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Why Blogs Can Make Great Books (Writing In the 21st Century)

Who’s still blogging in the age of Social Media? In the info-storm of tweeting, instagramming our food and facebooking our pets is there  time or even a need for blogs? The answer of course is an absolute unequivocal YES. Blogs…

July 29, 2012, by


The Problem With Ebooks…

If you dig beneath the surface, many people’s problem with ebooks is not that they don’t smell. Jani Patokallio writes: Crippled by territorial license restrictions, digital rights management, and single-purpose devices and file formats that are simultaneously immature and already…

July 1, 2012, by


The Book Reading Revolution: Read More, Better, Anywhere!

Reading for Fun By the end of my stay at UCF, I was nearing burnout. I’d read so much and for so long that my mind was numb, and reading was the last thing I wanted to do. This lasted…

June 17, 2012, by


Why German Grammar Is Dead Simple (free download inside)

A while ago these images were making the rounds about how German sounds cruel and gritty compared to other languages. And while the prejudice of Teutonic doom and gloom will probably not come off any time soon (thanks, Wagner) there…

June 5, 2012, by


Biblical Hebrew For Beginners (a free download)

If the Internet had a religion, would it be monotheistic, paganistic or atheistic? Honestly, I don’t have a clue, but I do know that beyond popular debates about which religion is more superior for whatever reasons, or whether science and…

May 30, 2012, by

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How Ebooks & The Net Bring Us Back To The Middle Ages, In a Good Way

Recently, I’ve been reading the Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man, that (in)famous work of Marshall McLuhan, and it struck me that many of his insights relating to print media and reading culture can be applied to what is…

April 23, 2012, by


Introducing Brian The Book (free download inside)

This is the story of a book and its creation: About a month ago, when I saw that my anarchically drawn short story for German learners found such positive feedback, I decided to try something a bit more refined. From…

April 19, 2012, by


How Indie Publishing Could Revolutionize Creative Expression But Often Doesn’t

It was Clay Shirky who said in a recent interview that publishing is no longer a job, it’s a button. In fact, I’m staring at one right now. It’s blue and it says “publish”. It’s simple. Shall I click it? No?…

April 13, 2012, by


How Interactive Can A Book Become Before It Stops Being a Book?

After the positive replies I received regarding my 5-minute mini story project, I decided to work on something longer while still staying true to the principle of keeping things short and digestible. The result of which I would like to…

April 4, 2012, by


The Role Of Reading In The Age Of Constant Digital Distraction

While some people still entertain themselves with the predictable mudfight of “ebook vs paper book”, I find another question far more interesting, namely the role of reading in the age of continuous partial attention. How do we read in the…

April 2, 2012, by


Kindle & Co: Between The Revolution and Degeneration of Reading Ebooks

The first ebook I ever saw (it was at the end of the 90s) was one of these “How To Make Money Online” schemes. It came with all the obligatory gratuitous images of bank notes, long sales letter including “social…

March 21, 2012, by


The Unbearable Uncertainty Of Ebooks

A book, printed on paper, bound in leather or glued together is a comforting thing. You can put it on a shelf, and it won’t go anywhere. If you scrawl in the margins, it will remain. If you leave it…

February 23, 2012, by