Archive | September, 2010

BTB #186: Smartphone Apps: Good Science and Good Design

In her work as a leading developer of smartphone and tablet applications, SiNae Pitts never strays far from her background as a research scientist. Her clients include top STM journals, and her designs reflect a willingness to experiment that she acquired in the lab. “As a researcher and as a scientist, you’re building on existing […]

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BTB #185: Report on the Book Business: 1450

It is the dawn of a new age in publishing, and there is no such thing as a sure bet when it comes to business. How do you market books? How do you make money as a publisher or author? What do you do if someone pirates your work? Great questions for 2010 and for […]

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BTB #184: Are Smartphones Headed to the Voting Booth?

In 2004, political campaigns and the press buzzed over “blogging”; in 2008, the technology of the moment was YouTube, providing CNN with debate questions and at least one candidate with a one-way ticket home. For 2012, predicts Lee Rainie, founder and director of Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, smartphones and mobile “apps” […]

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BTB #183: Virtual Conference: Top Speakers & No Airport Lines

What’s not to like? Top speakers; networking opportunities; ice cream breaks! Noelle Skodzinski, editorial director of Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines, explains the concept and opportunities for attendees of the forthcoming Publishing Business Virtual Conference and Expo (Sept. 16). With the emphasis on the virtual, she provides details behind “Digital Content Day @ Your […]

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BTB #182: Brantley Sees ‘Concerns’ Ahead For Authors

“I wouldn’t say I’m concerned about the future of authors,” Peter Brantley tells Chris Kenneally, “but I think that authors have something to be concerned about as we move into a digital future.” The director of the Internet Archive’s BookServer project, a not-for-profit digital library, and a co-founder of the Open Book Alliance, Brantley shares […]

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BTB #181: Firebrand Tech Conference, Ideas Welcome!

From historic Newburyport, Mass., the home of Firebrand Technologies, “Chief Igniter” Fran Toolan talks with Chris Kenneally about plans for the upcoming “Firebrand Community Conference,” September 21-22. Keynote speaker is Peter Brantley, Executive Director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive, with other special guests including Chris Palma providing details on the soon-to-be-launched Google […]

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