Share Your Strongest Publishing Memory from 2010 and Predictions for 2011

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story our editorial and publishing team shared their thoughts as to the most radical publishing events of 2010 and predictions for 2011. Looking back, much has changed in the business this year, partly because of digital advances and new business models, and partly because of shifting expectations from consumers. But each company has gone …

Is the UK Ahead of the US in Enhancing E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Enhanced e-books are a hot topic in publishing. So far, I think, our imagination has outpaced our ability to execute and there have been few steller examples of how publishers can harness recent technological change to advance books as they appear in digital formats. One of the few examples that has really worked is London-based Touch Press’s …

Making Open Access Pay

In Europe, Resources by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Last month’s annual German Book Office Editor’s Trip to Berlin and Munich brought six university press editors from the US together with an array of German scholarly and STM publishers. Participants included Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor, The MIT Press; Jean Black, Executive Editor, Yale University Press; Jennifer Crewe, Associate Director and Editorial Director, Columbia University …

What Business Models Will Work Best for Academic Publishing in the Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Yes, it’s a huge question. But the general consensus is the university and academic publishing models are broken. Under pressure from funding bodies to make enough money to be self-sustaining, many university presses have turned away from their core mission of publishing monographs and original research to publishing trade-oriented titles (with mixed results). Those that have stuck …

Who are the Top Digital Innovators of 2010?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story covers the FutureBook conference held in London this past Tuesday and highlights several projects — The Elements and The Solar System iPad apps — that manage to make the most of emerging digital platforms. In March, for the first time, the UK’s The Bookseller magazine will offer prizes for digital innovation during their annual …

Report from the UK’s FutureBook Conference: Bringing Great Writers into the Digital, Multimedia Mix

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Sophie Rochester LONDON: If there was a key lesson from the first FutureBook conference organized by The Bookseller magazine and held in London for the first time last year, it was “experiment, learn and adapt”. Back again for a second conference, held the past Tuesday, the UK publishing industry appears to be responding well to the challenges of digital …

Is Collaborative Transmedia the Next Business Model for Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story about Neal Stephenson’s The Mongoliad, writer Michael Bhaskar asserts that the projects represents “the next business model for publishing.” The project enlisted a team of top writers, working with computer programmers and business development personnel, to create an elaborate and sophisticated ‘verse in what, ultimately, amounts to an open-ended “conversation” with readers. Unlike a …

November Highlights from Publishing Perspectives

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Hannah Johnson

It’s Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, when retailers (traditionally) hope to reach profitability and consumers stretch their credit cards to the breaking point. So, whether you’re out standing in line to take advantage of an “door buster” deal or have opted to stay at home and wait for Cyber Monday instead, here is a list of highlights from …