Not My Review: On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way It Does by Simon Garfield

The link below is to a book review of ‘On the Map – Why the World Looks the Way it Does,’ by Simon Garfield.

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Sony’s not even going to bother selling its new e-reader in the United States


Probably a good thing because nobody was going to buy it anyway: Sony (s SNE) is not going to sell its new e-reader, the PRS-T3 released earlier this month, in the United States.

The company cited “the region’s market changes” — i.e., competition from Amazon (s AMZN), Barnes & Noble (s BKS) and Kobo — as the reason it won’t launch here. Sony’s e-reader market share in the U.S. has dwindled to negligible levels in recent years.

Here’s Sony’s rationale, in a statement via The Digital Reader:

“Sony will not be offering the Reader PRS-T3 in the United States. In response to the region’s market changes, Sony will be focusing instead on mobile and tablet devices, including the Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia Z smartphone. Digital reading and ebooks remain an important priority for Sony. Reader Store will still help book lovers find and read their next story, anytime…

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The Value of Negative Reviews


Over at Metafilter they’re talking about this New Yorker article, in which book critic Lee Siegel explains why he doesn’t want to write negative book reviews anymore (here’s the MF thread). I posted my thoughts on the matter there, but it’s worth posting them here too. Here’s what I said.

I was a professional critic of film and music for a number of years and I didn’t shy away from giving negative reviews when I felt negative about the work. But it’s worth noting that when I was doing that work, I wasn’t given the option of what work to review; particularly with film, my job was to review every film that came into town. With music, what I reviewed was mostly assigned, not chosen.

These days people are interested in knowing my reviews of books (particularly in science fiction and fantasy). By and large with books…

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Article: Apple and Autographing EBooks

The link below is to an article that reports on Apple’s bid to patent an ebook autographing system.

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Article: Censorship of Teen Books

The link below is to an article that takes a look at censorship and teen books – should they be censored?

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Not My Review: The Bombing War – Europe 1939‑1945 by Richard Overy

The link below is to a book review of ‘The Bombing War – Europe 1939-1945,’ by Richard Overy.

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