The BNC Blog

Monday
Apr202015

15 memorable on-screen indie bookstores

From Harry Potter’s teetering bookshelves to Gone Girl’s scintillating stacks, we love us some on-screen (and off-screen) indie bookstores.

In honour of Authors for Indies Day coming up on May 2, our resident Lady of Lists, Lauren Stewart, put together a compilation of 15 memorable on-screen indie bookstores for Buzzfeed, along with a handy infographic with real-life settings and filming locations.

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Thursday
Apr092015

Poetry bestsellers

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re investigating sales trends and the bestselling poetry of 2014. 

While popular culture and data on recurring poetry bestsellers suggest that we privilege poetry of another time, we make a case for contemporary poets writing powerful poetry that should be read by all Canadians.

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Tuesday
Apr072015

Are Canadians still reading?

At this year’s Tech Forum, Kevin Ashton presented on new technology and “How to Survive the Ebookalypse.” He began by saying, “We live in an age of paranoia about reading and publishing, but that’s actually not a new thing.” Undeniably, the industry is in state of transition and print sales are down. But much like the invention of the paperback format, technology will not destroy reading. Instead, Ashton argues, “Technology is feeding literacy and literacy is causing a need for new technology.”

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Tuesday
Mar312015

Calling all book subject wonks

Care about subject classification systems for books? Have strong feelings about standards? Know more than a little about Thema? We’ve got two user groups you can join.

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Monday
Mar302015

BNC CataList Hack: Saving catalogues for offline use on your iPad

In this post, we show you how to create offline versions of your catalogues so you can have a backup should you lose that precious wifi connection (or just want to save on data charges).

The Safari browser on your iPad has a built-in Reading List that helps you save webpages for offline access. Here’s how we use it for BNC CataList.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

The new reader

It seems more and more people are all ears when it comes to digital audiobooks, but why? And how are they combining this format with other ways to consume book content?

We investigate this and other key questions in our latest study, Listen Up: Audiobook Use in Canada.

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