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We need incognito book purchasing

By François Joseph de Kermadec
April 18, 2013

In the physical realm, purchasing a book without revealing one’s identity involves little effort beyond proceeding to a store one does not usually patronise and paying in cash. Unless one is seeking illegal volumes, which are unlikely to be obtained …

Newbie author rediscovers his natural aversion to all things bureaucratic

By Michael Daugherty
April 12, 2013

Last week I talked about putting pen to paper, or keystrokes to Microsoft Word, and all the behind the scenes work that involved. When I felt I had no clue what I was doing, I remembered what my developmental editor …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012
By Mac Slocum
July 6, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk made the case for open-minded criticism of visualizations, Brett Slatkin explained why you still need to own a website, and Greenleaf Book Group CEO Clint Greenleaf discussed the complicated relationship between publishers and Amazon.

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.

The reinvention of the bookseller

By Joe Wikert
May 10, 2012

Once booksellers accept the reality they can no longer just sell books, they can begin evolving into something dynamic and unique.

The reinvention of the bookseller

The reinvention of the bookseller
By Joe Wikert
May 10, 2012

Once booksellers accept the reality they can no longer just sell books, they can begin evolving into something dynamic and unique.

Think of it like a political campaign: Baratunde Thurston's book marketing

By Sarah Milstein
May 8, 2012

Make it easy for people to help you — that's a simple but oft-overlooked concept that author Baratunde Thurston says is essential to book marketing. He shares additional marketing tips and tools in this interview.

Think of it like a political campaign: Baratunde Thurston's book marketing

Think of it like a political campaign: Baratunde Thurston's book marketing
By Sarah Milstein
May 8, 2012

Make it easy for people to help you — that's a simple but oft-overlooked concept that author Baratunde Thurston says is essential to book marketing. He shares additional marketing tips and tools in this interview.

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.

State of the Computer Book Market, part 3: The Publishers

By Mike Hendrickson
April 4, 2012

In this third installment of "State of the Computer Book Market," we look at how publishers fared in 2011 versus 2010.

State of the Computer Book Market, part 3: The Publishers

State of the Computer Book Market, part 3: The Publishers
By Mike Hendrickson
April 4, 2012

In this third installment of "State of the Computer Book Market," we look at how publishers fared in 2011 versus 2010.

Top Stories: March 26-30, 2012

Top Stories: March 26-30, 2012
By Mac Slocum
March 30, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We looked at a four-step approach for designing great data products, Andy Oram shared the lessons he's learned about health care, and we learned about a competitive advantage that publishers aren't seizing.

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.

It's time for a unified ebook format and the end of DRM

By Joe Wikert
February 9, 2012

The music industry has shown that you need to offer consumers a universal format and content without rights restrictions. So when will publishers pay attention?

It's time for a unified ebook format and the end of DRM

It's time for a unified ebook format and the end of DRM
By Joe Wikert
February 9, 2012

The music industry has shown that you need to offer consumers a universal format and content without rights restrictions. So when will publishers pay attention?

Top stories: January 23-27, 2012

Top stories: January 23-27, 2012
By Mac Slocum
January 27, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides offered a different take on the piracy debates, Edd Dumbill looked at Microsoft's Hadoop-driven plan for big data, and we learned why Amazon retail stores aren't out of the question.

Why the fuss about iBooks Author?

By Joe Wikert
January 26, 2012

Apple doesn't have an objective to move the publishing industry forward. With iBooks Author, the company sees an opportunity to reinvent this industry within its own closed ecosystem.

Why the fuss about iBooks Author?

Why the fuss about iBooks Author?
By Joe Wikert
January 26, 2012

Apple doesn't have an objective to move the publishing industry forward. With iBooks Author, the company sees an opportunity to reinvent this industry within its own closed ecosystem.

A venture into self-publishing

By Joe Wikert
January 9, 2012

Scott Berkun turned to self-publishing with his latest book, "Mindfire." In this TOC podcast, Berkun discusses the experience and says the biggest surprise was the required PR effort. He also says traditional and self-publishing don't need to be polarized options, for authors or for publishers and editors.

A venture into self-publishing

A venture into self-publishing
By Joe Wikert
January 9, 2012

Scott Berkun turned to self-publishing with his latest book, "Mindfire." In this TOC podcast, Berkun discusses the experience and says the biggest surprise was the required PR effort. He also says traditional and self-publishing don't need to be polarized options, for authors or for publishers and editors.

Traditional vs self-publishing: Neither is the perfect solution

By Joe Wikert
January 5, 2012

In this video podcast, author Dan Gillmor talks about the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing.

Traditional vs self-publishing: Neither is the perfect solution

Traditional vs self-publishing: Neither is the perfect solution
By Joe Wikert
January 5, 2012

In this video podcast, author Dan Gillmor talks about the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing.

Quid pro quo will define the author-publisher relationship

By Jenn Webb
December 20, 2011

In this video interview, author and digital book producer Peter Meyers addresses the state of ebooks and book apps and weighs in on the changing relationship between authors and publishers.

The paperless book

The paperless book
By Todd Sattersten
November 30, 2011

The publishing world needs some new language that describes what happens and, more importantly, what is possible when the words are separated from the paper.

The paperless book

By Todd Sattersten
November 30, 2011

The publishing world needs some new language that describes what happens and, more importantly, what is possible when the words are separated from the paper.

HTML5 for publishers: Drawing on the screen

By Sanders Kleinfeld
November 15, 2011

This excerpt from "HTML5 for Publishers" shows how a simple finger painting canvas can be added to an HTML5-based children's book

HTML5 for publishers: Drawing on the screen

HTML5 for publishers: Drawing on the screen
By Sanders Kleinfeld
November 15, 2011

This excerpt from "HTML5 for Publishers" shows how a simple finger painting canvas can be added to an HTML5-based children's book

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.

Failure is a digital prerequisite

By Jenn Webb
October 3, 2011

In this podcast, John Wiley & Sons' Jesse Wiley discusses the challenges a 200-year-old publisher faces in the digital age.

Failure is a digital prerequisite

Failure is a digital prerequisite
By Jenn Webb
October 3, 2011

In this podcast, John Wiley & Sons' Jesse Wiley discusses the challenges a 200-year-old publisher faces in the digital age.

Subscription vs catchment

By Karl Fogel
September 1, 2011

When people are trawling so many content sources, it no longer pays to concentrate on sources at all. It makes much more sense to study how the trawlers work and become part of the filtering infrastructure.

Subscription vs catchment

Subscription vs catchment
By Karl Fogel
September 1, 2011

When people are trawling so many content sources, it no longer pays to concentrate on sources at all. It makes much more sense to study how the trawlers work and become part of the filtering infrastructure.

Leaky paywalls and ads: What publishers can learn from the New York Times

Leaky paywalls and ads: What publishers can learn from the New York Times
By Joe Wikert
August 18, 2011

Recent analysis of the New York Times' online paywall has put emphasis on advertising and the freemium model. Book publishers may not realize it, but those same things can also apply to their content products.

Leaky paywalls and ads: What publishers can learn from the New York Times

By Joe Wikert
August 18, 2011

Recent analysis of the New York Times' online paywall has put emphasis on advertising and the freemium model. Book publishers may not realize it, but those same things can also apply to their content products.

How many imprints does Amazon run?

By Jenn Webb
May 5, 2011

Wondering if Amazon is a competitor to publishers? Take a look at the company's growing number of imprints and publishing projects.

How many imprints does Amazon run?

How many imprints does Amazon run?
By Jenn Webb
May 5, 2011

Wondering if Amazon is a competitor to publishers? Take a look at the company's growing number of imprints and publishing projects.

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container

By Jenn Webb
April 25, 2011

Treating iPad magazines as if they were print leaves consumer interaction opportunities on the table. Matthew Carlson, principal of experience strategy and design at Hot Studio Inc., says it's time to set the content free.

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container
By Jenn Webb
April 25, 2011

Treating iPad magazines as if they were print leaves consumer interaction opportunities on the table. Matthew Carlson, principal of experience strategy and design at Hot Studio Inc., says it's time to set the content free.

Here's another reason why metadata matters

By Mac Slocum
April 18, 2011

The ratio of content to attention is not in publishers' favor. So if you really want your material to be seen, you'll put extra effort into metadata.

Here's another reason why metadata matters

Here's another reason why metadata matters
By Mac Slocum
April 18, 2011

The ratio of content to attention is not in publishers' favor. So if you really want your material to be seen, you'll put extra effort into metadata.


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