The Sophistication and Stupidity of Video Game Storytelling

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s been plenty of news coming out of this week’s E3 video game convention, not the least of which is that game designers will now be moving into 3D. Unfortunately, not matter how stunning and innovative a video game’s visuals get, much less effort seems to be going into the actual stories in the games themselves. “Other …

Your Book as a Database: A Primer

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  By Chris Kubica Read Part Two and Part Three of this article on our news blog. Imagine the future of books not as physical objects, but as relational databases… Autobiographies, written in semi-real-time as the authors live their lives Massively multi-reader “Choose Your Own Adventure”-like role-playing books where everyone’s choices shape the story Serialized novels, like David Copperfield, only …

BEA Book Preview: In Search of Proust’s Overcoat

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Eric Karpeles Since October 2008, when my book, Paintings in Proust, was published, I find I have become something of an unwitting receptacle for a variety of responses to the great French novelist. Upon learning the subject of my work, otherwise well-read individuals become profusely embarrassed at never having read “the whole thing” or confess sheepishly to me that …

The Arte Público Alternative: How One Small Press Tackles Foreign Sales and Distribution

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In the lead up to next week’s BookExpo America, where Spain is the focus of the Global Market Forum, we offer a look at how one bilingual Spanish-English publisher makes the most out of cross-border collaboration. By Dr. Nicolás Kanellos HOUSTON: As the director of non-profit Arte Público Press (APP), a program of the University of Houston that focuses on publishing …

Introducing Libranda: Spain’s Big Three Finalize Their Push into Ebooks

In Digital by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The long-awaited e-book platform from Spain’s big three publishers now has a name. At a meeting with booksellers in Madrid on Tuesday, representatives of the new company announced it will be called Libranda, and will offer the biggest selection of e-books in Spanish and Catalán in the world. Libranda will act as a digital distributor with no …

How Digital Technology Turbocharges Traditional Education

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Editorial by Ron Mobed, Cengage Learning We can all agree that technology is sweeping across the educational frontier like a wildfire. Many say digital innovations transform the relationships between instructors and students, students and learning material, and students and their peers. More important, the correct use of technology, together with high-quality content, pedagogy and instruction, offers a dramatic improvement in …

The Potential and Promise of “Live” E-books

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Enhanced e-books with web and video links embedded in the text is just the beginning: “One of the things we can do is to enable the creation of unique new data sets using the Internet as a source,” says Bruce Molloy, CEO of Connotate. “Real time analysis and use of this new data will allow publishers to …

Changing the World One Magazine at a Time

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: One of the highlights of the final day of the London Book Fair, which closed yesterday, was the giving of the UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Award. This year, Gavin Weale, 32, of LIVE Futures picked up the £5,000 prize for his work with young people, and his idea to begin publishing a magazine with Langa township in …

All Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Copyright holders have the right to price and term the works that they have created, the works that they own. That’s a stake in the ground. I couldn’t do what I do for a living without believing that,” says Tracey Armstrong (pictured right), CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center, in a conversation earlier this week on the …