Noteslate Shiro now on pre-order – but should you?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

Noteslate has just released information for pre-ordering its unique Shiro tablet, or rather, slate. Under the tagline “Pencil and Paper. Redefined,” Noteslate seeks “to bring handwriting back to humankind” with the Shiro, whose “monochrome handwriting interface” [...]

Frankfurt Book Fair VP weighs in on US digital publishing record

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In an apparent effort to show that the Frankfurt Book Fair totally gets this new digital publishing thing, Frankfurt BF VP Holger Volland has held forth in Digital Book World on “The Evolution of US Digital Innovation in Publishing.” And he has some kind words for America’s [...]

Some things you should know about Amazon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 21, 2015 // 2 Comments

A series of articles and authoritative statements about Amazon have all surfaced more or less simultaneously, giving fresh perspective on the Bezos Behemoth, and where it may go from here. And also, on what kind of services you can expect from it in future – and whether all those knockers who [...]

Carnegie UK Trust provides funds for library innovation

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Carnegie UK Trust, “one of over twenty foundations established by Andrew Carnegie,” is releasing some £200,000 ($335,440) to help UK public libraries “future-proof their services.” According to the Trust, “the three year funding programme, ‘Carnegie Library [...]

Why don’t you write with that old book?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s a novel (no pun intended) use for that old unwanted book or printout – why not turn its paper into a writing instrument? That takes the whole concept of recycling one step further – and sure enough, this innovation is at concept stage only. But it appears very slick, as [...]

Next Big Book wins Book Expo Challenge – but should it have?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Publishing technology company Next Big Book has won the first-ever Book Expo Challenge at Book Expo America 2014, netting a $10,000 prize and the chance to present to venture capitalists and publishing execs. Next Big Books “analyzes social, sales, and marketing signals to help you make [...]

Icahn, Apple can’t?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn has put Apple fairly in his sights with a tweet and subsequent interviews that confirmed he has taken up a large position in the Cupertino giant’s stock – in the expectation of pushing it into escalating its share buyback program, which would deliver a [...]

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 [...]

Do agency-priced e-book royalties rob the authors?

By Chris Meadows
June 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

How does agency pricing affect author royalties? Sharp-eyed blogger Brian DeFiore spotted a clue in a slide from HarperCollins’s latest investors’ meeting pointing out that, under agency pricing and the now-standard 25% e-book royalty, publishers are making considerably more and authors [...]

A Lesson In Publishing Innovation, Direct from the Shopping Mall

By Joanna Cabot
December 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

I’m doing my holiday shopping this week, and it struck me how in some ways, the changes the publishing industry faces right now are a lot like the changes a family goes through as people evolve and grow. In my family, we don’t buy for adults but we do buy small presents for little [...]

Publishing will survive through innovation

By Chris Meadows
July 9, 2012 // 1 Comment

Is publishing “dying”? On FutureBook, Vicky Hartley expresses doubt. She points to a number of great new multimedia apps on tablets that demonstrate some publishers are finding ways to use the new capabilities of tablets to reach out to readers better than ever before. Heuristic Media’s [...]

10 challenges to innovation in publishing

By Paul Biba
July 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

That’s the title of an article by Sophie Rochester in The Literary Platform.  Here’s a sampling: … … While it’s the start-ups who appear to be more agile and bold when it comes to creating innovative digital publishing business models, our established publishers still hold [...]

The Dropbox cloud storage service as a disruptive innovation

By Chris Meadows
February 26, 2012 // 4 Comments

Venture capitalist Bill Gurley’s personal blog, Above the Crowd, has a post pointing out why Dropbox is a “major disruption” (that is, a disruptive innovation—”an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value [...]

Should education publishing try to innovate faster?

By Chris Meadows
February 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

On FutureBook, Shane Rae wonders if the education publishing industry is failing to innovate as it should. He describes the legacy model of education publishing, which involves prototyping, trial, feedback, and development to make sure that what gets published is completely finished before it sees [...]

Can bookstores welcome the ebook customer?

By Chris Walters
July 9, 2011 // 14 Comments

I’m writing this today from the coffee shop at a Borders, one of the superstore locations in the middle of the U.S. to survive the company’s recent bankruptcy and ensuing real estate culling. I was the first person in the store this morning, and in the past half hour nobody else has [...]

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