Dan Dalton over at BuzzFeed sleeps in the Airbnb bookshop. Britain’s Waterstones is giving up on ebooks and outsourcing digital titles to the Japanese service Kobo. A store in Mumbai Central Station in India has been going strong for more than 135 years.
E-books are proving unpopular for independent bookstores. Amazon’s juggernaut Kindle device is only available from the online retailer, but independent bookstores can still sell e-books through devices like Kobo. But the Denver Post has found that customers of indie bookstores just aren’t buying e-books.
These questions have been posed before: are we writing for the book or the reader? Is the modern publishing machine destroying the integrity of the novel? Taking a look at Kobo’s creepy digital reader engagement analytics, Joseph Bernstein tells us to calm down: It’s true that engagement analytics pose a highly abstract threat to a […]