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Denis Wilson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Executive, Printing Impressions' sister publication that covers the magazine publishing business.

“For a while Tuesday, Silicon Valley turned off its Flash. Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome browsers blocked old versions Adobe’s  animation software—often used to play online videos—following news reports that hackers were using a security bug to take over peoples’ computers.” – MarketWatch. The TeleRead take: Yes, it’s long past time to retire Flash. And if […]

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Silicon Valley Needs To Be More Willing To Talk Openly About Failures (Techdirt) This is Silicon Valley’s stupid secret that really should be discussed more openly. Lots of startups fail. It happens all the time. *** LA School District Wants Refunds for Education iPads (Boing Boing) They paid nearly $1000 each for 44,000 iPads loaded […]

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Amazon.com has opened an online presence on rival Alibaba's Tmall superstore, according to Reuters and other outlets citing an Alibaba spokesman. Amazon and Alibaba are both prodigious online retailers and rivals and both are eying the other's turf. Earlier this week Aliyun, Alibaba's online services arm, opened a cloud data center in Silicon Valley, its first presence in the U.S. Aliyun is seen as a competitor to cloud giant Amazon Web Services.

Gittins considers Blurb to be less a publishing company than a technology one. Blurb's software, BookWright, provides customers with easy-to-use templates, and the ability to use plugins for Adobe tools like InDesign to enable further customization. The finished book file can be outputted as both an ebook and print book. For distribution, Blurb provides an ecommerce platform that enables customers to distribute directly to their contacts, as well as through Amazon, Ingram, or the Apple iBookstore. Print books can be printed on-demand for small runs or offset for large runs,

As is clear from the editorial coverage in this issue of Book Business, the industry is abuzz with talk of the new subscription economy and its impact on how books are discovered, accessed, and monetized. If this is the discussion that has taken center stage, in the wings persists a rumbling over how new technologies and content platforms are affecting the very nature of the book as we know it.

Tablo is a book publishing platform and online reading community that is beginning to make its mark on the industry. Like Wattpad, Tablo allows authors to share their in-progress works with readers and gather feedback to improve those works. The big difference, says founder Ash Davies, is that Tablo can help authors design, monetize, and distribute their work. Below Davies describes how Tablo intends to put publishing power in authors' hands.

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