One-Third of American Adults Own a Dedicated e-Reading Device

January 23, 2012

You’ll be seeing the graph below a lot in the next few days and weeks. Often the headline will read “20 per cent of Americans Own an e-Reader” or “Tablet and E-Book Reader Ownership Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period” which is the theme of the Pew report announcement. But the big number appears on page two of the full report: “The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped…to 29% in January.” I’m rounding it up to a third. You know, margin of error. (more…)

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Publishers Sleep Easy After Apple Textbook “Disruption”

January 19, 2012

At first I thought we should blame ourselves for getting our knickers all in a knot when the rumors started circulating that Steve Jobs’ deadly forces of disruption, honoring his dying wishes, had turned their sights on textbooks. But don’t we frighten easily!

Then I felt angry at Apple. (more…)

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Canadian Government Agencies Invested $4.7 Million in McClelland & Stewart in the Past Decade

January 11, 2012

According to public filings on the Canadian Heritage website (link broken), the Government of Canada contributed $4,166,190 to McClelland & Stewart between 2000 and 2011 via several programs designed to aid Canadian-owned publishers (link broken). (more…)

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The Death of Canadian Book Publishing

January 10, 2012

Cultures die symbolically.

Canadian culture took a major hit on Monday with the sale of Canada’s most important book publisher, McClelland & Stewart. Canada’s largest university, the University of Toronto, took a gift horse and sold it to the Bertelsmann AG, the fifth-largest book publisher in the world, via its proxy, Random House of Canada. (more…)

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Magazines Come to TV

…or so said the article announcing Walrus TV. (more…)

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