Monday, August 26, 2013

"The End of Books" Predicted in 1894

While many of these predictions regarding the "phonography" (otherwise known as the iPod) did come true, the printed book managed to survive . . . and it will again survive the new technologies that are coming in the future.

http://www.roughtype.com/?p=3657

Bookstores Using Crowd-Funding to Stay Open During Tough Times

Facing Amazon and Barnes & Noble has become increasingly challenging for independent bookstores.  During particularly difficult times, some bookstores have run campaigns on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indegogo to stay open.



http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/12/business/bookstores-turn-to-web-donors-to-stall-the-end.html?pagewanted=all

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Think Global, Read Local

"One of the most important functions of literature throughout history is to enable people to share and recreate a vision of themselves . . . The place speaks for the writers and the writers speak for the place."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/opinion/25smith.html