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Archive for the 'E-books' Category

Fri, October 29th, 2010
Weeklings: The Novel’s Dream of Itself, E-books on Campus, Google’s Poetry Translations, Prolific Authors, Prison Books, and Sterling’s Gold
Posted by: Keir Graff

There sure are a lot of pieces about the relationship between books and paper, which makes sense. We need a lot of thinking to make sense of this changing media environment. Much as I had a hard time working up the energy to read yet one more take, I was glad I read Tom Chatfield’s “Do […]


Wed, October 20th, 2010
War and Peace: The Battle Is Over
Posted by: Keir Graff

I have a nice fat copy of War and Peace sitting on my shelf. And, this morning, I finished reading Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece–without even opening the covers. How did I manage that feat? Via e-mail. Way back on February 27, 2008, in a post titled “If I Start Now, I Can Be Done by December […]


Fri, October 1st, 2010
Weeklings: Virginia Quarterly Review, E-books
Posted by: Keir Graff

Much of the media coverage of the suicide of Kevin Morrissey, the Virginia Quarterly Review‘s managing editor, was downright sensationalistic, teasing out allegations that he may have been driven to it by the bullying of his boss, editor Ted Genoways. Now, in Slate, Emily Bazelon’s “Tragedy at the Virginia Quarterly Review” offers a more nuanced and […]


Wed, September 29th, 2010
IC-SPAN: Reading Obama’s Wars on the iPad
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

In reviewing Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars, I made my first foray into the world of e-books. First times are never all that pleasurable, are they? Getting the book online was a no-brainer. Obama’s Wars was embargoed and it would be faster to get it Monday morning first thing than wait for the stores to […]


Fri, September 3rd, 2010
Weeklings: E-Readers and Self-Publishers (The Usual Suspects)
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Department of I’m Shocked, Shocked, NPR reports that the NYTRB is mostly by and about white males (“Are ‘The New York Times’ Book Reviews Fair?“). Also on NPR.org (“Books Have Many Futures,” although I couldn’t find audio), Linton Weeks presents this amusing scenario: Other types of books are not only meant to be […]


Fri, August 20th, 2010
Weeklings: E-books, E-books, E-books . . . Aieeee!
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s a headline that will hearten the e-evangelists and terrify the p-book lovers: “Mass Paperback Publisher Goes All-Digital” (Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, Wall Street Journal). In response to declining sales, struggling Dorchester Publishing announced that it will print books on electrons, not paper. Publishers Weekly (“Dorchester Drops Mass Market Publishing for E-Book/POD Model,” by Jim Milliot) added […]


Fri, August 6th, 2010
Weeklings: E-books Offer Too Much Privacy, Should Be Banned
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Slate, in “Judging a Book by Her Cover,” Mark Oppenheimer offers the following lament: ”Simply put, our gadgets give us too much privacy.” Someone should tell Cory Doctorow! Oppenheimer is talking about the charm of seeing what people are reading, rather than which e-book reader they own, of course — a sad turn aptly summed up in […]


Fri, July 9th, 2010
Weeklings, I Mean, Monthlings: From First Editions to E-Readers to Fox News Chicago
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been so long since I wrote a Weeklings that this is really a Monthlings–and that’s being charitable. Here are a few of the things I’ve read recently that have lodged in my brain…due to the length of this post, I have introduced subject headings. First Editions Much as I covet first editions, I only […]


Fri, February 19th, 2010
Weeklings: Expensive E-books and Unapologetic Plagiarism
Posted by: Keir Graff

While agents and authors cheer Macmillan’s stand against Amazon, some e-book aficionados are angry at authors. In an anecdote-rich but fact-impoverished article in the New York Times, Motoko Rich and Brad Stone quote a bunch of people who are willing to pay a few hundred books for a gizmo — but balk at a few […]


Fri, February 12th, 2010
Weeklings: Books Are Elitist, Blogs Are for Old People, and Kirkus Has a New Owner
Posted by: Keir Graff

I finally made time to read Jonathan Mahler’s profile of James Patterson (“James Patterson Inc.” New York Times) — since it was published, two weeks ago, Patterson has already written three more books and signed a contract to publish 38 more. I kid, I kid. But, certainly, this profile of the prolific Patterson’s powerful publishing […]





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