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Book Spelled With I

Book Spelled With I

In an age of Twitter and Facebook, the personal is indisputably public. We read about and see ourselves online throughout the day and night. But will we pay to see our family members and their stories in published books, whether print or digital? From Chicago-based Sourcebooks, a publisher never short on innovation, comes a new twist […]

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Object Value in an Electronic Age

Object Value in an Electronic Age

Can Physical Trump Digital? As digital technologies evolve, certain changes are not necessarily good or bad, just inevitable. Publishers are in the process of transitioning to digital for most trade books, but are there any publications that can sustain their object value in physical, printed form? In a keynote address for the 2013 PubWest Conference last month, Knock […]

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New World of Books

New World of Books

The arrival of the iPad in 2010 is hailed as the dawn of the “tablet era.” It’s also the genesis of a federal price-fixing lawsuit that has entangled Apple, and many of the country’s largest book publishers. That case, and its aftermath, holds serious implications for readers, as well as authors and publishers, whether or […]

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Global E-Book Market Report Returns

Global E-Book Market Report Returns

In time for the recently-concluded 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair, Vienna-based publishing consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart has released yet another update for The Global eBook Report: Current Conditions & Future Projections, documenting and analyzing how e-book markets have emerged in the US, UK, continental Europe, Brazil, China, India, Russia and the Arab world. “Over the last few years, we have seen […]

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Liisa McCloy-Kelley

Recipes For Successful E-Books

The questions editors and designers must ask when developing e-books are not only different than for printed volumes, but also different between e-versions of cookbooks and poetry collections, notes Liisa McCloy-Kelley, vice president and director of e-book development and innovation at Random House. “With a cookbook, we’re trying to create a book that’s easy to read, that […]

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Devereux Chatillon

Digital ‘No Sale’

When Internet start-ups are sued for copyright infringement, the complaints focus on piracy and services that make copyrighted books, music, and videos available for free. Not so in Capitol Records v. ReDigi, Inc. – the defendant, ReDigi, offered a service that allowed consumers to re-sell unwanted digital files. In March, a Federal Court judge in New York ruled […]

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Best of BTB: What Students Can Teach Textbook Authors

Best of BTB: What Students Can Teach Textbook Authors

On June 21 -22, CCC joins the Text & Academic Authors Association (TAA) for its annual conference with an educational presentation on copyright. This week’s CCC podcast features textbook editor Michael Greer, whose research has found that students have a lot to teach publishers when it comes to textbooks. Today’s readers – students especially – […]

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The Lessons Music Business Can Teach Authors

The Lessons Music Business Can Teach Authors

The content explosion characteristic of the Digital Age is reshaping media in every form. Once inhabitants of disparate worlds, musicians and authors today find themselves in the same global game, where creation and distribution are easy, but monetary reward comes slow and painfully. In 2013, an abundance of content has made success in the marketing […]

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Clearing Obstacles to Global Ebook Sales

Clearing Obstacles to Global Ebook Sales

At the 2013 Digital Book World Conference &  Expo, a number of sessions examined the challenges in reaching international markets. For Clearing the Path: Eliminating Obstacles to Global Ebook Sales, representatives from the fast-growing Kobo, Inc. – a Toronto-based, global e-book distribution network – presented a summary of the most common obstacles and how to overcome them. […]

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BTB #329: What Students Can Teach Textbook Authors

BTB #329: What Students Can Teach Textbook Authors

Today’s readers – students especially – have high expectations of e-books and other digital media. Ever-evolving technology for tablets and e-readers makes the race to keep up a daunting one for publishers and authors. The leap from printed page to pixel-ed screen demands new strategies for content development. “We need to learn more about how […]

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