Who is the “Author” of This Book of Tweets?

In Growth Markets, Resources by Guest Contributor

*+-This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati On the eve of their fifth birthday, Twitter published some remarkable statistics: on average, per day users send 140 million tweets and 460,000 new accounts are opened. Without a doubt, we are living interesting times. The …

Rethinking Rights in a Transmedia World

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

*+-By Daniel Kalder As President of Brain Candy LLC, Scott Walker is one of the individuals behind the project Runes of Gallidon, an online fantasy world in which a community of fans are invited to contribute characters, concepts and stories to the central concept. It’s what Walker bills as “a guided collaborative enterprise breaking down the barrier between creator and …

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

In Editorial 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) …

Flat World Knowledge’s “Freemium” Textbooks Gain 140,000 Users, Average $34 Per Sale

In English Language by Guest Contributor

*+-• Flat World Knowledge, a three-year-old textbook publisher, has released 24 titles which are now in use by 140,000 students at over 800 universities in the United States and another 50 abroad. • The company allows students to read the textbook for free online, while selling them POD, e-book and other editions. Over half of users opt for these additional …

Argon Fails to Raise Euros for Cory Doctorow Audiobook

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

*+-By Siobhan O’Leary As we reported last month, German audiobook publisher Argon recently launched an experiment to see if it could raise 9,000 euros in three weeks to finance an unabridged audiobook of Cory Doctorow’s book Little Brother that would be available for free online under a Creative Commons license. Well, it didn’t go so well. The publisher was only …