Ebooks

An Interview with Valentina Kalk, Director at Brookings Institution Press
April 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

Between the conferences on Monday and the wrap-up parties on Thursday, the London Book Fair is always a hive of activity, bustling with publishing people. As is my annual habit, I had been perusing this year’s show, catching up with old friends and colleagues, attending seminars and chatting with the great and good of the…

Is URMS a New Model of Flexibility in Digital Books User Rights?
April 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Written by Nancy Panos, Director of Product Management, Datalogics At Digital Book World in January, I attended several very interesting sessions on industry data analytics including what people are reading, how they are reading, ideal demographics for library lenders, interesting facts about the rise in audiobooks, and eBook pricing and its impact on growth. It’s…

Tap Stories: Pros and Cons of Publishing Content Based on Existing Works
April 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

In this increasingly mobile world, more digital publishers are developing apps and content designed to be consumed on the small screens of mobile devices. The “tap story,” or a story in which readers tap their screens to progress through the narrative, is a form of mobile-first content rising in popularity. Often these tap stories include…

How Book Publishers Can Navigate the Death Squeeze
March 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm

The 2016 publishing sales data shared by Author Earnings at Digital Book World reminded me of all the times I have been the sad-sack tasked with managing the “death squeeze.” I went through it in the consumer photo business, the paper atlas business, and then the CD-ROM mapping software business. Each of these industries relied…

Benefits of Mobile Reading on the iPhone 7
February 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

I upgraded to the Apple iPhone 7 for Christmas and have already doubled my reading time. And most of that doubling is because my reading is now truly mobile. Let me offer some personal examples. My wife likes to shop. A lot. I do not. While she was shopping at Goodwill last week, I read…

Press Release: W3C and IDPF Officially Combine
February 1, 2017 at 8:59 am

1 February, 2017 — The vision to align Publishing and Web technologies and create a new roadmap for the future of publishing became official today with the announcement that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have combined organizations. W3C is the global standards organization that develops foundational Web…

Another Way Digital Could Complement Print Books: Print-to-Digital Highlights
January 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm

As I’ve said before, the publishing industry needs to get beyond the current “print or digital” mindset and instead explore ways for one to complement the other. Plenty of industry stats show that most readers are comfortable with either format and many prefer the convenience of switching between the two (e.g., reading the news digital…

The New Barnes & Noble Nooks Come with Free Malware
December 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Barnes & Noble began outsourcing its Nook e-readers a few years ago after a partnership with Samsung and their latest $50 Nook 7 android tablet, announced last month, shows us how that has worked out for them. Their latest e-reader includes ADUPS, a firmware that sends user data back to the manufacturer or an interested…

Libraries Are Dying – But It’s Not About the Books
December 22, 2016 at 4:00 am

Public libraries have had another bad year. They are like churches and local railways. People like having them around, and are angry if they close. But as for using them, well, there is so little time these days. The latest Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy figures on library closures are dire. In the…