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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Publishing News: Consequences and questions from the Twitter kerfuffle

Publishing News: Consequences and questions from the Twitter kerfuffle
By Jenn Webb
August 3, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the publishing space this week. 20-20 hindsight On Sunday, Twitter suspended British journalist Guy Adams’ account after he tweeted NBC executive Gary Zenkel’s email address. Much kerfuffle ensued, Adams wrote …

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 …

Amazon as friend and foe

By Joe Wikert
July 3, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Greenleaf Book Group founder and CEO Clint Greenleaf shares a unique perspective on working with and competing against Amazon. He also addresses the DOJ lawsuit and offers thoughts on the future of ereaders.

Amazon as friend and foe

Amazon as friend and foe
By Joe Wikert
July 3, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Greenleaf Book Group founder and CEO Clint Greenleaf shares a unique perspective on working with and competing against Amazon. He also addresses the DOJ lawsuit and offers thoughts on the future of ereaders.

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

Why I haven't caught ereader fever
By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC

By Jenn Webb
May 4, 2012

B&N's Nook gets Microsoft's bankroll and will soon incorporate NFC, Amazon loses its shelf space at Target, and a publishing platform architect makes a strong argument for the end of ebooks.

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC
By Jenn Webb
May 4, 2012

B&N's Nook gets Microsoft's bankroll and will soon incorporate NFC, Amazon loses its shelf space at Target, and a publishing platform architect makes a strong argument for the end of ebooks.

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.

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon

By Jenn Webb
April 13, 2012

Amazon does a happy dance as five of the Big Six publishers and Apple are sued by the DoJ. Elsewhere, Yahoo looks to increase revenues with ebook ads, and B&N lights up its Nook.

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon
By Jenn Webb
April 13, 2012

Amazon does a happy dance as five of the Big Six publishers and Apple are sued by the DoJ. Elsewhere, Yahoo looks to increase revenues with ebook ads, and B&N lights up its Nook.

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."

Publishing News: Ereading on a landing plane

By Jenn Webb
March 23, 2012

Airline passengers in the U.S. may soon be allowed to use ereaders and tablets during takeoff and landing. In other news, O'Reilly's Joe Wikert reveals the power of direct sales, and the key phrase for news is "mobile."

Publishing News: Ereading on a landing plane

Publishing News: Ereading on a landing plane
By Jenn Webb
March 23, 2012

Airline passengers in the U.S. may soon be allowed to use ereaders and tablets during takeoff and landing. In other news, O'Reilly's Joe Wikert reveals the power of direct sales, and the key phrase for news is "mobile."

Direct sales uncover hidden trends for publishers

By Joe Wikert
March 22, 2012

A recent O'Reilly customer survey revealed unusual results (e.g. laptops/desktops remain popular ereading devices). These sorts of insights are made possible by O'Reilly's direct sales channel.

Direct sales uncover hidden trends for publishers

By Joe Wikert
March 22, 2012

A recent O'Reilly customer survey revealed unusual results (e.g. laptops/desktops remain popular ereading devices). These sorts of insights are made possible by O'Reilly's direct sales channel.

Direct sales uncover hidden trends for publishers

Direct sales uncover hidden trends for publishers
By Joe Wikert
March 22, 2012

A recent O'Reilly customer survey revealed unusual results (e.g. laptops/desktops remain popular ereading devices). These sorts of insights are made possible by O'Reilly's direct sales channel.

The ebook evolution

By Jenn Webb
February 29, 2012

Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. The final piece in a series looking at five of the major themes, here we take a look at the ebook evolution, from data on how readers acquire and consume ebooks to platform and format trends and predictions.

The ebook evolution

The ebook evolution
By Jenn Webb
February 29, 2012

Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. The final piece in a series looking at five of the major themes, here we take a look at the ebook evolution, from data on how readers acquire and consume ebooks to platform and format trends and predictions.

Publishing News: IPG says "no" to Amazon's new terms

By Jenn Webb
February 24, 2012

Amazon changes its terms and IPG says, "no, thank you" to an agreement renewal. Elsewhere, B&N ups the ereader ante, and brick-and-mortar bookstores cycle back to indies.

Publishing News: IPG says "no" to Amazon's new terms

Publishing News: IPG says
By Jenn Webb
February 24, 2012

Amazon changes its terms and IPG says, "no, thank you" to an agreement renewal. Elsewhere, B&N ups the ereader ante, and brick-and-mortar bookstores cycle back to indies.

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again

By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

One survey said ereader and tablet ownership doubled during the holidays; a second showed that Amazon may not be losing money on its Kindle Fire sales. Also, Amazon got a new print edition distributor and the library discussion elevated beyond ebooks.

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again
By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

One survey said ereader and tablet ownership doubled during the holidays; a second showed that Amazon may not be losing money on its Kindle Fire sales. Also, Amazon got a new print edition distributor and the library discussion elevated beyond ebooks.

A study confirms what we've all sensed: Readers are embracing ereading

By Jenn Webb
January 13, 2012

In this interview, Angela Bole of the Book Industry Study Group reviews results from the "Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading" study. She says the data looks good for publishers, assuming they can develop the right business models.

A study confirms what we've all sensed: Readers are embracing ereading

A study confirms what we've all sensed: Readers are embracing ereading
By Jenn Webb
January 13, 2012

In this interview, Angela Bole of the Book Industry Study Group reviews results from the "Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading" study. She says the data looks good for publishers, assuming they can develop the right business models.

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011

By Jenn Webb
December 28, 2011

It was a busy and sometimes bruising year for publishing as the industry continued its digital transformation. Here, we take a look at five of the biggest lessons from 2011.

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011
By Jenn Webb
December 28, 2011

It was a busy and sometimes bruising year for publishing as the industry continued its digital transformation. Here, we take a look at five of the biggest lessons from 2011.

Inside the German ebook market

By Jenn Webb
October 17, 2011

In this podcast, Max Franke of epubli sat down with Joe Wikert to discuss the ebook market in Germany. He says though the German digital publishing market is still small compared to the US, he expects it to grow as more tablets and ereaders enter the market.

Inside the German ebook market

Inside the German ebook market
By Jenn Webb
October 17, 2011

In this podcast, Max Franke of epubli sat down with Joe Wikert to discuss the ebook market in Germany. He says though the German digital publishing market is still small compared to the US, he expects it to grow as more tablets and ereaders enter the market.

Scrolling, flipping, and clicking

By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

There are more open questions and unresolved issues than solutions when it comes to digital screens and user experience, says Oliver Reichenstein of iA, Inc. In this interview, he addresses some of the major UX issues, talks about why iA Writer works and highlights some larger issues behind online news revenue problems.

Scrolling, flipping, and clicking

Scrolling, flipping, and clicking
By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

There are more open questions and unresolved issues than solutions when it comes to digital screens and user experience, says Oliver Reichenstein of iA, Inc. In this interview, he addresses some of the major UX issues, talks about why iA Writer works and highlights some larger issues behind online news revenue problems.

Giving kids access to almost any book in the world

By Jenn Webb
October 5, 2011

For many kids, Worldreader provides the only opportunity they may have to access books. In this interview, Worldreaders' Elizabeth Wood explains how ereaders and access can make a difference.

Giving kids access to almost any book in the world

Giving kids access to almost any book in the world
By Jenn Webb
October 5, 2011

For many kids, Worldreader provides the only opportunity they may have to access books. In this interview, Worldreaders' Elizabeth Wood explains how ereaders and access can make a difference.

Five digital design ideas from Windows 8

By Peter Meyers
September 20, 2011

Microsoft's Metro interface offers plenty for digital book designers to study. The best part? Whether or not Microsoft actually ships something that matches their demo, designers can benefit from the great thinking they've done.

Publishing News: Amazon and the sub-$300 tablet

By Jenn Webb
September 2, 2011

Can Amazon crack the $300 tablet barrier? Also, Stephen King's latest was available early to those with Klout, and the man who copyrighted "email" 29 years ago says email death notices are premature.

Searching in ebooks: A unique use case that requires a unique approach

By Peter Meyers
August 19, 2011

The current crop of ereaders handle ebook searching in a variety of ways — some are useful and creative, some aren't. Here, Pete Meyers looks at the state of ebook search and how it can be improved.

Searching in ebooks: A unique use case that requires a unique approach

Searching in ebooks: A unique use case that requires a unique approach
By Peter Meyers
August 19, 2011

The current crop of ereaders handle ebook searching in a variety of ways — some are useful and creative, some aren't. Here, Pete Meyers looks at the state of ebook search and how it can be improved.

Sometimes the questions are as enlightening as the answers

By Peter Meyers
August 5, 2011

If you're willing to accept the ambiguity, an answer of "I don't know" can launch intriguing possibilities. Here, Peter Meyers offers 10 open-ended questions about the shift from print to screen.

Sometimes the questions are as enlightening as the answers

Sometimes the questions are as enlightening as the answers
By Peter Meyers
August 5, 2011

If you're willing to accept the ambiguity, an answer of "I don't know" can launch intriguing possibilities. Here, Peter Meyers offers 10 open-ended questions about the shift from print to screen.

Publishing News: Newspapers finally test tablet-content bundle

By Jenn Webb
July 15, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Sister newspapers in Philadelphia announced a tablet program, Iriver launched an ereading device with the Google eBookstore on board, and Peter Meyers says digital can fix footnotes.

Publishing News: Newspapers finally test tablet-content bundle

Publishing News: Newspapers finally test tablet-content bundle
By Jenn Webb
July 15, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Sister newspapers in Philadelphia announced a tablet program, Iriver launched an ereading device with the Google eBookstore on board, and Peter Meyers says digital can fix footnotes.

Notes that don't break the reading flow

By Peter Meyers
July 14, 2011

When you move away from the passage you're currently reading to consult a note you lose your connection in a very literal way. The digital canvas provided by ebooks and ereaders can change this.

Notes that don't break the reading flow

Notes that don't break the reading flow
By Peter Meyers
July 14, 2011

When you move away from the passage you're currently reading to consult a note you lose your connection in a very literal way. The digital canvas provided by ebooks and ereaders can change this.

Publishing News: Survey finds ereader ownership doubled in six months

By Jenn Webb
July 1, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: U.S. readers are buying ereaders at a good clip, the 2012 election will be covered in realtime by a book publisher, and publishers can learn a couple things from JK Rowling.


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