Bookish Techy Week in Review

Amazon is everywhere; iBookstore fails to impress; ereader incompetence checklist; and challenges for the ebook industry in Argentina.

This week we noticed lots of good news for Amazon/Kindle; not the greatest review of iBookstore; HP's print-on-demand pilots gain ground; and advice for would-be Android readers.

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Bookish Techy Week in Review

Snooki to publish; yet more surveys on who is reading how; tablet sales continue to rise; TOC Frankfurt preview

This week we noticed: Snooki getting a book deal; Google taking an instant dislike to certain word searches; children liking ebooks; Amazon setting up shop at Facebook; Babylonian poetry finding its voice; and some people cutting up their personal library books.

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Bookish Techy Week in Review

Contrarian views on ereading's merits, Google Editions still MIA, and new interactive apps from Lonely Planet and Gourmet.

This week we noticed: the Chronicle of Higher Ed worrying about ereading's effects on youth, while a Harris poll suggested ereaders read more; fall showed up but Google Editions did not; the ECPA doesn't do a lot to protect privacy in the cloud; certain libraries are lending things they probably shouldn't be; and TOC Frankfurt is just around the corner.

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A New Take on the Coffee Table Book

In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, Kramer comes up with the brilliant idea for a coffee table book with fold-down legs that makes it into a little coffee table–a coffee table book COFFEE TABLE book. Hilarious. Today I receive a press release from the folks over at Sideways announcing, "Sideways Takes the Coffee Table-Style Book to the iPad." Huh,…

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TOC Announcement

The Tools of Change site will be undergoing some reorganizing and streamlining over the next few weeks – the hopeful result of which will be a much better experience for the TOC community. Among the changes – we'll be shutting down the TOC Ning site on August 30. For those of you who have active blogs via the Ning site,…

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The Tragic Death of Everything

Death makes for good headlines, and those of us in the publishing world have been reading a lot of headlines lately about the death of everything from print, to bookstores, to ereaders, to publishing itself. What up with all the declaring everything dead all the time?Recently over at the Technologizer, Harry McCracken has assembled a lovely list of all the…

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Reminder: TOC 2011 RFP Open Until September 9, 2010

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, happening February 14-16, 2011 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, is an inclusive meeting ground for exploring the options, a gathering place for collaboration, and an unparalleled opportunity for in-person inspiration. At TOC, stakeholders from across the book publishing and tech industries will share ideas, engage in lively debate, and…

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TOC Frankfurt Program Update (with discount code)

TOC FrankfurtIf you missed the news last week, the program for TOC Frankfurt has been updated.TOC Frankfurt will feature a full day of cutting-edge keynotes and panel discussions by key figures in the worlds of publishing and technology. From mobile reading and social media to enhanced books and the impact of free content on your bottom line, our speakers will…

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TOC Evolvers: WingedChariot Press

WingedChariot is a young publisher of international, multi-lingual picture books. Founded in 2005 as a print publisher, WingedChariot made launched into digital in 2009–and were the first paper publisher to bring out a picturebook on the iphone. Winged Chariot's founder Neal Hoskins, interviewed below will be presenting on app development and marketing October 5 at TOC Frankfurt. Why apps (as…

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TOC Evolvers: OR Books

Publishing is like the weather: we all talk about it, but no one's doing anything to fix it. So we decided to give it a try.

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