Is Non-linear Reading the Future of Nonfiction E-Reading?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Non-linear app “reading” is perhaps more analogous to how we really learn than reading a straight narrative. By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story Kirk Bowe, CTO of UK app developer TradeMobile, explains how the company is attempting to create what amounts to a 3-D narrative on screens. In describing the company’s King and Queens app, developed from David Starkey’s …

Beyond the E-book: Creating a “3-D Narrative” on Screens

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Should publishers simply be transfering the printed page, unaltered, to the screen? No, especially when there is so much more you can do, argues Kirk Bowe, CTO, of UK app developer TradeMobile. Editorial by Kirk Bowe, CTO, TradeMobile LONDON: The e-book is dead. Let’s be clear: with the transition from paper to electronic screens, which are increasingly more often on …

#BEA11: The Early Stages of Enhanced E-books

In What's the Buzz by Guest Contributor

By Brittany Hazelwood The IDPF Digital Book Conference concluded yesterday by addressing the the uncertain state of enhanced e-books and their business implications. The panelists of the final breakout session — including Peter Balis (John Wiley & Sons), Brad Inman (Vook) and both Massaki Hagino and Daihei Shiohama (Voyager Japan) — were united in their support for enhanced e-books. Balis, …

#BEA11: Publishers Debate Future of Enhanced E-books at IDPF Conference

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson In a roundtable discussion at the IDPF Digital Book Conference, panelists — Evan Schnittman (Bloomsbury), Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks) and Richard Nash (Red Lemonade, Cursor) — discussed the future of the publishing business by way of enhanced e-books and apps. Raccah, the CEO of mid-sized publisher Sourcebooks, was the lone champion of both enhanced e-books and apps on …

Royal Wedding App Attack

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm and Edward Nawotka HarperCollins has developed a Kings and Queens app for British historian David Starkey’s forthcoming Crown and Country that will include live TV coverage of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. The development, in conjunction with TradeMobile, is yet another example of the possibilities afforded by the digital space and …

Japanese Publishing Post-Earthquake: Inspiration and Survival Books Are Top Priority

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Friday, April 15, marked the five week anniversary of the 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that swamped north east Japan, destroying 30 bookstores, damaging several nuclear power plants, and forcing the rest of the country into rolling electrical blackouts. To mark the anniversary, Jim Bonner, director of UK e-book publisher Enhanced Editions, organized a “Read for Japan” …

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 …

How Do You Use Enhanced Content?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson In an interview with Publishing Perspectives, Emmanuel Benoit of Jouve said that publishers use enhanced content in different ways. In the trade sector, he said, enhanced content is great for marketing and promotion, but has less potential as a new product to sell. Do you agree? Or do you consider your enhanced content an entirely new product …

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A Perfect Example of Video That Could Work for Enhanced E-books (via the UK and Sweden)

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Video and film is a tricky format, especially for book publishers who are working in the medium. When it comes to “enhancing e-books” publishers need to be careful. The enhancements shouldn’t interrupt the text or repeat it, but offer a lateral view of the subject at hand – a genuine enhancement – rather than the core material …