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Accessible user interfaces

By Everett Zufelt
April 17, 2013

For readers in a digital age, interaction with content is ubiquitous. We no longer interact with content through paper, e-readers, or tailored apps alone, but via millions of digital products and web properties designed to streamline our consumption. In recent …

Digital publishing and the loss of intimacy

By François Joseph de Kermadec
April 9, 2013

Reading used to be an intimate experience. Even Amazon, the pioneer in digital publishing, branded its Kindle with a child reading alone under a tree. Books were specially designed to disappear into the background as much as possible, helped by …

Applying “Great by Choice” to publishing

By Michael Foy
February 27, 2013

I don’t think it’s news that most publishers are struggling with the same changes that accosted the music industry a few years ago. Shrinking demand for traditional products coupled with very specific needs for digital content. Challenging times are testing …

Borne Digital: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

By Kat Meyer
February 4, 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile …

Speaking as a publishing recruiter and author

By Michael Foy
January 23, 2013

Mining dollars from the digital age. It’s what every publisher is concerned with lately. In my day job as recruiter, as I like to say, I’ve clinically observed publishers struggling with the new realities. By night, as I assume my …

TOC 2013 Start-up Showcase semi-finalists announced

By Kat Meyer
January 7, 2013

This year we’re having the publishing community help us determine the 10 finalists who will come to TOC in New York to show off their product/service. Starting today, an online voting site will be open to the public. Voters will …

Are we solving customer problems?

By Gus Balbontin
December 4, 2012

This article contains my personal views, not those of my employer Lonely Planet. The challenge the publishing industry faces today is complex. Against centuries of industry inertia and decades of business momentum, the job of transforming publishing is demanding to …

New ethics for a new world

By Alistair Croll
October 15, 2012

Since the first of our ancestors chipped stone into weapon, technology has divided us. Seldom more than today, however: a connected, always-on society promises health, wisdom, and efficiency even as it threatens an end to privacy and the rise of …

The miracle of a thumbnail image from Mars

By Julie Steele
August 6, 2012

Last night, I stayed up late to watch the NASA livestream of the Curiosity rover landing. It seems to have been an unmitigated success: each step of the entry and landing process, even that crazy sky-crane maneuver, was performed flawlessly. …

Depth and immersion give static print images new digital life

By Joe Wikert
June 21, 2012

In this TOC podcast, medical illustrator Laura Maaske talks about creating digital imagery, the move from print to digital, and how publishers need to adjust their thinking.

Depth and immersion give static print images new digital life

Depth and immersion give static print images new digital life
By Joe Wikert
June 21, 2012

In this TOC podcast, medical illustrator Laura Maaske talks about creating digital imagery, the move from print to digital, and how publishers need to adjust their thinking.

State of the Computer Book Market, part 5: Wrap-Up and Digital

By Mike Hendrickson
April 10, 2012

The fifth and final post in the 2011 "State of the Computer Book Market" report examines digital content purchase patterns and e-distribution channels.

State of the Computer Book Market, part 5: Wrap-Up and Digital

State of the Computer Book Market, part 5: Wrap-Up and Digital
By Mike Hendrickson
April 10, 2012

The fifth and final post in the 2011 "State of the Computer Book Market" report examines digital content purchase patterns and e-distribution channels.

Where Do Digital & Printed Picture Books Come From - What's the Inspiration, the Process from Idea to Print to Digital

By William Stanek
January 9, 2012

Picture books are a misunderstood art and I want to take you behind the scenes to demystify the process by taking you from idea to print. When you're the creator, writer, and producer of an illustrated book some people think that you can sit down write, draw, revise, and poof! out comes a finished product in a few days or weeks. That's not so, the creative process for picture books and the work involved is substantial, and considerably different from traditional, non-illustrated books. To see exactly how, let's look at the creative process for one of my recent picture books: Pirates Stole My Booty.

Now available: "Breaking the Page" preview edition

By Peter Meyers
December 13, 2011

The three chapters in the free preview edition of "Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience" focus on browsing, searching, and navigating.

2010 State of the Computer Book Market, Post 5 - Wrap-Up and Digital

By Mike Hendrickson
February 23, 2011

In this final post, (Posts 1-4 are found here), I will provide a summary of the first four posts, provide some insight into a view of top Authors, and include some data on electronic books and how parts of the digital world are surpassing the print world.

2010 State of the Computer Book Market, Post 5 - Wrap-Up and Digital

By Mike Hendrickson
February 23, 2011

In this final post, (Posts 1-4 are found here), I will provide a summary of the first four posts, provide some insight into a view of top Authors, and include some data on electronic books and how parts of the digital world are surpassing the print world.

Reports of marginalia's demise have been exaggerated

By Jenn Webb
February 23, 2011

As The New York Times bemoans the death of marginalia, forward thinking members of the publishing community have visions of a new digital revenue stream.

Reports of marginalia's demise have been exaggerated

Reports of marginalia's demise have been exaggerated
By Jenn Webb
February 23, 2011

As The New York Times bemoans the death of marginalia, forward thinking members of the publishing community have visions of a new digital revenue stream.

MySQL 2009 conference wrap-up: news flash about Flash and other notes from the experts

MySQL 2009 conference wrap-up: news flash about Flash and other notes from the experts
By Andy Oram
April 24, 2009

MySQL conference wrap-up: Flash, cloud computing, managing large installations, the value of community, and how to fumble your way to winning the presidency.

Looking under what rises to the top: personal information in online searches

Looking under what rises to the top: personal information in online searches
By Andy Oram
December 10, 2008

The search for self remains a powerful force, driving the flood of social networks, microblogging, and the posting of photos and videos to the Web. The urge toward self-definition exerts itself also when we search for information on other people--and that's where it becomes a problem.


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