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Is the Editor Dead?

Is the Editor Dead? | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

 

This is a pro-editor blog post from Tasha Smith, and she says, "For the loyal reader, format is not the question. Content is. And that's the domain of the editor." She argues that published print authors are also likely to see editors as important because of their contribution to the publishing process.

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Children’s E-Books Surge in First Half of 2012, Paperback Sales Sag | Digital Book World

Children’s E-Books Surge in First Half of 2012, Paperback Sales Sag | Digital Book World | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Sales of children's e-books made huge strides in the first half of the year even as growth in adult trade e-books slowed, according to the latest publishing sales numbers from the Association of American Publishers.

 

Sometimes articles about electronic publishing make it seem like a competition: how soon can digital publishing knock those print books and other materials out of the marketplace? This article notes that "adult trade e-books" did not make the same gains they made in previous years and that "[f]rom 2007 through 2011, e-book sales doubled or more every year." But there are limits to growth in every field, and children's and young adult e-books were up 252% in the first half of 2012. And when you consider that parents prefer to read print books to their children (see http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media/Files/Presentations/2012/Oct/Library%202012_KZ_PDF.pdf), that means a lot of young people are being exposed to reading and book culture! And it also means that e-books and print books can coexist in our literate world.

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Concerning Intellectual Property: A Conversation Between Ellen Seiter and Pat Aufderheide (Part One)

Concerning Intellectual Property: A Conversation Between Ellen Seiter and Pat Aufderheide (Part One) | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

Among other things, this conversation includes a good definition of fair use from Pat Aufderheide: "[B]asically you need to ask two questions: 1) am I using this material for its original purpose or am I repurposing in order to do something different with it? and 2) am I using the appropriate amount to accomplish my goal? And this doesn’t even have to be creating new work. Archivists and librarians routinely repurpose copyrighted material without paying for it, employing fair use successfully and without being challenged." That sounds like exactly what a good content curator does, and I'm starting to think of what I'm doing on scoop.it as building a kind of annotated bibliography.

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Digital first isn't an option for media -- it's the only way forward

Digital first isn't an option for media -- it's the only way forward | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
As the traditional media industry continues to struggle with the disruption caused by the web, some sceptics argue that a "digital first" approach isn't the answer -- but the reality is that focusing on digital is the only hope the industry has.

 

At Gigaom Mathew Ingram says the publishing industry has to focus on digital, but he also says ignoring the web completely and sticking to print works for some.


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How electronic publishing steals a march on print

How electronic publishing steals a march on print | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
In a volatile world, the immediacy of electronic publishing means it can react to events in a matter of weeks rather than months, writes James Bridle...

 

I'm not sure if print books need to be quite as far behind as James Bridle states (e.g., the Cornel West and Tavis Smiley book The Rich and the Rest of Us, which I read several months ago, had references to February 2012 events). He does, however, make the point that awkward length forms, like a 25,000 word essay, are coming back into vogue because of electronic publishing, which is a very good thing.

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What BuzzFeed’s evolution says about the future of longform journalism | Poynter.

Standing for journalism, strengthening democracy | Journalism training, media news & how to's...

 

BuzzFeed is now open to longer forms because, at least in part, "Longform stories also have a much greater shelf life" than memes. Mark Armstrong, founder of Longreads, says data, page views, and experience show that people "crave the deep read."

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Google, publishers settle digital books suit

Google, publishers settle digital books suit | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
The agreement ends a seven-year legal battle. But the search giant still faces a copyright infringement challenge from authors.

 

Google has reached a settlement with publishers, yes, but according to this article they still face "a separate copyright infringement lawsuit from the Authors Guild. That class-action suit stands in Google's way of creating its massive digital library."

 

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Traditional Book Publishing vs. Self-Publishing | Spin Sucks

Traditional Book Publishing vs. Self-Publishing | Spin Sucks | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

Having just finished a six month book tour for Marketing in the Round, we take a look at traditional book publishing versus self-publishing in today's DIY world.

 

Gini Dietrich says, "Sure, we’re in the digital age of DIY, but having a publisher has given me a ton of credibility in speaking and has afforded me the opportunity to increase my fees." She says this is especially true for non-fiction.

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Writers Welcome Blog!...A John Austin blog: How Bout Them Print Mags

Writers Welcome Blog!...A John Austin blog: How Bout Them Print Mags | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

"Print mags are sticking around..."

 

As it turns out, more print magazines have launched during the first three quarters of this year than have failed. "We're going to have print until people work out the monetization of digital," said Trish Hagood, president of MediaFinder.com.

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Pew: After email, getting news is the most popular activity on smartphones, tablets | Poynter.

Pew: After email, getting news is the most popular activity on smartphones, tablets | Poynter. | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

The growing number of tablet owners are developing an increasing appetite for news, according to a new study from Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

 

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People use their mobile devices to read the news, and they read from more sources than before. Will that knowledge help failing newspapers?

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Thank self-publishing for many great books

Thank self-publishing for many great books | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Why is it bad news that "everyone and his dentist" is trying to self-publish a book? Why do we discourage people from sharing stories and ideas?

 

Yes, self-publishing has given us classics like Tristram Shandy and some important contemporary works, and "It's impossible to predict who will write a good book." But publishers and editors traditionally go through the slush pile so that readers won't have to do that. Who will take on that challenge with self-published books hasn't yet fully been worked out.

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prostheticknowledge: Espresso Book Machine  ...

prostheticknowledge: “ Espresso Book Machine Publishing system can create retail-quality printed books from file to bound copy in five minutes - video below: “ The patented Espresso Book Machine®...

 

The old, analog way of producing books is now much more user-friendly with the advent of the Espresso Book Machine. Watching it work is hypnotic.

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Librarian Patience Has Run out on E-Book Lending Issues, Library Association Says | Digital Book World

Librarian Patience Has Run out on E-Book Lending Issues, Library Association Says | Digital Book World | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Patience has run out for librarians around the unsolved issue of e-book lending at libraries, according to American Library Association president Maureen Sullivan.

 

Ongoing dispute between librarians and publishers may show that librarians have invested themselves too heavily in e-books before the nature of these new technologies has been firmly established.

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Digital First? Print First? Both Should Work Together

Digital First? Print First? Both Should Work Together | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

This is a surprisingly convincing article that argues newspapers should use print and digital in the most effective and sometimes counter-intuitive ways.  Johnson says, "Instead of holding to the convention that we write shorter for the web and longer in print, perhaps the really innovative strategy is to use the print product like outdoor advertising that drives people specifically to the stories they're interested in."

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E-Book Subscription Service Oyster Gets $3 Million in Funding, Wants to Be Spotify for Books | Digital Book World

E-Book Subscription Service Oyster Gets $3 Million in Funding, Wants to Be Spotify for Books | Digital Book World | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
E-book subscription service Oyster has secured $3 million dollars in venture funding that it will use to build a sort of Spotify for e-books: a subscription service for which users will pay a monthly fee and then read as many titles as they want.

 

This article asks some very important questions about Oyster: "Who holds the rights to publish the work in this manner? How are publishers and authors compensated for their work? And what measures will be taken to ensure the books aren’t pirated or that their value is diminished for other markets in some way?" The expression of concern about "what makes sense for both publishers and authors" is laudable, but time will tell.

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The Orange County Register is hiring dozens of reporters, focusing on print-first expansion

The Orange County Register is hiring dozens of reporters, focusing on print-first expansion | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
After being sold over the summer, the newspaper is hiring about 50 editorial staffers and adding new print sections — because print's where the money is.

 

The Orange County Register has a new owner, is planning to hire new staff members, and Editor Ken Brusic says, "we are moving as fast as we can to increase the quality of the print edition, because that really is where so much of the revenue comes from." He goes on to say that improving print first doesn't mean moving away from digital, but his decision has likely been influenced by the fact that, for most U.S. newspapers, the print version accounts for 80% of revenue.

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Author Margaret Atwood on Serial Fiction and the Future of the Book

Author Margaret Atwood on Serial Fiction and the Future of the Book | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
The award-winning and forward-thinking author spoke to TIME about her work in progress, 'Positron'...

 

Margaret Atwood seems enthusiastic about delivering serial fiction in e-book form, but she doesn't seem to think the print book is going away any time soon.

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Cloud Print: transforming digital Data as a Service

Cloud Print: transforming digital Data as a Service | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Cloud print, which lets companies create digital "print" jobs from their desktops and tap into a web of connected print facilities, can save resources, money and time.

 

It's true, I think that "hard-copy print is still best for some jobs — or for some audiences," and I like the idea that cloud printing will allow for the "'occasional' transformation of digital data into 2D or 3D objects on demand."  So even as writer Sander Nagtegaal says it's hard to imagine a future for print, he imagines a future for print, which is kind of cool.

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Eric Hellman of Unglue.it on e-books, the creative commons, passionate authors and life after Amazon | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Eric Hellman of Unglue.it on e-books, the creative commons, passionate authors and life after Amazon | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
By Brian Howard A few weeks ago, crowdfunding platform Unglue.it announced the release of its first e-book, Oral Literature in Africa, via Cambridge's Open...

 

According to this article, Unglue.it’s aim is to increase the number of good, free e-books available to the public.  Its founder, Eric Hellman, says he intends to do this by finding new ways for books to enter the public domain.

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The Evolution of Publishing Infographic | Search News Media

Publishing is facing as big a transformation today as the introduction of the printing press posed six centuries ago - check out this great infographic on the Evolution of Publishing.

 

This is a beautiful infographic, but if everyone is a publisher, we need to encourage more readers, fast!

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Publishers look beyond the print v digital debate

Publishers look beyond the print v digital debate | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Barry McIlheney explains why discussions at the PPA Digital Publishing Conference 2012 turned to data, aggregation, conversion and content...

 

The publishers at this conference seemed to agree that "the focus should be on the content and not on the platform," which is, as the author notes, what publishing is about in the first place.

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Alt-Weeklies Struggle to Reinvent Themselves for the Digital Age

Alt-Weeklies Struggle to Reinvent Themselves for the Digital Age | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

It seems that the alt-weeklies face the same problem most media face in the digital age -- how to make money because of their dependence on ad revenue, which is down. But I certainly agree that "the need for a diverse range of high-quality local media is as great as ever," if not more so, as so many publications are closing down.

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What Kind Of Curation Site Should You Use?

What Kind Of Curation Site Should You Use? | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

Deanna Dahlsad designed this simple decision-tree to help differentiate between different Content Curation platforms and which one you should use as a business user.

 

I found this interesting as it's one of the first ones I see that made this obvious and simple differentiation between the different platforms out there. I'm not sure I would describe Scoop.it as article-based (we obviously have large pictures, infographics, videos or SlideShare presentations that are not articles) but I can see where she's coming from and her intention: if the content you curate is not 100% image, "image-based eye-candy" is not enough.  

 

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Ms. Dahlsad doesn't exactly refer to writers and writing in her decision-tree, but text-focused curation sites are more helpful to writers, I think, and that's how I see scoop.it


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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, October 5, 2012 1:27 AM
Thank you for scooping my article and decision tree! Most content curation sites do offer images, as I noted; but there are distinct differences between image-based sites like Pinterest & sites like Scoop.It especially in terms of users.
Chris Lott UAF's comment, October 5, 2012 1:31 PM
The decision tree here represents our decisions on what curation technology to use as an educational organization. It's a great starting point for discussion.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, October 9, 2012 9:53 PM
Hi Deanna - Yes, I found it was a great one. By the way, I was thinking of using it in a future presentation. Would you be ok with that? I'd of course include the reference to your site that's on the original picture. Let me know. Thanks!
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E-Books Expand Their Potential With Serialized Fiction

E-Books Expand Their Potential With Serialized Fiction | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Byliner, a digital publisher, and Amazon have delved into the genre in recent months, and a serialized novel will be available on Apple devices on Monday.

 

This article states that people complain that e-books are flat and unoriginal and that "One variation, what publishers call enhanced e-books, with audio and video elements woven throughout the text, has largely fallen flat with readers." So serialized fiction is being explored...

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Chatty, contest-loving robots now 10% of web traffic, says study

Chatty, contest-loving robots now 10% of web traffic, says study | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
A growing army of bots are doing everything from leaving comments to entering sweepstakes, harming the online environment for both publishers and advertisers. Solve Media has a study on the problem.

 

Those darned robots! Not only are they taking our jobs, but they're making it harder for us to win prizes online.

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