Old Books and New Technology

Like most academics I have an extensive library that reflects an intellectual journey and a range of sometimes (to others) bewildering interests.  That is in turn reinforced by memories and records of great libraries and archives around the world as part of a search for information and understanding amidst all those interests.  The “historian’s moment”, … Continue reading

e-Book Crime

One of many consequences of the e-book revolution is the “opening” of both author outlet and reader access avenues. That is, with Kindle, Nook, Kobo and all the rest writers now have an alternative to the old grind of finding an agent and/or a publisher and then getting a deal and then getting published. There … Continue reading

Writers, Readers and the e-Book Revolution

The e-book revolution is now clearly with us.  One report suggests that e-books will be a $9.7 billion market by 2016, a threefold increase from 2011. Two years ago, commuting from Wimbledon to the British Library, my random checks showed that the Kindle accounted for about 20% of book reading on the London Underground.  Recent … Continue reading