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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,...

Pew, Princeton survey shows U.S. ereading up
January 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

A new survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International and made available through Pew Internet indicates that "the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing," while "more also own dedicated e-reading devices." The survey, one of the first of the new year and based on a sample of just over 1000 adults surveyed in January 2nd-5th, 2014, indicates that "the percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012.' That said, the survey also concludes that: "print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Most people...

Smashwords reviews the past year while predicting publishing trends for 2014
January 2, 2014 | 12:20 pm

Smashwords’ CEO Mark Coker takes a look at the past year and what is planned ahead. Smashwords Year In Review Smashwords continued to see growth in 2013. The site began in 2008 with just a handful of books to give writers (including him) an outlet beyond traditional publishing. Every year, the site has gotten bigger and bigger, becoming one of the most influential distribution outlets in the e-book market. In 2013, 25,000 new authors joined Smashwords bringing the total to more than 83,000 on the site. In addition, it added more than 85,000 book titles. Smashwords authors found success as well. Record revenue - Our...

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?
July 26, 2013 | 3:42 pm

Power RankingsThe latest quarterly edition of the Digital Book World Ebook Publisher Power Rankings—one of those ratings league tables that corporates love—has appeared, with some welcome news for a couple of the industry's biggest names—and some less welcome data for them on how well people with no money and corporate might behind them are doing at snarfing their lunch. "It's a great feat for a publisher to have even one book make a best-seller list," editorializes DBW's Jeremy Greenfield, suggesting that DBW itself is keen to promote the value of its Power Rankings, which work by listing the publishers who have made the...

Frankfurt Book Fair survey finds media sector in state of runny flux
July 5, 2013 | 1:45 pm

Frankfurt Book FairA just-released survey of media industry opinion, conducted under the auspices of the Frankfurt Book Fair in the long lead-up to the European publishing industry's number one event in October, finds the media sector caught on the cusp between past and future, and highly uncertain about which way things will go. Carried out by Frankfurt StoryDrive (an initiative that "bursts the boundaries between narrative worlds") and newthinking communications GmbH, the "Market Climate Survey on the Future of the Content and Media World" polled 1,400 media pros, asking them broadly: "What will the [media] world look like in 10 years ?" The resulting survey...

Libraries Do Not ‘Own’ Random House E-Books After All
October 25, 2012 | 12:20 am

Last week we carried a story about a claim that Random House was going to let libraries “own” its e-books. However, it turns out that “own” may have been an optimistic oversimplification. Peter Brantley, Director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive, writes at Publishers Weekly that he's had some follow-up discussion with Skip Dye, Random House’s VP of Library and Academic Sales, to get clarification on exactly what “own” meant in that context. (Found via TechDirt.) What Random House actually meant was that it would assist libraries in moving e-books from one “authorized library wholesaler” to another. The publisher...

Five mistakes that are killing traditional publishing, according to bestselling author Kristen Lamb
July 19, 2012 | 8:28 am

528253e1dc3ee590a8b1dbdd33719095 Best-selling author Kristen Lamb has a long and thoughtful article on her blog.  It is well worth reading the entire thing.  Her five mistakes are: Mistake #1—Fear Mistake #2—Paper is Married to Petroleum DOOM Mistake #3—Reliance on Outdated Gimmicky Marketing Tactics Mistake #4—Over-Fixation on Tools Mistake #5—Expecting Commerce Before Community Here's an excerpt: Mistake #1—Fear When I first arrived, there was almost a palpable feeling of dread, doom and gloom. I felt like agents, editors and even writers were refusing to acknowledge the pink elephant in the room. Why? Because they were afraid of it. The paradigm is changing and the world is going digital. No matter how many...

Twilight fanfic, pulling to publish, and the fandom gift economy
June 19, 2012 | 10:29 pm

Doctor Science, the blogger who wrote a couple of installments on the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon last month that I blogged about at the time, actually wrote a third piece, which I only just noticed when I went back to check references for the fanfic article I posted earlier. The first two parts talked about “the decline of the publishing industry,” indicating that (at least in some cases) fans were providing a lot better value when it came to editing fanfics than publishers were to editing submitted manuscripts. (Not surprising, in light of a study showing that...

paidContent 2012 on Wednesday; TeleRead will be there
May 21, 2012 | 10:48 am

Paidcontent logo1 paidContent's annual conference will be held in New York on May 23.  I'll be there covering the event for you. There will be a number of speakers in the ebook/epublishing arena including: James McQuivey, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research Bob Sauerberg, President, Conde Nast Nick Bogaty, Director of Business Development, Digital Publishing Group, Adobe Systems Liz Schimel, EVP and Chief Digital Officer, Meredith National Media Group Jonathan Shar, GM, Digital Newsstand and Emerging Content, Barnes & Noble Jim Bankoff, Chairman, CEO, Vox Media John Paton, CEO, Digital First Media Charlie Redmayne, CEO, Pottermore...

Video: EPUB3 and Accessibility (Presentation by Matt Garrish)
May 2, 2012 | 8:24 am

Infodocket From the Booknet Canada Technology Forum that took place in March. Direct to Video Blurb As publishers get deeper into digital, accessible data is not a niche but an imperative. Matt Garrish, author of the upcoming Accessible EPUB 3 O’Reilly guide will go over EPUB 3’s accessibility features, going over enhancements and how DAISY talking book standards merged into EPUB, while demonstrating what’s now possible thanks to this upgrade. Links to More Video Talks from the Forum (Via LJ INFOdocket.)...

Epublishing in China lets writers avoid censorship
April 12, 2012 | 9:32 am

Images From The Guardian's Books Blog: ... Most of these e-novels are "pure entertainment, written, downloaded, read and deleted all at top speed …" but e–publishing attracts serious writers as well, for a rather different reason: it offers a smidgen of freedom from censorship regulations which hamstring conventional publishers. One very successful internet author is Murong Xuecun. In 2002, he put his first novel Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu online. It caused enough of a stir to be taken up by a publisher, subsequently won prizes and has been translated. Murong has been, and continues to be, an outspoken critic of the Chinese system,...

The Portal problem and the Britannica
March 23, 2012 | 9:21 am

Images The Scholarly Kitchen has a really interesting article about the ending of Britannica's print edition.  There's a lot more in the article and I suggest you read the whole thing: To those who believe that the Britannica is dead because it’s no longer publishing in print, I’d like to offer a small but significant correction: you’re right that it’s dead, but you’re wrong about the reason. The Britannica isn’t a victim of the obsolescence of print; it’s a victim of the ineffectiveness of portals. Let’s dispense with the format issue quickly. I don’t imagine I’ll attract too many outraged comments by pointing out that...

Th(ink) E-Reading Summit: E-publishing and the analytics advantage
March 21, 2012 | 12:14 pm

Screen Shot 2012 03 20 at 5 05 00 PM David Renard, Senior Analyst and Partner, mediaIDEAS, moderator:  publishers should be in the database marketing game. Matthew Cavner, VP Product & Business Development Vook:  worked with Flurry when created 800 enhanced ebooks.  Used a lot of audio and video.  In ebook applications can't track a lot of user data but you can in Apps.  Track how much people read, how much video they watched, where they watched the video.  With this tracking were able to change products.  Gave away a few books with Flurry in them just to get the user data.  Discovered that 3 formats worked.  Since titles were released into the network...

Booktype – a new platform to write and publish digital books, by Piotr Kowalczyk
February 21, 2012 | 10:37 am

Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Kindle Store, iBookstore and almost any ereader - and it all can be done within minutes. This slick video is the introduction to Booktype. You can create books on your own or with others via an easy-to-use web interface. You can also build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences. [Via EbookFriendly]...

The self-epublishing bubble
February 1, 2012 | 9:55 am

Images Ewan Morrison has a long, and fascinating, article in The Guardian with the above title.  I would put it on the recommended reading list: All of this ebook talk is becoming a business in itself. Money is being made out of thin air in this strange new speculative meta-practice: there are seminars, conferences and courses springing up everywhere, even at the Society of Authors (a writers' union which, until recently, was largely against epublication). Television and radio programmes are being made about self-epublishing (I've personally been asked to speak about it on 12 occasions since...

10 ways publishers are fighting back
December 21, 2011 | 9:09 am

Images Interesting article from Accredited Colleges Online.  Here's the beginning: Against piracy! Against the digital encroach! Against illiteracy! Against each other! Publishing, that cheeky teaser of mind, body, and soul, enjoys the same level of excitement and drama as other fields, if not more. As with every industry out there, it plays host to a crazy ensemble cast of heroes, villains, threats, challenges, underdogs, and other archetypes. Then conflict happens — or at least publishers come across a conflict that needs addressing. What follows are just some of the few exciting adventures that go down in the publishing world. Partnering with news outlets E-book...

Diane Duane releases revised Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses e-book
November 22, 2011 | 11:20 am

elfkingDiane Duane has revised and relaunched another of her backlist as an e-book. This one, Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses, takes CSI-style forensic drama (though it was first published in 2002, the same year as the original CSI launched) and puts it into an SF/fantasy setting. It’s one of the few Duane books I haven’t gotten around to reading yet—but now I have a good excuse! Duane writes that she took the opportunity to fix a few issues she’d noticed in the book over the last ten years, including restoring some material that had previously been cut and rewriting the...

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