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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? […]

Dawn of the Metatext…

March 16, 2012 by


There have been a few articles of late regarding publishers and how they act with libraries (see: Penguin removing their ebooks from library catalogues, in response to Amazon’s Kindle Lending Service, ouch!) And of most interest is Techdirt’s article, Libraries Are The Best Counter To Piracy… So Of Course Publishers Are Trying To Limit Them. In it, […]

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 […]


October 10, 2011 by


… and I sent Bibliotek off to my supervisor! This isn’t really that big a deal, it’s only the next furthest edit, but I have been promising that for the past three months!

Bibliotek: Nanograph Three

October 8, 2011 by


<— Previous ~~~~~ Ned watched as Agent Choinski awkwardly followed his own calm lead, taking a gulp of air before pulling the hood of her hazmat closed. He nodded to her, “you’re safe now,” he said roughly over the mic. He’d already felt the pinch in his own throat of cartilage fracturing in the gas. […]

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 […]

Do Not Anthropomorphise the Books

September 21, 2011 by


Paul S: …and he really liked it. Me: Well, yeah, they’re like hilarious crack cocaine. So you told him you were a dealer, right? That maybe you could work something out? Paul S: I’ve got a couple in my bag. Me: Just to get him started. Paul S: Exactly. I have a problem with books. […]

Bibliotek Special! Chapter Five.Three

September 20, 2011 by


They were all browsing while they talked and Graham had edged away to the back of the store by himself. In his hands he had a browned, but clean-edged bound. He turned it in his hands, it was odd, but he felt no thrill in that. Bringing it to his nose… there was nothing, the […]

Life Advice for the Unwary

September 19, 2011 by


I spent the weekend not working. I know, we’re all shocked. But it meant I got to spend some time reading. (Yes, that’s what I do when I’m not working. Okay, I also take naps. And there may have been a thing with a bonfire and my ears freezing. But that’s not the point.) Since […]

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 […]