From Frankfurt 2010: Paradoxes Abound at TOC Frankfurt

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Todd Sattersten Everyone knows the past year has been one of great change for the publishing industry, but at the same time there is a growing sense of comfort. It feels like things are starting to work themselves out. Distribution of electronic books now has an ecosystem of devices and distribution points. Readers have actively adopted to new technologies. …

From Frankfurt 2010: Content Knows No Borders

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Liz Bury (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 6 October 2010. Download the complete, 32-page show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) “There is an ocean of stories out there, with endless potential,” noted Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos …

TOC Frankfurt Preview: Douglas Rushkoff on Upstart Publishing, Staying Human in a Digital World

In Growth Markets by Chad W. Post

• In advance of his keynote speech at today’s Tools of Change Frankfurt conference, Douglass Rushkoff discusses his new book Program or Be Programmed and the advantages of working with a small, digital publisher instead of a traditional corporate one. • “People accept the tools and interfaces that they’re presented with as if they were pre-existing conditions of the universe,” says …

Skipping Steps: How Web 2.0 Technology Can Transform Our Industry (and
 our Lives)

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Riky Stock Attending Web 2.0 at the Sheraton New York this week along with
 visionaries, marketing professionals, and web experts was like stepping
 into the future and realizing the future really isn’t that far away. 
In my version of the immediate future I imagine myself owning own a pair
 of “augmented reality visors” just like the ones I learned …

Focus on the Digital at the Sparks Stage in Hall 8.0

In Frankfurt Tips by Helen Gregg

As part of its Sparks initiative, the Frankfurt Book Fair is hosting three days of events focusing on all things digital at the brand new Sparks Stage (8.0 P 923). Come listen to discussions and interviews with leaders in the digital publishing field, and learn about the future of the industry. Sparks Stage Schedule of Events: Wednesday, October 6 10:30-11:00am …

Has Publishing’s Digital Obsession Undermined Fundamental Business Practices?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead article, Shelia Bounford of NBN International encourages publishers to pay more attention to customer service. Bounford believes publishers need to reverse a nearly 100-year trend of moving away from their customers, a distancing that came as retail removed the direct connection to the book-buying public. It seems like a simple concept — cater to …

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 …