Last week for work, I was at SIGGRAPH 2016, a conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques. In addition to companies sharing their products via booths, there were a lot of panels and presentations of peer-reviewed research in graphics and techniques. Not surprisingly, a big chunk of the conference was dedicated to virtual reality (VR). One whole … [Read more...] about Pokémon Go and Book Publishing
Back in 2014, Pocket Gems, a leader in the mobile games space, launched Episode, their interactive mobile story platform. In this platform, which is available on Apple, Google Play, and Amazon, users can interact with animated stories and make decisions to shape their plots. The platform has grown in the past two years, and has become a great place for new writers to get … [Read more...] about Episode, the World’s Largest Community of Mobile Storytellers
By Aby Mathew - Co-founder and CMO of TaleHunt TaleHunt is an app that features stories 250 characters or less. The platform has built up a community of writers and readers. Imagine how amazing it is for us to craft a story and others to get enraptured by our imaginary world of tales? The most powerful way to articulate our lives is by writing a story. Writing helps us to … [Read more...] about Guest Post: TaleHunt, An App That Brings Out Your Inner Storyteller
Book publishers can learn a lot from their media counterparts. As the world becomes more connected, the lines between these industries is getting blurred. Keeping on top of trends then can be really helpful, in terms of getting ideas of what can be done and what to expect in the future. Here are a few headlines from other forms of media that can help inform people in book … [Read more...] about Taking Stock of Industries Related to Book Publishing and How That Relates to the Future
By Linda Craig Writing is often thought of as a solitary activity, but thanks to this infographic, you can visit your favorite author's watering holes. Throughout history, it has always been the case that with every famous writer, there is a pub or bar that becomes equally as famous thanks to their connections as the favoured drinking establishment of said famous writer. … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Top 7 Famous Literary Bars You Should Visit (Infographic)
Ebooks, or maybe I should say stories, come in all shapes and sizes: EPUB, apps, virtual reality, games, and more. If you want to see some exciting, innovative new forms of storytelling, check out this list (sure devices have some limitations and enhanced ebooks haven't exactly taken off yet, but there are ways to make ebooks great): Ebooks "A Digital Mozart Book That … [Read more...] about Looking for Innovative Stories? Here’s a List of Ebooks, Apps, Websites, Games, and More
The New York Times is known for its innovation. Back when I was getting my masters at NYU, I had the opportunity to get a tour of their research facility, and I was impressed. Now, the newspaper is experimenting with journalism and virtual reality, and has already created some compelling content. According to an article in Pacific Standard, virtual reality journalism is so … [Read more...] about Publishing and Virtual Reality
Happy holidays! To those who celebrate Christmas, CircularFLO, which allows you to build interactive ebooks without coding, is giving away personalized, free interactive ebooks. You can get your copy at https://www.circularflo.com/download/xmas. Inside you'll find a drag and drop jigsaw puzzle, a hangman game, a matching game, and more. Plus CircularFLO is holding a contest … [Read more...] about Build An Interactive Holiday Ebook with CircularFLO
Unsure of whether or not you should send our holiday cards this year? Use Grammarly's flowchart to figure out what to do! Did you know? Americans send 1.6 billion holiday cards annually [Source] Women purchase an estimated 80% of all greeting cards [Source] E-cards have become an environmentally friendly alternative to paper cards [Source] Christmas cards … [Read more...] about From Grammarly: Should You Send Them a Holiday Card?
Hypothes.is is a non-profit organization working on enabling "a conversation over the world's knowledge," by building an open platform where people can annotate anything online. And today, December 1, Hyposthes.is Project is announcing an exciting new initiative. Here are details from the Press Advisory: What? On December 1, Hypothes.is Project will announce an initiative … [Read more...] about From Hypothes.is: A New Coalition For Open Annotation
Games and books have a lot in common. They can be tools for learning, as well as avenues for entertainment (See the game/app Zombies, Run! for an example of a game that also motivates people to stay active). They can be physical and digital. And sometimes the lines between them can even be blurred. Because of all these similarities, there are a lot of book and game issues … [Read more...] about What Games and Books Have in Common
Smartphones have exploded in popularity in the last few years, and because so many people own smartphones, publishers are now thinking about how to best deliver digital content to the small screen. As a side anecdote, four years ago (2011) I was sitting in a marketing class at NYU, and the lecturer was telling us about how she read all five A Song of Ice and Fire books (you … [Read more...] about Reading Ebooks on Your Smartphone
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of discussion around the ownership of ebooks. The LA Times reported in 2012 about how ebook owners had few rights when it came to their ebooks. Instead of owning ebooks they purchased, they were merely licensing them: Unlike the owners of a physical tome, they won't have the unlimited right to lend an e-book, give it away, … [Read more...] about What Rights Do Ebook Owners Have?
It's not just ebooks that are disrupting. Technology that displays ebooks is changing, which has led to some potentially creative new ways to read books, or at least to look at them. On Publishing Perspectives, Bob Pritchett wrote about what needs to change in publishing, including the fact that the length of the book should not be tied to the genre, books should be able to … [Read more...] about Displaying Ebooks in New Ways
By Elisabeth Forsythe - Head of Media and Public Relations, [Forgotten Books] International Standard Book Numbers, or ISBNs, are an important part of book publishing. They help with book discovery, and are used with each edition of a book. Elisabeth Forsythe explains why Forgotten Books, the world's largest online library, recently purchased 500,000 ISBNs, and what that means … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Why Forgotten Books purchased 500,000 ISBNs