The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up

The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2014

Many publishing houses don't allow their products to be lent out by digital libraries for fear of piracy. Articles and books by researchers are also affected. Readers are the ones who have to pay the price. By Hilmar Schmundt more... Comment ]

Sensory Fiction: MIT-Studenten entwickeln fühlbares Buch

Sensory Fiction: MIT-Studenten entwickeln fühlbares Buch

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2014

Mehr Action und ein intensiveres Leseerlebnis versprechen junge US-Forscher. Sie haben ein Buch entwickelt, dessen Handlung der Leser körperlich spüren kann. Ein Projekt, dem ein ähnliches Schicksal droht wie 3-D-Filmen. mehr... Forum ]

An Amazon Problem: The Book Is Dead, Long Live the Book

An Amazon Problem: The Book Is Dead, Long Live the Book

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2013

Publishing houses are Germany's intellectual backbone. For many years, they created a culture of literary abundance and generated healthy profits. But in the age of Amazon, e-books and self-publishing, they could be facing demise. By Markus Brauck, Wolfgang Höbel and Claudia Voigt more... Comment ]

The Txtr Beagle: Berlin Start-Up to Launch Ultra-Cheap E-Reader

The Txtr Beagle: Berlin Start-Up to Launch Ultra-Cheap E-Reader

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2012

Weighing in at just 128 grams and costing a fraction of the price of comparable products, the German company Txtr announced its new light-weight, low-cost e-reader this week before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Bundled with a mobile-phone contract, the reader will cost just under 10 euros. By Hilmar Schmundt more...

Netzwelt-Ticker: Geld zurück für E-Books, Twitter-Reklame, Manning-Prozess

Netzwelt-Ticker: Geld zurück für E-Books, Twitter-Reklame, Manning-Prozess

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2012

Heute im Überblick: Drei US-Großverlage kaufen sich vom Vorwurf der Kartellbildung frei; Twitter weitet personalisierte Reklame aus; WikiLeaks-Informant Bradley Manning wird nach drei Jahren Haft vor Gericht gestellt. Von Richard Meusers mehr... Forum ]

US-Buchhandel: Verkauf von E-Books verdoppelt sich

US-Buchhandel: Verkauf von E-Books verdoppelt sich

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2012

Der Wandel der Lesegewohnheiten schreitet rasant voran. Zumindest in den USA. Der Verkauf von E-Books hat sich dort im vergangenen Jahr mehr als verdoppelt. In Deutschland hingegen setzen sich elektronische Bücher langsamer durch als erwartet. mehr... Forum ]

'We Read Best on Paper': Cultural Resistance Hobbles German E-Book Market

'We Read Best on Paper': Cultural Resistance Hobbles German E-Book Market

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2012

Compared to the booming e-book market in the US, Germany's digital book sales are dismal. A set of cultural and economic factors mean that even in a country known for its bibliophilia, the technology will take a long time to catch on. By Aaron Wiener more...

Making Literature Social: Readmill Networks Lonely Bookworms

Making Literature Social: Readmill Networks Lonely Bookworms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2011

Traditionally, reading has been a solitary activity. But two Berlin-based Swedes hope to change this. They're close to launching new software called Readmill, which promises to create a social network for bookworms to share their reading habits, margin notes and recommendations. By Felix Knoke more...

Libraries of the Future: Abandoning the Stacks for a Multimedia Wonderland

Libraries of the Future: Abandoning the Stacks for a Multimedia Wonderland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2011

Many predicted that the rise of the digital book would signal the demise of the library. But the opposite has been the case. The world's top architects have designed a number of modern libraries in recent years -- though the focus is no longer on the books. By Bernd Musa and Hilmar Schmundt more...

Reader Innovation: Exploring the Narrative Possibilities of the E-Book

Reader Innovation: Exploring the Narrative Possibilities of the E-Book

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2010

German publishers are only now discovering the e-book as a new sales channel. Author Jürgen Nefffe is already one step ahead. He's exploring how stories can be told digitally, and has even developed a completely new narrative form. By Konrad Lischka more...