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Is Digital Publishing Broken?
May 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

digital publishingThe short answer is: no. But our friends at GoodeReader beg to differ. And I think I want to add this trope to the list of 'article topics which should be banned from the internet.' Here is why. Mercy Pilkington's core assertion seems to be that every 'solution' which has come about so far favours someone other than the author. Therefore, she concludes that discoverability is the biggest issue facing publishing, and since no technology has come about to solve it, digital publishing is 'broken.' No, no, a thousand times no. First of all, readers---aka the customer, the only one paying actual...

Morning Links: Digital publishing questions. No cell phone privacy
January 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

cell phone privacyFour Digital Publishing Questions for Mary Ann Naples (Digital Book World) 2015 will be the year of the customer for publishers. From every corner of the business, we are seeing experiments on how to best connect with customers gathering steam, if not much actual revenue yet.There is a growing sense that publishers need to delight customers–whether by creating a pop-up shop, a hotline or a good old-fashioned community experience on a new social media platform. *** FBI Asserts Right to Monitor Cell Phones Without a Warrant (Boing Boing) The Obama administration has already let people know they have "no reasonable expectation of privacy" when...

Vook continues ebook publishing consolidation with Coliloquy acquisition
November 15, 2014 | 9:56 am

free book sales data trackerEbook production and publishing platform Vook has continued its rollup of competitors and complementary ebook players with the acquisition of Coliloquy, the Palo Alto-based "digital publisher of enhanced and interactive ebooks and apps," which has apparently specialized in interactive and rich media publications on the Kindle and other ebook platforms, currently boasting some 30 titles under its own imprint. "Founded in 2011, Coliloquy has published over 30 titles, including Hard Listening by the Rock Bottom Remainders, Georgetown Academy by Alyssa Schwartz and Jessica Etting, Spellspinners by Heidi R. Kling, A Dark & Dismal Flower by JC Herz, and Getting Dumped by Tawna...

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...

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