Digitizing Beyond E-books: Optimizing Content Brings New Opportunities says France’s Jouve

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Just having e-books won’t cut it anymore. “Many publishers today are still trying to focus on traditional e-books,” said Emmanuel Benoit, Executive VP of Marketing and Corporate Strategy for Jouve. But what is the next step? One of Jouve’s goals for the publishing industry is to help publishers move beyond simply converting their print content into e-books. …

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 …

Reading in the Age of Screens

In Guest Contributors by Chad W. Post

Editorial by Chad W. Post Contemporary life is lived through screens. Initially, it was the TV that invaded our families and took over our free time. Now it’s computers, smartphones, tablets; it’s email, digital files, the cloud. For better or worse, the past quarter-century (or more) has powered a move away from the physical and into cyberspace — especially in …

Are Digital Learning Solutions Too Convenient for Students?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The great thing about students is they pay tens of thousands of dollars per year to — essentially — do little more than read and talk about what they are reading. How much of that translates into traditional book reading these days is up for debate. As today’s lead editorial discusses, education publishers are striving to deliver …

From Pages Read to Minutes Spent: Rethinking How We Quantify Reading

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Todd Sattersten Amazon launched Kindle Singles last week. These original works of 10,000 to 30,000 words are designed to fill the space between an essay and book. At the same time, TED, the popular conference organization, launched TED Books as a publishing imprint using the Singles program. Director Chris Anderson stated what he sees as the problem: “Busy people …

Rethinking Rights in a Transmedia World

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder As President of Brain Candy LLC, Scott Walker is one of the individuals behind the project Runes of Gallidon, an online fantasy world in which a community of fans are invited to contribute characters, concepts and stories to the central concept. It’s what Walker bills as “a guided collaborative enterprise breaking down the barrier between creator and …

Amazon Kindle Launches Singles with TED E-books

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, Amazon began selling its Kindle Singles online. Singles are e-books between 5,000 and 30,000 words long. According to the press release, these e-books are meant to “allow a single killer idea — well researched, well argued and well illustrated — to be expressed at its natural length.” Singles are priced between $0.99 and $4.99 (though at …

Brazil’s E-book Market One Year On: Still Crawling

In Growth Markets by Maria Fernanda Rodrigues

Today’s feature story is the first of a collaboration between PublishNews.com.br and Publishing Perspectives to provide news about the growing Brazilian publishing industry in English. Visit our newly launched site, PublishNewsBrazil.com, to read more and subscribe to the email newsletter. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues This time last year, Brazil had just one e-bookstore –- Gato Sabido –- which offered a …

Don’t Trip: App Lets You Read and Walk at the Same Time

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson We all know what happens when you walk and look at your phone at the same time: accidents happen (seriously, click here to laugh). Well now, you can avoid running into things while you are reading e-books on your smartphone by using the MegaReader app. MegaReader announced a new feature, the “Heads Up Display”. This feature overlays …