Craig Mod has a fascinating article for Aeon, talking about the unfortunate stagnation in digital books. He spent years reading books almost exclusively in ebook form, but has gradually moved back to physical books, and the article is a long and detailed exploration into the limits of ebooks today — nearly all of which are not due to actual limitations of the medium, but deliberate choices by the platform providers (mainly Amazon, obviously) to create closed, limited, DRM-laden platforms for ebooks. 

Chinese internet giant Tencent is expected to dominate the market for online literature after completing its acquisition of Shanda Cloudary, Shanda’s online literature company, reports the China Business News.

Tencent and Shanda recently reached an agreement to jointly set up a new company, China Reading, in the online literature space. A number of literary websites affiliated with Tencent Literature and publishing institutions under Shanda Cloudary will come under the management of the new company following the acquisition.

Survey finds that 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer traditional books over their digital equivalents: The Guardian

Sixteen to 24-year-olds are known as the super-connected generation, obsessed with snapping selfies or downloading the latest mobile apps, so it comes as a surprise to learn that 62% prefer print books to ebooks.

Asked about preferences for physical products versus digital content, printed books jump out as the media most desired in material form, ahead of movies (48%), newspapers and magazines (47%), CDs (32%), and video games (31%).