Tools of Change for Publishing

TOC Report: Keynote, Rethinking the role of funding academic book publishing

By libertyc
February 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

Frances Pinter, Bloomsbury Academic. Startup academic publisher. Publishing monographs in academia, an endangered species. 1980 sold 3,000 copies of typical monograph, now sell about 350. Challenge: how do we get to a point where we can sustainably publish long form monographs. (Discussion covers [...]

TOC Report: Results of Book Industry Study Group consumer survey

By libertyc
February 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

Angela Bole, BSIG; Kelly Gallagher, Bowker Consumer attitudes to ebook reading. Ongoing project. Very fresh data, completed survey last week and this is the first release to the public. Looked a print book readers who are moving to ebooks. Respondents had to have read an ebook. 95% confidence [...]

TOC Report: Book Meets Tablet: 10 ways to enhance your iPad books

By libertyc
February 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

Peter Meyers, A New Kind of Book. Even Apple is focusing on the “dark ages” Epub standard which just recreates old fashioned paper books. How to reconfigure books the way that modern brains have been reconfigured by the web and technology. All this can be done with current software. [...]

TOC Report: 10 secrets of digital publishing no one will tell you

By libertyc
February 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

Peter Costanzo and Rick Joyce Perseus Books Group: independent publishing company and distribute other independent publishers. Surveyed their independent publishing clients. What is most significant focus in 2010: ebooks, social media and direct consumer were highest top 3. What percentage of your [...]

TOC Report: Keynote: Tim O’Reilly chats with Ray Kurzweil

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Final keynote of the day is a conversation between Kurzweil and O’Reilly. Kurzweil presentation on Blio: enabling factors in place for ebooks. Blio is free ereader with free and for pay books. With audiobooks combine audiobook with the text book. Can synchronize highlighting on the text with [...]

TOC Report: Afternoon keynote – A future for ebooks: Bookserver, by Brewster Kahle

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Bookserver is in technology demo basis. 1,800,000 books in the Internet Archive and it scans 1,000 books a day. Costs about 10 cents a page to digitize a book and takes half an hour or so to do it. Public domain is about 20% books, 70% out of print and 10% in print. Bookserver aimed at out of print [...]

TOC Report: Sourcebooks and the Tale of Two Companies by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Sourcebooks founder and publisher Dominique Raccah thinks of herself as running two companies: a book publishing house and a mixed media company. And so should every other publisher, Raccah told the audience during a workshop at TOC Tuesday. The point, she said, is to think in terms of the content [...]

TOC Report: Ibis Reader released at TOC

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

ThreePress consulting announced the release of its new Epub reading program. You can find details about the new reader here. The different thing about it is that the books are kept in the cloud, as is the reader. No need to download anything and so you can read from your web browser, iPhone, [...]

TOC Report: Notes on Michael Mace’s presentation: Check out my scars, seven lessens from the failure of ebooks in 2000, By Karen Holt

By Karen Holt
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

2001 ebook devices, 3 to 7 million in sales, Industry Standard. Kindle estimated sold about 2 million total. What went wrong: Not enough books available. Expensive and tepid publisher involvement. Prices were too high High prices, too few titles, no one wants to invest in a device. Usage patterns : [...]

TOC Report: How academics and students use ebooks – JISC National Ebooks Observatory Project

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Caren Milloy, JISC (United Kingdom): huge survey of users with over 23,000 responses on ebook use from students and academics and librarians. Data presented was all about students, despite the title. Highest users of ebooks: business students used them a lot more than other areas and medical titles [...]

TOC Report: The future of digital textbooks

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

John Warren; Eric Frank – Flatworld; Frank Lyman – Coresmart; Nicholas Smith – Agile Mind; Neeru Khosla – CK12 Founcation Flatworld: open access textbooks but still able to generate sustainable revenue CK12: doing same thing but completely in K to 12 market. Providing online [...]

TOC Report: Enhancing the ebook from the publisher of the Death of Bunny Monroe

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Speaker is Peter Collingridge of Enhanced Editions. Published The Death of Buddy Monroe. Came from a background of publishing, web page designing and film production. Value of books driven down by retailers and impact of digital has been very small. Want to make digital innovations to increase [...]

TOC Report: Is the ebook dead?

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Skip Prichard, President and CEO of Ingram Content Group. Today’s ebooks are warmed over print books and will be changed into something very different in the next five years. There is no fundamental right for a business to survive and that included publishers. Publishers must stay focused in [...]

TOC Report: Law is not a business solution

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

William Patry, Google copyright counsel, but not speaking for Google. Copyright expert, author and law professor, all in the copyright area. Legal system should not be used to solve business problems, even when there are legal issues. Legal system is bad place to seek closure to a business problem. [...]

TOC Report: Ushering in ebook 2.0

By libertyc
February 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Sameer Shariff, CEO, Impelysis. Social networking has opened up audiences. Publishing can’t continue with B to B business models. Marketing and sales must shift to a conversation paradigm. Publishers are going from B to B to B to C. The consumer now becomes the sales person with social [...]

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