Tag Archives: Amazon.com

Measured vs Spewed: The New Reviewers

By | November 29, 2006

(A podcast of this can be downloaded here.) The walls of elite reviewers come tumbling down, and it’s not pretty. But is it what we want? I belatedly stumbled upon this piece in The Observer by Rachel Cooke on a new spat between editors, reviewers and blogger reviewers, and not much of it is new. There’s the usual… Read More »

The Future of Paper

By | January 16, 2006

The Observer has an interesting piece on the future of the book. For some the future of the book is electronic: [Bloomsbury chairman Nigel] Newton is certain that ‘within seven to 10 years, 50 per cent of all book sales will be downloads. When the e-reader emerges as a mass-market item, the shift will be very rapid indeed. It… Read More »

Getting Communal With Books

By | November 9, 2005

It’s always hard to explain to people why sharing stuff online is so powerful. For one thing it’s getting easier, with del.icio.us etc. But the real power is in being able to harness the wisdom of others in finding stuff. Simply put, it’s the online equivalent of asking among your most knowledgeable acquaintances for helping in finding things… Read More »

Amazon’s Popup Storefront

By | June 13, 2005

I’m not sure this is new, but it’s an interesting feature of Amazon’s new look storefront: a tab that expands as you move your mouse over it: changes to this: (resized). Move the mouse away from the pop-up and it disappears. Not a bad navigation tool. Related Posts:Revenge Of The Popup January 21, 2004 Another Kind Of Popup?… Read More »

Amazon, eBay And The New Liquidity

By | November 5, 2004

I bought a second-hand book off Amazon the other day and was boasting about it to a friend. He wasn’t impressed. “We never buy anything new anymore,” he said. Clothes? Thrift shops. Toys? Yard sales. Books, CDs and whatnot? Amazon or eBay. Only food seemed to be something he bought new, and even then I got the impression… Read More »