Technology Bits: Print Newspapers in Trouble, Online News Sites Not Far Behind

The news business is struggling, no matter whether in print or online. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from a couple of recent articles in USA Today. “College papers cut back on print” Thus reads the headline of a USA Today story by Roger Yu. Here’s some background: In 2011, the University of Georgia’s Red [Read More...]

Are You Tired of the Internet?

I don’t know about you, but I find the internet exhausting sometimes. Last week I was in rural New England and out of range for four days, and I felt a sense of rest and peace settle over me that I haven’t felt in a while – not that I think the Internet is a [Read More...]

Comments, Online and Off

Well, this is fascinating: apparently web reviewers often make up reviews of things they have not bought - and the culprits aren’t, as you’d expect, the competitors. Rather, it’s loyal customers: The cranky customers are acting, the study concludes, as “self-appointed brand managers.” To put it another way, they are venting. The review forum gives them [Read More...]

Borders is Done: Further Evidence of the Impact of the Internet on Book Publishing

Borders flagship store in Ann Arbor, Michigan

On Monday, I blogged on a New York Times article that documented the “victory” of the E-book revolution. Yesterday’s Times has further evidence of the unprecedented changes facing book publishers and sellers because of the Internet. “Calling Off Auction, Borders Plans to Liquidate” reports on the final downfall of Borders, on of the nation’s leading [Read More...]


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