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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...

HarperCollins UK boss wants to take back publishing from smaller digital rivals
November 25, 2013 | 12:15 pm

publishingLast week’s The Bookseller’s FutureBook conference sparked some interesting publishing comments from HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne. The comments show some publishers still don’t get it. The story begins with an interview in The Guardian, previewing Redmayne’s remarks and it started strong. In essence, Redmayne looked to empower publishes to do more rather than rest on what’s in the digital publishing world now. But the first sentence in his quote took aback many readers, authors and others. "Publishers have historically been the most innovative and creative of organizations," he said. "But I think that when it came to the digital revolution we came to...

Frankfurt Book Fair proclaims “new era in international publishing”
September 16, 2013 | 10:34 am

The Frankfurt Book Fair, the global publishing industry’s biggest trade show, is busily positioning itself for the digital era in advance of its opening in October. At the customary pre-event press conference, as reported by Germany’s E-Book-News.de, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair Juergen Boos announced a “new era in international publishing.” Boos declared: “The dividing line is not between old and new, print and e-book, analog and digital, but between those who have the passion for content and want to provide access to it - and those who do not care what they sell.” The Frankfurt Book Fair is following...