The osCommerce Book Store

I recently beganĀ  updating the design and function of the Parnassus Book Service website, simplifying the look and updating the code to use HTML5 and…

Crowdfunding a bookstore

Crowdfunding, the use of a funding portal to raise money for a cause or a business, is now a form of investment recognized by the…

Patents

I’ve just been reading John Carrolls’s article, “Why I hate Apple” (www.zdnet.com/blog/carroll/why-i-now-hate-apple/1925) and Nilay Patel’s “Apple vs HTC: a patent breakdown” (www.engadget.com/2010/03/02/apple-vs-htc-a-patent-breakdown/), both from 2010…

Nooking War & Peace

The story of how Barnes & Nobles e-book version of Tolstoy’s War and Peace replaced all uses of the word ‘kindle’ with the work ‘nook’…

Digital humanities and its data

Friday I attended the first meeting of the Welsh Initiative for the Digital Arts and Humanities (WIDAH) featuring academics from across Wales with an interest…

Book store business models

Studies of the book industry emphasize, almost without exception, the publishing business model. The author provides the content to the publisher and the bookstore distributes…

Disengaged itineraries

This map (commonly referred to as the Catawba Map) reproduces a one presented to the governor of South Carolina about 1721 by representatives from the…

Pay to borrow or borrow for free?

I read Johnathon Fitzpatrick’s column in the Seattle Weekly this morning, College Bookstores Learn Not to Mess with Amazon After Private Complaint Draws Lawsuit Over…

Book 2.0 arrives

Intellect have just released the new journal on the modern book and the industries surrounding it, Book 2.0. The first issue includes a very good…