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Articles by: Matthew Singleton

The Amazon Matchbook Program

The Amazon Matchbook Program

On September 3, 2013 Kindle announced a program they call Matchbook. This will allow people who have bought print books from Amazon since 1995 to obtain an eBook copy of the book, assuming that the publisher/author of the book has chosen to participate in Matchbook. The prices they quote for[Read More…]

by September 6, 2013 Digital Devices
Bundled Digital Copies, Why Not With Books?

Bundled Digital Copies, Why Not With Books?

I Have Cake But I Want to Eat It Too Recently I bought a record. It’s the new album of a band I am a big fan of. I don’t own a record player but I bought it anyway since a) the album art is amazing and b) it comes[Read More…]

by July 29, 2013 Books & Mags, Publishing
The Niche Bookstore is Most Definitely Not Dead

The Niche Bookstore is Most Definitely Not Dead

I saw Notting Hill a few years ago.  I’m sure at this point everyone knows that Hugh Grant’s character is the owner of a travel bookstore.  A store that sells only travel books.  When I first saw Notting Hill I thought it was a hilarious idea. How could that possibly[Read More…]

by April 30, 2013 Bookstore Profiles
Credit Card Payments Via Smartphones

Credit Card Payments Via Smartphones

How do you accept payments? In Toronto there are a multitude of booksellers of different types and sizes: some are huge multi-story stores with thousands of books, DVDs, and music; others are small storefronts whose square footage can be measured in tens of feet.  Then there are the individuals who[Read More…]

A New eBook Distribution Solution

A New eBook Distribution Solution

Spacing published an article the other day about a new way for users to interact with subway advertising devised by a few students at the Miami Ad School.  The idea they propose is called the Underground Library and the gist of it is that ads would be placed in the trains of[Read More…]

by March 29, 2013 Digital Devices
Finally Made the Move to an eReader

Finally Made the Move to an eReader

Finally a eReader User I finally bought an eBook reader.  I know that I’ve been writing about eBooks for a few years now, but only just this past week did I finally decide to get a dedicated eBook reader, rather than running an app on my iPad or an eBook[Read More…]

by March 5, 2013 Digital Devices
What Are You Reading?

The Anonymity of eBooks

One of the things I remember from my time in school learning to be a librarian was something the professor in the Reference Services class I took during my first semester said: never apologize for what you read. This is just one of those quotes that is so simple and[Read More…]

by February 15, 2013 News & Opinions
Closing the Book on Bookstore Closure

Closing the Book on Bookstore Closure

It’s Not All Bad News or Closing the Book on Bookstore Closure Early last week I found out that The Toronto Women’s Bookstore is closing and that the owner would have to head over to Fusion People for new employment. It’s been open for 39 years and this isn’t the[Read More…]