In bookish-techy news this week:
Jonathan Safran Foer pubs crazy new book that can’t be digitized
The literary magazine returns
Thanks to the Internet, literary magazines are flourishing.
Jay-Z pulls off an awesome book promotion
From Creativity Online:
The campaign made an opening splash at the Delano in Miami — a page was fully reproduced on the bottom of the hotel pool, with footnotes imprinted on towels strewn across the surrounding lounge chairs. While the words appear for real on the street, those who don’t have access to the locations can find them via a unique application/game that Droga5 developed using Microsoft’s Bing. Visitors to the site get daily clues, researchable via a Bing overlay, which will lead them to where the pages are, albeit virtually in Bing Maps.
Still no consensus where e-lending is concerned
… according to some publishers, if libraries start lending e-books, it could serve to “undo the entire market for e-book sales.”
What happens when the libraries die?
Jason Perlow considers the creation of digital underclass:
Libraries will need to be replaced with digital equivalents as publishing moves towards eBooks. As a result, will a new “Digital Underclass” be created from the base of technology have-nots?
Richard Nash previews Cursor with “A Red Lemonade Sampler”
From Richard Nash’s blog:
In a matter of weeks, links like I’m about to offer will be offered on Red Lemonade, but I didn’t want to wait to share these little digital objects with you.
David Pogue really likes the new Galaxy tablet
From the New York Times:
Samsung sweated the details on this thing. The screen is gorgeous. The touch response is immediate and reliable. The whole thing is superfast and a pleasure to use.
Ebooks to Join The New York Times Best-Seller List
Also from the New York Times:
The lists will be compiled from weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources.
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