December 29, 2009 |
David Parry, Keith Goldsmith, and Sylvia Ruiz-Tresgallo were pondering the future, each in his or her own way, at the 125th annual meeting of the Modern Language Association this week in Philadelphia. That future is bringing a change from paperbound authorship to online maintenance of a scholar's writing and the discussion that surrounds it. Publishing is increasingly digital. As for the present, it's about praying to the academic gods for employment. Regina B. Oost, chair of the English Department at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., described the employment outlook succinctly: "Fewer jobs.
October 3, 2012 |
I WOULDN'T NORMALLY feel sorry for a man like Bernie Cohen. At 86, he's had a vibrant life. He's been married to the same sweetheart, Selma, for more than six decades and is a proud father and grandfather. Although he's long retired as a clinical psychologist, he's still a professor emeritus at West Chester University, where he taught for years. And he had a fine career in private practice and managed a bustling psychiatric clinic in Norristown. He may move a little slowly, but his wits are quick and his eyes crinkle when he delivers the punch line of a favorite joke.
February 29, 2004 |
For those who dread trekking to the library on snowy, rain-soaked or bone-chilling days, the Burlington County Library System is offering a way to borrow books and return them without leaving home. A new e-book service, which debuted Feb. 1, allows library system cardholders to make a few computer clicks and select books from more than 1,000 titles available on the library system's Web site. Gail Sweet, library director, said best-selling novels, children's books, classics, fiction, nonfiction and a few reference books can be downloaded, read, and returned to the library system electronically.
August 29, 2000 |
SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft Corp. and top on-line retailer Amazon.com Inc. yesterday announced they are teaming up to sell digital books, entering what an industry expert called uncharted terrain. "It's not clear when and how this will pay off," said Peter Fader, professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. "The natural analogy is to look at the music industry, and the difficult time that digital and nondigital firms are having trying to figure out how to manage it. " Under the agreement, Amazon would use a customized version of Microsoft's Reader software for downloading and displaying text on a personal computer or handheld device, the companies said.
June 10, 2008 |
Is the Kindle about to catch fire? Could Amazon.com's seven-month-old wireless e-book reader - a rectangular wonder in antique iPod white, able to download any of 125,000 books adapted to its format - be the tipping point that marks the decline and fall of the paper book? If those two questions continue to dominate techno-talk in the book-publishing industry, it's because book folk, being weaker in gizmo-related prognostication than, say, the devotees of a consumer electronics show, aren't sure.
March 17, 2000 |
Be afraid, bookstore owners. Be very afraid. On its opening day online, Stephen King's new ghost story sold more cyberspace copies than any of his best-selling novels on their first day. King's Riding the Bullet, a 66-page downloadable "e-book," racked up 400,000 orders during its first 24 hours for sale over the Internet, said Adam Rothberg, spokesman for Simon & Schuster. The figure includes downloads onto computers, Palm Pilots and electronic readers, and orders that could not be met immediately because of overwhelming demand.
July 20, 2012 |
Now that everyone's an expert on fast facts, I wonder what has become of those Free Library of Philadelphia treasures known as the Know-It-Alls. When I last visited these general-information specialists, in 1991, business was brisk. Surrounded by a wall of books and directories, they fielded 50 phone calls an hour from Philadelphians wondering how to spell Tiananmen Square, what glasnost is, how far to Fargo? The rotating staff of 14 librarians - each with a master's in science - was in such demand that each caller was limited to three questions.
July 16, 2000 |
Summertime begs for easy reading. This summer, five new gadgets at the West Deptford Library could make the simple pastime almost effortless - no beach bags brimming with books, no tangle of extension cords to encumber a late-night, front porch reverie. Early this month, the library received five Rocket eBooks - slim, paperback-sized computers that store the contents of as many as 10 books in their memory. Patrons can check out the $170 gadgets for two weeks and have five novels, the maximum number the library has chosen to store on each eBook, at their fingertips.
May 2, 2012 |
"Move over, little dog, the Big Dog's movin' in. " That line, from a great Hank Williams tune, could well stand for the situation of writer Buzz Bissinger. A Pulitzer Prize-winning former Inquirer staffer, Bissinger is a big dog in the publishing world, with his 1990 book Friday Night Lights and much else. His forthcoming book Father's Day promises to be a publishing event. But he's only one person. Only one writer. Amazon.com, now that's a bigger dog. Apple is another.
May 15, 2011 |
How much would you pay for a book? Not for a rare book, a Shakespeare folio or a Gutenberg Bible to keep under glass, but for a volume simply to grace your bookshelves or your coffee table. Would $199 be too much? Sports artist Dick Perez hopes that 5,000 people are willing to put out that amount for The Immortals , a collection of his portraits of Baseball Hall of Famers. What about $461.62? That's what online bookseller Amazon is asking for Microsoft executive-turned-chef Nathan Myhrvold 's new, six-volume culinary compendium Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking . How about $15,000, the publisher's list price for the "Champ's Edition" of GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali (Greatest of All Time )