Publishing on the iPad: “Like Playing 3-D Checkers”

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sports Illustrated magazine was among the first major magazines to release a demo for tablets and the iPad. Their original offered some gee-whiz features – but was a prototype. The magazine has had an app available for the iPad since April, but this week it releases its first issue designed specifically for the iPad and it’s interesting …

Is the Focus on Devices and Not Readers a Big Mistake?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The publishing media cloud has been obsessed with the introduction of new reading devices. For example, just yesterday, a flurry of posts announced the news of price drops for the Kindle and the Nook (Yes, naturally, we too reported on it). As our lead story today outlines, this same enthusiasm for gadgets seems to have infected publishing …

The “Big Money” Speaks: Publishing’s CEOs More Worried About E-Readers than Readers

In Guest Contributors & Editorial, Resources by Guest Contributor

By Ron Hogan It’s never a good idea for industry conference speakers to show up late for their own panels, but when the assigned topic is “Will the iPad Kill Off eReaders and Other Tablets?” — one of the more eagerly anticipated sessions at The Big Money’s “Untethered 2010: Profitable Media in the Tablet Era” — any panelist who can’t …

Why French E-books Don’t Deserve Lower VAT

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the latest issue of ESPRIT magazine, Pascal Fouche, bibliographer and editor of the three-volume Dictionnaire encyclopedique du livre, discusses the changing definition of the book in the age of digitization, largely in favor of the argument that a lower rate of V.A.T. — 5.5.% in France — not be extended to e-books: “A book is an …

Project Gutenberg Offers Free E-Books

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Is your iBookshelf unacceptably sparse? Project Gutenberg, the free online database of public domain literature, has begun to put some titles into ePub formats to be read on mobile reading devices. The e-publishing blog eBookNewser has begun to list Project Gutenberg titles in its “Free E-Book of the Day” list, starting with the classics Pride and Prejudice …

Shanghai Hopes For All E-textbook Campus in Five Years

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Shanghai hopes be the first Chinese city to promote all e-textbook campus in five years, according to a statement from Shanghai Municipal government on June 6, 2010. An official from local government said the city’s Educational Committee is experimenting with an e-book campus, which started at the beginning of this year. The committee has selected several …

Your Book as a Database: A Primer

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

  By Chris Kubica Read Part Two and Part Three of this article on our news blog. Imagine the future of books not as physical objects, but as relational databases… Autobiographies, written in semi-real-time as the authors live their lives Massively multi-reader “Choose Your Own Adventure”-like role-playing books where everyone’s choices shape the story Serialized novels, like David Copperfield, only …

More Hipster T-Shirt Designs in our Store!

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson We are pleased to bring you two more fabulous t-shirt designs from our New York office, both available in men’s and women’s styles. A few days ago, Erin Cox gave us some “Proof That Brooklyn Rocks the Literary World“. We couldn’t resist coming up with a design based on this argument, so if you believe that Brooklyn …