Are Writers Powerless to Make a Living in the Digital Age?

In Editorial & Opinion by Mike Springer

• Jaron Lanier is the author of You Are Not a Gadget and “father of virtual reality” considers whether writers and “content” creators can make a living in the Digital Age. • Lanier argues against mashups and content fragmentation, saying, “economic incentives will be in favor of supporting individuals instead of . . . a collective vision.” Interview by Mike …

Behold, It Lives! Frankentext! (Or How Textbook Publishing Got So Scary)

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• The textbook, the revered embodiment of knowledge for more than 150 years, had turned into Frankentext, The Monster: overstuffed, overpriced, and unloved. • Eric Frank, co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, explains why and what might be done to thwart the monster. Editorial by Eric Frank, co-founder, Flat World Knowledge (with a little help from Mary Shelley and Mel Brooks) …

Small Press Maestro: Jeffrey Lependorf and the Ecosystem of Independent Publishing

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses has institutionalized best practices for distribution, fund-raising and moving into to digital. CLMP’s annual spelling bee to raise money will take place on October 26 at 7pm in NYC. • “Independent literary publishing is that it is mission-driven, not dollar-driven.” By Kate Travers In 1967 a motley crew of magazine editors including …

In Argentina, E-books Are Sexy! (But You Can’t Find Them Anywhere)

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Publishers and readers across Argentina are talking about e-books — and their relative scarcity • Digital entrepreneurs are hard at work, but the market has a great deal of ground to make up before it catches America or Europe. By Julieta Lionetti BUENOS AIRES: Buenos Aires has a coffee-shop culture similar to that of Vienna or Paris, making it easy to stumble upon people …

When Will We Have E-book Bestseller Lists?

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Op-ed by Tim Coronel (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 8 October 2010. Download the complete show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) For all the data we are collecting about the book industry, there is one crucial piece of the puzzle we don’t …

Berlin’s International Literary Fest Provides a Showcase for World Lit, Politics of Publishing

In Editorial & Opinion by Amanda DeMarco

• All eyes may be turned to Frankfurt, but Germany’s capital Berlin just wrapped up its own popular literary festival with 279 authors from 63 countries appeared at 232 events. • At the Festival author Alberto Manguel called American publishing “one of the worst and most dangerous things that has happened to the works of art and literature.” By Amanda …

Our Evolving Publishing Vocabulary: Why Do We Use the Words We Do?

In Editorial & Opinion by Edward Nawotka

• The traditional vocabulary we’ve used to describe publishing is breaking down. We now have traditional publishers, digital first publishers, self-publishers, and quasi-professional vanity presses all vying for our attention. • When is it appropriate to use each term? What are the differences? Here, we at Publishing Perspectives will try to explain the words we use and why. Editorial by Edward Nawotka As …

Avalon en Español: iPad Brings Digital Revolution to Biblio-diverse Latin America

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Today’s launch of the iPad across South America should spark a “digital revolution” and significantly shift the Latin American publishing landscape. By Xpectro (Pablo Francisco Arrieta) BOGOTA: South America is a green continent. We have lots of areas covered by green forests, fertile lands for agriculture, mountains, flowers, thousands of different animals and insects. One of the most precious …

Bound Books vs. Ebooks, That is Still the Question

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Canadian author and bookseller Deborah Willis discusses the differences between bound books and e-books. • Willis argues “when books become computers, they will no longer be books.” Ultimately, she feels computers and the web are not well-suited to storytelling and diminish the experience of reading itself. Editorial by Deborah Willis VICTORIA, B.C.: The bound book is an ancient, heavy, …