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T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ Is iPad App of the Week

Craig Morgan Teicher -- June 10th, 2011

What would T.S. Eliot say if he saw the image above?  Perhaps “Summer surprised us,” as he does on the first page of his famous poem “The Waste Land.”  This budding summer is indeed a surprising one for Eliot’s most famous poem, which was recently turned into an interactive iOS app by the developers at Touch Press.

This week, it is not only Apple’s iPad App of the Week, but, according to eBookNewser, is among this week’s top grossing apps.

For $13.99, you get a good deal more than the text of the poem (which is a great value on its own at any price): you also get a video of a theatrical reading of the poem by Fiona Shaw, as well as recordings of Eliot, Ted Hughes and Viggo Mortensen.  Plus there are interactive drafts and other cool enhancements so readers can see how the poem was composed.

It’s a strange, and perhaps exciting, fate for one of the 20th Century’s grimmest, and most important, pieces of literature.  Eliot himself was an editor at Faber, so you can bet he would have been hopeful, in this publishing economy, about new revenue sources for books.

And if that’s not enough poetry news for one week, John Ashbery’s on the cover of the NYTBR for a review his new translation of Rambaud’s Illuminations.

The PW Morning Report: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- June 8th, 2011

Today on the Web!

New Owner for Borders?: The WSJ looks at a possible buyer: the investor Jahm Najafi

Angry Bird Book: The folks behind Angry Birds are preparing a cookbook about eggs! From MocoNews.net.

Amazon’s Publishing Push: Forbes takes a look.

Bad Book Biz: Police uncover a fraudulent Vermont publisher. From Burlington Free Press.

Bad People, Great Books: Salon looks at when great books come from bad people.

E-Book Events: Publishing Perspectives wonders how book festivals might integrate e-books into their programming.

iBooks Update: Apple has updated iBooks to enable a read-aloud feature for some e-books. From PC Magazine.


The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- June 7th, 2011

Today’s links!

Meet iCloud: The NYT explains Apple’s new cloud computing offering.

E-book Discount: Amazon’s “Sunshine Deals” discount program is already shooting a bunch of discounted e-books up its bestseller lists. From PaidContent.

Illustrated E-books: Can they match print, asks Salon?

U.K. Children’s Laureate: Julia Donaldson has been named the U.K. Children’s Laureate for 2011-13.

Closing George: The Boston Globe on the closure of the Curious George shop in Harvard Square.

BookCourt: The Daily News looks at a beloved Brooklyn indie.

X: The Millions looks at the legacy of Malcolm X in books.

Brand Building: HuffPo talks about e-books as brand builders.

Apple Unveils iCloud

Craig Morgan Teicher -- June 6th, 2011

iCloud will sync e-books from iBooks across all of a consumer's Apple divices

Today Apple unveiled its much-anticipated iCloud service, set to debut this fall along with the next iteration of its iOS iPhone operating system. iCloud is a digital media locker on steroids, syncing all of users digital content, especially the contend bought from Apple–music, e-books, apps, documents, even user-created photos–to all of a users different Apple devices.  All of this content is stored in the cloud, available for re-downloading at any time. For the full story, check out Engadget’s extensive coverage of the announcement event, during which Apple also announced 130 million e-books have been downloaded from the iBookstore, though that figure includes both paid and free e-books.

This is big news on many fronts, especially for the music industry, which has been resistant to this kind of buy-once-play-anywhere access until now, but it certainly beefs up what iBooks has to offer, too.  One of the features of iCloud will be automated back-up and syncing of all purchased content between devices, so that means if you buy and e-book on your iPad, it will also pop up on your iPhone the next time you open iBooks there.

Consumers will increasingly expect their digital content to be available on any device they happen to be holding, and that may be the biggest implication of Apple’s iCloud, spurring other content vendors to make digital goods–music, books, whatever–available across devices lest they be left behind.  This is also what Amazon is after with the forthcoming Kindle for the Web and the recently unveiled Amazon Cloud Player.

The Main Point:

  • Buying digital media no longer means buying a single download of a file.  Now it means buying perpetual access.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, May 27, 2011

Calvin Reid -- May 27th, 2011

Today’s links! And please check out our new Facebook Page.

Teen YA Lit Monster Mashup. It’s all about mixing chills, thrills, adventure, and romance at BEA’s YA Buzz Panel.

Politics and Superheroes. What’s Superman’s position on the death penalty?

Robot Librarians! Robots take over the University of Chicago’s new $81 million Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, sort of.

Book City USA. Amazon Ranks the most literate cities in the U.S.

King Kindle. Despite Agency Model, the Kindle leads the pack in titles, readers and sales, while the iBookstore brings up the rear.

Google and the Future of Everything. Google Talks at BEA; people listen.

The PW Morning Report: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 19th, 2011

Today’s links!  And please “like” us on Facebook!

Kindle E-Pub?: Rumors are flying that Amazon might let E-Pub books onto the Kindle… From Good E-Reader.

Kids All Over Again: The Millions on reconnecting with kids’ books as a parent.

Susan Orlean Single: The NYT talks to the Orchid Thief author about animals and her new essay, published as a Kindle Single.

UK E-book Drop: The Bookseller reports that UK e-book sales have dropped following a post-Christmas surge.

Cloud Music: TechCrunch looks at how Google and Amazon have just helped Apple with its rumored cloud music offering.

Good Bad Guys: HuffPo rounds up responses to @RandomHouse’s call for readers’ favorite book villains.

Backlist Gold: Forbes on writers making bank by self-publishing their out-of-print backlist.

S&S Goes to India: The Bookseller reports on Simon & Schuster’s expansion into India.

The PW Morning Report: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 18th, 2011

PW has a new Facebook page–please “like” us!

Vying for Pete: The Chance to bid on Pete Townshend’s memoir sent some publishing bigwigs across the pond. From the New York Post.

Philip Roth Wins: He’s won the International Man Booker prize for his body of work.  From the Guardian.

The MFA Debate: Laura Miller at Salon weighs in on the argument going on between a champion and a critic of MFA programs.

Apple’s Winning: AllThingsD says so far the Android-based iPad competitors can’t compete.

Ricki Lake Memoir: It’s coming in 2012, reports Newsday.

Bezos Speaks: The Consumerist has an exclusive interview with the Amazon CEO.

E-books Drive Older Women to Digital Piracy: A fun headline for a Telegraph article.

Apple to Exhibit at BEA

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 17th, 2011

Update: It turns out Apple won’t have a booth at BEA, but will instead be there to speak with publishers in private, according to TUAW.

According to TUAW, Apple is will have a booth at BEA next week, extremely surprising news given Apple’s general secrecy and its typical avoidance of trade shows in recent years.  According to TUAW, different sources speculate Apple will be there merely to promote iBooks, or, more interestingly, to announce some kind of promotion tied in with the 10th anniversary of its retail stores (which seems unlikely, given that iBooks is digital and the retail stores are brick-and-mortar.  Either way, look out for Apple’s booth (where surely there’ll be a couple of iPads to play with) somewhere near Random House, Disney and Macmillan.

By the way, PW has a new Facebook page.  We hope you’ll “like” us!

The PW Morning Report: Monday, May 16, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 16th, 2011

Today’s links!

Davidar Launches New Venture: David Davidar, the Times of India reports, is launching a new publishing company based in New Delhi.

The Most Inspiring Bookstores: Salon takes a look…

Tablet Trouble: Gizmodo reports that 1,000 Blackberry Playbooks have been recalled due to software problems.

Two Weeks for Waterstone’s Bidders: Potential bidders have two weeks to formally express interest in the UK chain, reports the Bookseller.

One Screen Problem: The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports on the Bookseller‘s reporting on the World e-Reading Congress, where publishers expressed concern that books on tablets are competing with too many other tablet-based distractions.

Social Media Demographics: Ad Age has been collecting stats on social media usage.

E-book Giveaway: The WSJ reports that RosettaBooks is giving away e-books of five titles that were turned into movies, including The Graduate and Midnight Cowboy.

A Cool Kids’ App: Another from TUAW–a look at a very cool interactive e-book app called Scott’s Submarine.

WNBA Winners Named: The Women’s National Book Association named two booksellers as winners of its annual Pannell award.

The PW Morning Report: Thursday, May 12, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 12th, 2011

Today’s links!

Google Books Heads North: The Digital Reader reports that Google Books is in the process of opening in Canada.

Coal Curriculum: Three advocacy groups are asking Scholastic to stop distributing curriculum materials developed for the American Coal Foundation, which paid Scholastic to develop them. From the NYT.

Book Future UK: Paid Content UK looks at the World E-Reading Congress in London, where publishers are trying to answer the question “what is a book?”

Bertelsmann Up: The Random House parent reported its Q1 results. From the Bookseller.

Chromebook: The big tech news this week comes from Google’s developer conference, where the company has unveiled the first laptops to run its Chrome operating system. From Engadget.

iFlow Follow Up: More on the demise of the iFlow e-reader app, which PWxyz reported on yesterday. From CNET.