Wednesday, September 30, 2015

E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead

“E-books were this rocket ship going straight up,” said Len Vlahos, a former executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a nonprofit research group that tracks the publishing industry. “Just about everybody you talked to thought we were going the way of digital music.”

But the digital apocalypse never arrived, or at least not on schedule. While analysts once predicted that e-books would overtake print by 2015, digital sales have instead slowed sharply.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Move to Help Bookstores in Japan

Kinokuniya, the largest bookstore chain in Japan, has announced that it will snap up 90% of initial print run of Haruki Murakami’s latest title to sell at brick-and-mortar stores and make sure that customers who want to purchase the book will have to go to an actual physical bookstore. It is a move largely seen as a way to stall purchases through Amazon.

With over 60 outlets in Japan, Kinokuniya has approximately 10% of the domestic book market in the country. It will act the wholesaler and purchase 90,000 copies out of 100,000 scheduled first print run directly from the publisher Switch, then sell part of it to wholesalers and other bookstores.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boy Who Couldn’t Afford Books Asks Mailman For Junk Mail To Read

 When his local mailman realized that Matthew Flores had a great desire to read but no access to books, he responded spectacularly.

Read more here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Unread Books are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones

"Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books."
- Umbert Eco

Read More About the "Anti-Library" HERE
Tsudoku: Japanese for leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books. Illustration by Ella Frances Sanders from 'Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World.' Click image for more.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

William Wordsworth

"Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Reading Print Exercises Your Brain

Slow reading is exercise for your brain.

Unless we actively pursue the act of reading as it used to be done, we risk losing our ability to enjoy it – and there are repercussions for that, including greater stress, poorer mental agility later in life, reduced ability to concentrate, and less empathy.

Kids do better in school when firmly grounded in reading, and that is a lifestyle habit that is seriously influenced by parental guidance and example. A 1997 study published in Developmental Psychology found that reading ability in first grade is closely linked to academic achievement in grade eleven – all the more reason to have paper books lying around the house as a tangible reminder to keep reading.

paper book folded in paper shape

Why you should read more paper books this year