The failure of the traditional music industry has become the standard cautionary tale for content industries adapting to a digital era. But for scholarly publishers, many factors make the music industry a poor comparison. We have more in common with smaller niche markets. Watching their electronic experimentation and new business models may be more informative as we seek new strategies for presenting and selling content.
Another German publisher tries to profit off printed Wikipedia entries, this time by flooding Amazon with POD compilations.
Penguin is experimenting with the iPad, and sharing what they’re thinking in this video demo. It’s pretty amazing stuff.
O’Reilly launches the “live book,” a way to extend the useful life of a book by turning hardware into software.
Two fiction publishers decide to delay release of their e-books, further marginalizing their books. Meanwhile, an STM book publisher gets it right.
A mixture of traditional and new that is effective, simple, and rather astounding.
Economic turmoils continue to rock academia. University presses are feeling the pinch. How are European presses adapting?
A 2.0 Publishing talk delivers little more than anecdotes, buzzwords, and a narrative that conflates technological, biological, and cultural evolution. Does “Content Nation” really deliver a new view of publishing? Or just a business model borrowed from Web 2.0?
Thinking about the Kindle as an e-book reader rather than a wireless reader makes you miss some of the benefits of not owning books.
The book may only be a part of the future of reading. Will publishers be only a part of it, too?