Social Reading and Writing

Ebooks open up a whole range of possibilities, from how people consume stories to how they talk about books they've read, and even how they find new works to read. Because ebooks are digital, authors and readers have many opportunities to be social with their books. One example is annotating books online. Tools like AnnotateIt …

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Zola Books: A Review

I had the pleasure of meeting three of the employees of Zola Books, a new ebookstore, at BEA. Zola Books is, according to their pamphlet, "not just an eBooks retailer, but a community and a platform for everyone who participates in the conversation around books--including authors and curators, independent bookstores and publishers." Zola believes deeply …

Writers, Readers, Publishers: Present Tense, Future Bold #2

Last night's meeting for Present Tense, Future Bold featured guest speak Rick Joyce, the chief marketing officer of Perseus Books. Perseus is a publisher and a printer/distributor for over 300 indie publishers. According to Rick the digital transition happened distinctly in each industry (music, books, etc.), and was not monolithic. But, the future of print …

ChannelCaster, a new social mobile app

Apps are becoming a big part of our culture. Recently my sister has gotten into the app world. Right now she's working for ChannelCaster, and here's what she has to say: ChannelCaster is a new mobile app that allows users to discover, mash and share content on their mobile/tablet devices. Users are able to create …

Coca-Cola, Advertising, and Santa Claus

Over the weekend, I went to visit my uncle in Battery Park. We were at the dinner table, dropping fish balls and slices of beef into a hot pot, when my uncle told me something shocking: "Santa Claus wasn't a jolly fat man dressed in a red suit until Coca-Cola made him that way." I'm …

The Future of Publishing, According to Richard Nash

Today in my Interactive Media class, we had guest speaker Richard Nash. Nash, former publisher at Soft Skull, is now launching a start-up company, Cursor, which is a social approach to publishing. Anyway, he was a very interesting speaker, so I’d like to share some of his thoughtful quotes. “Of all the media, games and …