same force behind the decline of newspapers and the rise of e-readers like the Kindle. Johnson is the author of a recent book about the 1854 cholera epidemic in London called The Ghost Map as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, and his most recent book is The Invention of Air. He is also the founder of hyper-local reporting site Outside.In.

For more, read Steven Johnson's article in the Wall Street Journal, How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write.
"We don't have national headlines about car accidents, but we about child abductions, ironically, because they're unusual and because they're so dramatic. So we're drawn to those things because they're unusual and dramatic, but the instill in us a wrong sense of where the actual threats are."
—Author Steven Johnson on the spread of information