What Can Digital Publishers Learn from Traditional Publishing’s Long Lead Times?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature article, Margot Atwell of Beaufort Books discusses what it takes to crash a title. Too often in these digital days, impatience is the norm. Digital publishing enables almost instantaneous publication and has made speed-to-market a priority for many, particularly DIY publishers, who are anxious to get their work in front of readers as soon …

Has the iPad Lived Up to Its Hype?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story considers the introduction of the iPad to Latin America. Apple’s device has been largely viewed as a revolutionary product, one that has brought tablet computing to the mainstream. We’ve now been living with the iPad for some six months now and discussion of the potential of the device is ongoing. Has it, in your …

Nominate a Digital Innovator

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story is the latest in our series of video interviews with digital innovators from the UK. In the coming months we’re going to be expanding this series to include others around the world. We’re looking for new faces, new voices and new ideas from anywhere around the globe. If you’d like to nominate someone for us …

Don’t Miss the Rights Directors’ Meeting!

In Frankfurt Tips by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg This year, the International Rights Directors’ Meeting will focus on digital rights, and the challenges and opportunities new technology presents to rights directors. The International Rights Directors’ Meeting will be held on October 5, the day before the show floor opens, from 2:00-5:00pm in the Europa conference room in Hall 4.0. In an interview, Chairperson David Bowers, …

Oxford English Dictionary May Go Online Only

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Associated Press reports that Oxford University Press (OUP) might published the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED3) online only, skipping the 20-volume print edition. The publisher released a statement saying, “At present we are experiencing increasing demand for the online product… However, a print version will certainly be considered if there is sufficient demand …

Is China a Genuine Opportunity for Western Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story previews the Beijing International Book Fair, which opens Monday. In particular, we focus on the booming digital segment of this already $150bn book market. Over the past decade, Western publishers have been tentatively courting the Chinese market. Textbook collaborations are numerous, as are publications in the scientific, technical and medical fields. Trade publishers are …

Beijing International Book Fair: E-books and Digital Content Boost China’s $150bn Publishing Media Market (Update)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

• The Beijing International Book Fair (August 30 through September 3) reflects China’s booming digital publishing business with 2,000 sq. meters of digital exhibits. • Sales of ebooks, downloaded games, apps and other digital content in China hit 80 billion RMB ($11.8 billion) in 2009. By Edward Nawotka UPDATED 8/29: Our initial statistical information stated that the $150bn applied exclusively to …