The truth about Apple and audiobooks

This story does not (yet) end happily. I knew I’d buy an Apple watch…but my rationalization was that it would consolidate my other wearables for audiobooks and fitness. For books, I’d buy the watch so I could finally give up my ancient and beloved Apple Nano, which I had already replaced several times on Ebay. […]

Top 10 things to listen while beach walking and you don’t have a great audiobook* This is the summer of Swell.

I usually listen to audiobooks while walking in solitary happiness on the beaches of Fire Island.  Look — i took this picture this morning, isn’t it beautiful?   So far this summer, I’ve finished Emma, Decode, and The Fault in Our Stars.  (Go ahead, analyze me.)  But I needed a break after that remarkable trio. […]

On Quality, Quantity, and Cost in #Higher Education

  You expect to pay less today for a computer than you did ten years ago.  But universities are more like media companies than computer manufacturers, so imagine if universities were subject to the same disruptive market forces as, let’s say, newspapers, what would things looks like? The Economist has three terrific articles on higher […]

The fine art of UNFINISHING, or why I still like MOOCs.

I intend to run for 30 minutes today.  But it is hot and I stop at 25. I pick up the latest issue of The Economist, drink deeply of an article on Mandela’s legacy, marvel at a stimulating reconsideration of Ozymandias, enjoy a pointed editorial welcoming Bulgarians to the UK.  And then I flip aggressively […]

First interesting #NYTBR in ages…especially @JohnSchwartz on Ready Player One audiobook!

Which I just happened to finish a few weeks ago, and loved from beginning to end.  I nearly spilled my breakfast coffee this morning reading Schwartz’s article, as I assumed that I was some rare adult fan of Ernest Cline’s weird and wonderful comic dystopia, a world set mostly in a videogame.  I enjoyed the […]

Britannica should have been Wikipedia. Blockbuster should have been Netflix. So hard to recognize the seeds of your destruction and get off the railroad tracks. #change #university

I’m dreaming DPLA…but first, let’s kill all the acronyms! @dpla @macaulayhonors

                GO DAVID FERRIERO! Quote of the day:  I want every stinking piece of this collection digitized,” Mr. Ferriero said. “I want it available to the world 24 hours a day.” No mere mortal can search across the nation’s rich archival and book databases, and life’s too short […]

Best e-book and web developer in town happens to be Matt Stine: read how he made R.L.Stine even scarier on Kindle! #ereading

What happens what you can’t judge a book by its cover? My latest e-reading thoughts,

and if you are motivated to read some other articles I wrote on this subject: More “For the Love of Reading,” with Brooke Gladstone, “On the Media,” WNYC-NPR, July 2, 2010 (podcast). My iPAD day, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2010 How do you read your books? Romana Koval interviews Ann Kirschner for “the […]

Old dumb media on my iPad

Why does Vanity Fair cost $3.99 if you buy it on your iPad but $4.99 if you buy it on iTunes? If you go to the VF site, you are invited to buy a print subscription ($1/issue if you buy annually), Wait, why does it cost anything at all since I have a print subscription? […]