Archive for e-books

Speaking of Volumes

Posted in Life with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Recently, I was having lunch with a friend in the café of the Morgan Library when the topic of electronic books came up. We all have friends with whom we cannot discuss certain things, but I had no idea that this particular friend was fond of those barbarous contraptions that are threatening to wreck the book trade. No sooner did the Kindle topic come up than it nearly ruined an otherwise festive lunch …” (more)

[Edward Short, The Weekly Standard, 5 March]

EU raids ebook publishers in price fixing investigation

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Brussels suspects a cartel where publishers see a defence against distributors with the clout to drive down prices below cost …” (more)

[Benedicte Page and Leigh Phillips, Guardian, 4 March]

E-Books’ Varied Formats Make Citations a Mess for Scholars

Posted in research with tags on 6 February 2011 by Steve

“As e-reading devices gain popu­larity, professors and students are struggling to adapt them to an academic fun­damental: proper citations, which other scholars can use …” (more)

[Tushar Rae, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 February]

Undergraduates and E-Books: A Marriage Made With a Shotgun

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“… Readers over 60 were not terribly receptive to e-books, with 60% saying they just weren’t tempted. Interest was highest among those in their 30s and 40s. But the under 30 crowd? They are nearly as skeptical as their grandparents, with 58% saying they had no interest in e-books. Of that group, price wasn’t the biggest issue. They just prefer the experience of a printed book …” (more)

[Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed, 19 January]

It is written …

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 December 2010 by Steve

“For the month of November, I read a total of four ebooks. I didn’t read any book printed on paper, at all, and that marks a first for me. Nevertheless, before I get too carried away I might remind myself that I own somewhere in the region of 5,000 hard copy books …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 December]

eBooks and the real thing

Posted in Life with tags on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“You won’t find many businesses at the lower end of the bookselling marketplace in Ireland. As the number of smart phones have increased, the number of second-hand bookshops have declined. Internet pricing has pushed the price of second-hand books below the price of postage …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 6 November]

To Save Students Money, Colleges May Force a Switch to E-Textbooks

Posted in teaching with tags on 24 October 2010 by Steve

“… For a real disruption in the textbook market, students may have to be forced to change. That’s exactly what some companies and college leaders are now proposing. They’re saying that e-textbooks should be required reading and that colleges should be the ones charging for them …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 October]