At #LBF11: 24symbols – the Spotify Model for Books

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Given that music is now “tasted” and explored through sites like Last FM and Spotify, why shouldn’t this model be applied to books? That is part of the reasoning behind 24symbols, the Madrid-based books site whose co-founder Justo Hidalgo is at the fair to outline his particular vision of the digital future. “With 24symbols you can read …

Germany’s Audiobook Renaissance

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

Digitization and professionalization have significantly raised the profile — and sales — of audiobooks in Germany. By Amanda DeMarco If you want to send a German into a nostalgic childhood revery, just bring up The Three Investigators audio dramas (Die Drei???, Die Drei Fragezeichen). Audiobooks and dramas have long been popular for children in Germany, but in the last five to …

New York’s New School Takes on the Topic of E-books

In What's the Buzz by Kathleen Sweeney

By Kathleen Sweeney Well, there’s certainly no shortage of opportunities to talk about e-books…So, curious about what is the newest of the new in e-publication trending, I attended the Center for Communication’s recent collaborative event with The New School, “eBooks: New Trends for a New Decade.” Prepping myself for a multimedia presentation with the latest offerings in handheld wizardry, I found …

Are Cheaper E-book Enhancements Better than Expensive Options?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Readers might just be more satisfied with inexpensive text extras than pricey games and video enhancements. By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story about the Leipzig Book Fair, several publishers reflect on the state of digital publishing and e-books. Notably, several of them point out that e-books are not all about bells and whistles and “Schnickschnack” or 50,000 EUR animations. “Let …

The Risks and Rewards of Transmedia Fiction and Alternate Reality Games

In English Language by Hannah Johnson

Alternate reality games are a great way to directly involve fans in storytelling…as long as you use your transmedia powers for good instead of evil. By Hannah Johnson AUSTIN: ARGs (alternate reality games) and transmedia have not only extended storytelling beyond the confines of any specific media, but they are also effective techniques for building interest and engagement among fans …

Photos from SXSW Interactive, Day One

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Publishing Perspectives is in Austin, Texas for one of the biggest web and interactive events of the year, South by Southwest! With hundreds of panels, thousands of attendees and free giveaways every five feet, this is a huge event. We’ll be covering more throughout the conference. Yesterday, we took some time to look around. Check out our …