The Future of Publishing is “Anywhere, Anytime, Anyhow”

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder NEW YORK: Founded seven years ago, MarkLogic is the maker of a database for “unstructured data” — which these days consists of 80% of the information on the Internet, including documents, emails, social media posts, tweets, pictures, video, blogs, and research data. Currently growing at an exponential rate, managing this type of information can be time-intensive and …

Is the Print-and-Pray Model of Book Publishing Dead?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Publishers typically can’t predict bestsellers. Wouldn’t a better model be to bring the customers to them first? Today’s lead story looks at F+W Media’s development of vertical market communities. The traditional model of book publishing has been “horizontal”: print, distribute (usually through intermediaries), publicize and hope for the best. The “vertical” model is predicated to a large …

Is Collaborative Transmedia the Next Business Model for Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story about Neal Stephenson’s The Mongoliad, writer Michael Bhaskar asserts that the projects represents “the next business model for publishing.” The project enlisted a team of top writers, working with computer programmers and business development personnel, to create an elaborate and sophisticated ‘verse in what, ultimately, amounts to an open-ended “conversation” with readers. Unlike a …

What is Your Greatest Fear for the Future of Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Eric Frank, co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, describes the bizarre evolution of the contemporary textbook into “Frankentext,” — what he calls a “overstuffed, overpriced, and unloved” monster. To Frank, the current academic publishing scene is a horror story. Of course, Frank is not alone in looking across the book publishing landscape and seeing monsters. For some, it’s …