- Story about teenagers living with terminal cancer and their approach to life and death.
- As you’d expect from John Green, it is very cleverly written with some nice touches of humour.
- If you like Green’s other stuff, you’ll probably like this. See also: Jenny Downham’s Before I die.
This lack of platforminess is what makes many iPad magazine apps impotent. They end up in no better a position than a printed magazine. There are no routes by which you can directly get to their content. You can’t point in. You’re forced to go through the “front door” to get anywhere. And it’s a door usually weighing several hundred megabytes and infuriatingly difficult to unlock.
Craig Mod’s work has only recently come to my attention. I plan now to go back and read more of what he has written in the past.
Looks like Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have been doing some reading of ancient proverbs, perhaps specifically: “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
The Miles Franklin award is arguably Australia’s most prestigious literary prize. It was won three times by David Ireland. His books are out of print in this nation. This seems absurd, a cultural shame, as does the fact that Miles Franklin’s celebrated My Brilliant Career can only be bought in Australia in an American edition; it is out of print here.
The Information Activist has a few things to say about The Apple Way for Libraries (a Manifesto?).
I wanted to grab a snippet to give you a taste but if you work in libraries, you really should go and read the whole thing.
He says things like this:
Library’s need to regain control. Libraries need to have end-to-end products. We need to create a positive user experience, but without the ability to make necessary changes to a database, catalog, or other information resource, we simply cannot make the necessary changes.
If we have to teach classes on how to search, then maybe we need to pause and think. Are the systems being designed for the user, or do we design users for the system?
Not to mention this:
Remember patrons don’t need us anymore. In the past, distribution models and pricing caused a real need for us. Bookstore as we know them today, or knew them yesterday, did not exist like that. It used to be damn near impossible to get some books, especially in rural areas. Thomas Jefferson would wait up to 6 months for book to arrive from Europe. It’s now so easy and relatively cheap. Easy and fast beats free any day. And the notion that some can’t afford this stuff won’t care us forever. Instead we ought to focus on creating a want in our patrons for us. We do this through creating powerful user experiences. Experiences that we need to control, and we simply cannot do this in our current model.
Seriously, go and read it. You might not agree with everything, but I suspect you will find something to make you think long and hard about what your library is doing.
The Justice Department finally took aim at the monopolistic monolith that threatened to dominate the book industry. So imagine the shock when the bullet aimed at threats to competition went whizzing by Amazon — which not long ago had a 90 percent stranglehold on e-books — and instead, struck five of the six biggest publishers and Apple, a minor player in the realm of books.
In the short term, stopping the agency model that threatened Amazon’s ability to completely own the market will result in lower ebook prices from Amazon. They can sell most of them at a loss until they do own the market. Then what?
When people ask me to speak or write about the future of books, invariably what they want to know about are things like ebooks, digital publishing, book apps, transmedia. These are not the future of books. They are the present of books.
To consider the future of books, we must imagine the future of media. We must imagine the future of the web. And for that we must lift the veil and step into the post-digital.
This amazing Madrid sculpture series, by Spanish artist Alicia Martin, uses 5,000 books per installation to create stunning works of art. The effect is a waterfall of cascading books.