Monthly Archives: February 2012

Paperus: Ereader of the Future? [Video]

Dear reader, Here is something very interesting to look at, if only as a novelty. This is a very thought-provoking concept of the ereading device, designed by Paperus, Germany. The idea restores the ancient way of navigating through the book, back to the times when papyrus was being used. The design is based on rolling (or scrolling) instead of page-turning. Does it… (more…)


Charisma looked at her shoelaces. It was good that she had magic, because that would be necessary to untie all the knots she had made.

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All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. – George Orwell

Indie promotion

Dear reader, Welcome to a new Indie Promotion. Today I present to you: Death Wish: Book I (The Vamp Saga) by Danielle Blanchard Ebook Short Description: Welcome to Las Vegas in the year 2020. The cold war between mortals and vampires has ended … the vampires won and now they control the most powerful organizations in the world which include the… (more…)

Preserve your rare books

Setting up and Maintaining Your Home Library. Dear reader, Like everyone, you will probably have paper books in your home, some of them old and precious. As a collector of rare books, your goal is to keep your collection in optimum shape. You’re careful with dust jackets and protect fragile books with clamshell cases. Even the way you shelve your… (more…)

Video-comparison of 3 e-readers

Dear reader, I admit, this video is somewhat dated. It is from October 2011, which in current times is not exactly stone-aged yet, but close to medieval times. Still, the information presented is good, even when has released their Kindle Fire by now. The Fire inherited the closed format of the original Kindle, so that is still valid.

E-mail notification for new posts

Dear reader, A new feature has been added to this website. Now you can subscribe to receive e-mail notifications of new posts as they appear. You can find the option under “Subscribe to new posts” under the “Contact” option. Just move the mouse pointer over “Contact” and the menu will fold down. Regards, Paul

10% of English book sales in Canada are now in digital format

by Paul Biba: From a post in The Distant Librarian which discusses the new Canadian National Reading Campaign report: In a nutshell, the NRC now has data from a week in Jan 2011, and a week in Jan 2012, so they’re able to give us some information about book sales AND book circulations from Public Libraries in Canada, including both hard and e-copy. Some of… (more…)

Buying a Kindle Fire for Europeans. Worth the trouble?

Dear reader, This might be an interesting article for European e-reader friends. I found it and thought it good to share: “Recently, a friendly colleague brought a Kindle Fire back to the Netherlands after his US trip. I had bugged him for weeks to buy this tablet for me because I really think the Fire matches my needs: “reading books and… (more…)

Smashwords Surpasses 100,000 Indie Ebooks

Via Smashwords, by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords: Today we announced an important Smashwords milestone. Over 100,000 ebooks are now published and live in the Smashwords catalog, thanks to the efforts of over 36,000 Smashwords authors and publishers around the world. This month also marks our fourth birthday. Four years ago we unveiled Smashwords at the Tools of Change conference in New York.… (more…)