Publishing Perspectives is One Year Old!

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Today, we are eating giant cupcakes with mountains of frosting to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of Publishing Perspectives. Our first official email newsletter went out during BEA 2009. At the time, I remember there was an air of uncertainty in publishing. At book events around the world, people were talking less about books and …

WordPress as a Publishing Platform?

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson There is an interesting post on the O’Reilly Tools of Change Blog today by Hugh McGuire about using WordPress as a book publishing platform. McGuire is the co-founder of Book Oven, which “helps teams of people turn manuscripts into finished books, and then publish them.” Basically, it provides an online environment for editing and producing a book. …

Should We Fear the Digital Economy Bill?

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, the UK passed a controversial piece of legislation called the Digital Economy Bill. The bill is intended to protect copyright holders against piracy and illegal filesharing online. While many companies would like to combat and stop online piracy of intellectual property, protests against the bill have grown steadily since it was introduced last year. The decision …

First Thoughts on the iPad

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Apple iPad shipped in the United States over the weekend, and I’ve added my video review to the growing wave of iPad chatter. If you bought one and have thoughts about it, let Publishing Perspectives know in the comments or via Twitter @pubperspectives. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8mNu9CkpY4

Bookish Guide to SXSW

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson I love to recount the story of how Penguin tried to host a panel at the 2009 South by Southwest Interactive conference (SXSW) and how the audience ate the panelists alive with snark via Twitter and accusations about unfair gatekeeping practices (read about it here, here and here). Afterwards, one of the panelists explained the audience-speaker clash …