Archives: Digital Book World

Sleeping Through A Revolution

Delivering more of a wake-up call than a keynote speech, Jonathan Taplin today told the opening session in New York City of  Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2016  that while he wishes content were king, “I am worried that platform is king.” He urged attendees to focus attention on what content creators can do […]

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Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing

It wasn’t so long ago that ‘mobile’ meant the kind of kinetic sculpture that artist Alexander Calder made his trademark.  In 2015, of course, ‘mobile’ is shorthand for a host of handheld wireless technologies that make it possible to live our lives in two worlds – the physical one and the online one. In books […]

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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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E-Readers Dead Or Alive?

An auspicious setting and the unveiling of a possibly revolutionary device – it could be a make or break moment in the company’s history. No, we’re not speaking of tomorrow’s much anticipated announcement by Apple from the very same venue in Cupertino where Steve Jobs dramatically unwrapped the Macintosh exactly 30 years ago. Instead this was New York City, […]

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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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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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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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Instant Books Now Breaking Speed Limits

What once took weeks and months now may take only days, or even hours.  As long ago as the early days of the space age and the JFK assassination, book publishers have pushed their printing presses into warp speed to capitalize on the public’s hunger to learn what lay behind the headlines. In 2013, however, […]

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What Do Authors Want?

What do authors want?  It’s a short question with a long answer. Let’s start with the basics: In 2013, what it means to be an author is no longer about the difference between having a publisher and wishing for one. Authors today are free to take their works directly to readers via the Web – […]

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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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