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TOC Report: my thoughts on how TOC went this year
February 25, 2010 | 1:35 pm

toccon-bug.gifI'm back from an exhausting time of trying to cover TOC for you guys and here are a few thoughts about my overall impression of the conference. TOC is a rather odd duck in that I don't think it quite knows who is eating its eggs. It is a mixture of low level, in the trenches, stuff and very high level thought pieces. This makes many of the sessions suitable for the worker bees and mid-level managers (for example those on copyright, the workshops on the first day). The dichotomy comes in when TOC goes with its keynotes....

Final TOC Report: Keynote, The future of digital distribution and ebook marketing
February 24, 2010 | 3:04 pm

toccon-bug.gifTim O"Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly media. Challenge is not to build the coolest and most enhanced ebooks. The publisher will never be a winner in a technology race. Innovations do come from publishers, but that's not the heart of what publishers do. Publishers' job is to do for authors those things that authors can't do for themselves. Be creative, but remember what you really do. Which is often the boring stuff. If not good at those things then someone will take your place. It's not easy to be found in this new world. Big haystack. All of...

TOC Report: Keynote, 1,001 Arabian rights; digital publishing and its role in exposing non-English languages
February 24, 2010 | 2:35 pm

toccon-bug.gifRamy Habeeb, established first Arabic language ebook house. Arab publishing market behind western publishing, and its lessons also applicable to other emerging economies. 60,000 titles published every year. Arabic market is the size of the US. Problems: distribution is still very primitive, In Egypt, 80% of books only available within 5 kilometers of publishing house. Censorship is still a problem. Three kinds: on purpose, self censorship and unconscious censorship. No viable OCR solution available in Arabic. International standards are a problem. Nobody uses ISBN numbers. They have them but don't use them or any other international standard. Industry...

TOC Report: Keynote, Rethinking the role of funding academic book publishing
February 24, 2010 | 2:01 pm

toccon-bug.gifFrances Pinter, Bloomsbury Academic. Startup academic publisher. Publishing monographs in academia, an endangered species. 1980 sold 3,000 copies of typical monograph, now sell about 350. Challenge: how do we get to a point where we can sustainably publish long form monographs. (Discussion covers only social sciences and humanities) Academics still want independent verification of quality, editing, typesetting, curation, branding. Pressures on academic community: expanding academic ecosystem and need more publishing services, governments and foundation wants to see impact for research they are funding. Pressures on academic publishers: technology driven changes require investment in time of global...

TOC Report: Results of Book Industry Study Group consumer survey
February 24, 2010 | 1:01 pm

toccon-bug.gifAngela Bole, BSIG; Kelly Gallagher, Bowker Consumer attitudes to ebook reading. Ongoing project. Very fresh data, completed survey last week and this is the first release to the public. Looked a print book readers who are moving to ebooks. Respondents had to have read an ebook. 95% confidence level, about 44K respondents. Purchasing behavior: #1 reason to buy an ebook is affordability 34% acquired their first ebook within the last sixth months Purchasers of ebooks are buying fewer hardbacks and paperbacks 47% read ebooks on a desktop, 32% on the Kindle, 11% on iPhone, 10% on iPod Touch, 9% on...

TOC Report: Book Meets Tablet: 10 ways to enhance your iPad books
February 24, 2010 | 11:13 am

toccon-bug.gifPeter Meyers, A New Kind of Book. Even Apple is focusing on the "dark ages" Epub standard which just recreates old fashioned paper books. How to reconfigure books the way that modern brains have been reconfigured by the web and technology. All this can be done with current software. These are ideas that can be used to "enhance" a book in new and different ways. The Colonel Fitzwilliam problem: keeping track of many characters in a book can be tough. Put into each book a "tap" that will take you to a quick summary of the character whose nome you...

TOC Report: 10 secrets of digital publishing no one will tell you
February 24, 2010 | 9:16 am

toccon-bug.gifPeter Costanzo and Rick Joyce Perseus Books Group: independent publishing company and distribute other independent publishers. Surveyed their independent publishing clients. What is most significant focus in 2010: ebooks, social media and direct consumer were highest top 3. What percentage of your titles will be ebooks in 2010: 30% less than 10%, 50% half or more made into ebooks. What are barriers to your ebook entry: highest barrie is poor fit of titles with device capabilities 43%, piracy 37%, retailer pricing 37%, cost of conversion 35%, confusion about technology standards or processes 34%, poor handling of color 34%, cost...

TOC Report: Keynote: Tim O’Reilly chats with Ray Kurzweil
February 23, 2010 | 8:03 pm

toccon-bug.gifFinal keynote of the day is a conversation between Kurzweil and O'Reilly. Kurzweil presentation on Blio: enabling factors in place for ebooks. Blio is free ereader with free and for pay books. With audiobooks combine audiobook with the text book. Can synchronize highlighting on the text with the audiobook. Can use text to speech to do the same thing if don't have an audiobook. For textbooks include auxiliary website material directly into the book. Connect directly from a book to Wikipedia, dictionary definitions, highlight material, take notes. Conversation: For Blio what is the authoring environment: have an authoring tool that...

TOC Report: Afternoon keynote – A future for ebooks: Bookserver, by Brewster Kahle
February 23, 2010 | 5:44 pm

toccon-bug.gif Bookserver is in technology demo basis. 1,800,000 books in the Internet Archive and it scans 1,000 books a day. Costs about 10 cents a page to digitize a book and takes half an hour or so to do it. Public domain is about 20% books, 70% out of print and 10% in print. Bookserver aimed at out of print and in print books. A distributed system for lending and vending on the internet. Laptop to search engine to find book, and goes to holder of the book. OLPC now has access to Internet Archive books. Kindle...

TOC Report: Sourcebooks and the Tale of Two Companies by Karen Holt
February 23, 2010 | 4:44 pm

toccon-bug.gifSourcebooks founder and publisher Dominique Raccah thinks of herself as running two companies: a book publishing house and a mixed media company. And so should every other publisher, Raccah told the audience during a workshop at TOC Tuesday. The point, she said, is to think in terms of the content you have—or, “what are you expert at”—and how that expertise can be packaged and sold in different forms and at different price points. At Sourcebooks, that includes taking its popular baby naming title and repurposing the information as a high-end $19.95 gift book and a $4.99 iPhone app. That...

TOC Report: Ibis Reader released at TOC
February 23, 2010 | 4:30 pm

toccon-bug.gifThreePress consulting announced the release of its new Epub reading program. You can find details about the new reader here. The different thing about it is that the books are kept in the cloud, as is the reader. No need to download anything and so you can read from your web browser, iPhone, Android and other mobile phones. When used with an iPhone and an Android 2 phone you can read even when you're not connected to the web....

TOC Report: Notes on Michael Mace’s presentation: Check out my scars, seven lessens from the failure of ebooks in 2000, By Karen Holt
February 23, 2010 | 3:46 pm

toccon-bug.gif2001 ebook devices, 3 to 7 million in sales, Industry Standard. Kindle estimated sold about 2 million total. What went wrong: Not enough books available. Expensive and tepid publisher involvement. Prices were too high High prices, too few titles, no one wants to invest in a device. Usage patterns : Since they won’t buy a device, let’s put it on stuff they do use. PCs, PDA’s. Not enough periodicals—didn’t want to make compromises on quality, advertising doesn’t work the same, competition from free websites. Marketing. The challenge: For consumers books aren’t broken.The most successful free publisher online: is Yahoo. Yahoo publisher the equivalent of...