"reading" entries

Bezos Hopes for Longer Attention Spans

In his annual letter (PDF) to Amazon shareholders, Jeff Bezos discusses the Kindle's place in an "info-snacking" world: … networked tools such as desktop computers, laptops, cell phones and PDAs have changed us too. They've shifted us more toward information snacking, and I would argue toward shorter attention spans … If our tools make information snacking easier, we'll shift…

Are You Ready for Free?

Free is popping up everywhere. Here are a few resources that will help you explore this growing trend.

Will Publishers matter?

That's the title of Stephen Abram's keynote at TOC this morning. It's an important question as a number of studies and trends have made abundantly clear, including the NEA's overly pessimistic To Read or Not to Read study. So much of Stephen's rapid-fire message is both contrarian and hopeful, but in a working class, roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work kind of way. As head…