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Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers
June 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Just ahead of the back-to-school season, Amazon plans to make a major foray into the education technology market for primary and secondary schools, a territory that Apple, Google and Microsoft have heavily staked out. Monday morning, Amazon said that it would introduce an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and…

Can Children Learn on Digital Devices? That’s the Wrong Question.
June 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm

One of the issues that troubles parents and educators alike is the question of whether children can learn to read on digital devices, or if they need to read good old-fashioned books in order to become literate. Many people have strong views on both sides of this issue, but the relevant research is inconclusive. Along…

TaleHunt Taps Flash Fiction Trend, Publishing Stories 250 Characters Long
June 8, 2016 at 10:22 am

Co-founder and CMO Aby Mathew says that the TaleHunt app is breaking new ground in literature, championing very short stories or “flash fiction” for aspiring and professional authors. The app, which launched in January and has about 10,000 users, is the first dedicated platform for flash fiction, limiting stories to just 250 characters. Mathew says…

The Blending of Books & Video Games Points to Future of Storytelling
June 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm

It was called “the end of days” for literature. Bold doomsaying letters across headlines predicted that with the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the era of books would meet its untimely end, and the larger publishing world would be rendered obsolete. But traditional books didn’t die—they simply fled into the digital world and returned with new…

‘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…

Academic Publishing Meets Open Access
May 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

If you want to read an article from the Journal of Financial Economics, and you don't have a subscription or access to a library that does, publisher Elsevier will charge you $39.95. For one article! Don't despair, though. You can also just go to the Social Science Research Network, where drafts -- in some cases…

The Future of Ebook Annotations Is Near & the Possibilities Are Endless
May 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

“The typical experience with digital books these days is pretty terrible,” said Dan Whaley, CEO of Hypothes.is, during the opening remarks of an IDPF DigiCon session on Wednesday. “We can read books on a Kindle, tablet, and online and that’s great, but our ability to collaborate with other people while doing that is essentially nonexistent.”…

What the Inventor of the World Wide Web Sees for the Future of Ebooks
May 11, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 with the goal of making content on the internet interoperable and accessible, and today it is the primary way that people access the internet. Berners-Lee, keynote speaker at IDPF DigiCon @ BEA 2016, has a similar vision for the ebook and believes that publishers can…

How to Manage the Digital Development Process
May 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

In this post-digital age, publishers are in a position to reach audiences across many different devices and digital platforms and package their products in increasingly creative ways. Stories can be brought to life through interactive ebooks, games, mobile apps, and more. These channels offer powerful ways to monetize content, grow loyal audiences, and stay competitive…

HarperCollins Inexplicably Turns to Bookshout to Offer Ebook Downloads
May 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

If there’s one thing readers love it’s extra reading apps on their iOS and Android devices. A few years ago there were about a dozen – apps for long-form writing, apps for books, apps that let publishers monetize (not really) by offering their own downloads. Now there’s Kindle. And, we learn today in a press…

Six Challenges that Juggernaut, the Phone-Based Publishing Company, Must Overcome
May 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Sunny Leone has probably never faced such a challenge in her life. Being at the vanguard of Juggernaut’s audacious new publishing venture — all you can read, but on a smartphone app — she will now show the way for whether the company set up by Chiki Sarkar with Durga Raghunath will be a success.…

The Survey Says – Without XML You’re Leaving Money on the Table
May 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and the Center for Informational Development (CIDM) asked publishers how they are developing and publishing their content in our 4th annual survey, “Following the Trends.” With close to 350 participants ranging from writers to content strategists, information architects, and publishers, the breadth of knowledge and insight was prodigious. Each year this…

Cengage’s Michael Hansen: He’d Like to Teach the World
April 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm

As trade publishing industry specialists focus on their own progress and challenges, you often catch a voice somewhere in the room saying something along the lines of, “We could sure learn a lot from somebody in the educational sector about now.” Michael E. Hansen is just such a person, not least because prior to becoming…

Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read
April 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Our favorite Woody Allen joke is the one about taking a speed-reading course. “I read ‘War and Peace’ in 20 minutes,” he says. “It’s about Russia.” The promise of speed reading — to absorb text several times faster than normal, without any significant loss of comprehension — can indeed seem too good to be true.…

The Triumph of the Serial
April 15, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Thursday brings the launch of Julian Fellowes’s new novel. It’s called Belgravia, and it reads, from its description, as extremely Downton Abbey-esque: “Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche,” the announcement goes, “Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters.” There…

Ebook App Applies Gaming Ecommerce Model to Mobile Reading
April 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm

San Francisco–based Tapas Media, founded in 2012 by Chang Kim, offers bite-size content through an online mobile platform. Its first venture, Tapastic, a webcomics site providing access to more than 16,000 creators and 270,000 individual comics, is the leading online publishing platform and community for comics. Tapastic counts one million active readers, primarily in North…

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…