A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment. "You can't get the spirit and the intent of the author," says the 46-year-old systems analyst and avid cook from Arlington, Virginia. "You can get 100 recipes that cover the Italian regions, but that doesn't make it an Italian cookbook."
Today, MetaMetrics®, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, announced that HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Young Readers (a U.S. division of Penguin Random House) and Random House Children's Books (a U.S. division of Penguin Random House) will be providing Lexile® measures for many of their titles. With MetaMetrics' existing text measurement agreements with Simon & Schuster and Macmillan Publishers, MetaMetrics has now secured text measurement agreements with four out of five of the major trade book publishing companies in the United States.
The concept behind augmented reality books is simple: a physical book contains many elements that elude the human eye, only visible through the use of various apps, gadgets and other devices. Sony's PlayStation 3 "game" Wonderbook, for example, came with a stocky hardback, a camera, a "Move" control wand and a series of disks. Sitting in front of a TV with the book, the player could see themselves and their surroundings on screen.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, New York, NY: Leading ebook technology company Vook today launched Author Control, a daily market intelligence dashboard that allows authors to track the sales and unit downloads of their books in Amazon, Amazon KDP, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life, CreateSpace, Smashwords, Google, and Samsung, and display their results in a secure, easy-to-use online and mobile-accessible dashboard. Learn more about the new service at http://vook.com.
Publishers Bruce Shaw and Adam Salomone of Harvard Common Press invest in food tech startups and have built a new business model along the way.
Concrete data compiled by the book industry experts at Bowker will be released later this week, but are expected to demonstrate that not only is self-publishing continuing to grow in popularity, but also the the recent wave of self-publishing successes are actually fueling the traditional publishing industry as well.
In short, the imprint is an imprint of authors. They all share a love of language beautifully used, a gift of storytelling and a passion for their subjects. It has been marvelous to see the readers of these superb writers increase through the years. Eventually Pat Conroy followed, even though I had only become his editor with "The Prince of Tides" at Houghton, where all his previous novels were published—he was truly a house author but had had a different editor for each book. However, we worked very well together.