More than money, crowdfunding offers valuable feedback to authors, as they learn the fundamentals of speaking directly to readers, argues Deborah Emin.
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.