Technology

Should Educational Publishers Be Disruptors?
September 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve never warmed to the idea that disruption is a good thing in business. I’m not a fan of companies that set out to disrupt the industries in which they operate (take that, Jeff Bezos and Elizabeth Holmes) and I am particularly skeptical about those that set out to disrupt education,…

New York Public Library Installs High-Tech, Wall-Climbing Book-Train
September 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

The new conveyor system will open the week of October 3, ferrying books from the vast, subterranean archives beneath Bryant Park to researchers working in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The new system — installed utilizing an innovative design developed by global design firm Gensler — consists of 24…

Bibblio Uses AI-Powered Recommendations to Drive Reader Engagement & Learning
September 23, 2016 at 11:13 am

Taking its cue from media giants like Netflix, Facebook, and YouTube, startup Bibblio recognizes that high-quality recommendation is the future of content consumption. Bibblio wants to improve the quality of publisher recommendations by using artificial intelligence (AI) and transforming how readers discover learning content. The startup offers a B2B software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool that enables education…

Novel Effect Hopes to Inspire New Generation of Readers With Interactive Audio
September 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Novel Effect hopes to inspire a love of reading among children by adding audio and music to storybooks. The sounds are triggered as parents read the story out loud to their children. “Imagine reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and when you read ‘Let the wild rumpus start!’ your family is instantly hit with an…

7 Steps for Publishers to Get Started With Artificial Intelligence
August 31, 2016 at 8:00 am

Book Business' sister publication Publishing Executive is hosting a free webinar on September 15th called, "7 Steps for Publishers to Get Started With Artificial Intelligence." The webinar features publishers from UpOut and Chowhound and will reveal how these companies are incorporating AI technology into their marketing efforts. Read the complete webinar description below and register…

Why a West Coast Software Company Is Getting into Book Publishing
August 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm

When former Farrar, Straus and Giroux editor Jesse Coleman was looking to get back into publishing after spending years building a freelance editorial business, he found himself weighing opportunities at Big Five houses against a job at a software company. Hoping to get away from the isolation he felt as a freelancer, Coleman jumped at…

The Future of Educational Technology: How Edtech Is Still Ignoring its Biggest Market
August 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

Educational technology is booming. Technology is helping to redefine how we learn, obtain skills, and get credentialed. That value proposition has captured public attention and attracted record amounts of venture capital funding. But the vision for edtech is, and should be, much broader. After all, the education market serves not only to instruct but also…

Technology Is Not the Death of Deep Reading
August 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Last month, National Public Radio (NPR) announced a new reason for bibliophiles to celebrate. In an article about publishers returning to serialized fiction, Serial Box Publishing Co-Founder Julian Yap reiterates an all-too-common argument for why most Americans — three quarters of us, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll — don’t read books: not enough time.…