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Best of BTB: They Know What You Read

Earlier this month, Rakuten — Japan’s e-commerce giant, akin to Amazon in the US – announced it would acquire Cleveland-based Overdrive, a supplier of digital content to libraries. In January at the Digital Book World Conference, Overdrive’s David Burleigh and Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn (Rakuten purchased the Canadian-based e-book publishers and device maker in 2011) told […]

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The Shape Of User Demand

Along what once was called the information superhighway, platforms and technologies are the vehicles and the roads. These together require smooth-running traffic patterns. Just as railroads run alongside rivers, and thoroughfares line up with but never cross airport runways, the complexities of the Web must be managed carefully. At the recent NFAIS 2015 Conference, panels […]

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Publishers Forum “Reconstructing Publishing”

For reasons both challenging and exciting, the digital transformation of the book industry has closed the spaces separating competitors and colleagues across the spectrum of media. Indeed, the annual Publishers Forum bears a name that somewhat obscures its ambitions. Attendees traveling to Berlin on April 27 and 28 will hail from dozens of publishing houses […]

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Building Story in the Physical World

On Friday, in an opening keynote address to the PubWest 2015 Conference, Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering made a case that narrative lies at the center of every human endeavor, not only publishing and other media. “Narrative is human nature. It is the manner in which we ingest reality. We are what we tell […]

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The Global Licensing Landscape

At last week’s Buying & Selling Content 2015, attendees heard presenters from start-ups, international marketing agencies and leading publishers enumerate the new rules of buying and selling content. From data licensing and copyright to mobile, apps, and SaaS platforms, the conference – organized by SIIA, the Software & Information Industry Association – addressed a range of […]

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They Know What You Read

The owners of ebook platforms now have unprecedented and previously unattainable knowledge about how people read. They literally see every time an ebook is opened; on what device it is being opened; how fast it is read; and whether passages or entire works are re-read. Perhaps most dismaying of all for authors and publishers alike, they […]

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Best of BTB: Recycle, Remix, Resell

From the title, you might think we attended an environmental conference for a session looking at waste management as a strategy to drive incremental profitability. Instead, the program was a part of CONTEC 2014, held just before the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair. How can publishers efficiently and affordably monetize their backlist content?  What […]

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The Researcher’s Dilemma

Say the word research, and what do most people think of?  Well, teenagers, at least, and many, many older people who should know better think of Google, of course – or maybe Wikipedia.  But if your idea of research is a key word search online and a tap of the return key, then you probably […]

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How To Tame Internet Dragons

Like it or not we exist in a world dominated by the Internet, which once promised to be a democratizing force, but is now dominated by sprawling corporate gatekeepers such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. What are the dangers to artistic freedom and a diverse culture when global conglomerates and monopolies like Amazon determine […]

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Recycle, Remix, Resell

From the title, you might think we attended an environmental conference for a session looking at waste management as a strategy to drive incremental profitability. Instead, the program was a part of CONTEC 2014, held just before the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair. How can publishers efficiently and affordably monetize their backlist content?  What […]

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