information flaneur

Everything I've written about ebooks

A failure of imagination - the problem with format neutrality

I often hear librarians promoting their ‘modern librarian’ credentials by saying “it’s about the information, not the container”.  By...

Why everyone is probably wrong about the DoJ ebooks case

I didn’t mean to write a post about this, but I couldn’t help myself.  Some of you won’...

Blogs and the post-paper library

My title this week is a little provocative. I’m unconvinced of the imminent, or even eventual, complete death of...

Why I don’t read ebooks

It may seem strange to regular readers of It’s not about the books to read that I don’t...

The trouble with eBooks: publishers defying the laws of physics

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it -...

Pearson gets smart and cuts out the middleman

This week came some news that got the Australian Twitterverse buzzing - Pearson has bought the online assets of REDGroup...

Why a book is not a dress

Sherry Redux Since I posted on Nick Sherry’s prediction that physical book shops will largely close within 5 years,...

Ebook economics Part 2: The publisher’s dilemma

In the last post we looked at why eBooks make more money faster for publishers compared to a traditional codex,...

Why every new author should first be published in eBook

In response to my first post on eBooks, I received some comments on Facebook along the lines of ‘I’ll...

Are eBooks microfiche all over again?

Something has been troubling me about the swirling hype and skirmishing over libraries lending ebooks.  Something about the failure of...