A couple years ago, there were a lot of articles being shared online about how ereaders/tablets were "watching" their readers. In the digital age, privacy is a legitimate concern. In addition to hackers, companies collect and track data from their users/customers, and there's also concerns over how much the government sees. There's definitely a trade-off between convenience … [Read more...] about Privacy in the Digital World
Libraries are an important part of the book publishing world, and it's been a while since I mentioned them in a post, so here's a collection of links to library news, services, and more. Library Databases "American Museum of Natural History Unveils New Database With 7,000 Digitized Items (Images, Illustrations, Drawings & More)" by Gary Price (see database here) … [Read more...] about Readers and Writers: Library News
When it comes to digital publishing, indie authors have endless options. In addition to ebooks, authors can produce blogs, podcasts, and even digital magazine apps. One new platform that makes it easy for users to publish magazines is App Zine Machine. Created by App Clover, LLC, a resource in the mobile app market, App Zine Machine launched after 21 months in … [Read more...] about App Zine Machine, An Easy Way for Indie Authors to Publish Magazine Apps
Recently I attended an online seminar by Aptara, Bridging the Digital Revenue Gap, that focused on the benefits of semantic strategies. Semantics focuses on the meaning of words. For example, the word orange can mean a color or a fruit. According to the webinar, "with semantic technologies, content can more easily be found extracted combined reused monetized" Here is … [Read more...] about Webinar: Bridging the Digital Revenue Gap; Semantic Strategies for Fueling Sales and Marketing
I went to my second Books in Browsers last week (see last year's recap day 1 and recap day 2), and was not disappointed! For those who many not know, Books in Browsers is "a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art." It takes place … [Read more...] about Books in Browsers 2013
Cheap Flights has made an excellent infographic about travel guidebooks. The graphic looks at the history of the guidebook, from its inception as travel manuscripts in the first century, to its online existence today. Nothing is mentioned about e-books, but I suppose travel guidebooks are much more webby, since people use social media and review sites to figure out where to go … [Read more...] about Infographic: The Life & Times of the Travel Guidebook
I'm not as familiar with what's going on with e-textbooks, but there seems to have been a lot of exciting developments recently. One thing I often hear about e-textbooks is that, despite the expectation that young people, particularly college students, would be the first to eagerly adopt all things digital, most students don't like e-textbooks as much as physical books. The … [Read more...] about The Coming of Age of E-Textbooks?
I've been really in to webinars lately. I think part of it is I've been finding a lot free webinars that discuss either various aspects of the publishing industry or entrepreneurship. (Although the webinars on metadata were not free, but I think it's important to learn and understand as much about metadata as possible). Anyway, today's webinar was on an Innodata survey … [Read more...] about Digital Content: Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?
A big part of BEA is walking around the showroom and meeting new exhibitors. This year, I got to meet the founders of two new companies, WordPivot and Link.me, as well as reconnect with a friend and NYU alum, Miral Sittar, who is the founder and CEO of Bibliocrunch. … [Read more...] about Three Innovative Companies: WordPivot, Link.me, and Bibliocrunch
The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) held a Digital Show and Tell last week at BEA. This consisted of 15 new companies, split up in to two groups, giving five minute pitches to attendees. It's basically speed dating, but for digital publishing. Each session lasted long enough that all attendees could hear each of the pitches, and then at the end of the group they voted for the … [Read more...] about Speed Dating: An Overview of 9 Innovative Digital Publishing Companies and Products
This year's BEA was exciting, and well, a little tiring. Next week I'll be posting some of my highlights of the show, but for now I'd like to share a couple interesting tidbits. At this year's show there were 1300 exhibitors and 22,365 industry professionals. This year was also the first time the largest publishing conference in North America opened up to the public, meaning … [Read more...] about BookExpo America 2012
Last night's meeting for Present Tense, Future Bold featured guest speaker Rick Joyce, the chief marketing officer of Perseus Books. Perseus is a publisher and a printer/distributor for over 300 indie publishers. According to Rick the digital transition happened distinctly in each industry (music, books, etc.), and was not monolithic. But, the future of print books may not … [Read more...] about Writers, Readers, Publishers: Present Tense, Future Bold #2
The second day of DBW12 had a few interesting on-going series. The one I chose to listen to was eBooks for Everyone Else, which had panels for design, marketing, and distribution. … [Read more...] about DBW12 – eBooks for Everyone Else
The romance genre is an interesting one. Of all the genres, it sells the most ebooks, probably because you can read a romance book with some privacy on an ereader. The romance panel had some interesting insights into ebook publishing, which I think other publishers can learn from and apply to their own companies. The panel consisted of Lori James, Founding Partner and Chief … [Read more...] about DBW12 – What publishing can learn from the romance genre
First day of my first BEA, BookExpo America. Fortunately, because of this publishing blog, I was able to attend for free! I spent about five hours today at the Expo, and I still wasn't able to cover everything. It can be a little overwhelming, as some attendees may agree, but totally worth it. This year, BEA was held at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. BEA took up … [Read more...] about BEA Day 1