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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 The New York Times reported two Penguin India authors came forward and requested their books also be withdrawn and pulped in protest.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...

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books
September 12, 2013 | 1:30 pm

I am a daily commuter, and as such I always my e-reader with me so that I have something to read on my daily train rides. However, the train is far from a quiet library, and as a result I have gotten in the habit of listening to music while simultaneously reading. However, it's no easy task finding the right music to complement your book let alone amplify it. That's where Booktrack comes in. In short, Booktrack is a digital publishing tool that enables bloggers, artists and writers to self-publish their work with corresponding soundtracks. Writers can choose from a catalogue...

Futurebook looks to spook 91 percent of publishers with digital disruption headline
August 16, 2013 | 4:32 pm

digital disruptionThe UK's Futurebook, the digitally-focused offshoot of The Bookseller, has just put up a highly alarming (or conceivably alarmist) headline: "Will you be in the nine percent of publishers that survive?" Courtesy of social technology consultant, journalist and blogger Suw Charman-Anderson, that headline draws on the experience of former Harvard Business School professor (and more recently, newspaper entrepreneur) Clark Gilbert (pictured below), who is passing on his knowledge via workshops. From the article: "Across industries, only 9 percent of disrupted organizations ever recover. Of those, 100 percent created a separate digital unit to take on the disruption. Not one company Gilbert studied succeeded trying...

UK Science Museum publishes ‘cli-fi’ novel as free e-book
July 22, 2013 | 11:10 am

UK Science MuseumAlison Flood, writing for The Guardian back in April, introduced a novel experiment in climate fiction by the British writer Tony White titled "Shackleton's Man Goes South." For a few months the nonfiction narrative/novel has been available as a free download from the museum's website, and that's how I read it. Of course, since I prefer reading on white paper, page by page, I printed the pages out at a local copy shop and read the book that way. And what a book it is! In a kind of Borgesian way, White plays with reality and fantasy and fiction and academic prose...

Morning Roundup: Indie publishing on Kickstarter; hackers attacking universities; and more
July 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

KickstarterHow Book Covers Have to Evolve in the Digital Age (Good e-Reader) As publishing adapts to changes in the technology of books, one area that still remains to adapt is the all-important cover art. Two unrelated articles today highlighted the serious considerations that authors and publishers need to make when designing the face that will ultimately help or hinder consumer purchases. * * * Ripping Off Indie Authors? Let Us Count the Ways (Indie Reader) Three years ago, when no one took self-publishing seriously, indie authors only had to worry about being ripped off by a vanity press, and that’s only if they were...