books

  • Storybird Aims To Attack The Last Bastion Of The Printed Word, The Kids’ Bookshelf

    Storybird Aims To Attack The Last Bastion Of The Printed Word, The Kids’ Bookshelf

    If paper books are going to survive anywhere for the next few years, it’s in our schools and on our kids’ bookshelves. However a company called Storybird has built a platform for kids and adults to build and share picture books in a few minutes. The books use pre-rendered artwork and allow authors to drag and drop pictures and text right into their work. Think of it as fanfic for… Read More

  • The Little Book Club Sends Busy Parents Quality Kids’ Books Every Month

    The Little Book Club Sends Busy Parents Quality Kids’ Books Every Month

    One of the most valuable things parents can do is read to their kids, but keeping a steady supply of quality books in the house is still a challenge. Today, a startup called The Little Book Club is launching to address that problem with a subscription-based service for kids’ books. The service, designed for busy parents who can’t stomach the idea of reading “Goodnight… Read More

  • Publishing: The Road Ahead

    Publishing: The Road Ahead

    With the closing of Spin Magazine’s print edition alongside the failure of the print edition of Newsweek (not to mention the shuttering of countless newspapers and magazines around the world) you’d be hard-pressed to say that publishing – particularly in the news space – is doing well. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Graphic Novels Worth Buying In Print

    Gift Guide: Graphic Novels Worth Buying In Print

    Sometimes it’s nice to share a good book, and if you know me then you know that┬ámost of the books I’m buying are comics and graphic novels. These are a few of my absolute favorites this year and I recommend picking up a solid, meaty hardcover and hanging onto it for a few years. You know, like the old days. Read More

  • Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

    Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

    When you visit a review on Google Play for an app, book, song or movie, you won’t have to worry as much about whether someone is sheepishly hiding behind a computer firing off nasty words, as Google has now flipped on the switch to display your Google+ name and profile picture with all reviews you add to the store. I’m not so sure this is the best thing in the world, 100%, as… Read More

  • With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferriss Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book

    With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferriss Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book

    Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and a stalemate between Amazon and big retailers, including Barnes & Noble, over the sale of books from the online giant’s publishing imprint is giving a fillip to BitTorrent — once a hotbed of piracy, and now a straight-laced and legal content distribution network — as a platform for marketing books. Tim Ferriss, one of… Read More

  • Micah Baldwin, Graphicly And The Future Of Publishing: You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

    Micah Baldwin, Graphicly And The Future Of Publishing: You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

    When I first met Micah Baldwin about five years ago, he was working at a company called Lijit, which helped bloggers monetize their content and keep track of how their sites were doing. I could tell that Baldwin was a passionate guy at that moment, scanning the crowd around us to make sure that everyone was having a good time. It wasn’t even his party. Read More

  • LitPick, A Startup Founded By A Harvard Lad And His Dad, Aims To Rate Young Adult Literature

    LitPick, A Startup Founded By A Harvard Lad And His Dad, Aims To Rate Young Adult Literature

    The founders of LitPick have known each other since birth. Seth Cassel and his dad Gary founded their first company, FlamingNet in 2002 when Seth was in fourth grade. Designed as a book review site, Seth and his dad Gary built the site themselves and began taking a profit. Read More

  • The Paper I Buy

    The Paper I Buy

    We’re living in a pre-barbaric age. Gutenberg and the printed word cast out the darkness of a hundred mistakes, a thousand benighted cities hastened from the gloom, a million lights winked on in a million windows. The word, once hidden in the chests of the mind, was now scratched onto paper and carefully typeset into folios. The barbarians were cast out, fleeing ahead of the coming… Read More

  • Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

    Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

    Robin Sloan is the kind of guy who could write a book like this one. He’s a writer and “media inventor” which seems to be a lofty term for “cool guy who gets the Internet and understands that discourse needs to be both intelligent and entertaining to effect any sort of meaningful social change.” He also writes a damn good intellectual thriller, if you’re… Read More