Web Development

Harlequin Launches BookClubbish, a New Site to Discuss And Share Books
June 8, 2015

Harlequin imprint MIRA Books has announced the launch of BookClubbish, a new site designed to share book and pop-culture related content with readers, booksellers, librarians, book bloggers and book clubs. Erika Imranyi, Executive Editor at MIRA Books said of the launch: "Everybody on the MIRA team loves books and chatting about their current reads. That passion spurred us to create a site that brings the same conversation to others who feel similarly. And it's why BookClubbish embraces books by other publishers, not just our own titles

CEO Allen Lau Explains How Wattpad Will Monetize Its ‘Hockey Stick Growth’
May 20, 2015

Whenever I speak with VCs about the next Canadian company they think will blow up on the global stage, the first word out of their mouth is usually "Wattpad." With over 40 million users and 125 million stories uploaded to the storytelling social platform, Wattpad might already be there.

On the most recent episode of BNN's The Disruptors, Wattpad CEO Allen Lau spoke with Amber Kanwar about how the company can monetize its hockey stick growth. While Lau claimed that getting Wattpad profitable "doesn't make sense right now,"

Converting From InDesign to Kindle
May 12, 2015

The basic InDesign to Kindle workflow is to export the INDD file to EPUB (Reflowable), edit the contents of the EPUB file to optimize the markup for KF8, then convert the modified EPUB to KF8 format with Kindle Previewer. Following are some of the edits that Callahan suggests you might want to make to the EPUB file before converting it to Kindle.

SXSW Interactive 2015: More Relevant Than Ever
March 19, 2015

A year doesn't pass without someone asking me: Is South By SouthWest (SXSW) really worth it? After five years of SXSW Interactive, my team and I still maintain that it is. While Interactive started as the place we went to glimpse the near and not-so-near future, to expand our thinking, and to consider the possibilities ahead, it has also become the place to get hands-on with the here and now. It is impossible to leave SXSW without being excited, hopeful, and perhaps just a little bit terrified (isn't the unknown always a bit scary?).

Literary Hub Wants to Bring Together Everything Literary on the Internet
March 18, 2015

Listening to Morgan Entrekin is a shot of adrenaline for anybody concerned about literary culture. "Independent publishing is the healthiest I've ever seen it," said the president and publisher of Grove Atlantic, who recently passed 60 like a marathoner in the third mile.

Far from planning his retirement, he's about to launch his most ambitious project ever: Literary Hub, a new Web site that attempts to bring together everything literary on the Internet. After more than a year of a planning, LitHub.com will go live on April 8

The Fanfiction Boom Is Reshaping the Power Dynamic Between Creators & Consumers
March 17, 2015

Once exiled to obscure corners of the internet, fanfiction - amateur fiction based on characters from preexisting works or real-life celebrities - has lately become a force driving popular culture. As Proulx realized, fans these days aren't satisfied to just sit back and consume. They want to participate. They want to create. And they don't want to wait for anyone else's permission to do it. Millions of fanfiction stories have been uploaded onto vast online archives where other fans read, rate, and comment on them.

China's Amazon? Tencent and Shanda to Merge Online Publishing and Ebook Services
March 17, 2015

Two of China's largest online publishing companies announced this week that they will merge, creating what some have called the 'Amazon of eBooks'.

Tencent Literature and Shanda Cloudary will become Yuewen Group, the country's largest online publishing and eBook company.

With 1,200 employees and more than three million books, the new company expects to attract around 100 million readers generating more than 200 million yuan (US$31.9 million) per year, said Yuewen CEO Wu Wenhui.

Pearson Monitors Social Media During PARCC Testing, Raising Privacy Concerns
March 16, 2015

Pearson, the world's largest education company, is monitoring social media during the administration of the new PARCC Common Core test to detect any security breaches, and a spokeswoman said that it was "obligated" to alert authorities when any problems were discovered.

The superintendent of a New Jersey school district wrote an e-mail to colleagues (see below) about the monitoring, saying that she found the practice "a bit disturbing."