Publishers Training Abu Dhabi, Day 4: Quality Control, Enhanced E-books

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Salwa Shakhshir, a children’s book publisher from Amman, Jordan, attended the second annual Publishers Training program organized by KITAB and The Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Abu Dhabi. She’s documented her experiences for Publishing Perspectives. Read coverage of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. By Salwa Shakhshir Our final day of training focused …

Enhanced E-books 5X More Popular than Conventional E-books, says Germany’s Textunes

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

• Germany’s textunes reports that sales of its enhanced e-books have surpassed conventional e-books • Managing Director Simon Seeger credits the iPad with some of this growth By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin-based textunes announced last week that downloads of its e-books have doubled to the one million mark in the past six months, with enhanced e-books emerging as the most popular …

Are Enhanced E-books Actually “Readable”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the popularity of enhanced e-books in Germany. Much of the real potential for e-books, so the pundits believe, lies in their potential for delivering multimedia options to readers. Some call this the “enhanced” e-book, one that comes with “extras” like you might find on a DVD. This could include additional chapters, interviews …

Call for Entries to the New Media Writing Prize

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Poole Literary Festival in the UK has partnered with the Media School at Bournemouth University to establish the New Media Writing Prize for authors and storytellers creating interactive narratives using digital tools. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2010. More from the official press release below: New Media Writing Prize Last Call For Entries Closing …

Do Enhanced Ebooks Demand Premium Pricing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story features an interview with Peter Collingridge, co-founder of Enhanced Editions, an e-book and iPhone publisher in the UK. The definition of what exactly is an “enhanced ebook” is up for debate. Generally speaking, it is a traditional text-and-image ebook that has been augmented — or “enhanced” — by the inclusion of audio and video, …

“Unknown Tales” and Choosing Your Own Adventure with a Click

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Choose Your Own Adventure books of my middle-school youth involving flipping through pages to discover the fate of my protagonist. Today, eBookNewser reported on a website that offers the same adventurous reading without the risk of paper cuts. Unknown Tales is a free website that allows visitors to choose a genre (action/adventure, crime, horror, mystery, romance, …

What Other Kinds of E-book “Interactivity” Can You Imagine?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Interactivity” is a buzzword in e-publishing circles and there are various examples of how it’s been done, from the animated images of Alice for iPad to textunes’ combined crime novel and language learning course.  It makes one wonder: What other forms of “interactivity” might be dreamed up for e-books? Read today’s profile of textunes and tell us what you think …