Web Development

‘Experiences and Story’: PRH’s Dan Franklin on ‘Strata’ of Innovation
May 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Welcome to Strata, a new digital storytelling project by the versatile comics illustrator and designer Tommy Lee Edwards and the synth act I Speak Machine, produced by independent label Lex Records in partnership with Penguin Random House (PRH) UK and Google’s Editions At Play, on the homepage of which, the link to Strata calls it, “The book…

PRH, Simon & Schuster Embrace the Niche
April 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Another major trade publisher has launched a consumer-facing site, hoping to build a community of avid readers around its authors and titles. Yesterday Random House Germany announced the launch of romance-focused site Sinnliche Seiten or “Luscious Pages.” According to Publishing Perspectives, the site offers the latest romance news, book reviews, videos, and blogs. Readers can…

How Publishers Are Seizing the Online Learning Opportunity
April 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Editor's Note: On April 20th, Book Business' sister brand Publishing Executive will be hosting a free webinar that will explore the new revenue streams publishers are developing through paid, online learning. The webinar "Seizing the Online Learning Revenue Opportunity" will feature presentations from magazine publishers, but the lessons on audience development and digital content monetization…

Press Release: O'Reilly Media Debuts New Learning Platform Oriole Online Tutorials
March 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — March 21, 2016 — O'Reilly Media introduces Oriole Online Tutorials, a unique new medium that blends code, data, text, and video into a narrated learning experience with computable content. Oriole Online Tutorials run on HTML pages driven by Jupyter notebooks. "There are people who learn by reading, there are people who learn…

Press Release: Metrodigi Joins Forces with SPi Global to Expand Mobile and Digital Content Solutions
March 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm

MANILA, Philippines — March 8, 2016 — SPi Global, a leading technology-enabled digital content and customer relationship provider, is partnering with Metrodigi, creators of the cloud-based Chaucer authoring platform, to offer interactive digital content solutions and consultative services. SPi works closely with clients to understand their strategic goals, user research and product objectives, thereby delivering…

How Clearleft Created Penguin Random House’s Website
March 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Penguin Random House started life as the world’s largest English language publisher after £2.4 billion merger in 2013 and has since launched two new websites – one aimed at consumers and one at the corporate world. We chat to the founder and managing director of Brighton-based design agency Clearleft, Andy Budd, about how they created…

Press Release: Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google
February 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Farmington Hills, Mich., February 29, 2016 — Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily…

Publishers Need To Match The Amazon Experience To Grow D2C Sales
February 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

More than ever before, publishers are attempting to sell books directly to consumers. But, what if this trend plays right into Amazon’s hands? What if the effort to shift sales away from Amazon actually gives them more power? Could the direct-to-consumer (D2C) movement backfire and create a worse dynamic in the industry? We live in…