#BEA11: What’s Next for the Book?

In What's the Buzz by Kathleen Sweeney

The biggest challenger to traditional publishing will likely come from someone raising money on Kickstarter.com. By Kathleen Sweeney If publishers could create a crystal ball app for the Future of the Book, it would be a mega-hit. With e-readers competing with mobile devices, the definition of the book is changing along with the marketplace. That much is known. What is …

#BEA11: Tools to Make Scheduling Your Time at BEA Easier

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BookExpo America has so much to offer that it can be overwhelming to try and get yourself organized in advance. To help, the show is offering their own proprietary mobile apps, accessible at at http://www.beamobile.com. These include interactive maps, schedules, and other features to make planning a bit easier. If you find those apps not to your …

Royal Wedding App Attack

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm and Edward Nawotka HarperCollins has developed a Kings and Queens app for British historian David Starkey’s forthcoming Crown and Country that will include live TV coverage of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. The development, in conjunction with TradeMobile, is yet another example of the possibilities afforded by the digital space and …

81m Strong Germany Downloaded 900 Million Phone Apps in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The mobile research firm research2guidance reports that German mobile users downloaded around 900 million apps to their mobile telephones in 2010 — more than double the number of apps downloaded in 2009 (458 million) and nearly 150 million more than were forecasted in September. But does or will this eventually spell big revenues for app developers? Paid …

Google Introduces Payment System for Digital Content

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson On Wednesday, Google launched its new online payment system for digital content called One Pass. The system allows publishers to sell their digital content using Google Checkout e-commerce solution, and users can access their purchased content from any device. Google will take 10% of each transaction. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that while One Pass is primarily …

Authoritative, Customizable, Mobile, Digital: Today’s Student’s Demand Flexible, Effective Learning Solutions

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ron Dunn, President and CEO, Cengage Learning With the proliferation of technology, social media and new work-life demands on students, the higher education learning environment has changed dramatically in recent years. Instructors are often asked to do more with less resources and have little time to search for the best sources of timely, reliable information to enhance their …

Android Becomes Top Smartphone Platform Worldwide

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Often, publishers and content creators develop for Apple devices first, and then think about expanding development to the Android, Blackberry and other mobile platforms. However, a new report from tech industry analysis firm Canalys shows that Android and Nokia’s Symbian platforms have shipped more devices worldwide. In 2011, as competition heats up in the mobile sphere both …

The Atavist: New Publisher/E-Reading Platform to Launch Soon

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson What can you do with a 7,000-word article or essay? Magazines typically won’t run something that long; blog readers won’t take the time to read something that long, and book buyers won’t pay for something that short. Enter The Atavist, a new e-reading startup founded by two journalists with a lot to say and not enough space …

It’s Elemental: Touch Press at the Vanguard of Enhanced E-books

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Digital books can boost the sales of their physical equivalents, but success in the digital arena will only come to those publishers that form “deep, serious partnerships”, according to Max Whitby, CEO of new, west London-based digital start-up Touch Press. “It’s no good publishers coming along and saying well here’s some technical people who can do …

Tell Us About the Top App and E-book Developers in Your Country

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here at Publishing Perspectives we’ve covered app and e-book developers in some far-off lands — Romania, Indonesia (Equinox is a major iApp developer) and, as featured in today’s lead story, New Zealand. In this digital age, writers, authors and publishers are looking to work with the top talent wherever they can find them. We too are lookout for …