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Meet the winners of TOC’s Startup Showcase, Pt 1: Paperight
February 19, 2013 | 1:16 pm

For those of you who either weren't there or don't happen to be familiar with it, the Startup Showcase that took place during last week's Tools of Change (TOC) Conference in New York was something of a mini-entrepreneurial competition between 10 different publishing-related startup companies. As TOC explains on its website, the competition is designed to "[give] groundbreaking startups a chance to show their stuff to the world." At various times throughout the three-day TOC conference, attendees were encouraged to wander throughout the hotel's seventh floor ballroom, where the chosen startups were explaining their business models and demonstrating their products and...

Buy Once, Sync Anywhere: Could it really be that simple?
December 4, 2012 | 8:23 pm

The UK-based startup known as ValoBox has been in business for a little over a month now—it launched just a few days before Halloween of this year. To explain the basics of the company's business model in layman's terms, it essentially offers two different digital reading services that seem fairly compelling, at least at first glance: It sells e-books on a 'pay-as-you-go' system, allowing readers to purchase, say, a single page or a single chapter of a book. And it makes those books available to read via a Web browser on your computer, your tablet, your smartphone ... anything with a browser, really....

O’Reilly offers 50 percent discount on top e-books
August 14, 2012 | 11:57 am

[From Make Use Of] O'Reilly, a top technology publisher, is offering a 50 percent discount on its top-performing, five-star e-book titles for just a couple more days. This deal expires on August 16 at 11:59 p.m., so you better act quick. Make sure to use the discount code WK5STAR to receive half-off when purchasing your e-books. There are almost 20 titles for you to choose from, all of them being the most well-reviewed books on O'Reilly's virtual book rack. They are also entirely DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, and free updates. O'Reilly includes Dropbox syncing too. This discount cannot...

O’Reilly adds Dropbox sync feature to its e-book store
June 29, 2012 | 9:15 pm

We already knew it was possible to use Dropbox to host your Calibre library, or to load e-books onto any e-reader app on your iPad. But O’Reilly is going just a bit further with its own Dropbox integration feature: it is providing a way to link Dropbox to your O’Reilly account so that any e-books you buy from O’Reilly (or e-books that you choose that you’ve already purchased) are automatically synced into your Dropbox account. That will make them available on any computer or device you use with the service. Of course, you can already do this with anything...

O’Reilly e-books, videos 50% off to observe Day Against DRM
May 4, 2012 | 4:21 am

In honor of May 4th, the Day Against DRM, all O’Reilly, No Starch, and Rocky Nook e-books are 50% off today only. (And, needless to say, they’re multiformat and DRM-free.) Enter the coupon code DRMFREE at the checkout to take advantage of this opportunity. No matter your feelings about DRM, that’s quite a good price for what O’Reilly has to offer. If they have any e-books you’ve been thinking about getting, this would be a good time....

PDF is most popular format, PC is most popular reader for O’Reilly e-book customers
March 23, 2012 | 9:15 am

O’Reilly TOC general manager and occasional TeleRead contributor Joe Wilkert has a piece up on O’Reilly Radar looking at a survey O’Reilly recently conducted of its e-book customers, asking on what devices and in which formats they planned to do most of their e-book reading. Wilkert reports that the most popular non-PC e-reading device, with a 25% share, was the iPad—but 46% of those who responded said that their primary device for viewing O’Reilly e-books was their PC, and about half of the people who responded said PDF was their format of choice. When...

Mike Shatzkin realizes direct e-book sales can lead to market fragmentation
July 29, 2011 | 11:20 am

Sometimes it can be fun to watch expert prognosticators go back and recount the mistakes they have made. Mike Shatzkin has a post like that, focusing on two predictions he made that, in retrospect, turned out not to be valid. Shatzkin got into e-books at about the same time and in the same way I did: reading them on his Palm Pilot back in the late 1990s. He watched the first few waves of dedicated e-readers fail miserably, and concluded that people simply wouldn’t be interested in reading on a device too large to fit in a hip pocket....

O’Reilly publishes unfinished book, plans to raise price as it nears completion
July 26, 2011 | 11:17 am

O'Reilly Media is experimenting with a new publishing model for Todd Sattersten's book "Every Book Is a Startup," releasing it now as an ebook even though it's not complete. Right now the book is $5 for the first two chapters, with all future chapters promised as free updates, and as the book grows in length the price will go up. When finished, it will also be released in print for $25. The idea, writes Joe Wilkert on his blog, is to use the agile model of software startups—"release early and release often"—both to encourage purchases and to collect useful feedback on...

Free webcast tomorrow from O’Reilly: What traditional publishers can learn from self-publishers
June 22, 2011 | 11:53 am

Screen shot 2011 06 22 at 11 52 28 AM From the O'Reilly site: Presented by: Mark Coker, Chad Jennings, Pete Nikolai, Bob Young Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free The lines between traditional and self-publishing is blurring. In fact, some traditional publishers are launching their own self-publishing imprints. We've lined up four leaders of the self-publishing world to share lessons learned and how we can all work together. The webcast features insights from Eileen Gittins (CEO of Blurb), Bob Young (CEO of Lulu), Mark Coker (Smashwords Founder) and Pete Nikolai (Director at Westbow Press, the self-publishing imprint of Thomas Nelson). You can register here....

DRM-Free eBooks from O’Reilly to Be Distributed Via OverDrive’s Global Network
June 21, 2011 | 3:36 pm

overdrive.jpg From the press release: OverDrive announced today that booksellers, libraries, and schools in its global network will soon have access to DRM-free eBook titles from O’Reilly Media. The publisher’s entire eBook catalog will be available to OverDrive’s channel partners, including those in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and dozens of other territories worldwide. Bestselling eBooks on computer technologies available through the distribution agreement will include: “iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Second Edition,” “Head First Java, Second Edition,” and “Windows 7:Up & Running,” as well as O’Reilly’s legendary ‘animal books’ like "Learning...

New series of webcasts from Tools of Change
May 27, 2011 | 9:22 am

Screen shot 2011 05 27 at 9 22 19 AM Received the following email from O'Reilly and thought it would be of interest: We're starting a series of TOC webcasts that I hope you'll share with your readers. They start next week, andJoe wikert just announced them at http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/05/toc-webcasts-sneakpeek-tamblyn.htmlWe're calling this new TOC webcast series SneakPeeks, and they'll offer a pre-release look at some of the best publishing tools, platforms and technologies that are about to hit the market.Our first SneakPeek takes place next Tuesday, May 31st at 1PM ET / 10AM PT and features segments from the following startups: 24symbols, Valobox, Appitude, Active Reader and OnSwipe. Space is limited, so be sure to register now at http://oreillynet.com/pub/e/1935?cmp=il-radar-webcast-toc-sneak-peek-052511 to take part...

Publishing industry efforts for Japan relief
March 28, 2011 | 2:32 pm

Logos 1 From the Digital Book World site (blockquotes omitted): This Wednesday, F+W Media will join the efforts of the international publishing community providing assistance to Japan in the wake of the tsunami. Pledging a donation through the American Red Cross, the company will donate 50% of all profits received from the sale of products and services via the company’s 23 ecommerce stores. The campaign will run for a 24-hour period, beginning at 12:01am (EST) on March 30th. “Just one month ago none of us could have envisioned the tragedy and devastation now impacting the people of Japan,”...

O’Reilly holds half-off sale to aid Japan
March 22, 2011 | 12:17 pm

Technical publisher O’Reilly is having an e-book sale today to benefit Japan. All of the publisher’s books are on sale for 50% off, and O’Reilly will be donating all revenues, less author royalties, to the Japanese Red Cross Society. If you’re actually donating money directly, I’ve been told that Japan’s disaster relief now has just about all the money it needs, and it’s better to make a donation to places that can make a difference in more parts of the world, like Doctors Without Borders. But on the other hand, 50% off DRM-free O’Reilly e-books would be a great...

Ebooks represent 88% of O’Reilly unit sales
February 24, 2011 | 10:14 am

Oreilly comFrom O'Reilly's 2010 State of the Computer Book Market: This shows the percentage of sales on oreilly.com during 2010 for Books, Ebooks, and Video. These are big three content types with much of the same content. The ebooks are just digital versions of our print products. So the big, and more likely HUGE, news is that ebooks represent about 88% of our unit sales, and 79% of our dollar sales on oreilly.com. What is really impressive is that the growth of our digital products is moving faster than the decline of our print products. This suggests to me that we are...

Editor’s Pick of the Week: Tools of Change edition
February 18, 2011 | 12:02 am

pick.jpg Tools of Change: Workship – designing iPad apps Tools of Change: Workshop – Financial Modeling for Digital Products Tools of Change: Plenary – Context first: A unified field theory of publishing Tools of Change: Plenary – the cloud makes global local Tools of Change: Ereading survey findings and research Tools of Change: Bookselling in the 21st Century Tools of Change: Value-added apps – a conversation with top app makers Tools of Change: Publisher CTO panel – the future of ebook technology Tools of Change: Keynote – The publishing pie: an author’s view, by Margaret Atwood Tools of Change: Keynote – The Elements, how we did it and where we’re...

Tools of Change: Workship – designing iPad apps
February 14, 2011 | 12:26 pm

DSCF1072Jennifer Brook (The New York Times), William Couch (USA TODAY), Craig Mod (PREPOST / Flipboard) Brook: designs mobile apps for the Times. Bad things happen when past and future collide. Gadgets often stop working. Did an initial design which they liked, but realized that didn't fully understand the platform and scrapped it and started it all over again. Needed to understand how people would use the device and what they wanted. Decided that the Apple ad was right and people wanted a "lean back" reading experience. Primary challenge: how...

Tools of Change – Monday through Wednesday – Monday’s schedule
February 12, 2011 | 12:20 pm

Toc2011 logoMonday through Wednesday is O’Reilly’s Tools of Change. I’ll be there and covering it for you. According to a press release I got today, the event is sold out and has over 1,300 registrants. That means that, from what I saw at Digital Book World which was at the same venue, the space is going to be extremely crowded. All the keynotes will be live streamed by O' Reilly and I’ll post a live stream link on Tuesday. This is something new and we’ll see if it works. Monday is devoted to workshops and I'll be covering: Designing iPad Apps: Jennifer Brook (The...

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