Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ebook Impermanence: Jonathan Franzen Edition

Jonathan Franzen is upset about ebooks: “The technology I like is the American paperback edition of Freedom. I can spill water on it and it would still work! So it’s pretty good technology. And what’s more, it will work great 10 years from now. So no wonder the capitalists hate it. It’s a bad business […]

PressBooks: Your iBooks Author Alternative

It has been a depressing couple of weeks for big tech news, as I discussed in my previous post. (Addendum to that: check out this Lifehacker post about how Google wants to be AOL.) But despite big corporations and the government doing their best to make the web and modern computing as locked-down and boring […]

The Revolution Happened When You Were on Twitter

In the end he succeeded in forcing her memory back until she did dimly recall that at one time Eastasia and not Eurasia had been the enemy. But the issue still struck her as unimportant. “Who cares?” she said impatiently. “It’s always one bloody war after another, and one knows the news is all lies […]

iBooks Author Round-Up

Are you already tired of reading about Apple’s new publishing platforms? Me, too. But the Silicon Valley Gods have spoken, and we must all pay homage: Tim Carmody gives us the overview at Wired. Thoughts About iBook Author from a textbook author. At The Digital Reader, iBooks Author is both not very democratic and (in […]

What Will EPUB 3 Actually Do?

There’s been a lot of talk about what EPUB 3 is capable of: video and audio, embedded fonts, fixed-page layouts, greater accessibility. What will be interesting in the next, say, 6 to 12 months, is watching how publishers push the boundaries of this technology. Not just: what can EPUB 3 do, but what will it […]