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Book sales hang on as e-books wither

Remember a few years ago how everyone thought that what happened to CD’s would happen to books, that digital replacements would basically kill those …

LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked

Following news that students at a Los Angeles high school had hacked district-issued iPads and were using them for personal use, district officials have halted home use of the Apple tablets until further notice.<p>It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students atTheodore RooseveltHigh School to hack …

Los Angeles

21 Dumb Mistakes That Doom Your New E-book from Day One

Admit it.<p>You’ve thought about writing an e-book.<p>In fact, you’ve already imagined the front cover.<p>You can see the main title, and underneath, your …

Writing

Publish or Perish

Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?<p>On the morning of January 27th—an aeon ago, in tech time—Steve Jobs was to appear at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in downtown San Francisco, to unveil Apple’s new device, the iPad. Although speculation about the device had been …

San Bernardino Library to participate in Read an eBook Day

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino Public Library will take part and celebrate International Read an eBook Day, an annual holiday to celebrate and …

Libraries

Did technology kill the book or give it new life?

<b>The book is dead, long live the book.</b><p>Digital technology has certainly had a profound effect on the traditional book publishing and retailing industries, but has it also given the book a new lease of life?<p>At one point it looked as if the rise of e-books at knock-down prices and e-readers like …

Books

Ebooks are changing the way we read, and the way novelists write

Our attention spans have shortened, we’re distracted, and authors have changed their style to suit, but these changes are part of the wider digital transformation<p>If you hand me the original paperback edition of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow I can, quickly and without too much scrabbling, find …

Apple celebrates the National Book Awards with huge iBooks sale

Last night, Ursula K. Leguin, the author of seminal fantasy and science-fiction books like <i>The Left Hand of Darkess</i> and the Earthsea series, won a National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.<p>During her speech, she made an impassioned defense of fantasy books, saying we …

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult From Here: How Indie Authors Can Survive and Thrive

First the good news.<p>For indie (self-published) authors, there's never been a better time to publish an ebook. Thanks to an ever-growing global market for ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers on smart phones, tablets and e-readers.<p>As a self-published …

Writing

10 Best

10 Best-Selling eBooks for Gifts<p>November 17, 2014 Technology No Comments<p>In 2012, eBook revenue growth was responsible for 23 percent of publisher net …

Fictional Books Within Books We Wish Were Real

One of the subtle pleasures of reading fiction involves uncovering the intricate world contained within the covers of the book in your hands -- the streets of a town that may or may not exist in real life, the minor characters, and, of course, the literary references. The vast literary tradition …

Fleetwood Mac eBook Covers Band's Rich History

Nearly 40 years ago, writer Sam Graham began work on a book about the suddenly very hot rock group Fleetwood Mac. He spoke with each of the five musicians -- Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks -- and accompanied them to some gigs in suburban Detroit. …

Music

Amazon Unveils Six–Count ‘Em!–New Tablets and E-Readers

The Fire tablets–including a $99 model–will be the big sellers. But a new Kindle might be the company’s most impressive product ever.<p>Amazon’s consumer-electronics business has sometimes felt like a sideline–something the company did to supplement its real business of selling physical and virtual …

Three Websites Where to Find High Quality Free Ebooks

OK, you are an avid reader and everything is never enough for you. The more you read, the more you want. <b>How much does your reading passion cost to</b> …

5 Steps to Writing a Best-Selling Book

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Never in a million years did I think I would become an author. Doing well in school did not come easily. I struggled to pronounce certain words. At times, it felt like I could barely string two sentences together. As an adult, I was …

Writing

Library Journal

Were you looking for Dewey Decimal Class 404? Didn’t think so.<p>If you typed the URL directly, please make sure the spelling is correct.<p>If you clicked …

Apple settles out of jury trial in $840 million e-books pricing suit

Apple settled out of court in the latest e-books price-fixing suit brought against the company, allowing the company to dodge an $840 million bullet, as reported by Bloomberg. The case, brought against the Cupertino company by multiple states and consumers, was set to go before a jury next month, …

Get Started With Apple’s Swift Programming Language With a Free eBook

If you're interested in learning Apple's newly announced Swift programming language, Apple is giving you the chance with a free eBook on iTunes.<p>Swift …

Target to offer e-books through partnership

Target wants to help host your book club — online.<p>As the retailer works to build a more competitive e-commerce experience, it's partnering with a startup e-book subscription service called Librify to give customers an online platform for buying, sharing, and discussing their favorite books.<p>The …

New York's Most Famous Library Will No Longer Be Gutted From The Inside

The New York Public Library has officially withdrawn from plans to renovate its flagship building on Fifth Avenue.<p>The New York Times reports the decision follows a wave of public opposition against the project and a recent study indicating the renovation would cost more than the original $300 …

Margaret Drabble on the joy of ebooks

My deep attachment to my e-reader is greeted by slightly offensive surprise from those who expect readers of my generation to be sentimentally fond of old bindings, and resistant to new and bewildering technologies. Those who express this surprise are almost invariably non-readers themselves, who …