Your Tuesday LINKS: Bullies & lollipops, Pew says reading is up, Vote for the oddest book title of the year

April 10, 2012

Another week, and another round of links.  We’ve decided, (actually I’ve decided since I didn’t bother to ask anyone else)  to pump these out to you on to you on Tuesdays because like Bob Geldof,  I’m not fond of Mondays.  And so, to the links.

UPDATE:  The scheduling function of WordPress foiled my attempts at automation so we’re running a day late.

Salon:  Amazon’s $1 million secret

“It’s the bully on the playground handing you a lollipop,” says Shirin Yim Bridges, publisher of Goosebottom Books in San Francisco, which has not received a grant from Amazon. “I mean, what do you do?”

PW: E-book Consumers Read More Books says Pew Report

“Every institution connected to the creation of knowledge and storytelling is experiencing a revolution,” noted Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet Project, one of the authors of the study, in a statement. “It’s now clear that readers are embracing a new format for books and a significant number are reading more because books can be plucked out of the air.”
Among the surveys’ other major findings:  
  • Of the 43% of Americans who consumed e-books in the last year (or have read other long-form content on a digital device) 23% reported difficulty in finding the content they wanted.
  • Overall, owners of e-reading devices are more likely than all Americans 16 and older to get book recommendations from people they knew (81% vs. 64%) and bookstore staff (31% vs. 23%). In addition, compared with the general public, owners of e-reading devices who use the internet are also more likely to get recommendations from online bookstores or other websites (56% vs. 34%).
  • Amazon’s Kindle Fire, grew in market share from 5% of the market in mid-December to 14% of the tablet market in mid-January. Still, Apple’s iPad continues to dominate the market, with a 61% share, as of February 2012.
  • Among those who do not own tablet computers or e-book reading devices, the main reasons people say they do not own the devices are: 1) they don’t need or want one, 2) they can’t afford one, 3) they have enough digital devices already, or 4) they prefer printed books.

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Pew Internet:  The rise of e-reading

Those who have taken the plunge into reading e-books stand out in almost every way from other kinds of readers. Foremost, they are relatively avid readers of books in all formats: 88% of those who read e-books in the past 12 months also read printed books.2 Compared with other book readers, they read more books. They read more frequently for a host of reasons: for pleasure, for research, for current events, and for work or school.

Guardian:  Diagram prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year 2012 – in pictures

From fungal Christian allegory to Estonian sock patterns, the Diagram prize is once again spotlighting some of the more recherché reaches of publishing. Have a look at the shortlist

You REALLY need to see these pictures (does that cat look pissed or what?) and THEN take our poll.

And don’t forget to leave a comment.

posted by Jim who doesn’t eat Thai food often, but will next time order the Poo Rangoon.


4 Responses to “Your Tuesday LINKS: Bullies & lollipops, Pew says reading is up, Vote for the oddest book title of the year”

  1. Shannon Says:

    I am really enjoying the links. Great blog, thanks!

  2. David Says:

    I guess “Sand Dredging” was popular enough to merit a second volume…

    And in e-reader related news, Entertainment Weekly suggests that the ‘secrecy’ afforded to e-readers (no book covers to reveal what you’re reading) accounts for some of the popularity of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

  3. Anne Murphy Says:

    What a goofy collection of titles, though I have to say “Cooking with Poo” (the winner this year, I think) was a bit too obvious. I’m intrigued about the connection between mushrooms and the identity of Jesus. Were the artists perhaps partaking in some fungal fun?

  4. Marina Says:

    One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen was Mike Rowe sexing chicks on “Dirty Jobs” so Mr. Andoh’s Pennine Diary wins my vote just because of the memories it invoked.

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