The Future of Paper

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 …

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Podcast: Online Shopping

From the BBC World Service World Business Report: Online shopping Here’s an excerpt from the original WSJ.com piece (subscription only, I’m afraid): Why does buying stuff online still look so similar to buying offline? First, Web sites still use the whole browsing-shopping basket-checkout metaphor, an approach that even real world shops are trying to get …

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The Moleskine vs The Alwych

It arrived too late for the column, but there‚Äôs an alternative to the Moleskine that has its followers: The Alwych. The blurb on the website describes the notebook thus: ‘ALWYCH’ books have a unique strong, flexible and highly durable ALL WEATHER cover. The pages are section sewn for strength, before being welded into the cover. …

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News: Amazons Discovers The Perils Of Browsing

 Interesting piece on the downside of Amazon’s new book-searching feature, launched last month, which allows customers to do a full-text search on more than 120,000 books. The Register reports that it has quietly disabled printing after researchers managed to print out 108 consecutive pages from a bestselling book.   As a failed bookseller, I sympathise. …

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