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April 23rd, 2011

David Owns 3,500 Books

I was reading the bio of the David Lavin, the president & CEO of The Lavin Agency, a speakers bureau that represents some famous names, including the 400-Hour Workweek’s Timothy Ferriss, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and “Literary Legend” Margaret Atwood. In his bio Lavin catalogs some impressive achievements. He was the youngest chess master in Canada and represented the country in two…

April 9th, 2011

Ebooks Continue their International Assault

An informative article in today’s Globe & Mail highlights the plight of Canada’s largest book chain, Chapters/Indigo (formally, Indigo Books & Music Inc.). Unlike in the United States, Chapters/Indigo is already the “last man standing” among bookselling conglomerates. It’s like Barnes & Noble would appear after it ate Borders. As with many flagship corporations Chapters/Indigo…

April 2nd, 2011

Is 19 eBook Formats 18 Too Many?

Which ebook formats do we really need? By “need” I’m thinking only about consumer needs, not what the vendors want. * I think the only ones we need today are: 1. ePub – Not because it’s any good, but because it’s an industry standard, not just one vendor’s idea. 2. PDF – Because there’s already…

February 23rd, 2011

Shh! eBooks and the Quiet Conspiracy against Public Libraries

Last evening I wrote to a colleague who runs a regional association of trade book publishers. I thought I would share the letter: Hi xxx, I thought of you when I read this just now in today’s Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703529004576160421561955208.html I think it’s a very good article just because it presents the unvarnished truth…