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British printers struggle to cope with shift toward digital media
April 15, 2014 | 5:46 pm

printingpressMy friend Michael Brotzman pointed out this story to me from the New York Times, about how the printing industry in Britain is coping with the decreased demand for its services. Even as high technology leads to printers that can print bigger runs, faster, more efficiently, and with fewer operators, demand is dwindling and so are employees. The British printing industry is down from an estimated 200,000 workers in 2001 to fewer than 125,000 now. And for the jobs that are left, the UK is more and more often having to compete with lower labor costs of printers in continental...

Morning Roundup: Marvel phasing out retail comics distribution. Starting a magazine in digital age and more
March 5, 2014 | 8:50 am

marvel phasing out retail comicsNew Book Gives Tips on Starting a Magazine in the Digital Age (Media Shift) Starting a new magazine is no easy task in today’s competitive, complex media world, but a new book offers aspiring magazine entrepreneurs, students, and instructors a resource for the adventure. *** Marvel Phasing out Retail Comics Distribution to Focus on Digital (GoodeReader) Marvel is endeavoring to focus almost exclusively on digital distribution to maximize revenue. In the past few months the company has pulled their comics from bookstores all over the world. *** Anne Rice Fights Author Bullying on Amazon (GalleyCat) Anne Rice has joined a number of authors who have signed a...

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas
February 8, 2014 | 11:04 am

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company's view of the current market and plans for the future. TeleRead: What is the Aquafadas house view of the optimal future for digital news and magazine publishing? What solutions is the company deploying to deliver this? Claudia Zimmer: The most important thing for our clients is that they’re able to create amazing and beautiful digital publications in a short period of time. Today, economic pressure on publishers is an important factor; they need solutions that are both...

Supernatural Tales runs limited-time offer of free downloads
February 3, 2014 | 10:17 am

UK horror and dark fiction magazine Supernatural Tales is holding a very limited-time offer for free PDF downloads of back issues, some nine in all, via its usual publication platform, Lulu.com. "Issues from ST#17 onward will be available there indefinitely," states the publisher and founding editor, David Longhorn, but the giveaways are strictly short-time. "It's a limited time offer, but for the next day or so you can have issues 17 to 25 for nothing," he states. Subscription prices for the magazine run at $45.00 annually for US and ROW, or £25.00 for the UK, for three issues per year. Individual...

Morning Roundup: Impacts of Loss of Public Domain, Is 2014 the Year of the Reader?
January 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

public domainWhat We Lose From Having Killed the Public Domain (Techdirt) I've seen some copyright maximalists asking why this is a big deal, since all the works listed are readily available to purchase. This is uninformed in the extreme. *** Digital Technology Remodels Women's Magazines (Media Shift) Women’s magazines are full of fashion, beauty and relationship tips. However, studying them has also taught one researcher a lot about their future, and about the future of the magazine industry as a whole. *** 2014: Year of the Reader (Book Riot) It has never been a better time to be a reader! It’s a brand new year, and already articles...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Pulls Access to Purchased Christmas Movies, Tablet Magazine Ship Sinking
December 16, 2013 | 9:00 am

amazonAmazon Takes Away Access to Purchased Christmas Movie During Christmas (Boing Boing) Yes, Disney is stupid and evil for doing this. But when Amazon decided that it would offer studios the right to revoke access to purchased videos, they set the stage for this. *** Using YouTube to Educate...and Test (Teachers with Apps) What if your college professor told you that your take home exam was on YouTube? The popular video site may currently be one of the biggest distractions students try to avoid during midterms and finals, but it may not stay that way. *** The Tablet Magazine Ship is Sinking Fast (GigaOM) What’s even worse...

Morning Roundup: Kobo Launches Digital Magazine Shop, Is Viral the Holy Grail of Content? and more
December 4, 2013 | 9:00 am

Kobo Launches Digital Magazine ShopKobo Launches Their Digital Magazine Shop (GoodeReader) At a product launch event in New York City Canadian based Kobo announced their intention of launching a digital magazine store. *** Goodreads Choice Award Winners Revealed (GalleyCat) With 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards. *** A Growing Obsession with Viral Content Exposes the Weakness of Most Digital Media (GigaOM) Everyone from BuzzFeed to the Washington Post seems to be chasing after viral content because of the traffic it brings — but all this does is reinforce how doomed the pageview-based model really is. *** Is Editing Teachable?...

Want to be a writer? Call your career advisor NOW!
November 29, 2013 | 4:42 pm

Oops, did I mess up big time?! And you think you might want to be a writer too? Well, our chosen profession and vocation just happen to come out low and rock bottom in terms of career choices. At least according to CareerCast.com, via the Wall Street Journal. Their poll of the  Best and Worst Jobs of 2013, listing the top - and bottom - 200 professions, ranked "Author" as No. 156 and "Newspaper Reporter" as No. 200. Bummer, eh? If I'd turned right instead of left along that critical career path, I could have aspired to the heights of...

Morning Roundup: eBooks Soar in New Zealand, Magazine Apps Headed for Oblivion, Kindle Paperwhite Getting Rave Reviews
October 7, 2013 | 8:31 am

Why Tablet Magazines are a Failure (GigaOM) Dedicated magazine apps for tablets may look good, but I fear they’re headed straight to oblivion. *** Book Sales in New Zealand Fall 15% While eBooks Soar (GoodeReader) The New Zealand Book industry has fallen by over 15% in the last six months as major publishers abandon the print sector. *** Kindle Paperwhite Review: eBook Reader Gets Warmer, Faster (Tech Hive) The second-generation Paperwhite is the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy, with a high-contrast screen that lights itself. *** eBooks Are Changing reading Habits (USA Today) David Delk, 47, remembers "the old days," when his extended family went on vacation carrying...

Weekend Roundup: Are E-Books The Social Networks Of The Future?
September 1, 2013 | 12:27 pm

e-books Are E-Books The Social Networks Of The Future? (FastCo Labs) In the future, e-books will act just like social networks. We’ll use them on our phones, share and comment right inside e-reader apps, and publishers will use our data to help them make better marketing decisions. If you think digital reading is exploding now, just wait. * * * Fresh ebook and magazine ideas every month to your inbox (and door) (The Guardian) Sign up to Emily Books and receive a carefully chosen ebook every 30 days, while Stack Magazines regularly posts you an unusual publication to keep your print reading diverse. * * * Lifting the...

Sweden’s Meganews Delivers Print-on-Demand Newsstand
August 16, 2013 | 12:23 pm

MeganewsPrint-on-demand facsimiles of major dailies are a familiar sight in international hotel lobbies these days, but now Sweden's Meganews has gone one step further, by introducing a mechanized and Internet-enabled newsstand that can print magazines as well as newspapers on demand. "Use the touchscreen to select a magazine of your choice, pay with your credit card, and within two minutes a high-fidelity issue can be picked up at the end of the newsstand," the Meganews site explains. "The printing course of your magazine can be followed on the monitor." Initial venues for the Meganews newsstand "are in locations lacking publications for sale--where...

Members-Only Bookstores: What Would Make You Pay?
August 1, 2013 | 10:22 am

bookstoreBook Riot has a great little article up exploring the concept of a members-only bookstore. As the article explains, this idea has been floated around (most recently by Bloomberg News, whom they cite) as a way to 'save' the bricks-and-mortar bookstore against showrooming, the practice of customers coming in to browse, then going home and ordering it online for cheaper. Author Jeff O'Neal doesn't find the Bloomberg article's suggestions very compelling, but does go on to list a few ideas of his own—not for a 'members-only' bookstore per se, but for services a regular bookstore could offer that people might find worth getting...