A Quick Note on the Fabled “iPod Moment”

There are millions of books on amazon.com, and on average each will sell around 500 copies a year. The average American is reading just one book a year, and that number is falling. The problem (to quote Tim O’Reilly) isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity. Authors are lucky to be in a business where electronic copies aren’t … Continue reading A Quick Note on the Fabled “iPod Moment”

Playing with the Kindle, Playing with the Future

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. --Sidney J. Harris It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of eBooks or eReaders, but there's no question they're growing in popularity... at least amongst technology companies. While the hype … Continue reading Playing with the Kindle, Playing with the Future

The Bookstore of the Future is… a Tree Museum?

"I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves." --Anna Quindlen GalleyCat had a provocative post last week, "Is This the Bookstore of Tomorrow?", spotlighting novelist Moriah Jovan's anti-septic floorplan anchored by two Espresso machines (POD, not coffee) surrounded by workstations for … Continue reading The Bookstore of the Future is… a Tree Museum?