Publishing Technologies and Solutions

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.

BEA’s Startup Challenge Brings Publishers and Technologists Together
May 29, 2015

Although it is only in its second year, BookExpo's Startup Challenge has become one of my favorite parts of BEA. For those unfamiliar with the Challenge, it pits tech startups that serve the publishing industry against one another over the course of two days. Each startup is required to pitch their service to a panel of judges and four finalists will pitch live on-stage to the BEA audience. The winner takes home $10,000 and an elevated status in the industry.

Buyer’s Guide 2015: Digital Conversion & Workflow Services
April 1, 2015

Few publishers are developing digital content alone. Partnerships are key for publishers to transition from print-centric production cycles to truly multi-channel production. Partnership may be as minimal as shipping print PDFs to a conversion service to create EPUB files or as involved as hiring an expert to implement a new production workflow.

State of The Audiobook: From Analog Origins To Digital & Beyond
April 1, 2015

I always refer to audio publishers as digital pioneers. Long before the rise of the ebook we sat in stuffy conference rooms and discussed the importance of good metadata and the best methods for file transfers or website downloads or digital sampling. With the turning of the 20th century and the introduction of this funky little device called the iPod the audiobook world was revolutionized