May 24, 2022

"A Community for ebooks Only" (Interview With Carl Zimmer)

Via New Scientist:

A new site run by veteran science writers aims to create a community around electronic books – and not the kind that are simply “digital clones” of the stuff you can still pick up in bookshops. New Scientist caught up with founder and prolific science writer Carl Zimmer to learn more about the Download the Universe project, and how he sees ebooks changing the way we read.

One Exchange from the Interview:

Q. So your rule is to review books that are available only in electronic version?

A. That is correct. Our rule right now is no digital clones, because those ebooks are already being written about in regular book reviews. We think we can have the most effect by taking a look at ebooks that no one is paying much attention to and they should be. We want to take as wide as scope as we can.

Read the Complete Interview

Direct to Download the Universe
Science eBook Reviews

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.