Archives: Digital Book World

Managing Copyright Today

Digital change—and the resulting explosion in ways of combining and using content—puts the increasingly complex issue of rights and rights management at the heart of today’s publishing business. Understanding and managing copyright in the 21st century, a pre-conference workshop held at the recent Digital Book World, took on the challenge of providing publishing professionals with a working […]

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Book Sales Secret Sauce – Metadata

Once locked away exclusively in the card catalogs of libraries, metadata in 2013 has escaped to the Web where in digital form, it describes the contents and context of data files. And because almost every form of published content today is created in digital form, metadata is an essential building block of every publishing business. For guidance […]

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Self-Publishing Gets Respect

As the success of 50 Shades of Grey makes clear, the book business has made piece with the self-published author. Now one of the best-selling authors in history, E.L. James first made her work available to readers via non-traditional, self-publishing routes. James is hardly alone, however, as not a week goes by without word of […]

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BTB #314: Digital Book World E-book Best-Seller List Launches

Over the years, the book industry’s bestseller lists have multiplied and grown to include emerging formats from paperback and mass market to today’s e-books, But a new bestseller list will take an innovative approach to ranking digital titles – one that, for the first time, accounts for pricing and category differences. The Digital Book World […]

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BTB #295: The Trouble With E-Book Pricing

Consumers are taking to e-books fast – almost as fast as they have taken to the readers and tablets where e-books live in the digital world. A February 2012 report from the Pew Research Center found that one in five US adults had read an e-book in the last year. The latest figures available from […]

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BTB #285: News from Digital Book World

Like the clans gathering for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the houses came together in New York on March 13 for the annual meeting of the Association of American Publishers. The audience at the McGraw-Hill auditorium on Sixth Avenue heard the book business’s near-term future likened to the music industry’s recent past, and they were […]

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BTB #276: Publishers Face Future With Growing Concern

This morning, on opening day of the 2012 Digital Book World Conference + Expo, James L. McQuivey, Ph.D., Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, detailed a survey of publishing executives that sees declining enthusiasm about their business chances in the e-book era. “People are generally optimistic still, but that optimism is waning,” McQuivey […]

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BTB #273: Mike Shatzkin Previews DBW Conference

As the third annual Digital Book World Conference prepares to open in New York City on January 23, Digital Book World organizer Mike Shatzkin, founder and CEO of the Idea Logical Company, tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally that attendees should expect news and insights linked to the very latest industry data. Among the highlights, says Shatzkin, […]

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BTB #261: Digital Book World On the Move

On January 27, 2010, Steve Jobs held up an iPad for the first time, and a global audience held its collective breath. One segment of that audience were publishing professionals gathered in a New York City hotel. The timing couldn’t have been better: something called a “Digital Book World” was neither speculative, nor about the […]

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BTB #250: Publishing Innovation Awards Gets QED ‘Seal’

Recognizing innovation, usability, user experience and quality design, the Publishing Innovation Awards identify excellence in 21st century digital publishing including e-books, enhanced e-books, and book apps. For the 2012 PIAs, entrants are eligible to receive the new QED seal. Based on a 13-point inspection checklist, awarding of the QED (for Quality, Excellence, and Design) signals […]

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