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Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

For everyone from romance writers to cookbook creators, self-publishing today is easier and more affordable than ever. Certainly, the book-reading public has embraced “the selfie,” and along the way, they’ve made bestselling authors of writers who’ve boldly chosen to publish their own works. Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, and even E.L. James, began their rise to […]

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The Future Is Already Here

The Future Is Already Here

Conferences on copyright and the creative industries can leave the impression that copyright has a lot of catching up to do – at least when it comes to technology. At OnCopyright2014, sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, a panel discussion aimed at providing advance notice on what authors, publishers and other creators can expect in days to […]

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Agile Content for Publishing

Agile Content for Publishing

As digital technology shortens the publishing cycle, new ways have emerged to monetize content. Publishers are able now to deliver and license their content for websites and apps, partners; readers are able to mix and match content in new ways; and traditional book publishers and publishers in other media are suddenly able to repurpose that […]

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Jason Brockwell

Global Publishing Through Outsourcing

In publishing, the old is giving way to the new. With a combination of print-on-demand and related digital services, there’s potential today to reach customers globally in both print and electronic formats. At PubWest 2013, the annual conference of the Publishers Association of the West, leading providers of outsourcing services for publishers noted how the choice […]

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Publishing University 2014 Preview

Publishing University 2014 Preview

San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality – at least that’s what a member of the 1960s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane believed. Next month, the famed city by the bay welcomes authors, publishers, artists, and technologists for a hard look at the reality of independent publishing in 2014. On March 21st and 22nd, Publishing University – […]

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CCC Hosts Open Access Forum

CCC Hosts Open Access Forum

For an Open Access Forum to capture the very latest in mood and information, London is the obvious setting. The British government as well as UK-based funders have led the push to adopt fundamentally new business models in scholarly publishing. Moreover, scholarly publishing has deep and strong roots in London, where it arguably began in […]

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Tech Panel

The Machine, the Reader and the Community

In a discussion on new directions in publishing technology for CCC’s RightsLink Forum, a panel of experts observed that “the machine is the new reader” and they considered the implications for their businesses. “We’re seeing the dawn of the age [when] people really like to… see a machine do the thinking for them,” noted Gerry Grenier, […]

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Examining New Business Models

Examining New Business Models

Until very recently, the core business model of publishing was in a steady state. Indeed, it was so for a couple of hundred years – Publishers acquired copyrights, sometime risking cash to do so by paying in advance; they printed books; and they sold them. Yet in 2014, new models roll out regularly. Publishers in topical verticals […]

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Best of BTB: New World of Books

Best of BTB: 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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Best of BTB: Global E-Book Market Report Returns

Best of BTB: 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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