Books are one of the oldest forms of communication ‘technology,’ a scholar writes, and understanding how they’ve evolved over time provides insights into their role in society.
After 20 years of copyright battles, publishers have still not found a way to make the most of the potential of digital books.
Most of Australia’s books are distributed by just one company. The stress of COVID has hit this supplier, and your local bookshop.
Traditional publishing needs to be more open to new voices.
The controversial fantasy novel and its sequels enticed more authors to experiment with self-publishing, but the latter has a history that long predates the steamy bestseller.
People tend to think of digital media as entertainment, so they devote less mental effort than when they’re reading a printed book.
Lockdown life accelerated the role of digital technology in the virtual classroom, but there is still no substitute for physical books in children’s lives and learning.
Many important Australian books have found themselves out-of-print and hard-to-find. The Untapped project aims to change that, bringing classics to a library near you.
The feedback from regular readers was better than the feedback from professional economists.
Fewer books will be available to South Africans, and the books remaining under copyright will be more expensive, if the country gives in to US pressure to extend its copyright term.
There’s a worry some students don’t get enough opportunity to enjoy silent reading in schools. Here’s some advice on how to change that.
When you buy a film, eBook or song, you might assume that you own it outright, but that’s not always the case, meaning companies may have a right to take it back from you.
Consuming too much social media when users end up comparing their lives to others more glamorous can leave one with bad feelings say researchers. But pretending or fantasizing is not all bad either.
Are the stacks of books in your library still alive? Why keep them if they are not? Why does our attachment to the printed word not waver in the face of its digital counterpart?
An English and economics professor explain why America’s college textbook industry might undergo radical change that makes books more affordable, similar to what happened in medieval times.
In the digital age, libraries got creative about how to translate services they’ve always offered into new formats. And they’ve transformed their spaces to have a variety of community uses.
Criticism of ebooks is the last thing you’d expect from the chief executive of global publishing company Hachette Livre.
Few of them are getting rich off their books but the genre is making them more money than it used to.
To counter the unbalanced effects of the digital age, reading literature is the key.
Digital textbooks might be less cumbersome. But a new series of studies finds that reading from screens can hamper our ability to process and retain information.