*+-If one theme resonated at the London Book Fair’s Digital Minds conference, it was that even in the age of digital, we need to remember we are selling books to humans.
*+-‘New technology always stirs up fears of the unknown,’ says Javier Celaya, author of the publishing report, New Business Models in the Digital Age.
*+-Technology is being adapted to glean data from users and consumers in a variety of cultural spaces, from bookshops to libraries to museum shops.
*+-‘We are finally shedding archaic typographic rules, and technology now allows emotion to return to printed text,’ argues Anthony Franco of EffectiveUI.
*+-‘We are creating a new thing for a new generation of readers…this is the future,’ says Benjamin Alfonsi of Metabook’s new ultra-enhanced ebooks.
*+-How much does an ebook cost in Australia, Germany or India? EPub Direct offers an infographic with key statistics on ebook pricing and more.
*+-Publishing Perspectives’s latest column for the Italy’s Giornale della Libreria is a translation of Benjamin Denckla’s article, “If Ebooks are Software, It’s Time for Version 2.0.”
*+-Dutch designer Thijs Biersteker has come up with a book jacket that will only open when a prospective reader shows the right facial expression.
*+-Robotic writing software is now capable of producing acceptable news stories based on published reports and media outlets are beginning to rely on them.
*+-In a short time automated robot authoring tools might take customization to a new level, leaping from producing stories and journalism to full books.