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It’s Official: Aardvark Books Will Close in January - October 30, 2018 - SF Weekly
Aardvark’s impending closure marks the end of another independent bookstore in San Francisco. There are about 57 left in the city, according to the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, a figure that includes comic-book shops, museum gift shops, and retailers with small book selections
sanfrancisco  books  business  reading  economics  economy  jobs  work  culture  bayarea 
26 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Harry Potter 20th anniversary: Why Hufflepuff is the best house — Quartz
When a battle comes to Hogwarts in the final book of the series, she explains, Hufflepuffs stay and fight not because they want glory or attention, but because they want to do what’s right. “They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless,” she says. “That’s the essence of the Hufflepuff house.”
books  novels  reading  ethics  behavior  identity 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Heyday — ABC Oakland
A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!”
Oakland  books  children  reading  sanfrancisco 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
A Dutch publisher talks about his new mobile app with subscriptions for individual writers — paidContent
“I’m quite certain we will lose money at the start, because everything you do in media tends to lose money at the start,” he said. “But I am optimistic that this could turn out to be a very significant business.”
reading  journalism  marketing  media  app  iphone  business  personal  subscription  publishing 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
“Why’s this so good?” No. 3: André Aciman on the geography of longing – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Every time I reread “Shadow Cities” I bring to it my own memories, and something new in the piece stands out. This time it is this sentence, which comes after Aciman has chronicled all the places he’s reminded of when he sits in Straus Park. He’s talking about Rome and Paris and Amsterdam, and then he writes: “This, I think, is when I started to love, if love is the word for it, New York.”

We see the words “I love New York” a lot, but it’s a bumper-sticker sentence. It’s for tourists, for export. I love how Aciman’s sentence unfolds conditionally – how “love” is questioned, how it and New York are separated. It feels honest to love New York the way Aciman does, to call the defunct fountain in Straus Park a “septic sandbox” but sit by it day after day just the same and mourn it when you think it’s gone.
nyc  newyork  memory  reading  travel  essay  september11  story  writing  beauty  cities  language 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Gay Talese: What I Read - Business - The Atlantic Wire
There's only so much you can devote in any one day to reading. But you must read. That's why I feel I must read the newspapers first. Why? Because I really want to know what is going on. But I don't have more than one main paper that I can rely upon, and that is The Times. That is the paper of record and the paper of significance. It does the best job of any paper in the whole world of covering the world. And of covering the world of the artist, and of covering the world of the athlete, and of covering the world of the interior decorator, and the statesman, and the politician, and the politician that sends pictures of himself nude to some women who don't even know him. These worlds are reflected everyday by the writers and columnists, and shaped by editors who are top analyzers of the news.
newspapers  reading  attention  writing  journalism  media 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Richard J. Tofel: Someday, the sun will set on SEO — and the business of news will be better for it » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
[A]fter a decade of SEO, a lot of lowest common denominator is what we have.

But a focus on readers rather than advertisers as the heart of business model will, inevitably, create a more segmented dynamic, as the strongest appeals to readers tend to be in niches, and as, to venture an impolite reminder, some readers are a great deal more valuable than others. This is not only because some readers have more money to spend on content (as they do, admittedly, on the goods and services offered by advertisers), although that is true. But it is also, and ultimately more importantly true, that some readers are willing to spend more time, to develop greater loyalty to particular content, to value it more highly.

Improved search, and diminished SEO, should tend place a greater value on such readers, elevating content of higher value, higher quality and, therefore, higher cost.

That would matter a great deal.
search  google  media  online  technology  mobile  marketing  economics  attention  reading 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times Will Lose to The Huffington Post | Epicenter |
Rather than learning from or trying to emulate HuffPo’s hugely valuable editorial technology, then, the NYT is sticking its head in the sand and retreating to a defensive stance of trying to make as much money as possible from its core loyal readers. There’s no growth in such a strategy. Indeed, the opposite is true: the NYT is making it both hard and expensive to become a core loyal reader. Meanwhile, the open web will become ever more accessible and social, with friends pointing friends to news in a site-agnostic manner. The NYT is distancing itself from that conversation, standing proud and aloof. It’s a strategy which is doomed to fail.
nytimes  journalism  media  newspapers  blogging  attention  social  reading  business  paywall  technology 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Readers With Plenty to Say -
Having opened Pandora’s box of comments, The Times now faces a huge challenge meeting reader expectations. Some of the problems could be fixed, I believe, by more communication from The Times — more frequent and prominent explanation of things like comment cutoffs.

But the larger problem is capacity. The Times needs to supplement its comment moderation staff to meet the demand, either with more people or additional analytical tools, or both.

Failing that, it will not capture the full value, and loyalty, of an engaged readership that isn’t content merely to read.
comments  community  nytimes  reading  newspapers  moderation  attention  behavior  business 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why the Kindle Is Losing Me, by Sarah Lacy - Techcrunch
Technology is about adding features and functionality to a thing that was limited before– not taking them away. The only way the Kindle survives in an iPad world is by appealing to hardcore readers and students. Amazon needs to fix this now.
education  kindle  books  ipad  reading  attention  behavior 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
I, Reader by Alexander Chee - The Morning News
The world remains beautiful and terrible at the same time, and either way, I know it doesn’t care what I think or feel about it. There are things to do to help others, and there are things that may never change. But if I learned anything from all of this, it’s my first, oldest lesson as a reader: There is always going to be a book that saves you. There is also a new lesson: You do not know how it will get to you.
writing  attention  books  culture  behavior  fiction  ipad  kindle  reading  nonfiction  relationships 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
James T. Kloppenberg Discusses His ‘Reading Obama’ -
“To critics on the left he seems a tragic failure, a man with so much potential who has not fulfilled the promise of change that partisans predicted for his presidency,. To the right he is a frightening success, a man who has transformed the federal government and ruined the economy.”
obama  politics  books  philosophy  reading  power  nonfiction 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Gene Weingarten - XXX for the XX Set: Women's erotica isn't just dirty. It's nice and dirty. -
Me: If men read these books, they'd be terrified.

Kate: Why?

Me: Because what it makes clear is that, in comparative literary terms, female sexuality is James Joyce's "Ulysses" and male sexuality is "The Hardy Boys."

Kate: I won't argue with that.

Me: How can we ever hope to compete with your expectations?

Kate: Interesting. That's what we say about the material you guys use for arousal.

Me: Maybe the answer is for men and women to abandon all these immature fantasies and work tirelessly to find joy and fulfillment in the simple reality of each other's love and understanding.

Kate: You're not very bright, are you? I like that in a man.
sex  writing  fiction  relationships  men  women  reading  creativity  identity  beauty  love  gender  story  art 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Esquire: Roger Ebert: The Essential Man
I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
writing  identity  reading  cinema  art  culture  film  movies  criticism  chicago  cancer  entertainment 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Hate reading text online? There IS a better way... |
Programmers and publishers of online text: Please deliver us a long-overdue future in which we read – and write – in columns that move progressively sideways. After all, that's exactly the effect we create when we read an old-fashioned book and turn the page.
reading  technology  software  writing  words  language  computers  mobile 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
NewsFuturist: The Myth of Regular Readership vs. 15 minutes of fame
Very few visitors are the diehard daily loyalists we imagine come to us for all the day's package of news. The web browsing experience does not involve long, deep stays on one domain.
News is shared via links among social networks and various types of aggregators and organizers.

Each site gets its 15 minutes of fame a month. If you think you can force users to pay for access, can you think of any service you use for 15 minutes a month that you would pay regular fees for? Especially if you could get a similar service elsewhere for free?
newspapers  journalism  media  reading  attention  online  blogging  marketing  business  web 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Resonant Frequency #63
I knew this, of course-- that everything in the world is on YouTube now-- and yet somehow the extent of it never quite hit me. If you spend a lot of time seeing what was recorded and uploaded from a cell phone last week or last night, you forget to look for what was recorded last century. That's someone's memory up there.
youtube  time  memory  music  reading  identity  video  attention 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
What Would Micropayments Mean for Journalists? « The Digitalists
In fact, in this hour of crisis, newspapers should be moving in the exact opposite direction to generate revenue — focusing not on specific articles, but rather on delivering valuable experiences to their readers, whether that takes the form of articles, databases, multimedia, user-generated content, or whatever else will serve the audience’s needs. It is the entirety of that experience that will deliver goodwill and revenue opportunities down the road.
newspaper  economics  online  journalism  media  business  data  information  reading  social  money 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
That Reminds Me | GOOD
Thus I have spent the past few weeks pondering Twitter as a new literary form. Not, mind you, as a form of social media, or platform to get famous, or business venture. I am thinking only as Twitter as a writing form. Here are my notes towards a theory of Twitter:
media  writing  social  online  news  technology  reading  twitter 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
It’s About the Journalism: Think Tank: Online Only: The New Yorker
Professional journalism as we know it—independent investigations on behalf of the public; impartial witnessing of terrible events at home and abroad; independent foreign correspondence designed for American audiences and to address American interests; reporting on powerful institutions without fear or favor, and with a sense of fairness; the clarification of complexity—all of this is as much an accident of history as the symphonic music and opera patronized by the great European courts of the late eighteenth century.
classical  classicalmusic  music  journalism  media  public  newspapers  newyorker  usa  writing  identity  history  reading 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online: E-Media Tidbits: Instapaper: Because the Device Shouldn't Matter
This is a crucial step beyond offering printer- or mobile-friendly versions of your content. It gives users more control over how they experience your content. And as the rapid growth of online and mobile media shows, people like to be in control of their own media experience.
reading  books  writing  media  journalism  technology  software 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge Why the Internet isn’t friendly to newspapers
"[...] Both The Times and Register devote tremendous resources to provide readers with in-depth reporting from around the world. But do today’s readers care? I would argue that they would rather read commentary (the reason why the Huffington Post has been so successful) and celebrity and crime news. [...]"
newspapers  media  journalism  celebrity  crime  reading  reputation 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wired Magazine: Novelist Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He's the King of the Worlds
"I could never get that idea, the notion that society in general is becoming aliterate, out of my head. People who write books, people who work in universities, who work on big projects for a long time, are on a diverging course from the rest of society. Slowly, the two cultures just get further and further apart."
literature  libarry  writing  reading  books  fiction  culture  science  history  society  academia  education  philosophy  interview  sciencefiction  time  future 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The new Joy of Sex: why you still need help in bed - Times Online
“I think what a lot of the other material out there misses is how powerful sex is; people die for it, literally. One of the ways we've gone wrong in the past is that we haven't recognised this emotional power. Sex isn't a game - it's not pink and black and fluffy. So I think there still is a need for a book that takes sex seriously.”
sex  books  aesthetics  biology  science  reading  1970s  uk  gender  men  women  health 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BusinessWeek: Where Newspapers Are Thriving
"I suspect the real reason German papers still thrive is their embrace of competition. Unlike so many U.S. papers, Bild was never part of a quasi-monopoly that allowed complacency. "
newspapers  journalism  media  reading  germany  online  business 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Changing Newsroom | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)
“I feel I’m being catapulted into another world, a world I don’t really understand. It’s scary because things are happening at the speed of light. The sheer speed (of change) has outstripped our ability to understand it all.”
journalism  media  newspapers  reading  research  statistics  work  culture  business  news 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Some good news and bad news in new readership study | Howard Owens
"We’ve lost billions of revenue to the Internet. But the problem there isn’t our lack of innovation, as some espouse. It’s actually something more basic than that: Sales."
journalism  web  online  marketing  newspapers  media  location  reading 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Richtel gives reading outside shuttered Cody's
"We writers and readers still have our books and shared passions, the idea that we have a common bond that extends beyond our personal interpretations of what we write and read, but in the future we may have to work harder to find each other."
books  reading  authors  writing  novels  berkeley  bayarea  business 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Money | n+1
"There are four ways to survive as a writer in the US in 2006: the university; journalism; odd jobs; and independent wealth. I have tried the first three. Each has its costs."
academia  jobs  magazines  money  publishing  reading  writers  writing  novels  journalism  editing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Smithsonian Magazine | Travel | You got a problem with that?
"When New Yorkers see a stranger, they don't think, 'I don't know you.' They think, 'I know you. I know your problems—they're the same as mine—and furthermore we have the same handbag.' So that's how they treat you."
culture  essay  newyork  nyc  psychology  reading  sociology  travel  geography  urban  cities  social  public 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
After the Apocalypse - The New York Review of Books
"The horror writer is not content to report on death as the universal system of human weather; he or she chases tornadoes. Horror is Stoicism with a taste for spectacle."
books  criticism  fiction  literature  reading  scifi  reviews  writing  creativity  aesthetics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Coding Horror: Programmers Don't Read Books -- But You Should
"If you feel compelled to clean house on your bookshelf every five years, trust me on this, you're buying the wrong programming books."
computers  learning  library  programming  reading  software  toread  books  blogs  code 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TidBITS Opinion: Instant Messaging for Introverts
"Specifically, I'd like to advance the thesis that - for some people at least - an aversion to instant messaging is a natural consequence of one's temperament, and that this is neither good nor bad in and of itself, though it does of course have consequen
behavior  brain  communication  community  computers  culture  online  gtd  health  internet  mac  psychology  reading  socialnetworking  social  technology  toread  twitter  writing  work  apple 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Deborah Howell - Print and Online: Like Ham and Eggs -
"Here are the stats: The 2007 Scarborough Report said that of adults over 18 in the Washington area market, about 50 percent read The Post in print or online on the average weekday. [36] percent read it only in print; 6 percent read it only online."
online  journalism  newspapers  news  media  washington  reading 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: It's Not You, It's Your Books
“I think sometimes it’s better if books are just books. It’s part of the romantic tragedy of our age that our partners must be seen as compatible on every level.”
books  essay  literature  nytimes  reading  relationships  fiction  nonfiction  love  aesthetics  identity 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Lies and consequences |
"How is the reading public to trust us as storytellers, historical and cultural documenters, reporters and opinion-shapers if we, the publishing industry, continue to appear unable to distinguish between fact and fiction, truth and mendacity?"
story  publishing  books  journalism  media  writing  fiction  nonfiction  history  culture  reading 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is it better for the environment to read your newspaper online? - By Brendan I. Koerner - Slate Magazine
"According to a 2006 report, a single copy of the British tabloid the Daily Mirror, weighing in at 6.4 ounces, accounts for 6.1 ounces of carbon emissions."
green  newspapers  media  journalism  environment  uk  reading  online 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Readership Institute: Get Smart About Your Readers
"A story from CNN, for example, carries more weight for them, because it comes from a large and well-reputed news organization that, in their minds, cannot afford the risk of reporting false information."
youth  research  reading  journalism  internet  teenagers  news  media  television  cable  newspapers 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Twilight of the Books: A Critic at Large: The New Yorker
"[T]he N.E.A. reports that readers are more likely than non-readers to play sports, exercise, visit art museums, attend theatre, paint, go to music events, take photographs, and volunteer. Proficient readers are also more likely to vote."
books  culture  education  literature  newyorker  reading  television  usa  society  science  publishing  psychology  history  toread 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Just Asking: Tim Burton -
On reading to his son: "I'm happy to see that he's gravitating toward dinosaurs. I was worried when we got stuck in the Teletubbies and Wiggles phase. But now he's onto dinosaurs, which is gratifying."
reading  children  parenting 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
BLDGBLOG: Comparative Planetology: An Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson
"I’ve been working all my career to try to redefine utopia in more positive terms – in more dynamic terms."
toread  sciencefiction  archaeology  architecture  cities  environment  fiction  interview  interviews  literature  reading  science  writing 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Road to Clarity - New York Times
"That sense of possibility has always meant a lot to me. For some, a sign is just a utilitarian object. For others, it’s a symbol of connectivity."
design  aesthetics  travel  transportation  beauty  reading  minimalism  government  identity 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Your Cheatin’ Listenin’ Ways - New York Times
“The basic architecture of how we understand language is much more similar between reading and listening than it is different.”
reading  books  novels  memory  aesthetics  language 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nieman Watchdog > Commentary > I.F. Stone's lessons for Internet journalism
"The Internet has exposed a reality harshly at odds with the increasingly buttoned-down corporate newsrooms of the bottom-line driven media companies: Readers have an enormous appetite for voice and passion."
journalism  media  blogging  blogs  blog  weblog  weblogging  online  www  reading  corporations 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pow! Romance! Comics Court Girls -
"Girls tend to read more than boys historically, and the fact that there hasn't been that much material in the comic and graphic novel form aimed for young girls before this just leaves the area wide open."
art  books  women  children  gender  marketing  reading 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Seeking Signs of Literary Life in Iran - New York Times
"Like booksellers everywhere, the proprietors are brimming with recommendations. When I bought a Virginia Woolf novel not long ago, one confided, 'If you give me a week, I can get you Joyce Carol Oates.' "
books  novels  iran  women  reading  identity  middleeast  literature  history  politics  community  culture 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: History, Digitized (and Abridged)
"There's an illusion being created that all the world's knowledge is on the Web, but we haven't begun to glimpse what is out there in local archives and libraries,"
history  books  research  jobs  work  academia  copyright  public  sustainable  reading 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
"Social network sites are not digital spaces disconnected from other social venues — it is a modeling of one aspect of participants’ social worlds and that model is evaluated in other social contexts."
academia  community  culturalstudies  culture  education  environment  friendship  futurism  identity  livejournal  philosophy  psychology  reading  writing  work  web  theory  technology  sociology  social  smartmobs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories
"We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work."
creative  english  fiction  humor  literature  memory  minimalism  poetry  reading  scifi  shortstory  story  writing 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: What's the meaning of this?
"How do we get by in English without a word meaning 'I was too drunk last night and it's all their fault'"? (I got six of 10 on this one)
language  world  reading 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
the vernacular body: Lisible
"Written text unfolds in space. It's visual first of all, before that miraculous convoy of conversions that make it sensible to the reader. It's a seen thing." (via amardeep singh)
audio  podcasting  mp3  reading  writing  listening  text 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Little Journal for Nearly Every Literary Voice
"I know the N.E.A. came out with the 'reading at risk' report, but there's a huge audience for readers, from the book clubs to Oprah. It's more diverse, too: you have Asian writers, you have gay writers, you have experimental writers."
reading  books  writing 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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