J.M. Reep

Posts Tagged ‘ebooks’

Are Bookstores Doomed?

In Commentary on August 3, 2009 at 12:39 am

One of the things that people wonder about as sales of e-readers continue to increase, as new e-reader devices enter the market, and as the idea of ebooks catches on with the reading public, is whether we’ll see the same sort of collapse in retail infrastructure in the bookselling marketplace as we saw in the music marketplace earlier this decade. In other words, are bookstores, especially large chain stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders, going to follow in the footsteps of Tower Records and other big chain record stores? Read the rest of this entry »


Turning “Free” Into Currency

In Reviews on July 19, 2009 at 6:47 pm

First of all, before I discuss the substance of Chris Anderson’s new book, Free, I’m compelled to comment on the scandal that accompanied the release of his book. Simply put, Anderson was caught plagiarizing material — mostly from Wikipedia. He copied and pasted large chunks of text without placing that text in quotation marks or acknowledging his source.

For me, this violates two of the most important rules of research writing. First, and most obviously, Anderson’s plagiarism is inexcusable. Read the rest of this entry »


In Commentary on June 28, 2009 at 1:04 am

Earlier this week, I was alerted to a blog post written by Susan Piver. Originally published back in February, it warns big publishers not to go down the same road, and make the same disastrous mistakes, as the music industry. Sure, blog posts that develop publishing/music analogies are a dime a dozen online (I’ve even written a couple myself), but Piver speaks from a unique perspective: she was employed in the music industry in the 1990s, but now works in publishing. Her prediction for the immediate future of publishing sounds like common sense, and is a prediction that I think most would agree with: Read the rest of this entry »