Posts Tagged: digital books

Who Digitizes the Books?

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Of course books don’t digitize themselves. Human hands have to individually scan the books, to open the covers and flip the pages. But when Google promotes its project—a database of “millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide”—they put the technology, the search function and the expansive virtual library in the forefront. The laborers are […]

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Win Or Lose, Amazon War Means Change

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No matter how the dispute between publisher Hachette and online mage-retailer Amazon resolves itself, the one thing that can be assured is that the publishing industry is changing. Amazon might hope to accelerate and seize control of the changes through pricing, but the book industry was changing even before Amazon started picking fights, warns The […]

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Book Hunting

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Future generations may never understand the simply joy of searching a used bookstore for a long-coveted title. While online megastores allow readers access to virtually any book, typing a title into a search box is much less satisfying than sleuthing through shelves of pre-owned books. Amanda Diehl over at BookRiot explains the resulting sense of […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Whoops! MacMillian is in trouble with The World Bank for offering bribes to Sudanese officials in exchange for textbook contracts. (via Bookninja) “35 essential posthuman novels.” (via Largehearted Boy) On that note, this is what happens when musicians read sci-fi. Apparently, Henry James thought historical fiction was “fatally cheap.” Austin Ratner has some choice words, […]

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