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Five trends signaling a bright future for ebooks

By Sanders Kleinfeld
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared on Medium; it is cross-posted here with permission. The writer is an O’Reilly employee, but he is expressing his personal views. We love his optimism about the future and wanted to share it with …

Five trends signaling a bright future for ebooks

By Sanders Kleinfeld
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared on Medium; it is cross-posted here with permission. The writer is an O’Reilly employee, but he is expressing his personal views. We love his optimism about the future and wanted to share it with …

Five trends signaling a bright future for ebooks

By Sanders Kleinfeld
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared on Medium; it is cross-posted here with permission. The writer is an O’Reilly employee, but he is expressing his personal views. We love his optimism about the future and wanted to share it with …

Four short links: 10 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2013

Sparkey — Spotify’s open-sourced simple constant key/value storage library, for read-heavy systems with infrequent large bulk inserts. The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling (Ted Chiang) — story about what happens when lifelogs become searchable. Now with Remem, finding …

Why ebooks & why green e-publishing?

By Deborah Emin
May 2, 2013

Perhaps you’ve also wondered why the publishing industry produces and distributes all the major climate science information available but doesn’t read it. If it did, publishing could become the standard bearer for global reduction of carbon footprints. This business challenge …

Three years of TOC at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

By Sarah Towle
April 11, 2013

O’Reilly Media took its Tools of Change in Publishing Conference to Italy for the first time in 2011, teaming up with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair organizers to focus on opportunities for children’s content in digital publishing. That year the …

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 …

Libraries to become community publishing portals

By Mark Coker
April 1, 2013

[Ed. note: The following first appeared on The Huffington Post. It has been reposted here with the author's permission.] Public libraries provide an essential community service by promoting literacy and a culture of reading. With the rise of ebooks, public …

Four short links: 21 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 21, 2013

The Obfuscation of Culture — Tumblr and LJ users sep ar ate w ords thr ou gh o dd spacin g in o rde r to fo ol sea rc h en g i nes. Chinese users hide political messages …

Building an ebook business around analytics

By Hugh McGuire
March 20, 2013

AskMen, “the leading online magazine for men,” has just launched an ebook publishing program, using the PressBooks Publisher Platform to manage the front-end catalog/website, and back-end ebook production. In the year-and-a-bit since PressBooks launched publicly, we’ve worked with many traditional …

The book as a standard of quality

By François Joseph de Kermadec
March 13, 2013

Publishers have long commandeered respect for the quality of their work. Traditional processes may be cumbersome, reliant as they are on an infinity of minute, specialised steps, but they have helped maintain consistently high standards, at ever-lower prices. Authors may …

Used ebooks: Why your assumptions are wrong and the opportunity is huge

By Joe Wikert
March 11, 2013

Amazon has a patent and now Apple does too. I’m talking about the techniques both companies might use to let you resell your digital content. They join ReDigi, who already offers a platform to resell your digital music. Ebooks are next, of course, …

Four short links: 8 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 8, 2013

mlcomp — a free website for objectively comparing machine learning programs across various datasets for multiple problem domains. Printing Code: Programming and the Visual Arts (Vimeo) — Rune Madsen’s talk from Heroku’s Waza. (via Andrew Odewahn) What Data Brokers Know …

PlayTales one year later

By Kate Shoaf
March 5, 2013

In March 2012, Joe Wikert posted an interview with a new bookstore app startup called PlayTales. Since then the app market has continued to grow, and PlayTales along with it.  My name is Kate Shoaf, PlayTales’ PR and communications manager, and I’d …

How can we redefine the book?

By François Joseph de Kermadec
March 4, 2013

A book may no longer be a physical object, but its ordinary definition remains straightforward as a “written composition that is intended for publication”. Traditional or digital, we feel confident in our ability to recognise a book. We barely remember …

The People’s EBook

By Kat Meyer
March 1, 2013

“What the photocopier was to zines, we hope the People’s E-Book will be to digital books.” – Greg Albers Working for TOC, I meet and talk to people from all over the world who are doing incredible things to transform …

Four short links: 1 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 1, 2013

Drone Journalism — two universities in the US have already incorporated drone use in their journalism programs. The Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska and the Missouri Drone Journalism Program at the University of Missouri both teach journalism …

The publishing industry has a problem, and EPUB is not the solution

By Jani Patokallio
February 26, 2013

This article contains my personal views, not those of my employer Lonely Planet. I’ll be blunt. Ebooks and EPUB are to the publishing industry what Blu-Ray is to the movie industry: a solution to yesterday’s problem made irrelevant by broader …

Losing the book as a symbol

By François Joseph de Kermadec
February 20, 2013

Transitioning the publishing industry to digital technologies involves lifting the words out of printed pages, and pouring them into the amorphous containers we call ebooks. Books are no longer the tangible, brick-shaped presence they were: they must, instead, be stretched …

…and along with EPUB 3: New CSS!

By Nellie McKesson
February 11, 2013

Hopefully you all read Sanders Kleinfeld’s great writeup about O’Reilly’s move to EPUB 3, and the changes and challenges that brings. Along with updating our toolchain, we also revisited our EPUB design and took a stab at improving the user …

Book Publishing Unbound

By Neil Ayres
February 6, 2013

Brand Perfect’s new report looks at how traditional publishers are contending with the challenges being brought about by increasingly fragmentary digital publishing, and highlights some of the most successful commercial projects that are responding to them. On the state of …

Ebooks and the future of research

By François Joseph de Kermadec
February 6, 2013

Knowledge cannot progress unless it is aware of its past: a knowledge-seeker must reference the works of previous generations. Literary scholars return to manuscripts, musicians to partitions, artists to museums… The continued availability of reference works underpins our entire research …

The four stages of the “Spotify for eBooks” adoption model

By Justo Hidalgo
February 5, 2013

During the 2013 edition of the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference in New York City, I will be participating in a panel that has been called ‘The Elusive Netflix of eBooks‘. The title implies the notion that a subscription service …

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 …

A Publisher’s Job Is to Provide a Good API for Books

By Hugh McGuire
February 1, 2013

Intro Here is a radical statement: A publisher’s job is to provide good APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for their books. Now that almost all books are made into digital products (that is, ebooks), good publishers of the future will be …

Publishing News: Tech industry history could inform bookstores’ road to recovery

By Jenn Webb
December 7, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. Bookstore lessons and opportunities from the tech industry Brick-and-mortar bookstores arguably have taken the biggest hit thus far as the publishing industry struggles through its …

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 …

Four short links: 26 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 26, 2012

High Levels of Burnout in US Drone Pilots (NPR) — 17 percent of active duty drone pilots surveyed are thought to be “clinically distressed.” The Air Force says this means the pilots’ stress level has crossed a threshold where it’s …

Three questions for…Christian Damke of Skoobe

By Joe Wikert
November 16, 2012

This short interview with Christian Damke of Skoobe is a preview to the the Elusive ‘Netflix of Ebooks‘ session he’s part of at TOC NY 2013 in February.  Use the discount code below to register for the event and learn …

Creating reader community with open APIs

By Leonhard Dobusch
November 15, 2012

I spoke at the “Frankfurt Digital Night” at this year’s Frankfurt Book fair, making essentially three points (see slides embedded below): first, publishing requires – and has always required – a commitment to creating and courting communities of readers. Second, there …

Wiley & O’Reilly Media sign ebook distribution deal

By Joe Wikert
November 15, 2012

I’ve mentioned before that O’Reilly’s direct ebook channel is an extremely important sales outlet for us. We want our content to be in all stores but the direct channel is pretty much the only one where we can establish an …

TOC’s Global Ebook Market report

By Joe Wikert
November 8, 2012

One year ago that we published the first edition of our Global Ebook Market report. We focused on the major English language territories but also featured coverage of several other popular languages as well. A lot has changed in the …

TOC Trifecta: This week’s must-reads (10/11/12)

By Joe Wikert
October 11, 2012

Shakespeare for the rest of us — Thanks to the new Sourcebooks product I might even be able to understand Shakespeare now. Rethinking discovery – It’s not about bestsellers but it does require both curation and algorithms. Five stages of publishing …

Where are the apps for ereaders?

By Joe Wikert
August 7, 2012

I read on my GlowLight NOOK much more frequently than I read on my Asus Transformer tablet. I’d say there’s at least a 10:1 differential, so for every hour I read on my tablet I read at least 10 hours …

New life for used ebooks

By Joe Wikert
July 31, 2012

This post originally appeared on Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog (“The Used Ebook Opportunity“). This version has been lightly edited. I’ve got quite a few ebooks in two different accounts that I’ve read and will never read again. I’ll bet …

Publishing News: Subscription experiments and the dangers of paving cow paths

Publishing News: Subscription experiments and the dangers of paving cow paths
By Jenn Webb
July 13, 2012

TED and Next Issue wade into subscription sales models, Anna Lewis admonishes the ebook publishing industry for being oblivious to web opportunities, and two industry writers look into publishing's future.

Amazon, ebooks and advertising

By Joe Wikert
May 29, 2012

Amazon already sells ads on the Kindle. Joe Wikert explains why ad-supported ebooks are a logical next step for the company.

Amazon, ebooks and advertising

Amazon, ebooks and advertising
By Joe Wikert
May 29, 2012

Amazon already sells ads on the Kindle. Joe Wikert explains why ad-supported ebooks are a logical next step for the company.

Why I can't shake my ereader

By Joe Wikert
May 14, 2012

Ereaders are now commodities — improvements are incremental at best — but the fundamental qualities of these devices still make them compelling.

Why I can't shake my ereader

By Joe Wikert
May 14, 2012

Ereaders are now commodities — improvements are incremental at best — but the fundamental qualities of these devices still make them compelling.

B&N and Microsoft: The potential beyond digital

By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

Joe Wikert: Microsoft should use its investment in B&N's digital business to create an end-to-end consumer experience that rivals Apple's.

B&N and Microsoft: The potential beyond digital

By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

Joe Wikert: Microsoft should use its investment in B&N's digital business to create an end-to-end consumer experience that rivals Apple's.

Join us in celebrating International Day Against DRM

By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

A DRM-free world is one where retailers will find it much harder to create a monopolistic position that locks you into their device or format.

Join us in celebrating International Day Against DRM

Join us in celebrating International Day Against DRM
By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

A DRM-free world is one where retailers will find it much harder to create a monopolistic position that locks you into their device or format.

What if ebook DRM goes away tomorrow?

By Joe Wikert
April 27, 2012

Abandoning DRM won't change the publishing landscape unless B&N, Kobo and others force the issue through innovative devices and apps. In fact, Joe Wikert says that same innovation can occur with or without DRM — so why wait?

What if ebook DRM goes away tomorrow?

By Joe Wikert
April 27, 2012

Abandoning DRM won't change the publishing landscape unless B&N, Kobo and others force the issue through innovative devices and apps. In fact, Joe Wikert says that same innovation can occur with or without DRM — so why wait?

Four short links: 16 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 16, 2012

Peter Thiel's Class 4 Notes -- in perfect competition, marginal revenues equal marginal costs. So high margins for big companies suggest that two or more businesses might be combined: a core monopoly business (search, for Google), and then a bunch of other various efforts (robotic cars, TV, etc.). Cash builds up because it turns out that it doesn’t cost...

The sorry state of ebook samples, and four ways to improve them

By Joe Wikert
April 13, 2012

Joe Wikert: "My gut tells me the revenue missed by not converting samples into sales is a much larger figure than the revenue lost to piracy. And yet, the publishing industry spends a small fortune every year in DRM but treats samples as an afterthought."

The sorry state of ebook samples, and four ways to improve them

By Joe Wikert
April 13, 2012

Joe Wikert: "My gut tells me the revenue missed by not converting samples into sales is a much larger figure than the revenue lost to piracy. And yet, the publishing industry spends a small fortune every year in DRM but treats samples as an afterthought."

Four short links: 9 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 10, 2012

E-Reading/E-Books Data (Luke Wroblewski) -- This past January, paperbacks outsold e-books by less than 6 million units; if e-book market growth continues, it will have far outpaced paperbacks to become the number-one category for U.S. publishers. Combine that with only 21% of American adults having read a ebook, the signs are there that readers of ebooks buy many more...


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