An Interview with Josef Marc, CEO of Publica

There are a lot of exciting developments in technology right now. One of the latest is blockchain technology, which allows digital information to be distributed but not copied. One startup, Publica, aims to bring the blockchain to publishing. I recently had the chance to learn more about it from Josef Marc, the CEO of Publica. …

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The Latest Trends in Publishing

There's a lot of interesting trends going on in the publishing industry, and some pretty cool new content. Below is a list that breaks it down: Trends and News in Publishing "Indie Authors: Are We Ready for Self-Publishing 3.0? Part 1." on Self Publishing Advice Center "The Rise of the Fidget Spinner and the Fall …

Guest Post: Where to Find the Best New Authors; 5 Online Writing Communities To Explore

By¬†Allison Phillips The environment is changing for authors. What once was thought to be a solitary pursuit is evolving into an interactive process with the introduction of new technology. As we move from the printed page to the screen, it invites readers and writers to engage and share the experience through online writing communities. Writers …

A Quick Look at Coloring Books

Valentine's Day is coming up, and you know what could make a nice gift? A coloring book! Seriously, I know it was a huge fad last year (and the year before), but there is something really relaxing about taking colored pencil to paper. In that spirit, here are some resources I've found about coloring books …

The Growth of Audiobooks

A few weeks back, I wrote an essay for LARB about reading in the multimedia age. A big part of the essay focused on audiobooks, which are growing in popularity each year. According to QZ, audiobooks are growing more than ebooks. MarketWatch wrote that some audiobooks are selling more copies than their print counterparts, and …

Music and Sound Effects in Books

  Audiobooks are gaining popularity, but sounds are making their way into ebooks as well. Back in 2013, Google submitted a patent to trigger sounds in ebooks. According to GoodeReader, "The sounds would be triggered by events within the book, such as lapping waves, an¬†ominous crescendo, or maybe an outdoor market. The new application would …

8 Fun Trends in Reading and Publishing

Our culture is changing, and it's exciting and fascinating to watch. In literature, what used to be taboo is now trending. According to Broadly, gay characters are gaining popularity in teen fiction. According to Broadly, it started in 2003 with David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy novel, though in the beginning it was still considered controversial. …

An Interview with Richard Billings, Founder of Leafless

The publishing industry is full of opportunity. Today, publishing startup Leafless, a digital distribution platform and publisher, is launching (after rebranding). Leafless aims to solve the problem of authors paying for reviews and honest reviews disappearing from sites like Amazon. Through Leafless, authors can give copies of ebooks to readers for reviews, and popular books …

Publishing in VR

Virtual reality (VR) isn't only for games. More traditional publishers are also incorporating the new medium into their content, and it's exciting to see it all unfold and think about how stories may exist in the not-too-distant future. According to Digital Book World, "VR could be the next frontier for publishers as a new revenue …