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Publishing News: The piracy debate may well be irrelevant in the future of publishing

By Jenn Webb
January 25, 2013

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. Authors may leave publishers behind to wallow in piracy concerns The publishing industry’s issues with piracy may become a problem of the past, Damien Walter …

Publishing News: It’s time to embrace mobile

By Jenn Webb
December 14, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. Readers are going mobile, so too should publishers In a recent video interview with Shama.TV, Cheezburger Network CEO Ben Huh talks about the future of …

Putting a value on classic content

By Robert Cottrell
December 5, 2012

Think of a newspaper or magazine as a mountain of data to which a thin new layer of topsoil gets added each day or each week. Everybody sees the new soil. But what’s underneath gets covered up and forgotten. Even …

Publishing News: Amazon gets a brick-and-mortar bookstore, sort of

By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. U.K. bookstore teams up with Amazon Charlotte Williams and Lisa Campbell report this week at The Bookseller that Waterstones bookstore in the U.K. launched its …

Four short links: 17 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2012

What’s Next for Newspapers? — three approaches: Farm it [...] Milk it [...] Feed it. (via Stijn Debrouwere) Why The Fundamental Attribution Error Exists (MindHacks) — assuming causation, rather than luck or invisible effects, is how we learn. Stuff Makes …

Four short links: 16 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 16, 2012

Many Old Periodicals -- I'm working my way through the back issues of "Thrilling Love". Sample story, Moonmist for Mary by Dorothy Daniels, from Feb 1950. Filing clerk Mary wins the heart of her secret coworker romance AND closes the sale AND is promised stock. It's torn from the pages of real life, I tell ya! Please Don't Learn...

Publishing News: The threat of censorship, from a non-government entity

By Jenn Webb
March 9, 2012

PayPal's demand on Smashwords is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Elsewhere, proposals to get publishers past piracy and a newspaper study reports grim results.

Publishing News: The threat of censorship, from a non-government entity

Publishing News: The threat of censorship, from a non-government entity
By Jenn Webb
March 9, 2012

PayPal's demand on Smashwords is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Elsewhere, proposals to get publishers past piracy and a newspaper study reports grim results.

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility
By Jenn Webb
October 28, 2011

Any hopes of EPUB3 becoming an across-the-board publishing format standard were dashed by Amazon's new KF8 format. Also, The Guardian launched two new features and a Pew study looked at tablet user behavior.

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility

By Jenn Webb
October 28, 2011

Any hopes of EPUB3 becoming an across-the-board publishing format standard were dashed by Amazon's new KF8 format. Also, The Guardian launched two new features and a Pew study looked at tablet user behavior.

Publishing News: The news is free but the API will cost you

By Jenn Webb
October 21, 2011

News organizations look to commercial endeavors for unorthodox revenue. Also, Amazon continues to extend its reach into publishing and Kobo jumps on the tablet bandwagon.

Publishing News: The news is free but the API will cost you

Publishing News: The news is free but the API will cost you
By Jenn Webb
October 21, 2011

News organizations look to commercial endeavors for unorthodox revenue. Also, Amazon continues to extend its reach into publishing and Kobo jumps on the tablet bandwagon.

Publishing News: Amazon fires up B&N and BAM

By Jenn Webb
October 14, 2011

In this week's publishing news: B&N and BAM pulled DC Comics graphic novels off the shelves in a huff. Also, interesting data points surface at book conferences, and what newspapers can learn from Wikipedia.

Publishing News: Amazon fires up B&N and BAM

Publishing News: Amazon fires up B&N and BAM
By Jenn Webb
October 14, 2011

In this week's publishing news: B&N and BAM pulled DC Comics graphic novels off the shelves in a huff. Also, interesting data points surface at book conferences, and what newspapers can learn from Wikipedia.

Publishing News: Amazon vs barrier to entry

By Jenn Webb
September 30, 2011

With a $79 price point, Amazon makes ereaders mass market. Also, indie bookstores in London release a map guide (on paper?), and a Pew survey shows newspapers at the tipping point — and not in a good way.

Publishing News: Amazon vs barrier to entry

Publishing News: Amazon vs barrier to entry
By Jenn Webb
September 30, 2011

With a $79 price point, Amazon makes ereaders mass market. Also, indie bookstores in London release a map guide (on paper?), and a Pew survey shows newspapers at the tipping point — and not in a good way.

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future

By Alex Howard
September 26, 2011

A new Pew report on local news reveals reasons to be hopeful about digital platforms as information sources. But it's not all positive: The decline of local newspapers will leave a civic gap for local government accountability.

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future

By Alex Howard
September 26, 2011

A new Pew report on local news reveals reasons to be hopeful about digital platforms as information sources. But it's not all positive: The decline of local newspapers will leave a civic gap for local government accountability.

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future
By Alex Howard
September 26, 2011

A new Pew report on local news reveals reasons to be hopeful about digital platforms as information sources. But it's not all positive: The decline of local newspapers will leave a civic gap for local government accountability.

Publishing News: Survey says publishers continue to miss out on digital opportunities

By Jenn Webb
September 23, 2011

The Third Annual eBook Survey of Publishers was released this week. Also, news organizations continue to venture into ebook publishing, and the KeepRecipes site may be the most useful online recipe organizer yet.

Publishing News: Survey says publishers continue to miss out on digital opportunities

Publishing News: Survey says publishers continue to miss out on digital opportunities
By Jenn Webb
September 23, 2011

The Third Annual eBook Survey of Publishers was released this week. Also, news organizations continue to venture into ebook publishing, and the KeepRecipes site may be the most useful online recipe organizer yet.

Publishing News: Goodreads chases the recommendation Holy Grail

By Jenn Webb
September 16, 2011

Goodreads put its Discovereads purchase to good use. Also, Hearst and The Boston Globe are doubling down on HTML5.

Visualization of the Week: The growth of newspapers in the U.S. from 1690 to date

By Audrey Watters
August 5, 2011

Using data from the Library of Congress, an interactive visualization maps in time and space the spread of newspapers across the United States.

Visualization of the Week: The growth of newspapers in the U.S. from 1690 to date

Visualization of the Week: The growth of newspapers in the U.S. from 1690 to date
By Audrey Watters
August 5, 2011

Using data from the Library of Congress, an interactive visualization maps in time and space the spread of newspapers across the United States.

Visualization of the Week: The growth of newspapers in the U.S. from 1690 to date

By Audrey Watters
August 5, 2011

Using data from the Library of Congress, an interactive visualization maps in time and space the spread of newspapers across the United States.

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.

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.

How one newspaper rebooted its workflow with Google Docs and WordPress

By Jenn Webb
June 30, 2011

The Bangor Daily News addressed its digital workflow issues with a creative new system built on Google Docs and WordPress. William Davis, the newspaper's online editor and the system's architect, explains how it works and why they did it.

How one newspaper rebooted its workflow with Google Docs and WordPress

How one newspaper rebooted its workflow with Google Docs and WordPress
By Jenn Webb
June 30, 2011

The Bangor Daily News addressed its digital workflow issues with a creative new system built on Google Docs and WordPress. William Davis, the newspaper's online editor and the system's architect, explains how it works and why they did it.

Four short links: 24 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 24, 2011

Digital Subscription Prices -- the NY Times in context. Aie. Trinity -- Microsoft Research graph database. (via Hacker News) Data Science Toolkit -- prepackaged EC2 image of most useful data tools. (via Pete Warden) Snappy -- Google's open sourced compression library, as used in BigTable and MapReduce. Emphasis is on speed, with resulting lack of quality in filesize (20-100%...

Four short links: 7 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 7, 2011

DigitalKoot -- Playing games in Digitalkoot fixes mistakes in our index of old Finnish newspapers. This greatly increases the accuracy of text-based searches of the newspaper archives. (via Springwise and Imran Ali on Twitter) Some Things That Need To Be Said (Amanda Hocking) -- A.H. is selling a lot of copies of her ebooks, and she cautions against thinking...

Four short links: 11 August 2010

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2010

10 Essential iPad Apps for Publication Designers -- a couple of interesting new suggestions here, including the New Zealand Herald (hated at home for including a bloated intro movie, but with interesting article presentation), and Paris Match (adding interactive features to almost every story). (via Simon St Laurent) Cooking in Silico: Heat Transfer in the Modern Kitchen (YouTube) --...

Four short links: 9 August 2010

By Nat Torkington
August 9, 2010

Maslow's Hierarchy of Robot Needs -- born to be a t-shirt. (via waxy) paper.li -- read Twitter as a daily newspaper. An odd mashup of the hot new tech and the failing old. Will newspapers live on with modern meanings, like "records" and "cab"? Eureqa -- software tool for detecting equations and hidden mathematical relationships in your data. Appears...

Four short links: 12 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 12, 2010

Shogun: A Large Scale Machine Learning Toolbox -- open source (GPL v3), C++ with interfaces to MatLab, R, Octave, and Python. Emphasis for this toolkit is on SVM and "large scale kernel methods". The Agnostic Cartographer (Washington Monthly) -- land and sea are easy to measure compared to the trouble you get into when you put names on them....

Four short links: 26 April 2010

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2010

E-Commerce Booming in China (Economist) -- bad time for Google to be leaving, just as online sales take off. Chinese consumers in stores check quality by hand but buying online requires trust, aka brands. This is a turn towards Western-style commerce built on trademarks and brand promise of quality, and away from the prevalent wild East style of commerce...

Four short links: 18 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 18, 2010

Newspaper Club Launches (BBC) -- the uses it has been put to make for good reading: Among the Newspaper Club's first clients were the BBC, Wired UK and Last.fm. Penguin used it to debut a preview of the fifth chapter of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, written by Eoin Colfer. Machine Learning Algorithm with a Capital A --...

Newspaper Paywalls

By Nat Torkington
February 28, 2010

Evolutionary history shows us that doubling-down on your defenses is effective against predators but useless against environmental change. Newspapers locking up their content in paywalls and trumpeting loudly against Google might be effective if Google were merely a predator. But this is the Internet, where copies are free, everyone could be a customer, your competitors are just a click away,...

Four short links: 19 February 2010

By Nat Torkington
February 19, 2010

How to Seasonally Adjust Data -- Most statisticians, economists and government agencies that report data use a method called the X12 procedure to adjust data for seasonal patterns. The X12 procedure and its predecessor X11, which is still widely used, were developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. When applied to a data series, the X12 process first estimates effects...

When it Comes to News, Why Won't People Eat Their Vegetables?

By James Turner
January 27, 2010

One of the basic questions in journalism these days is the one of what news consumers actually want. Chris Lee believes that today's citizenry is getting too much of what they want, and too little of what they need. With the Tools of Change for Publishing conference approaching, it seemed appropriate to talk to Lee, who has spent his professional life in the trenches of broadcast journalism, about where the industry is going and what the future of news looks like.

Four short links: 24 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 24, 2009

Jonathan Zittrain on "Minds for Sale" -- video of a presentation he gave at the Computer History Museum about crowdsourcing. In the words of one attendee, Zittrain focuses on the potential alienation and opportunities for abuse that can arise with the growth of distributed online production. He also contemplates the thin line that separates exploitation from volunteering in the...

Four short links: 2 December 2009

Four short links: 2 December 2009
By Nat Torkington
December 2, 2009

8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight -- Sprint set up a self-service portal for law enforcement and returned 8 million requests for cellphone GPS locations in the first year. This is an incredibly comprehensive analysis of published and revealed numbers of surveillance--it's orders of magnitude larger than anyone had realised. See also the leaked law enforcement howtos from Facebook, MySpace, and Yahoo!. This and more in today's Four Short Links.

Four short links: 30 November 2009

By Nat Torkington
November 30, 2009

Paywall Performance for News -- the National Business Review (NBR) in New Zealand went to a paywall in mid-July, and Foo Camper Lance Wiggs says their visitor numbers reveal a grim picture. As a commenter says, of course, visitor numbers go down but NBR makes money directly from the visitors that stay. I'm curious to see the effect on...

Four short links: 25 November 2009

By Nat Torkington
November 25, 2009

http-parser -- This is a parser for HTTP messages written in C. It parses both requests and responses. The parser is designed to be used in performance HTTP applications. It does not make any allocations, it does not buffer data, and it can be interrupted at anytime. It only requires about 128 bytes of data per message stream (in...

Four short links: 9 November 2009

By Nat Torkington
November 9, 2009

A Battery-Free Implantable Neural Sensor (MIT Tech Review) -- Electrical engineers at the University of Washington have developed an implantable neural sensing chip that needs less power. Uses RFID's induction technology which means the power source can be up to a meter away. Proof of concept was implanted in a moth to sense central nervous system activity. New Microsoft...

Stop Giving the Newspapers Your Advice - They Don’t Need It

By Joshua-Michele Ross
September 15, 2009

Speculation about the demise of the news business and advice about what they should do about it is everywhere. It makes for great, self-congratulatory sport but it won’t help the news industry. Why? Because the news industry doesn’t suffer from a shortage of ideas or possible revenue models, it suffers from a different but more acute malady: being an institution...

Four short links: 10 August 2009

By Nat Torkington
August 10, 2009

The Propaganda Newspapers -- London councils increasingly providing their own newspapers, masquerading as mass-market popular appeal newspapers but without anything critical of the council that produces it. This is an evolutionary dead-end for reinventing newspapers, and is why the non-profit/trust structure works so well. Time for Computer Science to Grow Up -- publish in journals so conferences can be...

Four short links: 6 July 2009

By Nat Torkington
July 3, 2009

Offline Mapping App for iPhone -- carry Open Street Maps maps with you even when you're not in 3G/wifi range. (via Elisabeth) My dentist used an in-office CAD & CNC mill to produce a new tooth for me today (Nat Friedman) -- hello, future! New version of Scratch released -- Scratch is an excellent way to teach kids how...

Four short links: 19 May 2009

By Nat Torkington
May 18, 2009

Economic Stress Map Outlines Recession's Stories (AP) -- The Stress Index synthesizes three complex sets of ever-evolving data. By factoring in monthly numbers for foreclosure, bankruptcy and most painfully unemployment, the AP has assembled a numeral that reflects the comparative pain each American county is feeling during these dark economic days. Fascinating view of the country, and I wish...


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