Technology

Why Hasn’t Scientific Publishing Been Disrupted Already?
October 27, 2016 at 10:53 am

Looking back on 2009, there was one particular note that seemed to sound repeatedly, resonating through the professional discourse at conferences and in posts throughout the blogosphere: the likelihood of disruptive change afoot in the scientific publishing industry. Here in the digital pages of the Scholarly Kitchen, for example, we covered John Wilbanks’ presentation at SSP IN and Michael Nielsen’s…

Press Release: Cengage Learning Launches Competency-Based Learning Platform
October 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm

WASHINGTON — October 25, 2016 — Learning Objects, a Cengage company, today announced the full release and availability of its Competency-Based Learning (CBL) Platform. Streamlining the development of competency-based programs, the platform is an end-to-end experience including competency dashboards, personalized learning activities, extended transcripts and evidence portfolios.  Designed to support programs built around learning goals…

Read It and Bleep: Is Virtual Reality the Future of Storytelling?
October 13, 2016 at 9:50 am

Two forces are sending shockwaves through the world of storytelling. The first is that digital technology now offers creative artists myriad platforms to tell their stories in new ways. “We are using code as the canvas,” says Charles Melcher, book publisher and founder of the inaugural Future of Storytelling festival. In other words, whatever you…

Should Educational Publishers Be Disruptors?
September 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve never warmed to the idea that disruption is a good thing in business. I’m not a fan of companies that set out to disrupt the industries in which they operate (take that, Jeff Bezos and Elizabeth Holmes) and I am particularly skeptical about those that set out to disrupt education,…

New York Public Library Installs High-Tech, Wall-Climbing Book-Train
September 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

The new conveyor system will open the week of October 3, ferrying books from the vast, subterranean archives beneath Bryant Park to researchers working in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The new system — installed utilizing an innovative design developed by global design firm Gensler — consists of 24…

Bibblio Uses AI-Powered Recommendations to Drive Reader Engagement & Learning
September 23, 2016 at 11:13 am

Taking its cue from media giants like Netflix, Facebook, and YouTube, startup Bibblio recognizes that high-quality recommendation is the future of content consumption. Bibblio wants to improve the quality of publisher recommendations by using artificial intelligence (AI) and transforming how readers discover learning content. The startup offers a B2B software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool that enables education…

Novel Effect Hopes to Inspire New Generation of Readers With Interactive Audio
September 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Novel Effect hopes to inspire a love of reading among children by adding audio and music to storybooks. The sounds are triggered as parents read the story out loud to their children. “Imagine reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and when you read ‘Let the wild rumpus start!’ your family is instantly hit with an…

7 Steps for Publishers to Get Started With Artificial Intelligence
August 31, 2016 at 8:00 am

Book Business' sister publication Publishing Executive is hosting a free webinar on September 15th called, "7 Steps for Publishers to Get Started With Artificial Intelligence." The webinar features publishers from UpOut and Chowhound and will reveal how these companies are incorporating AI technology into their marketing efforts. Read the complete webinar description below and register…

Why a West Coast Software Company Is Getting into Book Publishing
August 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm

When former Farrar, Straus and Giroux editor Jesse Coleman was looking to get back into publishing after spending years building a freelance editorial business, he found himself weighing opportunities at Big Five houses against a job at a software company. Hoping to get away from the isolation he felt as a freelancer, Coleman jumped at…