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STM Publishers Beware: The Hunt Is on for Plagiarized Images
August 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Plagiarism in the scientific community is not new, but has become a recurring theme in the past few years due to a few scandals both in STM journals and in publications that are more general. Why now? I can offer a few explanations. For one, there is greater pressure in the academic community to publish…

Alas, Why? - The Problem With Big Publishing Rejection Letters
May 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

One would think well-educated, literate people, such as those who are attracted to and working in book publishing, would be able to write a rejection letter without using the dreaded “alas” word. But it’s always there, in letters written by veterans and rookies alike. I’d like to suggest we break the pattern and either use…

Press Release: W3C and IDPF Officially Combine
February 1, 2017 at 8:59 am

1 February, 2017 — The vision to align Publishing and Web technologies and create a new roadmap for the future of publishing became official today with the announcement that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have combined organizations. W3C is the global standards organization that develops foundational Web…

Press Release: Datalogics Strengthens the Sony DADC URMS Solution with the Launch of the New Bookvia Reading Application
December 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

CHICAGO — December 16, 2016 — Datalogics, the premier source for PDF and ebook technologies, announces the release of Bookvia™, a new mobile reading solution integrated with Sony DADC’s User Rights Management System (URMS). Bookvia, an eReader app designed to support major DRM systems, allows users to consolidate their electronic publications in one application.  Bookvia…

Hachette Livre Acquires Majority Stake in Mobile App Company Brainbow
December 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Hachette Livre has acquired a majority stake in a London-based mobile app company, Brainbow Ltd. Brainbow, founded in 2012, created the brain-training app Peak, a mobile digital subscription service that has accrued 15m downloads around the world. It was named Apple's "Best App" in 2014, while Google Play chose it as its "Best Self Improvement App" in 2015 and 2016. Peak is also a Future Fifty…

Book-Choice App Alexi Aims to Free Readers from 'Algorithm Rabbit Hole'
December 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

It started as an idea at a kitchen table between friends frustrated by the limitations of algorithm-driven digital recommendations and star ratings of books that they believed had encouraged a “deep engagement with the shallow” over the last 10 years. Two years on, the founder of the Folio prize Andrew Kidd and Silicon Valley veteran…

Hachette Streamlines Apps Strategy
December 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Hachette UK has "canned" many of its apps to focus on "fewer and better" following its acquisition of mobile apps and games developer Neon Play in June, its chief executive Tim Hely Hutchinson has revealed. At the same time, he said in the future games could be as important to its business as children’s books or…

Amazon Rapids And the Dumbing-Down of Reading
November 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

At first I thought it was an SNL parody about ebooks for kids. We’re so addicted to info snacking, seemingly less able (and interested) in focusing on long form reading, so let’s create a new platform that helps foster even shorter attention spans for our kids. Amazon Rapids is nothing more than a series of…

PRH Launches Penguin Flipper Book Recommendation Tool
October 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Penguin Random House UK is launching Flipper, an online book recommendation engine, as part of a Christmas campaign to help customers choose the right Christmas present for loved ones. Penguin Flipper allows visitors to use filters — such as the age and personality of their loved ones, or the genre or setting of book — to…

It’s Time for Book Publishers to Overcome the Fear of Free
October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

Open the iBooks trending searches today and you’ll see that the majority of searches start with the word “Free.” This is a word well beloved by consumers and deeply feared by publishers, who understandably want to protect their authors and investments. Yet for consumers conditioned to expect free online content, any paywall can be viewed…

You Bought It, but You Don’t Own It
October 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm

The days of buying software, movies, and music albums on nifty plastic discs are about over. Soon media will be obsolete. Content—streaming and on-demand delivery of entertainment and software—will reign supreme. When consumers access one of these, they will do it over the internet, and when they buy a copy, it will increasingly be stored…

Penguin Random House Launches Unbound Worlds
September 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Penguin Random House unveils Unbound Worlds (, the successor online destination to Suvudu, dedicated to the literary worlds of science fiction and fantasy. The website will offer readers insight into books and authors from all publishers and occupy the crossroads of science fiction and fantasy, including slipstream, pop science, fairy tales and folklore, magical realism,…

Google Books Will Now Make Better Suggestions on What to Read Next
September 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

Google today is launching a new feature for Google Books which aims to offer a better challenge to Amazon’s Kindle app when it comes to helping you find new things to read. Called “Discover,” this new section in the Google Books application will help point users to new content, including both personalized suggestions as well as…

Embracing Technology and Arabic Culture, Lamsa App Gets Kids Reading
September 14, 2016 at 8:30 am

As the Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi and Ahmed Al Ameri have told us in their interviews for The Markets: Global Publishing Summit, the Arabic reading market is a youthful one, full of inquisitive young minds. A children’s book publisher herself, Bodour—founding CEO of Kalimat—has told Publishing Perspectives, “Our youthful population and consumers are demanding…

Cengage Reports OER May Triple in Use as Primary Courseware Within Five Years
September 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education have the potential to triple in use as primary courseware over the next five years, from 4 percent to 12 percent, according to a survey of more than 500 faculty by Cengage Learning. In addition, the use of OER for supplemental learning materials may nearly quadruple in size,…

Using Content Analytics to Demystify Online Publishing
September 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm

The rules of online publishing seem to shift daily. One minute publishers are being told long-form articles have no home on the web, yet recent data suggests long-form does well on mobile and social. This webinar will explore major trends in online publishing and what a closer look at data analytics say about these trends. Leading publishers will share how their unique audiences are behaving within the context of broader industry trends and how they’re using analytics to drive their content & audience development strategies.