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I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a book snob, a strange thing to say for a lifetime comics/science fiction/fantasy/horror/mystery fan, but there you go. Perhaps more precisely, I’m a snob about books versus other media. But in my defense I’ll maintain that I’m getting better as I get older — more tolerant and accepting and…

OA and the UK Humanities & Social Sciences: Wrong risks and missed opportunities One Size Fits All?: Social Science and Open Access Statement on position in relation to open access(Institute of Historical Research) The open access journal as a disruptive innovation Openness, value, and scholarly societies: The Modern Language Association model Public Library of Humanities:…

I’m on my annual summer hiatus for the month of July so I’ll be only publishing my weekly Friday Fun posts as well as re-posting some of the interviews I did a few years ago on the old blog with people from the publishing, library and science worlds. Not that my posting of late has…

Given all the fuss and bother going on in the library world these last few days about ebooks, I thought this one would be a pretty fine choice to highlight today. I just love me some Cracked! 8 Unexpected Downsides of the Switch to E-books You Can’t Hide a Gun in a Kindle You Need…

We have here what is sometimes known as a wicked problem. On the one side, communities would like to be able to pool the resources of their members to acquire digital content that may then be shared and consumed by everyone in that community. On the other, content creators and publishers would like to maximize…

I was really angry riding home on the bus last Friday night. Not angry because the transit system here in Toronto is royally fudged in general or that transit to York University is fudged in particular. No, it wasn’t that particular aspect of the public sphere that had me upset. It was the growing tendency…

Well, not me, exactly, but… Anyways, some ideas and experiences from someone out there in blogland who used to be a lawyer and somehow managed to think opening a bookstore was a good idea. 25 Things I Learned From Opening a Bookstore Here’s a chunk from the middle: 19. If you’re thinking of giving someone…

Will Amazon kill off book publishers?

As reported here and elsewhere, Amazon is actually dipping its toes into the world of publishing. Which of course is an interesting challenge and threat for traditional trade publishers. And who knows, maybe academic publishers too, if Amazon decides it wants to disrupt that market as well. In any case, The New York Times has…

Waaaaay back on September 20, I flew down to New York City to take part in one of the Science Online New York City panel discussions, this one on Enhanced eBooks & BookApps: the Promise and Perils (and here). Ably organized and moderated by David Dobbs, the other panelists were Evan Ratliff, Amanda Moon, Carl…

Inspired by John Scalzi, I thought I’d poll all my readers out there and see what you are reading this weekend. Books, magazines, blogs, whatever. I’m reading Ross Macdonald’s Meet Me at the Morgue for fiction, Gotham Central Book 1: In the Line of Duty by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark in the…

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