QR Codes in ebooks and other absurdities

Recently I’ve seen the subject of QR codes in ebooks come up a few times. Now, I love QR codes—I have them on my business cards, and we print them on the backs of any promotional material we give out. They’re super handy. Putting QR codes in ebooks, though, is infuriating. Why’s that? I’ll tell […]


I was quite flattered to be asked to speak at my graduation, in company with my classmate Dehlia McCobb. I could go on for ages about what a great time the publishing program at PSU was and how much I learned there, but my speech summed it up pretty well. So here it is: So, […]

What I learned about XML for small publishers at TOC

In early February I got to head over to New York to attend O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference. It was a great time, and I learned a lot about exactly the sort of stuff I’m interested in; namely, how publishers are dealing with technology and what sort of problems and opportunities new technology is opening […]

A New Toy

Well, I finally went and did something I talked about doing a while ago: I went and switched carriers to T-Mobile from Verizon and got myself a G1. I had been planning to wait until June, as that’s when the court will approve or reject the settlement between Google and the Authors’ Guild regarding Google […]

A prediction

The future of publishing is a big thing to speculate about; there’s a lot of change happening in a lot of different directions. There are the purely technological changes, like new ebook readers coming out; the business changes, like corporations buying up each other; and there are the distribution changes, like distributors providing content for […]

On DRM and ebooks

One of the big topics at the TOC conference was Digital Rights Management (DRM) and how it should be applied to ebooks. DRM is technology that basically locks up a file to prevent unauthorized duplication. This sounds like it shouldn’t be a big deal in theory–after all, most people out there would agree that unauthorized […]

TOC day one: XML, XML, and some XML

Whew, it was quite a day–a good one, but a long one, and I have to admit to a certain amount of brain overload. Lots of fascinating details about XML and how to use it in publishing. The idea of using geospatial tagging in ebooks to produce books that can give different content is a […]

Questions about giving it all away for free

My friend Brian wrote up a pretty interesting post recently about how giving away your works for free can drive sales, and while I agree with that thesis for the most part, I do still have a doubt or two. Mostly, those doubts come from the fact that the people who you hear success stories […]

On Amazon

The growing dominance of Amazon in the bookselling and publishing world is bound to have an impact on the world of books, but that impact will be different for different sectors of the industry. Bookstores will be the hardest hit by the competition with the internet giant; Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Books a Million […]

A look at Shortcovers.com

While poking around O’Reilly’s TOC blog, I came across a review of a pretty interesting new site. Or service. Product, maybe? It’s called Shortcovers, and it’s from the people at Indigo Books and Music, a large Canadian retailer. Essentially, it’s an iPhone app (though one would assume that they will also be looking into making […]