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“Fungible” ebooks

May 17, 2012 by


Lots of great material to argue and shout and scream at on the Web over the past week, but the one I want to look at? Konrath versus Lipskar, and the horror of “fungibility.” JA Konrath’s post responds to Writers House president Simon Lipskar’s “all books are fungible” theory (written in support of big publishers and […]

Fantastic e-Notions

April 18, 2012 by


A small post on reactions to the DOJ lawsuit, summated by CBS “Ironically, consumers are likely to win no matter what happens with the case because the self-publishing gate is open and the horses are out of the barn.” … really? “consumers will win”? To that, I respond: I can quite reliably say that publishers will […]

Iffy Business

April 15, 2012 by


The US Department of Justice acting against publishers and Apple working under an Agency model seems iffy. Can you count something as price-fixing, if that <em>is</em> the industry standard costing (though not yet discussing publisher inefficiencies in acting in the digital environment), and this, versus an otherwise predatory pricing scheme? The joke of this legal […]

Neuroscience of an eBook

March 28, 2012 by


There have been some articles lately about the neuroscience of ereading (though mainly based on cobbling together previous work on reading in general, and from anecdotal evidence regarding ereading practice), mainly summated by Chris Meadows, writing at Teleread: Does e-reading affect our memory of what we read? Do we remember less when we read e-books? […]

Paul’s Downtime pt2

November 24, 2011 by


A Grand Theory of eBooks So I was talking about ebook ‘performance’ and pub/author invisibility earlier, now let’s add in Kathryn Rusch’s article (go have a look, it’s interesting… about traditional publishers making more money via e-publishing than from print.) The gist of it is that while book stores are going down, and it’s only the less […]

Paul’s Downtime pt1

November 24, 2011 by


For anyone wondering what it is I’m getting up to when I’m not Dalsarion‘ing nor marking a lot of student papers! Yay. Lending Services Amazon’s lending program… It’s actually all quite clever on their behalf. Many of the publishers ‘involved’ in the 5k+ books in the programme had no idea it was happening; in fact, they’re […]

Icky Theory: Bias

October 14, 2011 by


So I have a (not so secret) bias to admit. While I’m writing about ebooks and electronic publishing… I’m not actually that much of a fan.* There are two main issues I have with the form as it stands: One is about the tiresome ‘enhanced book’ that publishers seem to trot out every decade over […]

Icky Theory: Kindles and iPads and Fire, oh my!

September 30, 2011 by


So the rumours of ‘free’ subscription ebooks and the Amazon tablet have only partially come true (so far) with the low-cost Kindle Fire (weigh the Fire’s US$200 v (template) BB Playbook’s US$499—basically, they’re giving it away!) The first rumour was of free ebook subscriptions coming bundled with Amazon Prime on the (then unannounced) Fire. Of […]

Icky Theory: Seriously, Piracy, Again?..

September 16, 2011 by


Oh so much fun! … No really, I love this stuff! ~~~~~ While what I really wish to examine is the new balance of power between (hitherto) producers and consumers, firstly let us (again) visit the topic of piracy. There are a great number of studies on the topic, and I only want to briefly […]

Icky Theory: Metatexts and Ergodic Literature

August 12, 2011 by


The concept of the meta-text draws from Jenkins’ discussion of fan communities’ interpretation and play within their favourite texts. He says that “fan critics work to resolve gaps… far beyond the information explicitly present and toward the construction of a meta-text that is larger, richer, more complex and interesting than the original series. The meta-text […]