April 26th, 2012
The monetization model of online publishing — a legacy model that hasn’t changed since the golden age of newspapers — is breeding even more mediocre and questionable content. Because this model puts the advertiser, not the reader, first, we suffer the same atrocities a newspaper editor lamented in 1923 when he bemoaned the way in which the circulation manager had taken over the newspaper and eclipsed the editor. As long as the ad-supported pageview remains the main currency of funding writing online, we’ll continue getting slideshows about kittens, HuffPost-ified sensationalist headlines, one-page articles artificially split into five pages, and other such assaults on the reader. To have intelligent readers, we need intelligent writers, certainly, but also intelligent publishing. I hope to see this ecosystem evolve towards a meritocracy, where content gets published because it is good, and because readers find value in it and are willing to put a price on this value. Reading is voting for writing, and I hope to see our votes count for more than they currently do.

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Oh hey! We had this exact conversation yesterday, over kombucha and Kate Beaton comics.

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Not just newspapers, obviously. It’s why I will continue to yearn for the next Ragtime while scorning 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight. 

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March 19th, 2012

A friend sent me a link to a YouTube video of author Neil Gaiman giving his opinion of online piracy.  He says that in the early days of the web he was staunchly against it, but with time he’s come around to believing that far from being a bad practice, piracy actually increases his book sales.”…

Read more on this idea in the soon upcoming issue of The LitSoc magazine, Sauce.  

February 27th, 2012


Far from killing off the physical page, the rise of ebooks has enhanced our understanding of the written word and the people around it, says Gaby Wood

… things are settling to a point where the physical and the digital have a much more co-operative relationship. For instance, it’s a commonplace that people no longer print their family snaps because everything is taken on digital cameras; but now the ease of digital publishing means that, if you choose to, you can design and order up a much more sophisticated photograph album than you ever could before. Equally, digitisation is encouraging the growth of small magazines, fostering a new burst of creativity, and traditional publishers can print on demand. 

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November 15th, 2011
Print v. Digital.Different technologies, same fears. 

Print v. Digital.

Different technologies, same fears. 

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E-book Pros 

  • E-books are great for travel. They are light weight, compact, and easy to carry. And unlike laptop or cell phone screens, the display screen on a Kindle reduces glare and can be easily read in strong sunlight. 
  • You can lay on your side when reading an e-book on an e-book Reader. Try that with a traditional book!
  • Regular books do not include a dictionary or keyboard, but an e-book Reader does.

E-book Cons

  • You can’t collect old or rare e-books.
  • You can’t press flowers with an e-book Reader.
  • Hitting someone in the head with an e-book Reader does not pack the same wallop as it does if you bop them with a good old fashioned hard back book.

You decide. :)

Read the full article here

Replies to the lovers of smell of paper (read: real) books.Antagonism. 
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Replies to the lovers of smell of paper (read: real) books.

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November 14th, 2011
The angry old-school crowd.

The angry old-school crowd.

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