TOC Frankfurt Preview: Douglas Rushkoff on Upstart Publishing, Staying Human in a Digital World

In Growth Markets by Chad W. Post

• In advance of his keynote speech at today’s Tools of Change Frankfurt conference, Douglass Rushkoff discusses his new book Program or Be Programmed and the advantages of working with a small, digital publisher instead of a traditional corporate one. • “People accept the tools and interfaces that they’re presented with as if they were pre-existing conditions of the universe,” says …

Skipping Steps: How Web 2.0 Technology Can Transform Our Industry (and
 our Lives)

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Riky Stock Attending Web 2.0 at the Sheraton New York this week along with
 visionaries, marketing professionals, and web experts was like stepping
 into the future and realizing the future really isn’t that far away. 
In my version of the immediate future I imagine myself owning own a pair
 of “augmented reality visors” just like the ones I learned …

Focus on the Digital at the Sparks Stage in Hall 8.0

In Frankfurt Tips by Helen Gregg

As part of its Sparks initiative, the Frankfurt Book Fair is hosting three days of events focusing on all things digital at the brand new Sparks Stage (8.0 P 923). Come listen to discussions and interviews with leaders in the digital publishing field, and learn about the future of the industry. Sparks Stage Schedule of Events: Wednesday, October 6 10:30-11:00am …

Has Publishing’s Digital Obsession Undermined Fundamental Business Practices?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead article, Shelia Bounford of NBN International encourages publishers to pay more attention to customer service. Bounford believes publishers need to reverse a nearly 100-year trend of moving away from their customers, a distancing that came as retail removed the direct connection to the book-buying public. It seems like a simple concept — cater to …

What Can Digital Publishers Learn from Traditional Publishing’s Long Lead Times?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature article, Margot Atwell of Beaufort Books discusses what it takes to crash a title. Too often in these digital days, impatience is the norm. Digital publishing enables almost instantaneous publication and has made speed-to-market a priority for many, particularly DIY publishers, who are anxious to get their work in front of readers as soon …

Has the iPad Lived Up to Its Hype?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story considers the introduction of the iPad to Latin America. Apple’s device has been largely viewed as a revolutionary product, one that has brought tablet computing to the mainstream. We’ve now been living with the iPad for some six months now and discussion of the potential of the device is ongoing. Has it, in your …

Nominate a Digital Innovator

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story is the latest in our series of video interviews with digital innovators from the UK. In the coming months we’re going to be expanding this series to include others around the world. We’re looking for new faces, new voices and new ideas from anywhere around the globe. If you’d like to nominate someone for us …

Don’t Miss the Rights Directors’ Meeting!

In Frankfurt Tips by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg This year, the International Rights Directors’ Meeting will focus on digital rights, and the challenges and opportunities new technology presents to rights directors. The International Rights Directors’ Meeting will be held on October 5, the day before the show floor opens, from 2:00-5:00pm in the Europa conference room in Hall 4.0. In an interview, Chairperson David Bowers, …