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Four short links: 14 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2013

bookcision — bookmarklet to download your Kindle highlights. (via Nelson Minar) Algorithm for a Perfectly Balanced Photo Gallery — remember this when it comes time to lay out your 2013 “Happy Holidays!” card. Long Stories (Fast Company Labs) — Our …

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 …

Content ownership and resale

By Joe Wikert
April 8, 2013

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen some landmark decisions on whether you really own that content you bought and if you can resell it. First, in the Kirtsaeng vs. Wiley case we learned that it’s OK to buy low-priced print books …

What devices and formats do your customers prefer?

By Joe Wikert
March 19, 2013

Most publishers create ebooks in all formats figuring it doesn’t matter whether mobi is more important than EPUB or if the content is read on an iPad more frequently than on a mobile phone. That approach means these publishers have …

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 …

Author platforms and the Black Box Effect

By Anne Hill
February 20, 2013

If you’ve spent as much time reading author blogs as I have, you may have noticed a disturbing pattern. In nearly every “here’s how I did it” post in which the author explains her route to greater visibility and sales, …

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 …

Reading experience and mobile design

By Travis Alber
December 5, 2012

It’s all about user experience. Once you get past whether a book is available on a particular reading platform, the experience is the distinguishing factor. How do you jump back to the table of contents? How do you navigate to …

A Kindle developer’s 2013 wishlist

By Sanders Kleinfeld
December 2, 2012

2012 was a good year for Kindle developers. With the unveiling of the first-generation Fire tablet in late 2011 and the release of the KF8 Mobi format in early 2012, designing beautiful ebooks for the Kindle platform became a reality. …

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 …

Publishing News: Two publications shift focus from print to digital

By Jenn Webb
October 19, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. Navigating the print to digital shift After 79 years of print production, U.S. weekly news magazine Newsweek will be shutting down its printing presses and …

Amazon’s Kindle Whispercast service

By Joe Wikert
October 17, 2012

Earlier today Amazon announced an interesting and important enhancement to the Kindle platform. It’s called Kindle Whispercast and on the surface it might seem pretty ho-hum. But when you think about the long-term possibilities it’s clear Whispercast could help establish …

Three questions for…Jason Illian of BookShout

By Joe Wikert
October 11, 2012

1. What is BookShout and what makes it unique? BookShout is a unique type of ereader that allows for sharing and discoverability. In other words, the “social” tools are built into the ereader so that users can either actively or …

Gamechangers: Two important announcements at TOC Frankfurt

By Joe Wikert
October 9, 2012

It’s after midnight here in Frankfurt but I’ve got to give a quick shout-out to two of the most innovative announcements at today’s TOC Frankfurt. First up, txtr and their Beagle device. Watching txtr CEO Christophe Maire introduce the Beagle …

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 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.

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons

By Joe Wikert
January 20, 2012

Joe Wikert says the Kindle Fire gets good marks for form factor and meeting basic consumer needs, but its lock in, auto updates and lack of a killer app are detriments.

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons
By Joe Wikert
January 20, 2012

Joe Wikert says the Kindle Fire gets good marks for form factor and meeting basic consumer needs, but its lock in, auto updates and lack of a killer app are detriments.

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.

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.

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: December 7, 2011

By Joe Wikert
December 8, 2011

Highlights from the 12/7/11 edition of the TOC newsletter include: Todd Sattersten argues for a "paperless book," a look at Amazon's many products and initiatives, and the folly of Kindle device limits.

The problem with Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library

The problem with Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library
By Joe Wikert
November 4, 2011

For Amazon's new lending program to be mutually beneficial, the flat-fee compensation model needs to be replaced by a usage spectrum: The more a title is borrowed, the higher the fee to the publisher and author.

The problem with Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library

By Joe Wikert
November 4, 2011

For Amazon's new lending program to be mutually beneficial, the flat-fee compensation model needs to be replaced by a usage spectrum: The more a title is borrowed, the higher the fee to the publisher and author.

Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011

Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011
By Mac Slocum
October 7, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill explained why Oracle's Big Data Appliance is both a validation and a sign of battles to come, we dug into PhoneGap's cross-platform app capabilities, and we surveyed New York City's data and open government efforts.

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize

By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

The betting line on the Nobel Prize for Literature had an odd contender: Bob Dylan. Also, Steve Jobs' biography was moved up, and Mathew Ingram looked at the possible effects of a free Kindle.

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize
By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

The betting line on the Nobel Prize for Literature had an odd contender: Bob Dylan. Also, Steve Jobs' biography was moved up, and Mathew Ingram looked at the possible effects of a free Kindle.

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions

By Peter Meyers
October 4, 2011

Few have actually held the Kindle Fire, let alone put it through its paces, so Pete Meyers chose a novel analytical approach: Examine his own iPad habits and look for spots where the Fire can find a foothold.

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions
By Peter Meyers
October 4, 2011

Few have actually held the Kindle Fire, let alone put it through its paces, so Pete Meyers chose a novel analytical approach: Examine his own iPad habits and look for spots where the Fire can find a foothold.

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value?

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value?
By David Sims
September 29, 2011

Square's COO questions the value proposition of NFC. Also, early reaction to Amazon's Fire tablet, and interesting — and obvious — stats about mobile broadband use.

Amazon's "Prime" challenger to the iPad

Amazon's
By Mark Sigal
September 26, 2011

While conventional wisdom says that to compete with the iPad you must emulate Apple's best practices, Mark Sigal argues that Amazon can do just fine by blazing its own trail.

Publishing News: Scribd flirting with ebook subscriptions?

Publishing News: Scribd flirting with ebook subscriptions?
By Jenn Webb
July 22, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Scribd's Float app aims to be Netflix for reading, the TapIn Bay Area app empowers citizen journalists, and Amazon dips into the e-textbook rental market.

Publishing News: Scribd flirting with ebook subscriptions?

By Jenn Webb
July 22, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Scribd's Float app aims to be Netflix for reading, the TapIn Bay Area app empowers citizen journalists, and Amazon dips into the e-textbook rental market.

Four short links: 21 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 21, 2011

tmux -- GNU Screen-alike, with vertical splits and other goodies. (via Hacker News) Gamifying Education (Escapist) -- a more thoughtful and reasoned approach than crude badgification, but I'd still feel happier meddling with kids' minds if there was research to show efficacy and distribution of results. (via Ed Yong) Rule of 72 (Terry Jones) -- common piece of financial...

Publishing News: Curation for the Kindle

Publishing News: Curation for the Kindle
By Jenn Webb
May 27, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Dave Pell describes his new Delivereads project, Pete Meyers says "Welcome to Pine Point" is innovative and plain lovely to look at, and Open Library's George Oates discusses how a minimum viable record might work.

Publishing News: Curation for the Kindle

By Jenn Webb
May 27, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Dave Pell describes his new Delivereads project, Pete Meyers says "Welcome to Pine Point" is innovative and plain lovely to look at, and Open Library's George Oates discusses how a minimum viable record might work.

Delivereads curates content for your Kindle

By Jenn Webb
May 26, 2011

Curation just got a new platform — your Kindle. Dave Pell's new project, Delivereads, delivers content from around the web via your Kindle email address.

Delivereads curates content for your Kindle

Delivereads curates content for your Kindle
By Jenn Webb
May 26, 2011

Curation just got a new platform — your Kindle. Dave Pell's new project, Delivereads, delivers content from around the web via your Kindle email address.

Four short links: 24 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 24, 2011

Delivereads -- genius idea, a mailing list for Kindles. Yes, if you can send email then you can be a Kindle publisher. (via Sacha Judd) Abnormal Returns From the Common Stock Investments of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives -- We measure abnormal returns for more than 16,000 common stock transactions made by approximately 300 House delegates from...

Publishing News: BAFTA nomination hints at app crossover appeal

By Jenn Webb
May 20, 2011

For the first time ever, an app has been nominated for a TV BAFTA, Kindle sales might indicate the ebook tipping point, and the Kindle team gets some (unsolicited) pointers from Joe Wikert.

Kindle 2012: Wish-list features for the next model

By Joe Wikert
May 20, 2011

Amazon is positioned to advance the Kindle platform much faster and further than they have in any 6-12 month period. Joe Wikert outlines new features he'd like to see.

Publishing News: BAFTA nomination hints at app crossover appeal

Publishing News: BAFTA nomination hints at app crossover appeal
By Jenn Webb
May 20, 2011

For the first time ever, an app has been nominated for a TV BAFTA, Kindle sales might indicate the ebook tipping point, and the Kindle team gets some (unsolicited) pointers from Joe Wikert.

Kindle 2012: Wish-list features for the next model

Kindle 2012: Wish-list features for the next model
By Joe Wikert
May 20, 2011

Amazon is positioned to advance the Kindle platform much faster and further than they have in any 6-12 month period. Joe Wikert outlines new features he'd like to see.

Inside the E-Wars: It's a Braver New Digital World Than Ever Before

By William Stanek
May 11, 2011

I've been a writer in my heart since I was old enough to hold a pencil and a professional writer for nearly 20 years (writing as William Stanek and Robert Stanek). Over the years many would-be writers have asked...

Inside the e-wars: Barnes & Noble Woes and the Digital Marketplace: A 1-2 Punch

By William Stanek
March 7, 2011

Borders and Barnes & Noble used to be great. The #1 and #2 booksellers in the U.S., building out new superstores like they were going to grow forever. Three years ago, a new Borders was built in Olympia. It's...

Four short links: 17 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 17, 2011

The True Cost of Publishing on the Kindle -- an article, apparently by a horrified negotiator with Amazon, revealing that magazine and newspaper publishers pay the WhisperNet delivery costs of their editions. That's not Amazon overhead, it comes out of the publisher's royalty slice. (via Hacker News) Fonts in Use -- examples of sweet typography and the fonts that...

Four short links: 9 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 9, 2011

isotope -- dazzling Javascript library. Designs, Lessons, and Advice from Building Large Distributed Systems (Slideshare) -- in the words of Matt Webb, through whom I found it, There's a lovely collection of numbers from Jeff Dean at Google, about how long common computer processor and network operations take. [...] What makes this more human is this comparison, which reveals...


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