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Kobo eReaders are now at Vroman's!

by Rachel on December 10, 2012

In September, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to New York for the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA)  IndieCommerce Institute.  Not only did I meet amazing booksellers from all over the country, but we were able to chat and compare how each store is run and bounce ideas off each other. We spent a lot […]

Some Links About Ebooks

by Patrick on February 1, 2010

I’m not going to get into the great ebook price war of 2010.  Why?  I don’t have the energy.  Or the desire.  Or the time.  If you’re interested in it, there are a plethora of great links out there.  Please go read them.  In the meantime, here are few interesting pieces on ebooks, piracy and […]

Just Go Read This and Report Back

by Patrick on July 28, 2009

It’s been kind of quiet around here these past few days.  I apologize.  I was at jury duty, where I tore through Chris Anderson’s Free on my iPhone.  I am back now, and regular posting will resume soon.  In the meantime, do click over to the LA Times where David Ulin has accurately and succinctlysummarized […]

Ebooks, Reading and Privacy

by Patrick on July 21, 2009

As the market for ebooks expands rapidly (Barnes & Noble jumped into the fray yesterday with its long-rumored ebook store), so do the issues the change in format presents.  A few articles delve into these issues better than I could, so I’ve linked to them here: Farhad Manjoo looks at how Amazon can reach into […]

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Social Reading: The Future?

by Patrick on July 13, 2009

For those who missed it last week, Sarah Dunant, author of the international bestsellers The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan, has made the first few chapters of her new novel Sacred Hearts available at the website Book Glutton.  In and of itself, this is no big deal; many authors are […]


By now you’ve no doubt heard about Amazon’s plan to put advertisements in some ebooks.  (Click here and here to read the actual patent applications.  They’re really hot reads!)  Anybody with an iPhone can see how this might work:  it’s already working for the popular Apple App store.  Want the ebook for free?  Get a […]


We’re Always Voting in Los Angeles

by Patrick on May 19, 2009

Seriously.  I get a sample ballot in the mail every three weeks.  I’m pretty sure this time around we were deciding whether or not to forgive Manny Ramirez.  How did I vote?  Well, the sanctity of the voting booth is a corner stone of American democracy…so mind your own business.  And also, check out these […]

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The Threat of Ebook Piracy

by Patrick on May 12, 2009

The New York Times ran an article today about the rise of ebook piracy: For a while now, determined readers have been able to sniff out errant digital copies of titles as varied as the “Harry Potter” series and best sellers by Stephen King and John Grisham. But some publishers say the problem has ballooned […]


Thursday Links: Now Performance-Enhanced

by Patrick on May 7, 2009

With pure Columbian coffee, Juan Valdez-style.  Here are a few links.  Tomorrow, perhaps, I’ll have some original thoughts to share: The Onion dissects the new textbook Kindle DX:  “Not for me. Nothing beats the feeling of learning off paper.” Is the Espresso Book Machine the future of print?  The machine can print any of the […]

In the Middle

by Patrick on May 6, 2009

Wednesday is a forlorn sort of day, wedged there, uncomfortably, between Tuesday and the rest of the week.  Pity it.  Here are the links: Boing Boing has a couple of good book links this morning, including Thomas Allen’s pulp cover photography art and a nice writeup about Amy Stewart’s new book, Wicked Plants (which we […]