Buying Books as Gifts Decline in the UK

Buying that special someone a book for their birthday or Christmas is on the decline in the United Kingdom. The Nielsen Book Survey has just decreed that the share of books bought as gifts fell from 24% to 22% – equating to a decrease of nine million books. Jo Henry, director of the research, said that the...

Morning Roundup: Consumer protection for ebooks? Publishers and subscription services

UK Police Start Replacing Ads on Copyright Sites with Warnings (GigaOm) The new “Operation Creative” tactic is designed to tackle the funding of copyright-infringement websites without making users vulnerable to malware, as an earlier pilot accidentally did. However, it’s a bit worrying to see police censoring elements of webpages. *** The Latest News on Book...

OkCupid Experimented on Me and That’s OK

Matchmaking social site OkCupid sent me a mysterious message one day claiming their super computer misstated my match percentage with another user. That is, the amount of answers to match questions we shared in common were inexplicably wrong, and they wanted to correct their seemingly anomalous mistake. As it turns out, OkCupid did it intentionally,...

Walking Dead Season 3 Coming to Android

Telltale Games has announced that Season 3 of their successful Walking Dead series of games is headed our way. Less fortunate news is that there are no details being released (fellow fans of the franchise will be dying to find out of our beloved Clementine will once again be taking the lead role in this...

How Brands Can Tap into the Organic Reach of their Fans

Nicholas Thorne is the CEO and a co-founder of basno, the platform for creating and collecting digital badges. He started his career at Goldman Sachs in the technology, media and telecommunications investment banking group after graduating magna cum laude from Yale with a B.A. in History and a concentration in Chinese language. Problem: You can’t...

Morning Roundup: Accidentally going digital. Libraries react to Kindle Unlimited

Accidentally Going Digital (Book Riot) I suppose this led to a gradual build-up of digital in my life, as books I really, really wanted to read were available, but only digitally. So what choice did I have? Lacking that choice meant more and more digital, and I suppose less and less thinking about it. ***...

Around the World in ePublishing with Pariah Burke – Adobe Illustrator – The Early Years

Despite the design mistakes, which are mostly concentrated on the Credits page, Adobe Illustrator: The Early Years is a publication that belongs on your iPad. If you’re a fan of Illustrator or the Desktop Publishing Revolution, the book, though thin, contains lots of historical imagery, video, and commentary from the people who were there during...

Morning Roundup: Preston speaks again. Macmillan makes front-list available to libraries

Anything with an RFID Chip in it Will Have to Carry this Logo in Europe (GigaOM) The logo is designed to make it clear to consumers when the goods they’re carrying contain an RFID smart chip, and to bring retailers and healthcare and banking companies out of a legal “gray zone” when it comes to...

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Book review: Beside the Seaside, edited by Scott Harrison, Snowbooks

Well who’d a thought it: An almost local tourism-level themed anthology confined to a short stretch of English coastline that turns out to be a surprisingly good collection of modern British horror and dark fiction. Of course, it helps if the stretch of coastline you have to deal with is the Yorkshire coast immortalized by...

Why Subscription Services will be the way of the future

Two articles came my way this morning on the subject of subscription services—one on Next Issue, an all-you-can-read magazine service, and the other on Scholastic’s decision to close their eBook ‘store’ and replace it with a subscription-based web service. Neither of these articles terribly surprised me. I think more and more specialty book services will...

Apple bought, shuttered book recommender Booklamp in April

MacRumors reports that Apple bought and shut down book-recommendation service Booklamp back in April. Booklamp was intended to be a sort of “Pandora for Books”—it used a similar system of categorizing books based on specific elements—but as I determined when I checked into it last November, it fell pretty far short of actually being useful,...

LinkedIn Redesigns Profiles to Make You ‘Ridiculously Good Looking’

LinkedIn released a revamped profile on its mobile site and apps today, aimed at helping people break the ice. The new profile provides an at-a-glance view that prioritizes information depending on how much time you have. The top now displays a user’s alma mater and current job, in addition to mutual connections. From LinkedIn’s blog...

Do We Need Consumer Protection for eBooks?

There is no true path of ownership when you purchase eBooks, digital comics or manga from online retailers. Instead, you are merely granted a license and if the store closes you will lose everything. In the last few years we have seen BooksonBoard, Diesel eBooks, FictionWise, JManga, Scholastic Storia, and the Sony Reader Store all...

Swift: Inheritance and generics in algorithms

Swift algorithms rely heavily on generics, but being generic doesn't necessarily mean that an algorithm can accept any instance type. Often the instance types that can be accepted by an algorithm are restricted to ones that adopt or inherit a certain protocol. For example extend() requires that the instance being extended adopts the Sequence protocol...