The age of collaboration indicates some adjacent sources of value are emerging. Since adjacency is relative, how can publishers ensure that the central pieces remain?
Is this a watershed moment for independent publishing?
O’Reilly launches the “live book,” a way to extend the useful life of a book by turning hardware into software.
This weekend Amazon pulled all of MacMillan’s books, both electronic and paper, from their store due to a dispute over eBook pricing policies. Is this the first battle in the war for control of the publishing industry?
The subscription model is more prevalent than ever, but it’s also different in important ways. What can publishers learn and implement?
A famous publishing course is officially laid to rest, while a renowned publishing mag gets a reprieve. Which decision makes the most sense?
Two fiction publishers decide to delay release of their e-books, further marginalizing their books. Meanwhile, an STM book publisher gets it right.
Self-publishing initiatives in consumer publishing a falling under harsh criticism. Why aren’t similar endeavors in the purportedly more disciplined area of scholarly publishing experiencing the same?
E-books are changing the world of publishing, but rather than creating something new, too much emphasis is being put on re-hashing failures of the past. The changing market doesn’t have to be a zero sum game, and the rise of new forms may not spell the death of the book as we know it.
We continue to talk about “disruptive innovation” as if it’s a looming threat. But what if it’s already happened? What if it’s too late?
e-Books are becoming more competitive, with Sony striking distribution and retail deals. Authors and readers stand to benefit.
Over time, many markets become dominated by low quality, cheap, “good enough” products. How is this common evolutionary pathway playing out in the world of scholarly publishing?
Mass-market book publishing is being disrupted more quickly than anyone expected. What lessons can we learn?
Trade organizations grew up around traditional information containers and roles. Now that things are changing, is it time to consider collaboration and consolidation in the association space?
Feudalism was a necessary step in social organization, but is it the end-state for academic organization? A number of related events this past weekend make me think not.