The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 15, 2012
by Dan
2 Comments

E-Books Can’t Burn

Author Tim Parks has an interesting post on the virtues of e-books on the NYRB blog: The e-book, by eliminating all variations in the appearance and weight of the material object we hold in our hand and by discouraging anything … Continue reading

March 31, 2011
by Dan
0 comments

DODOcase

In yesterday’s round-up I briefly mentioned DODOcase who use traditional bookbinding techniques to produce iPad and e-reader covers locally in San Francisco. Here’s a video introduction to the company and their products: Another reason (were one needed) to get an … Continue reading

September 22, 2010
by Dan
7 Comments

IDEO’s Future of the Book

Design consultancy IDEO present three visions for the “future of the book” (none of which include print of course): Any thoughts?

August 5, 2010
by Dan
0 comments

Opportunities and Charm

In a recent op-ed for The Financial Times (registration required), John Makinson, CEO of the Penguin Group, outlined the opportunities e-books offer to publishers: What is being missed in the debate about the division of digital spoils is the opportunity … Continue reading

July 22, 2010
by Dan
0 comments

Pass the Gestalt, Please

An interesting post by the whip-smart Evan Schnittman, Managing Director of Group Sales and Marketing at Bloomsbury, about e-book rights and royalties at his blog Black Plastic Glasses: [A] successful and coherent publishing is not the sum of individual publishing … Continue reading

March 29, 2010
by Dan
1 Comment

Doctorow at Bloomsbury

Whether you agree with him or not, this is an interesting — if scatter-gun — talk by Cory Doctorow on publishing, e-books, pricing, and DRM (and more) at UK publisher Bloomsbury: There are some additional notes (and a couple of … Continue reading

March 3, 2010
by Dan
2 Comments

The Discussion That Will Not Die!

Now the dust has almost settled on the Amazon-Macmillan dispute, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, laid out their new position on availability, pricing and the (much discussed) agency model yesterday: We will price our e-books at a wide variety of … Continue reading

February 11, 2010
by Dan
10 Comments

Workflow Part 2

One of the ‘joys’ of not getting quite enough sleep at night is that you don’t always say things with the kind of nuance that you might intend. Sometimes the coffee speaks for you. Unfortunately that happened yesterday with my … Continue reading

February 10, 2010
by Dan
25 Comments

Workflow in the House

As I’ve mentioned in the past, many publishers have tended to treat e-books as shovelware, and (unsurprisingly) the hasty conversion of files intended for print into e-book editions — with little or no consideration for the medium — has meant … Continue reading

February 1, 2010
by Dan
6 Comments

Obligatory Apple/Amazon Post

It somehow seems terribly appropriate that I spent the week Apple unveiled the iPad battling with problems with my own PC laptop (*sigh*) and missed a lot of the excitement. Even at the best of times, I am usually at … Continue reading

January 18, 2010
by Dan
7 Comments

Heads Will Roll

Steve Osgoode, Director of Digital Marketing and Business Development at HarperCollins Canada, pointed me (and everyone else on Twitter) to an interesting post on e-books at An American Editor by Rich Adin. It’s a nice coda to the Guy LeCharles … Continue reading

January 17, 2010
by Dan
1 Comment

“E” is for Experiment (Not E-books)

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Audience Development Director at F+W Media, had an interesting op-ed at Publishing Perspectives last week about e-books and e-readers: [T]here is a lot of R&D money being poured into [e-readers] — that’s how technology companies work — … Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: