Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

The big gorilla is firing up

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Amazon looks set to give the Australian book market a mighty shake-up. The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Amazon is seeking warehouse space in Australia. The Australian’s IT section has this week run a piece outlining rumours that the Kindle Fire’s arrival in Australia is imminent. It seems the greatest of all the ebook […]

Farewell, my little pixels, iPad 3 is here

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Australians will be able to order the third generation iPad from today (or queue up for one on March 16 when it ships). They’ll do this because it offers retina-ish display (try a million more pixels than HDTV, at four times as many pixels per inch as the previous model) and a vastly improved camera […]

Non-Stop News November: Part II

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Gleebooks’s ebooks site. Google has announced that it will power ebook offerings from national retail chains The Co-op Bookshop (which sells primarily academic and trade books on-campus) and QBD The Bookshop (a clearing house and discount specialist) soon (in addition to those of launch partners Dymocks and Booktopia, whose Google eBooks-fed sites went live three […]

Steve Jobs was Just My Type

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Simon Garfield’s 2010 Profile Books title Just My Type: A book about fonts (which, incidentally, I downloaded from the iTunes store as an app for my iPad) opens with an introduction quoting Steve Jobs. Which is appropriate, really, because Jobs is the father of digital type. The quote is taken from Jobs’s 2005 Stanford speech, […]

If it Looks Like a Publisher and Smells Like a Publisher – is it a Publisher?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Apple, the world’s biggest technology company, have often claimed that they are at the metaphorical crossroads of technology and liberal arts. Amazon, it could be said, are positioning themselves at a different crossroads: the place where technology and consumerism meet. And Amazon are scarily good at what they do. They’re adept at predicting and exploiting […]

News Round-up: The Go the F**k to Sleep Edition

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Lots happening around the ebook traps this week and last. You’d have to be living in a ditch not to have at least heard someone mention Go the Fuck to Sleep, a humorous children’s book that has gone viral on the internet. What’s interesting about this particular development is that the full colour, full text […]

Easter Round-up

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Easter has come and gone, and big things have happened in the world of ebooks! Sorry about that, couldn’t help it. That really is a big creme egg. Apologies for my lack of posts the last week or so, the unholy trinity of Easter, moving house and my special lady friend leaving the country for […]

How to Organise and Convert Your Ebooks with Calibre

Monday, March 28th, 2011

If you’re reading this blog then you’ve probably got an interest in ebooks. If you do, then you may have already heard about Calibre. Calibre is a free, open source, cross-platform (Windows, Mac and Linux) ebook reader, organiser and converter. If you’ve ever listened to music you downloaded from the internet, then you’ll probably be […]

Are Publishers Losing the Hearts and Minds of Readers?

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Here’s a fact that might not surprise you very much: the internet is full of idiots. The idiots come in many flavours, but the kinds of idiots who are annoying me this week are some of the people who write blogs about ebooks. Let’s kick off this discussion with a few choice quotes from some […]

iPad 2 Sells Out in the US: Should You Buy One?

Monday, March 14th, 2011

  As some of you may already know, the iPad 2 was announced on 2 March, and released on Friday in the US to much fanfare. News has officially surfaced about the tablet sales over the weekend and it seems overwhelmingly good (for Apple, at least): the iPad 2 has completely sold out, and sold […]

How-to: Buy and Read an Ebook from Booku Pt 2

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This is a two-part post. To read part one, please click here.   Reading Using Overdrive Booku ebooks are compatible with any reader that’s can read Adobe Digital Editions DRM. That means you can use it with a Sony eReader, a Kobo eReader or any other (and cheaper) brand that is compatible with Adobe’s DRM […]

How-to: Buy and Read an Ebook from Booku

Monday, March 7th, 2011

  Welcome to the new location for the Smell of Books. From now on you’ll find the blog over here at Booku. To celebrate the launch of the site at the new location, I’ll be giving away $100 credit in Booku Bucks. Read on to find out how.   What You’ll Need To buy a […]

What Do You Want From Your E-reader?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Has the focus on reading – and reading anything you want – been swept aside in order to make it easier to buy content? Until very recently, relatively speaking, e-reading was all about what digital text you could get your hands on. Most of it was free, out-of-copyright stuff from the web. Some of it came […]

What the Failure of REDgroup Means for Ebooks in Australia

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Anyone who follows book news cannot have failed to hear about the collapse of REDgroup’s Borders and Angus & Robertson bookchains last week. But what does this mean for ebooks? Depending on who you listen to ebooks are one of the causes of REDgroup’s slide into administration. But is this true? Are ebooks destroying the […]

Review: The Daily Pt 2

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

READ PART 1 OF THIS POST Having said all that, what The Daily does not do is shift the pendulum back towards news as a single portal paradigm – and that is its ultimate downfall (and possibly the downfall of all printed newspapers and magazines). Nowadays when I read news, it isn’t through a single organisation’s curated […]

Review: The Daily

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

There is no shortage of comparisons between the book industry and the music industry, despite their obvious differences. However, book publishers are loathe to compare the digitisation of books to the digitisation of newspapers and magazines. And that’s mostly because paper and mag publishing is (arguably) facing off against far bigger problems than the book […]

Apple Screws the Pooch Pt 2

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

It was either ‘Apple Jumps the Shark’ or ‘Apple Screws the Pooch’. But which do you prefer – the scary apple or the adorable puppy? This is the second part of a two-part article. To read the first part, click here. Here’s where Apple made even me suspicious. In its clarification yesterday, Apple said that […]

Apple Screws the Pooch Pt 1

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

News has surfaced in the last couple of days about Apple and how they’re once again ruining it for everyone. Why, Apple, why? I didn’t want to believe it myself at first, but now Apple have clarified. Yup, definitely evil. But it’s not just evil – it’s really stupid. And here’s why. To summarise: two […]

The Squeezed Middle and the Metadata Fallacy Pt 1

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Another week, another ex-publisher announcing the death of publishers. This time around it’s Matt Shatz, erstwhile Vice President of Digital for Random House in the US, now Head of Strategic Content Relations for Nokia … whatever that means. Shatz’s argument is simple: the role of publishing as a middle man between authors and retailers is […]

Ebook News Christmas Wrap-up

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

So the silly season has come and gone, bringing with it what is most likely the biggest shift in consumer behaviour in regards to ebooks that has ever occurred. As I’ve been saying for the past six months – the future isn’t just coming sometime soon, it’s already here. Here’s a wrap-up of the ebook […]

Typing About Comic Sans Criminals

Monday, December 27th, 2010

One of the most-important and most-used skills I’ve had to develop as a writer who works as an editor is steering clients away from their mystifying obsession with using the most heinous of all fonts every created: Comic Sans. It’s the kind of noxious weed of a typeface that I have to cover my eyes, […]

Macbook Air Review

Monday, November 8th, 2010

On this blog I’ve reviewed a few dedicated ereaders, as well as the iPad, but I’m yet to look at a single one of the most popular digital reading devices out there – the modern personal computer. PCs probably provide the worst digital reading experience, yet most people still do the bulk of their digital […] A Potential Australian Alternative

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Widely reported in Australian book news over the past couple of days is the decision by Melbourne indie bookstore Readings to use a new Australian start-up’s web technology to launch an ebook initiative. This is big news for essentially everyone in the trade in Australia, not because the offering is especially mindblowing, but because of […]

Review: Kindle 3

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I’ve been using the new Kindle 3 for a couple of weeks now, and I think this is the first ereader device I’ve used that gets almost everything right. I’ve been using my iPad for months now to read books, and while the experience reading on the iPad is great, my attention span is often […]

What is Google Editions and Why Should You be Excited?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I’ve heard a whole range of responses to the announcement of Google’s answer to the ebook question, from the pessimistic (this won’t change anything), to the hysterical (this development is going to single-handedly save the book industry worldwide!). As with most of the stuff I cover on this blog, the answer is probably somewhere between […]

Where in the World is Lisbeth Salander Pt 3

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Ebook distribution is, as I said in my last post, a massive, complex problem that will probably never have a simple one-size-fits-all solution. Nonetheless, in this post I’ll try and cover some of the ways this problem may be overcome, at least in part. We have to assume, looking forward, that publishers are unlikely to […]

New Australian Ebook Reader

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Australian-based IT and consumer electronics accessories company LASER Corporation has launched a new ebook reader, priced at $149.95. The company said ebook files and content on the EB101 ereader ‘can be shared with friends, rather than having to continuously download from the web’ because its Digital Rights Management (DRM) functionality ensured ‘access to supported content for […]

The Future Is In The Past And Present

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I’m not normally one to weigh in on the e-book debate, partly because I think others can say it better than me, partly because I’m bored. I should explain that boredom with the background that I worked for the music industry on and off over the last 10 years as I put myself through uni. […]

Why Amazon Would Make a Bad Dinner Party Guest

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Have you ever met one of those people at a party who within minutes seems to know your life history, sexual proclivities and history of insanity? They ask a lot of questions while at the same time manage to reveal nothing about themselves. Data miners are a scourge of the modern social gathering, and they […]

Kindle Sales Outstrip Dead Tree Books: Nobody Makes Money

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Amazon announced this week that for the first time sales of Kindle ebooks have outstripped the sales of hardcover books. Is this a surprise? Not particularly. Amazon have been flogging their ebooks to death since the release of the Kindle, they’ve done a fantastic job getting publishers on board, and have the biggest range of […]

The Tower of eBabel

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The problem with new technology is that it costs a lot of money. Technology companies frequently spend years and years without making a profit, shaping their business model, trying to ‘monetise’ their creation. Amazon, for example, was launched in 1997, but didn’t become profitable until 2002. Facebook only became profitable last year, and Twitter still […]

Evolution or revolution?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Covering the Sydney Writers’ Festival for this blog exposed me to many of the buzzwords that publishers and ebook proselytisers use to talk about the digitisation of the publishing industry. Among their favourites is the ‘digital revolution’. At last Thursday’s ‘Are Australian Publishers E-Ready?‘ panel, Sara Lloyd, Pan Macmillan UK’s digital maven, said that this […]

Review: iBooks on the iPad

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Click on any of the pictures for a closer look So, I’ve had my iPad for a couple of weeks now, and it’s high time to review Apple’s answer to the ebook question. I’m not going to review the entire iPad – unlike the Kindle, the it’s not a dedicated reading device, and there are […]

The agency model: hot or not?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The Agency Model: A lot more boring than     this picture. I’ve implied in the past that ebooks are likely to change the way we buy, sell, read and perhaps even write books in the future. One of the ways things are already changing is the way that publishers supply ebooks to booksellers. This […]

Review: International Kindle

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

As much as I would like to review my brand new iPad for this column, I feel that I haven’t yet had enough time to wrap my head around it, so I’m going to start my series of ereader reviews with Amazon’s International Kindle. The Kindle has been around for quite a while now, first […]

Who’s to Blame?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I was going to spend this post systematically going through all of Louise Adler’s terrible arguments against ebooks in this weekend’s National Times, or perhaps manufacture some kind of conspiracy theory because the comments on her post were closed after only three hours … but I’ve decided I’ve done enough immature ranting and name calling when it comes to the anachronistic dinosaurs of the publishing industry.

Why the iPad is Not Going to Save Publishing

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Today’s release of Apple’s iPad in the United States and the absolutely hysterical reaction to it is as good a time as any to take a moment and think about the impact of devices like the iPad on publishing.