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Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

By David Shields

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Consuming Book Publishing

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Bezos Buys Washington Post

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Prisoner of Technology

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Kindle Sleeve

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE

Lapham's Quarterly

The Internet as the Toy With a Tin Ear

Why does it come to pass that the more data we collect—from Google, YouTube and Facebook—the less likely we are to know what it means?

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE

China’s Social Media Hall of Mirrors

Social media in China is blurring the lines between facts, lies and rumors, as evidenced by the Bo Xilai case; some homophobic video gamers are in an uproar about characters identifying as homosexual, bisexual or transgender; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has made it back into young voters’ good graces. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE

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Reading in the New Millennium: Forward to the Past?

I know many Americans do not read any books once they’re out of school or college. But some do, and what they read has been shaped not only by changing tastes but by availability. The availability consideration is being revolutionized.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE

Churches Closing Shop

Closed churches are selling artifacts and furnishings in the U.S. and Europe; graffiti artist Banksy accuses a TV documentary of distortion; and Amazon has finally created the Kindle tablet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 10, 2011 READ MORE

Borders Bye-Bye

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE

Goody ‘Toe Shoes’ Banned by Army

The U.S. military bans FiveFingers shoes because they “detract from a professional military image”; Rupert Murdoch sells MySpace for a measly $35 million; and Google teams with the Getty Museum to create a smartphone application for art lovers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


Behold the Triumph of the E-Book

Although there are those purists out there who still insist on reading actual books—as in the kind that come from trees—Amazon’s grand pooh-bah Jeff Bezos announced last week that sales of e-books have now surpassed that of their analog counterparts.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE


Falling in Love With the Kindle

I hated Amazon’s first Kindle as much as my dad, an avid reader, writer and collector of books, loved it. For him, it was delivery on a very old promise. For me, its monochrome screen, beige plastic body and single-mindedness represented a technological regression.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE


Amazon Sells Many More Digital Books Than Hardcovers

It looks like Amazon’s e-book strategy is paying off. CEO Jeff Bezos revealed Monday that, “even while our hardcover sales continue to grow,” his company sold 180 Kindle edition books for every 100 hardcovers last month. That figure has accelerated since Amazon dropped the price of its best-selling product, the Kindle e-book reader, by $70.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE

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Are the Kindle’s Days Numbered?

Although Kindle sales have seemed strong since its debut nearly two years ago, the future of Amazon’s e-reader may not be rosy, according to The Atlantic’s Kevin Maney, who sums up the “Kindle problem” thusly: “[I]n aiming to provide both a great experience and supreme convenience, it has achieved neither.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


Teen Sues Amazon Over Orwell Recall

Amazon’s Kindle reader might still be a great device in the estimation of some literary aficionados, but the honeymoon is over for Michigan high school student (and potential member of Future Lawyers of America) Justin D. Gawronski, who’s getting litigious with the online superseller after his copy of George Orwell’s “1984” was yanked from his Kindle in July.

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE

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