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What is Faber’s new division supposed to do? And is digital the savior of high culture?
October 6, 2014 | 10:29 am

According to a report in The Bookseller, Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital, has been tasked to form a new division of Faber and Faber, Faber Press, with the goal of creating a new kind of business for the venerable UK literary publisher. The exact purpose of this new structure is not yet clear, except that, according to several reports, it unites Volans's current purview at Faber Digital with Faber Finds and Faber Fine Press, as well as embracing Faber's poetry, drama, film, and classical music lists. Faber Press apparently does not bring any change in editorial policy, with commissioning still...

Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing comes too late?
July 30, 2014 | 11:25 am

According to an announcement made on the London Book Fair website some months after the latter's closure, "The TISP network (Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing), the European project coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association which gathers 25 organizations from 12 European countries, has released a set of policy recommendations, giving the publishing and technology sectors a common base at European level to foster and sustain innovation for the first time." The open question is whether this will have any actual influence on the development of e-publishing in Europe. TISP brings together "the two European representative bodies of the publishing and ICT industries,...

Morning Roundup: Amazon facing criticism. Failure of digital publishing exaggerated
June 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

Cover of The Silkworm on AmazonReports of the Failure of Digital Publishing Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (The Digital Reader) Horowitz ‘s article is replete with the subtext that his mistake was in going digital, and not that he had the bad luck to sign with two digital middlemen which subsequently went under. *** Why Pseudonyms? (Book Riot) I can understand the many reasons an author will write under multiple names. It builds up a following that doesn’t involve a popular name. It helps keep concepts, genres, and writing styles straight in your own mind, and in the eye of the publisher. I just hope the one I was...

Issuu pushes out app to Windows 8.1
May 30, 2014 | 12:21 pm

issuu-65_600One more fresh sign that Windows 8.x tablets are maturing as ereading options: Issuu, which claims to be "the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world," with access to some "16 million free magazines," has just announced the debut of a new Issuu App for Windows 8.1, which joins an existing Android app. According to Issuu, the platform's features include personalized magazine feed with recommended content, and stackable collections across various devices. The new app is compatible with Surface and Windows 8.1 devices, offering an optimized reading experience for Microsoft's latest OS iteration. Issuu also claims 25,000 new publications each...

Changes in magazine layout: print to digital
May 12, 2014 | 10:25 am

magazine layoutWhen TIME magazine ran a summer movie preview feature in a recent issue, looking at three eco-disaster movies set release soon, two from America and one from South Korea -- "Godzilla," "Into the Storm" and "Snowpiercer" -- its editorial and design team offered readers worldwide two different magazine layout in the print magazine's four global editions and its online website (which has a paywall). I read the article with interest because I was interviewed for the story about two months ago and I was quoted briefly near the end of the article, so I studied the ways in which the...

Weekend Roundup: Digital first publishing. Saving bookstores and more
May 11, 2014 | 11:46 am

digital first publishing'Freeing' the Book (L.R. Styles) While traditional-publisher control over the book market has been successfully challenged over the last ten years–to the great satisfaction of indie writers, like my husband and I–another aspect of “free” has been popping up more and more in the market: offering free eBooks. *** Digital First Publishing and the Troubled Fortunes of Digital First Publishers (Dear Author) One of the less publicized victims of the sea changes occurring in publishing is the digital first publisher. *** Saving Bookstores the Old-Fashioned Way (Mercy Pilkington) One initiative which took place last week in California saw not only a surge in bookstore traffic, but in...

Is the India ebook market ready to explode?
February 27, 2014 | 4:25 pm

india ebook marketIndia seems to be the next market digital publishers are looking into. And the jumpstart of the India ebook market might come sooner than anticipated. When Penguin India decided to remove and pulp Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History,” it draw backlash from authors, educators and other publishers. The New York Times reported two Penguin India authors came forward and requested their books also be withdrawn and pulped in protest. Jyotirmaya Sharma, the author of two books about Hindu nationalism, and Siddharth Varadarajan, the author of “Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy,” in letters to Penguin cited in The Times...

Open Road leads epublishing merger wave with E-Reads acquisition
February 12, 2014 | 4:25 pm

In a move that confirms its ambitions and prospects that I reported on earlier, all-digital publishing house Open Road Integrated Media has announced its acquisition of another all-digital platform, E-Reads, "the oldest independent ebook publisher in the field," with "more than 1,200 titles, a majority of which are science fiction and fantasy and also span the mystery, thriller, romance, and horror genres." E-Reads is carrying an identical notice on its website. E-Reads' own blurb explains a lot of its value. "Founded in 1999 at the dawn of the digital era, E-Reads™ is the oldest independent e-book publisher in the field and...

Weekend Roundup: Has Google Demolished Newspapers? B&N Coming to CES Without Nook. Again
January 5, 2014 | 10:04 am

Has Google Demolished NewspapersHas Google Demolished the Newspaper Industry? (GoodeReader) The newspaper industry has lost billions of dollars in the last 10 years, which is directly proportionate to the sheer growth Google has garnered .  Should Google be doing more for the newspaper industry? *** B&N is Coming to CES 2014 Sans Nook (The Digital Reader) For the second year in a row Barnes & Noble is renting a booth at CES. Once again they will be occupying a booth in the lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center, and once again they won’t be showing off the Nook (or so the exhibitor listing and scheduled event...

Shebooks: do we need a place for strictly female readers?
January 4, 2014 | 12:14 pm

shebooksA new digital publishing company made itself known this week when Shebooks announced it was entering the e-singles market. The company essentially wants to be the place women can go buy original fiction, non-fiction and journalism by women. “Women writers are looking for new outlets for their most personal work, and women readers crave great reads that fit into their busy lives,” said Laura Fraser, editorial director and a co-founder of Shebooks, in a release. The idea of the site sounds interesting – for women, by women. But do we really need a place to cater to just female readers? Women – that’s a huge...

Weekend Roundup: Bible Digitization Sparks Conversation, Literary Feuds of 2013 and more
December 15, 2013 | 12:11 pm

bible digitizationDigitization of 550-Year-Old Bible Sparks Conversation About Publishing (GoodeReader) A post that shared photos of a digitized Gutenberg Bible gave readers a lot of background information into the historical implications of the book itself, as well as an interesting and educated peek into the evolution of language and print. *** New Creative Commons Licenses Released For Intergovernmental Organizations (Techdirt) We're pleased to announce a new suite of Creative Commons licenses specifically designed for intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). IGOs produce a wide array of valuable information and content, ranging from scholarly and scientific papers to environmental data. *** Literary Feuds of 2013 (The New Yorker) As 2013 draws to...

Morning Roundup: Evolution of Digital Publishing, eBay Starts Selling Digital Goods
December 6, 2013 | 9:00 am

evolution of digital publishingThe Evolution of Digital Publishing and its Formats (Scholarly Kitchen) This week’s video takes a look at the evolution of the online article, from the ASCII format of early internet days, through PDF, to HTML and beyond... *** eBay Pushes Into Curating And Selling Digital Goods, Launches Dedicated Marketplace For Digital Comics (Tech Crunch) eBay has long been known as the de facto marketplace for buying and selling physical goods. But today the marketplace giant is making an interesting move into digital goods, launching a dedicated marketplace for digital comics. *** National Library of Norway Digitizing All Books Published in Norway (GoodeReader) The National Library of Norway...