Sanity check for publishers

Detail from Pietà by Carlo Crivelli

In all the discussions about digital publishing, enhanced ebooks, and the future of publishing, let’s not forget that we publish books. We don’t design games, produce movies, or animate features. We publish books. By “books” I do not mean a bunch of printed pages between covers, what is technically known as a codex. That format has been in wide use for the last nineteen hundred years or so. Before that the format of choice was the scroll. Today we have more format options—primarily … [Read more...]

Book-banning in a digital age

Oceana flag from '1984'

Last week Amazon deleted copies of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm from some of their customers' Kindles. This has happened before. In June, Amazon deleted some Ayn Rand titles. And it's happened with Harry Potter titles as well. Amazon's defense is pretty believable; they said the copies were pirated and that they were only acting to protect intellectual property. But as Farhad Manjoo at Slate says, "The Orwell incident was too rich with irony to escape … [Read more...]


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