Apple rolled out a new update this week for its ebook-making app for the Mac. I am still waiting to hear back from users, but according to the changelog iBooks Author 2.5 adds an additional layer of security, a better workflow for publishers working with multiple authors, and new templates for making interactive Epubs. That last detail is of especial interest to readers, so if you get a chance to test it please let us know what you think. You can find the app in the Mac App Store. What's New in Version 2.5 New templates for creating interactive ePub books Support for publishing to iBooks using an Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled Improved workflow when publishing books on behalf of multiple sellers Performance and stability improvements Check These Out!
Today I encountered the usual backward-looking proposal from the legacy publishing industry. The Guardian published an article yesterday where the Society of Authors called for the UK gov't to adopt a proposed EU directive which would protect authors from the take it or leave it contracts offered by online services. Only, the difference is, the SoA sees this in terms of legacy publishers. His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has welcomed a “badly need[ed]” new proposal from the European Commission that would protect authors who achieve unexpected success from missing out on royalties. Pullman was speaking as president of the Society of Authors, which is pressing the UK government to adopt clauses from the new EU draft directive on the digital single market in order to “avoid unfair practices that currently prevent authors making a living from writing”. The Society highlighted the case of Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon, who has not received any royalties from the television and film adaptations of her Horrid Henry books, despite the series being broadcast in 44 countries with more than 1.5m DVDs sold. In an article last December, Simon revealed that she was missing out on the royalties because when she sold Orion her first Horrid Henry [...]
American publishers experienced a 2.7% decline in revenues in the first quarter of 2016 to $2.14bn (£1.65bn) compared to the same period in 2015, according to data released by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
The Future Today Institute has created a terrific, free report summarizing key technology trends and what they mean for tomorrow. I’ve embedded the report below so you can quickly flip through it. I read the whole report and highlighte
A veteran agent who was formerly a publisher confirmed a point for me about how trade publishing has changed over the past two decades, particularly for the big houses. This challenges a fundamental tenet of my father’s understanding of the business.
Bexar County Public Library got a lot of press coverage several years ago when it opened its book-less Bibliotech library branch, and now it is taking the show on the road. The local ABC station and the Rivard Report reported yesterday that VIA Metropolitan Transit, the local buss company, is installing six Bibliotech kiosks in bus stations around San Antonio. Bexar County and VIA are making it easier than ever to take part in their "Ride & Read" initiative. There are plenty of advantage to taking public transportation so why not use the time to get into a good book? That’s the message VIA is sending out to its riders in their latest attempt to connect the community. They’re partnering with Bexar County and their Bibliotech program. "You don’t have to be the driver and pay attention to the traffic, so a great use of your time is to sit back and read and catch up on things," said Jeffrey Arndt, president and CEO of VIA Metropolitan Transit. You can see a kiosk in the lead photo, which was taken by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone. The kiosks are located at VIA's Downtown Information Center, Centro Plaza, Ellis Alley Transit Center, North Star Transit Center, Medical Center Transit Center, and Crossroads Park & [...]
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