Does Europe Need a Single Open Market for E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As discussed in today’s lead story, European laws governing the sale of books vary wildly from country to country, often favoring print over e-books. Many of the major markets have fixed book pricing and part of the reasoning behind fixed book prices is that it allows all retailers to compete on a level playing field when it …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Are Publishers Underestimating the Desirability of Print?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, research by Forrester revealed that more than half of publishing executives in the USA anticipate e-books will be the dominant format by 2014. While the exact meaning of the word “dominant” can be debated, it nevertheless suggests a radical shift in consumer habits away from print to digital. It also anticipates widespread use …

Bold Predictions: Half of US Publishers Expect E-books to Be Dominant Format by 2014

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: Facts and figures about the e-book business remain elusive. So anyone who can provide some concrete data is a welcome guest at any publishing conference. On Tuesday, James McQuivey, a research analyst at Forrester, served up several intriguing data points as part of the Digital Book World conference taking place in New York this week. Forrester’s …

Could Social Media Replace Some Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s thoughtful editorial by Franz Wisner, he argues that the immediate, fragmentary nature of most writing on the Internet and social media needs to be complemented by full-length narrative — one constructed over time and after much reflection and deliberation. Do you think this is true? Could social media ultimately replace some books? (Newspapers, magazines? That’s …

Just 7% of Publishers Enhancing E-books, Among Findings in New Aptara E-book Survey

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Digital service provider Aptara released the second in a series of surveys tracking the development of the e-book market. This new survey covered some 600 publishers across trade, professional and education markets. Dev Ganesan, Aptara’s President and CEO, noted in the press release about the survey, “With a desire to meet the growing expectations of digitally-savvy readers, …

Is Writing for the Web a “Fools Bargain”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story features an interview with Jaron Lanier, philosopher and author of You Are Not a Gadget, in which he says, “If the future is one in which writers are not paid, then it also is one in which writers lack clout. And if it’s a future in which writers lack clout, then what we have …