ccording to a report from The New York Times, more than 1,000 writers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, supported by several hundred artists and readers, have signed an open letter to the online retailer, Inc. which attacks its trustworthiness and accuses it of manipulating its recommendation lists and lying to customers about the availability of books published by the Swedish-based publisher Bonnier group and the authors who are published under its name. 



"A forthcoming paper by researchers in France and Norway suggests that there may be some cognitive drawbacks to reading even short works of literature on a screen… ."

An interesting study on comprehension and ereaders. The difficultly isn’t quite what you’d expect, but after I thought about my own ereading experience, it started to make sense. Thoughts?

Ya think? Why start now Apple? ~ eP

Analysts are starting to report that tablet sales are leveling off for Apple –not so much because people are losing interest, but more so because earlier versions of the iPad are functioning well and there are few reasons for existing owners to upgrade. Unlike smartphones, tablets are still very much seen as nice-to-have instead of need-to-have. This means Apple needs to come up with enhancements and upgrades that will be seen as enough of a difference to warrant buying a new unit (and for those new to iPad, features need to be persuasive enough to make them take the leap).

Cultural dominance is hard to measure. And while we do have sales figures, even they leave room for interpretation. In the June issue of Information Research, the peer-reviewed journal’s founder T.D. Wilson takes a look at variations in the numbers across national borders and language differences in a paper called “The E-Book Phenomenon: A Disruptive Technology.” Wilson is a senior professor at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås, and his paper is in part a report on research on the impact of e-publishing in Sweden.