So, this week Border’s bankruptcy was confirmed: They were Done in by its own stupidity, not the Internet, claims Slate. Elsewhere, Google Strikes a Deal With J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore for Harry Potter Ebooks and we see a Startup Plotting a Pandora for Books.
There are questions about The (Low) Cost of Reading, and Does “The Price of Typos” Justify the Price of Remaining Focused on Print?
On the publishing-tech front, a new Highlighter Gives Publishers Extensive Analytics of Their Content, and Apple declares war on Adobe, as Lion disables Flash, and Photoshop features.
The educational market looks on as Amazon rolls out textbook rentals for Kindle, and promises discounts up to 80 percent. Meanwhile Beta News claims E-textbooks are destroying the old publishing business model (though a glance at the site’s front-page features the words ‘killing’, ‘war’ and ‘death’… so they might just be a tad morbid generally).
However, by far the biggest news of the week is the announcement that Scotland will battle England at BookMachine on August 25th. Exciting stuff. As we gear up for our first BookMachine party in Edinburgh, here are The top 30 websites made for and by Scots.