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On Justice (2010 Reviews, Part 1)

November 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Since moving into a new flat two months ago, I resolved to demolish my pile of unread books that had been eyeing me reproachfully for far too long. Counting some extra books I tackled after the pile of doom, I read:

Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael Sandel
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by [...]

Tags: adrian · book · philosophy · politics · review

More on the Death of Publishers

October 12th, 2010 · 6 Comments

If book publishers want to see the next decade in any reasonable health, then it’s absolutely imperative that they rethink their pricing strategies and business models right now. Hopefully this example will illustrate why:
I’m a big fan of Iain Banks’ novels; I always buy them in hardback as soon as they come out. It doesn’t [...]

Tags: apple · book · games · tech

The Binding of a Book

August 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Like a gamer to Starcraft 2, I can’t help but be attracted to articles about the death of books, and even better, the death of long-form reading. There’s something about the desperate handwringing that pushes almost every intellectual button I have, from impassioned but futile appeals to the past, to lurid depictions of how new [...]

Tags: book · tech

Reading on the iPad is fantastic

June 10th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Reading on the iPad is fantastic. I don’t care what other people have said, I just know that after using it for a fortnight, I can tell that it’s changed the way I’ll read forever.
I used to spend several hours a day in front of my iMac at home, using a combination of Google Reader [...]

Tags: adrian · apple · book · games · science · tech

Another publisher gets it wrong

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments

In Publishing: The Revolutionary Future, an article in the New York Review of Books, Jason Epstein talks about the massive changes that are in store for publishing and books with the advent of digital content and devices. The article begins well, summarising the revolutionary changes wrought by Gutenberg’s press, and quickly reaches the present day [...]

Tags: book · future · tech

Notes on Iain Banks’ Transition

September 26th, 2009 · 42 Comments

Iain Banks’ latest novel, Transition, is perhaps his strongest work in recent years, straddling his science fiction persona (Iain M Banks) and his non-genre, non-M persona (Iain Banks). For me, it combined his fantastic world-building imagination that we see in his Culture novels with the more rooted nature of his traditional novels – with a [...]

Tags: book · sf

Books of 2009

September 13th, 2009 · No Comments

I haven’t talked much about the books I’ve read recently, and having finished a slew of them recently, I thought I’d take a look back at all the books I’ve read this year. On the whole, there aren’t as many as usual; work, magazines and periodicals, and notably Infinite Jest, really took their toll.
The Gift: [...]

Tags: adrian · book · review

Infinite Summer, Finite Reason

May 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Infinite Summer is a challenge to read David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest over the summer of 2009. On their website, they say:
You’ve been meaning to do it for over a decade. Now join endurance bibliophiles from around the web as we tackle and comment upon David Foster Wallace’s masterwork, June 21st to September 22nd. A [...]

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The Right Media at the Right Time

April 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

On Wednesday night, I was invited to a Wired UK dinner about ‘The Future of Entertainment’. At the end of the night, we were asked what we thought entertainment would look like in 15 years; some people predicted the death of copyright, others talked about the rise of videogames and live experiences. In a nod [...]

Tags: adrian · book · newspaper

The Quick Rise of Reading

January 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

A mere two weeks after I wrote about The Long Decline of Reading, which drew largely on the US National Endowment of Arts’ (NEA) 2007 data, the NEA promptly released a report (Reading on the Rise) showing that fiction reading rates significantly increased from 2002 to 2008. Not just for certain age groups or ethnicities, [...]

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