Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing comes too late?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

According to an announcement made on the London Book Fair website some months after the latter’s closure, “The TISP network (Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing), the European project coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association which gathers 25 organizations from 12 [...]

Pew, Princeton survey shows U.S. ereading up

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

A new survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International and made available through Pew Internet indicates that “the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing,” while “more also own dedicated e-reading devices.” The survey, one of the first of the new [...]

Smashwords reviews the past year while predicting publishing trends for 2014

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords’ CEO Mark Coker takes a look at the past year and what is planned ahead. Smashwords Year In Review Smashwords continued to see growth in 2013. The site began in 2008 with just a handful of books to give writers (including him) an outlet beyond traditional publishing. Every year, the [...]

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly edition of the Digital Book World Ebook Publisher Power Rankings—one of those ratings league tables that corporates love—has appeared, with some welcome news for a couple of the industry’s biggest names—and some less welcome data for them on how well people with no [...]

Frankfurt Book Fair survey finds media sector in state of runny flux

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A just-released survey of media industry opinion, conducted under the auspices of the Frankfurt Book Fair in the long lead-up to the European publishing industry’s number one event in October, finds the media sector caught on the cusp between past and future, and highly uncertain about which [...]

Libraries Do Not 'Own' Random House E-Books After All

By Chris Meadows
October 25, 2012 // 9 Comments

Last week we carried a story about a claim that Random House was going to let libraries “own” its e-books. However, it turns out that “own” may have been an optimistic oversimplification. Peter Brantley, Director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive, writes at Publishers Weekly [...]

Twilight fanfic, pulling to publish, and the fandom gift economy

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

Doctor Science, the blogger who wrote a couple of installments on the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon last month that I blogged about at the time, actually wrote a third piece, which I only just noticed when I went back to check references for the fanfic article I posted earlier. The first two [...]

paidContent 2012 on Wednesday; TeleRead will be there

By Paul Biba
May 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

paidContent’s annual conference will be held in New York on May 23.  I’ll be there covering the event for you. There will be a number of speakers in the ebook/epublishing arena including: James McQuivey, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research Bob Sauerberg, President, Conde Nast [...]

Video: EPUB3 and Accessibility (Presentation by Matt Garrish)

By libertyc
May 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the Booknet Canada Technology Forum that took place in March. Direct to Video Blurb As publishers get deeper into digital, accessible data is not a niche but an imperative. Matt Garrish, author of the upcoming Accessible EPUB 3 O’Reilly guide will go over EPUB 3’s accessibility features, [...]

Epublishing in China lets writers avoid censorship

By Paul Biba
April 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

From The Guardian’s Books Blog: … Most of these e-novels are “pure entertainment, written, downloaded, read and deleted all at top speed …” but e–publishing attracts serious writers as well, for a rather different reason: it offers a smidgen of freedom from censorship [...]

The Portal problem and the Britannica

By Paul Biba
March 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Scholarly Kitchen has a really interesting article about the ending of Britannica’s print edition.  There’s a lot more in the article and I suggest you read the whole thing: To those who believe that the Britannica is dead because it’s no longer publishing in print, I’d like [...]

Th(ink) E-Reading Summit: E-publishing and the analytics advantage

By Paul Biba
March 21, 2012 // 1 Comment

David Renard, Senior Analyst and Partner, mediaIDEAS, moderator:  publishers should be in the database marketing game. Matthew Cavner, VP Product & Business Development Vook:  worked with Flurry when created 800 enhanced ebooks.  Used a lot of audio and video.  In ebook applications [...]

The self-epublishing bubble

By Paul Biba
February 1, 2012 // 6 Comments

Ewan Morrison has a long, and fascinating, article in The Guardian with the above title.  I would put it on the recommended reading list: All of this ebook talk is becoming a business in itself. Money is being made out of thin air in this strange new speculative meta-practice: there are seminars, [...]

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