Late last week a newly released study added to the debate. A team of researchers at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute have found that displaying a picture book on an iPad, and combining it with narration, improved small children’s ability to understand the words they are seeing.
Mills & Boon is claiming to be turning "traditional storytelling … on its head" with the launch of an online story world which stitches together more than 800 pieces of digital content in multiple formats in what it says is a global first.
The German government has cut VAT on audiobooks to 7%, and the rate on e-books might soon follow.
The decision was made by the German coalition government’s executive board on Tuesday (29th April) and means audiobook sellers will be able to charge less for the product now the VAT rate has been slashed from its previous 19%.
The London Book Fair organisers have made much of the Digital Minds Conference sessions available on their YouTube channel. I've selected one of my highlight sessions on Hybrid and Author-Publishing, featuring Director of Author & Publisher relations at Amazon, Jon Fine, and indie and hybrid best-selling author, Hugh Howey, and Orna Ross, indie author, founder and Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors. The three discuss their experiences of both traditional and self-publishing. - See more at: http://www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/2014/04/digital-minds-conference-hybrid-and.html#sthash.PbXOxIcb.dpuf
The London Book Fair organisers have made much of the Digital Minds Conference sessions available on their YouTube channel. I've selected one of my highlight sessions on Hybrid and Author-Publishing, featuring Director of Author & Publisher relations at Amazon, Jon Fine, and indie and hybrid best-selling author, Hugh Howey, and Orna Ross, indie author, founder and Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors. The three discuss their experiences of both traditional and self-publishing.
This Wednesday, Digital Book World and The Huffington Post Books are co-hosting an exclusive, specially-priced webcast (just $9.99) to find out what ebook readers are actually reading.
What limited data exists on ebook sales still doesn’t tell you much about what consumers think of the titles they buy after the buy them. So we’re sitting down with editors at three of the top destinations for readers to talk about what they’re reading and make their opinions known. The hour-long webcast will provide a rare qualitative glimpse at some of the readers and reading habits that drive our weekly ebook best-seller list.
Back-lists offer a potential “pool of resources…to mined based on movements and trends in [the] mercurial marketplace” of digital publishing. That’s how Ed Nawotka, editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives, put it in his introductory remarks at the “Monetizing the Backlist” conference in New York City yesterday. The trick for publishers — and the focus of the day’s talks and panel discussions — is turning those resources into revenue.
Wolters Kluwer Health to Bundle Inkling-Powered eBooks with Print Titles Targeting Medical Professionals One of the First Large Publishers to Adopt One-Price Print and Digital Book Bundling for Medical Practice Market
This year, I was honoured to be asked to be a judge of the Bookseller Industry Awards. It was intimidating, sitting alongside the organiser of the Man Booker Prize and The Bookseller editor Philip Jones, providing my perspective on who was successful in publishing in 2013.
I decided early on that my focus would be on two areas: digital and innovation. Digital because most of my work lies in the areas where technology meets communication and entertainment—particularly in video games. Innovation because I believe that successful businesses are those that figure out how to learn faster, better, cheaper than the competition.
Hace unos días he vuelto de la Feria del Libro de Buenos Aires. Asistí invitado por la Fundación El Libro (entidad organizadora de la Feria) para intervenir en una mesa sobre la situación de las librerías y al Espacio Tendencias con una ponencia sobre la comercialización en situaciones de crisis. Como es obligado, lo primero es agradecer a la Fundación la invitación y a Gabriela Adamo (directora de la Feria) las atenciones y amabilidad que me han dispensado. Me siento enormemente en deuda con numerosas personas de la organización por sus desvelos para conmigo (Carolina, Szmidt, Jorge Gutiérrez, etc.)
If you thought Kobo was the only one with a 6.8″ ebook reader then you’re in for a shock. Charbax caught up with Onyx a few weeks ago at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair and got us our second look at the Onyx Boox T68.
Le format epub est présenté aujourd’hui comme la meilleure solution pour l’édition électronique, à la fois en raison de ses caractéristiques techniques (notamment le caractère reflowable / reconfigurable du texte qui n’est pas asservi à un seul type d’écran) mais aussi politiques et institutionnelles. L’epub est en effet un standard ouvert, neutre, qui n’est pas verrouillé, contrairement aux formats propriétaires comme le format mobi utilisé par Amazon. Mais contrairement aux livres, où les formats mobi et epub ont pratiquement complètement détrôné le PDF, les articles de la plupart des revues électroniques scientifiques restent encore aujourd’hui pratiquement uniquement disponibles en PDF, et souvent (de plus en plus) en html. Rappelons que le principal problème du PDF vient de sa mise en page figée, non reconfigurable en fonction de la taille et de la forme de l’écran. Bien que mis au point par Adobe à l’origine, il n’est pas propriétaire et est devenu un standard.
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