Publishing Technologies and Solutions

Be Inspired By Online Media When Designing Digital Books
September 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm

As book publishers adapt to a world where both print and digital editions are desirable to readers, it is important for us to focus on formatting the content in a way that best suits how it is being read. But what readers, authors, publishers, and retailers often forget...

Big Ideas & Uncovering the Truisms of Publishing
September 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm

I like big ideas. I particularly like them as opposed to predictions. Predictions tend to be specific and are usually wrong. Big ideas are like a friendly guide showing us the way, never allowing us to wander too far off the path. They stand true to the test of time. I have two theorems that…

News Corp.'s Amplify Education Experiment: What Went Wrong?
August 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm

News Corp. is putting its Amplify electronic learning platform and curriculum up for sale because the new school year selling season flopped and the rush to digital tools never materialized. Was the demise due to educational institutions' reluctance to change or fatal flaws with Amplify? Amplify, a News Corp. business unit that aimed to reinvent…

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Ebook and Technology Assets from MeeGenius
August 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt made significant strides in its direct-to-consumer strategy yesterday with the acquisition of ebook and technology assets from the ebook subscription service MeeGenius. MeeGenius offers a library of 700 picture books geared toward young readers up to 8 years old. The acquisition increases HMH's digital content for young readers and establishes a direct…

ALA San Francisco in Review
July 7, 2015

To coincide with the conference, ALA released its own National Policy Agenda for Libraries, developed by an advisory committee of major library organizations. The two major thrusts of the document, which provides a framework for advocacy, are around capacity building and advancing the public interest. Under the rubric of the first come the core areas of library impact (and outcome measurement): education and learning, employment and entrepreneurship, health and wellness, government information services (which includes providing access to the social safety net), heritage and history.

What the Hell Happens at a Publishing Hackathon?
June 29, 2015

Last week I described a "hackathon" as the book world's equivalent of a sporting event...well, having attended the CODEX Hackathon organized by Plympton to coincide with the American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco this past weekend - I can tell you that was far from the truth. For starters, it is very quiet. If I were to try and belabor the analogy, I would say that is is probably like the LeMans 24-hour road race, albeit without the roar of engines

Querium Tackles the Mobile Problem in Digital Education
June 9, 2015

This year's BookExpo America Startup Challenge winner was a bit of a dark horse, at least according to its co-founder, president and CEO Kent A. Fuka. "I was concerned about our chances because we're primarily in the education sector and BookExpo isn't really an education-focused conference." There was no need to worry, as Querium -- an adaptive learning software that takes users step by step through math and science problems -- took home the top prize of $10,000 and a free exhibit space at BEA 2016 in Chicago.