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  • April 5, 2012
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One in five Americans say they’ve read an e-book in the last year, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Those numbers come from a late-January survey, and they’re up sharply from a December 2011 survey. Pew says the jump coincides with a rise in e-reading hardware:…

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  • April 3, 2012
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Ars Technica’s Charles Jade has a fairly long piece looking at what the new double-resolution retina display on the iPad 3 might mean for comics. Most interestingly, it has some comparison screenshots of comics at the old and new resolutions. While the resolution doesn’t make too much of a difference to the art, I was…

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  • April 2, 2012
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Could Hachette take a hatchet to DRM? That’s the suggestion Laura Hazard Owen makes in a piece on PaidContent covering remarks by Hachette SVP Maja Thomas at the Copyright Clearance Center’s OnCopyright 2012 event. Thomas reiterated some of the same points that DRM opponents have made, pointing out that DRM is a speedbump rather than…

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  • April 2, 2012
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CNet has an interview with Kevin Smith in which he talks about his newest movies, his presence on the Internet, and the recent uproar over the MPAA giving an R rating to a movie made for children. But Smith also discusses his new book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob who did…

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  • April 1, 2012
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The other day, I mentioned a survey showing that the growth of e-books has reduced the overall value of the book publishing market in the UK, and wondered what the figures might look like for the US. While the figures don’t measure precisely the same thing, Laura Hazard Owen reports on PaidContent that some figures…

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  • March 30, 2012
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The Bookseller reports on a Bowker UK survey that the overall value of consumer book purchases in the UK has dropped 9% since 2008. Bowker blames the decrease on the rise of e-books—even though people are buying more e-books, the price of the e-books tends to be lower (especially since so many of them are…

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  • March 28, 2012
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The Literary Platform has a fairly long piece looking at the question of ethical consumerism (primarily focused on books and e-books, but also stepping back to look at the larger picture of consumerism in general). This includes the question of buying versus piracy, but also touches on the wider picture of paying full-price at bookstores…

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  • March 28, 2012
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Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a shining example of a successful Android tablet, accounting for an estimated 14 percent of all slates sold in the last quarter of 2011. The $199 price tag and supporting ecosystem have much to do with that success, which is why I’m surprised to hear China Economic News Service reporting three more…

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  • March 28, 2012
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Could Apple’s app store/iBooks store submission rules be stifling creativity in e-books? That’s the question posed by a FastCompany article by Adam Penenberg looking at a couple of interactive children’s books that the husband-and-wife team of Ellen Jacob and Kirk Cheyfitz have created for the iPad. Jacob and Cheyfitz take the approach that, while reading…

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  • March 28, 2012
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The Kindle is great for e-reading, but what about editing? British writer Stephanie Zia blogs that the keyboard Kindle makes a great editing tool: Be it a book, a dissertation, a company report, you can email your own work to your kindle with the special email you’re given with your purchase. Or you can transfer…