Unnervingly, book apps record data about how we read, including which books we do and don’t finish, how long we spend reading them, and where we give up, if we do. And niftily, that information can be passed on to publishers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the same technology is soon to be used by universities to monitor students’ reading. CourseSmart, which sells digital versions of the big publishers’ textbooks, announced [its] new program last week.
Luckily, for now, this software is being piloted at only three universities. But it is, almost inevitably, coming our way.
Your reading behaviour is being monitored: Part II » MobyLives.
Latest Library-related report from Pew says that 12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.
Why does Amazon now have customers do the search chores it used to do for them, and in innovative ways?
Search Gets Lost | The Nation.
In Germany, fixed-price laws curtail the power of retail chains and help to sustain a vibrant literary culture.
How Germany Keeps Amazon at Bay and Literary Culture Alive.
Amazon got big fast, hastening the arrival of digital publishing. But how big is too big?
The Amazon Effect | The Nation.