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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'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 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,”...