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About digital publishing, e-books, options for self-publishing, audio books, and other new publishing technology; also about the internet, that most enormous electronic publishing venture.
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Looking Into The Past of Books To See Their Future

Looking Into The Past of Books To See Their Future | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

Historians know that those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it.

 

When it comes to books, we are doomed to repeat it anyway, at least according to Corey Pressman, founder of Exprima Media, a software design and development firm based in Portland, Oreg.

 

He’s also a recovering anthropology teacher ...


Via Carisa Kluver
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An interesting take on the need to understand the evolution of our reading and writing practices. There's also a good list of books about reading in this piece.

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:01 PM

Great insights & blog to follow ...

Marianela Camacho Alfaro's curator insight, July 16, 2013 11:15 AM

Corey Pressman: It’s always wise to look back, especially during periods of transition. Reading is an old and varied behavior, and the reading patterns, values, and assumptions with which we are familiar are themselves relatively new. Of course, they don’t seem that way because we rarely have cause to look back.

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E-readers: a green choice?

E-readers: a green choice? | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Four years ago, the New York Times ran a blog post comparing the effects of e-readers on the environment.  Even though it's been a number of years since the post came out, the jury is still out on ...
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This lovely little post from the Burlington Public Library about the relative environmental impact of e-books vs. print books concludes that the greenest option is to get your books from your local library.

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Are Print Books More Valuable than Digital? | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News

Are Print Books More Valuable than Digital? | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
At the onset of e-reading brought on by the flood of dedicated devices to the market, the reading community seemed fairly well divided into two ca
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In the move toward electronic publishing, it's important to remember the importance of books to "people who treasure printed books as an object of beauty, and not just for their literary value. While it may be easy to dismiss these collectors as what the name implies–people suffering from a severe fetish for print media–they are actually a driving force in the book industry."

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Canadian Government shifts to electronic publishing | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare

Canadian Government shifts to electronic publishing | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
FutureGov – Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare
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As the trends in publishing change, it's significant to watch what governments do -- they have the resources and the public mandate to print documents. The Canadian government has apparently decided to make electronic publishing its "default standard," which will save them money and transfer the trouble of printing to the citizen.

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Newspaper wars: La Presse invests millions in free iPad-only edition | Toronto Star

Newspaper wars: La Presse invests millions in free iPad-only edition | Toronto Star | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Montreal paper owned by Power Corp. believes subscribers will migrate to free digital version, funded by advertisers, creating a new model for the struggling industry.

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La Presse's free iPad-only digital paper may or may not save the flagging newspaper industry, but it's good for Apple.

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Creative destruction, government snooping: Is the Internet worth it?

Creative destruction, government snooping: Is the Internet worth it? | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
We can't "repeal the Internet." But it has unleashed scary forces -- and reasons for a Silicon Valley backlash
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Andrew Leonard's response to Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson's “If I could, I would repeal the Internet" comment is a more nuanced view of the good, the bad, and the ugly that is the internet. Leonard gives a complex and thoughtful description of leaving the alternative weekly Bay Guardian to become an internet writer, and the affects the internet and mobile devices have had on such publications since then. "But while the Internet has been tough on all print publications, with each day that passes it is more obvious that the free weeklies are absolutely getting killed. The smartphone delivered the coup de grace. In the Bay Area, no one grabs a weekly to read on BART or to peruse while having a cup of coffee. Everyone just pulls out their phone."

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Actors Today Don’t Just Read for the Part. Reading IS the Part.

Actors Today Don’t Just Read for the Part. Reading IS the Part. | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
As audiobooks flourish, thanks in part to digital technologies, the industry has given many aspiring actors a steady paycheck.
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The proliferation of audio books benefits struggling actors, and it's good to see some aspect of the digital revolution that so clearly increases opportunities for artists. Leslie Kaufman says, "Once a small backwater of the publishing industry, in part because of the cumbersome nature of tapes, audiobooks are now flourishing. Sales have been rising by double digits annually in recent years. A recent survey by industry groups showed that audiobook revenue climbed 22 percent in 2012 compared with 2011.

 

"Much of the growth can be attributed to the business’s digital transformation — from how books are recorded (increasingly at studios in the actors’ homes) to how they are sold (through subscription or individually on the Internet) and consumed (downloaded to mobile devices).

 

"That development is good for publishers and authors, of course. But it has also created a burgeoning employment opportunity for actors pursuing stardom on the stage and screen, allowing them to pay their bills doing something other than waiting on tables."

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O'Gara And Wilson Books Moving: Chicago's Oldest Bookstore Ending Amazing ... - Huffington Post

O'Gara And Wilson Books Moving: Chicago's Oldest Bookstore Ending Amazing ...
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Print books.
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It's sad to note that O'Gara and Wilson Bookstore has to move. The slideshow at the end of this article contains some good ideas about how bookstores can continue to thrive.
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Amazon Publishing Has First Million Copy Bestseller: What Next?

Amazon Publishing Has First Million Copy Bestseller: What Next? | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon Publishing announces that the Hangman's Daughter series is their first million seller. Is it a cause for concern? Celebration? Or merely surprise that it took this long?

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Amazon's success with a translated novel is laudable, but the article goes on to say that "with physical bookstores still making up nearly 25% of all book sales, other authors and agents may not yet be ready to give up on print distribution as of yet (as well as the easy discoverability that “real” books in “real” bookstores can provide)."

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Stephen King's Joyland pirated

Stephen King's Joyland pirated | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Alison Flood: As ebooks of King's latest novel circulate online, German researchers pioneer controversial new DRM technology
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This Guardian article talks with author Lloyd Shepard on how to prevent pirating. He says, rather than criminalizing the piracy, "You address it culturally by banging away, year after year, on how creators are people earning a living who should be compensated fairly – authors have a big part to play in that, by being present in social media and book forums, by being very obviously human beings capable of being damaged and not faceless entertainment 'brands'," Shepherd said. "You address it economically by taking a long, hard look at issues like ebook availability in international markets – the old geographic rights model has been fatally undermined by international data networks, and the licensing regime has to react to that."

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Online throttling and site-blocking to be outlawed in Europe under net neutrality plan | ZDNet

Online throttling and site-blocking to be outlawed in Europe under net neutrality plan | ZDNet | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
We will guarantee access to the full and open internet on every device, on every network, says the EU's digital chief.
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When ISP's, particularly telecoms, are reluctant to give customers access to sites that compete with their own and they block or throttle those sites for that reason, they encourage censorship of other kinds. The European Union has decided to act.

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Esther Cepeda | Printed books are old-fashioned, but with an indispensable role

Esther Cepeda | Printed books are old-fashioned, but with an indispensable role | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
According to his critics, Stephen King is not only callous to the desires of some of his most ardent fans but also clinging to the past in deciding to release his new book 'Joyland' in print only. But I’m with him on this one.
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Esther Cepeda says that print books have some advantages over e-books and lists the following: "Several research studies have documented important differences between reading in print and online. As the Center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University summarized in 2008, reading paper texts is faster than reading texts presented online or displayed on a screen.

 

"The National Literacy Trust in Britain recently warned of the perils of letting children — whose daily e-reading has doubled in the last two years — read exclusively on digital devices.Their research found that of kids who read daily, those who did so only electronically were less likely to be above-average readers than those who read daily in print or a combination of print and electronics (15.5 percent vs. 26 percent). On-screen-only readers were also far less likely to enjoy reading very much compared to those who also read in print (12 percent vs. 51 percent)."

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Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history?

Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history? | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
We are used to thinking of a “mass media” market made up of large newspapers and TV networks as the normal state of affairs in media, but what if that was just a historical anomaly?

Via Guillaume Decugis
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Most of what Ingram describes makes good sense: the era of "mass media" as a historical anomaly; the notion that writers in the 18th and 19th centuries who shared their journals or commonplace books were bloggers of sorts. Standage's point of view is a little less intriguing -- that we will get our news from social media, which are the modern taverns and coffeehouses. In my opinion, when large journalistic enterprises are undermined and can no longer afford to pay trained journalists and fact-checkers who generate the content so many bloggers use as food for thought, we will no longer be able to keep up with what's going on in the world -- to our detriment.

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:11 PM

Interesting post by Mathew Ingram. It reminds me of a similar observation Mick Jagger made about recorded music. He noted that artists only made money from records from roughly 1970 to 1997: in the 60's and before, mass consumption hadn't developed enough for artists to get enough leverage against their record labels while after 1997, piracy and digital music dramtically change the whole recorded music model.


For all Content Industries including Music, Movies and Media, the anormal situation might therefore not as much be what technology did in the last few years than what it did a century ago.


When it comes to media content, technology improvements have known 2 distinct eras, one of which very recent:


- from the invention of writing until the Web 2.0, progresses have primarily focused on offering greater and greater distribution : the book, the printing press, the rotary printing press, radio, TV and event the Web 1.0 all gave access to a wider audience to a small group of content creators;


- but from the social Web's beginning, we started to talk about user-generated content and everyone could potentially become a publisher: with blogs and social media, content creation and then even content curation itself are being democratized.


So I don't know if I agree with Ingram's point that historically mass media didn't exist (if the Bible isn't mass media, what is?) but we're certainly not coming back to a 1-to-many broadcast model.

Martin Debattista's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:34 PM

Social media, personal as it is, still depends on global companies doing business on a global level. Facebook with its almost 1,000 million users? Twitter? Google? Aren't they in the field to make a profit?

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E-Book Ruling Gives Amazon an Advantage

E-Book Ruling Gives Amazon an Advantage | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
A federal judge’s antitrust finding against Apple over e-book prices underscores how much the book industry has changed and bolsters the advantage held by the online retailer.
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This article shows the breadth and depth of Amazon's influence, and it concludes that the ruling against Apple wasn't a good thing for publishing. Here are two quotes from two divergent points of view:

 

“Amazon is not in most of the headlines, but all of the big events in the book world are about Amazon,” said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. “If the publishers colluded, it was to blunt Amazon’s dominance. Barnes & Noble’s troubles may stem from a misstep with its Nook tablets, just as Borders’ bankruptcy might have been hastened by management mistakes, but its precarious position is that of any rent-paying retailer facing a deep-pocketed virtual competitor.”

“The Department of Justice has unwittingly caused further consolidation in the industry at a time when consolidation is not necessarily a good thing,” said Mark Coker, the chief executive of Smashwords, an e-book distributor. “If you want a vibrant ecosystem of multiple publishers, multiple publishing methods and multiple successful retailers in 5, 20 or 50 years, we took a step backwards this week.”

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PCWorld shifting to digital-only in U.S. | Digital Publishing | Media Business

PCWorld shifting to digital-only in U.S. | Digital Publishing | Media Business | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
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PCWorld has had a print edition in the U.S. for thirty years, and now they are going all-digital. Print subscribers are told they can register online to receive digital editions. At least the staff will be unaffected.

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MLK Library Ready to Unveil Digital Commons Space for Students, Social Entrepreneurs and Tech Startups

MLK Library Ready to Unveil Digital Commons Space for Students, Social Entrepreneurs and Tech Startups | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Although the entire D.C. Public Library's branch system has been renovated and rebuilt over the past decade, modernization of the downtown Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has been slow coming.
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The library's Digital Commons will feature 80 public computers, a 3-D printer, eReading devices, an Espresso book machine, smartboards, and a "self-publishing book machine." Yet the article only reports on the sale and purge of print books at the library, rather than acquisitions.

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Digital rights management: downloads, downers and a call for PDF publishing

Digital rights management: downloads, downers and a call for PDF publishing | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Modern academics don't read supine, snacking on grapes, writes Jefferson Pooley – we need book formats we can annotate, search, print and share (Digital rights management: downloads, downers and a call for PDF publishing
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This article praises publishing academic works as DRM-free pdfs.

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Mobile devices in power play

Mobile devices in power play | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
The increasing demand for wireless access is creating a surge in energy consumption.

Via Monica S Mcfeeters
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According to this article, wi-fi is more energy efficient than a 3G or 4G network, and plugging into a modem at home is more energy-efficient than wi-fi, though in turn the modem at home depends on the energy usage of the telephone company that provides the broadband service. The salient point of this article is that all these systems must be made more energy-efficient.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:49 AM

Wireless networks can be redesigned to become more energy-efficient. Green Touch believes that by 2020 the net energy consumption in overall networks can be reduced up to 90 per cent.

One strategy is to shift traffic from the large towers to smaller networks with a smaller range, to reduce the distance from signal to device.



Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/mobile-devices-in-power-play-20130703-2pall.html#ixzz2YF2dMc2f

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From Hemingway to Twitterature: The Short and Shorter of it

From Hemingway to Twitterature: The Short and Shorter of it | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

I've never seen this publication before, the Journal of Electronic Publishing but I'm certainly going to check in on it frequently now.  If you wonder if literature is dying read this and get a really pleasant surprise.


Via Karen Johnson, R.Conrath, Ed.D.
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This optimistic piece about Fiction 2.0 includes discussions of Twitterature, Nanofiction, Crowd-sourced narratives, Infographics, and free stories. Rudin's enthusiasm is laudable, but is he too optimistic about this fragmented approach to literature?

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Why Genre Rules e-Books, and What the Big Publishers Are Doing About It

Why Genre Rules e-Books, and What the Big Publishers Are Doing About It | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
The future of book publishing is increasingly digital -- and increasingly tilted towards genre fiction.
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Though some people suggest that readers of genre fiction prefer e-books because of the anonymity factor (that is, people can't see what you're reading), this article gives more convincing arguments about why this might be true: "But the digital delivery system also offers immediacy and ease of access for material that often is serialized and written to make you want to know what happens next, as soon as possible. Liate Stehlik, senior vice president and publisher at HarperCollins, subscribes to that idea, at least partially. Genre fans, she says, became “early adopters” of the digital format because e-books are the optimal format “for people who want to read a lot of books, quickly and frequently. Digital has replaced the paperback, certainly the paperback originals. I think the audience that gravitated to eBooks first really was that voracious reader, reading for entertainment, reading multiple books in a month across multiple genres.”"

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Chicago Public Library to Open Free Digital Fabrication Maker Space - Core77

Chicago Public Library to Open Free Digital Fabrication Maker Space - Core77 | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

Here's one sound that librarians won't be "shushing" in Chicago: The distinctive whining-and-grinding of a CNC mill. The Chicago Public Library has announced that their centrally-located Harold Washington branch, inside the Loop, will be getting the Windy City's first free maker space.


Via Flora Moon
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The idea of a pop-up fabrication lab in the Chicago Public Library will "give Chicagoans no-cost access to digital manufacturing," which is great, but for CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon to say, "American libraries have been dying on the vine for years, and we can't think of a better use for the typically cavernous and underused spaces" is odd -- every time I've been in the Chicago Public Library in recent years it's been full of books and full of patrons!

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Your Book Is Watching You | FutureBook

Your Book Is Watching You | FutureBook | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
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Nick Harkaway is very upset about "the notion of a book which is configured to provide a chain of evidence in a civil proceeding against the reader." And he goes on to warn publishers about the damaging effect this kind of behavior will have on their relations with their readers.

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HTML5, The Future — And Now — of Publishing | Digital Book World

HTML5, The Future — And Now — of Publishing | Digital Book World | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

While there is still some debate and discussion, I believe the war is over and HTML5 is the future of digital publishing.

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Nick Ruffilo makes a convincing argument that the html 5 stack (HTML5, CSS3, and javascript) is the future of digital publishing. Almost everyone has a browser, so it can be read anywhere. It's not proprietary, and it helps us build responsive websites. What's not to like?

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E-Readers Don’t Cut Down on Reading Comprehension

E-Readers Don’t Cut Down on Reading Comprehension | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Recent research says that reading comprehension on an e-reader and electronic screen is just as good as with paper
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This article suggests that reading on an e-reader is no different, but one study showed that more repetition was required on a screen to impart the same information and that print readers digest material more fully. "At Psychology Today, Mark Changizi argues that the trouble with e-readers, like the Kindle, is that there are very few visual landmarks compared with paper books or magazines, which makes them harder to navigate."

 
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Marissa Mayer Is Bringing Back the Internet Portal. Here's Why | Wired Business | Wired.com

Marissa Mayer Is Bringing Back the Internet Portal. Here's Why | Wired Business | Wired.com | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Instead of refocusing Yahoo, Marissa Mayer is broadening the company. That's odd, given that Yahoo was once considered a bloated, obsolete leviathan. But it turns out giant internet conglomerates still have some big advantages.
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Ryan Tate says, "So why is Yahoo in the midst of purposely transforming itself into an über portal even as computer users are migrating to super-focused mobile apps and even when its leader made her name touting simplicity and minimalism? And how did Google, once the poster child for focus, end up as a sort of accidental portal, with its own social network, webmail site, online map, and video sharing service, to say nothing of its smartphone manufacturer or set of operating systems?


"Because we live in a world where the most valuable information – and especially the demographic and tracking data coveted by online advertisers – does not want to be free, and in fact is hoarded in proprietary databases that can only be assembled if you’re a portal, or look a lot like one. Or at least this is part of the reason."

 

My take on this is that companies need to expand their reach to gather a maximum amount of data about us, yet they need to simplify ways we use technology so that a maximum number of people will participate.

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