Privacy in the Digital World

A couple years ago, there were a lot of articles being shared online about how ereaders/tablets were "watching" their readers. In the digital age, privacy is a legitimate concern. In addition to hackers, companies collect and track data from their users/customers, and there's also concerns over how much the government sees. There's definitely a trade-off …

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Readers and Writers: Library News

Libraries are an important part of the book publishing world, and it's been a while since I mentioned them in a post, so here's a collection of links to library news, services, and more. Library Databases "American Museum of Natural History Unveils New Database With 7,000 Digitized Items (Images, Illustrations, Drawings & More)" by Gary …

App Zine Machine, An Easy Way for Indie Authors to Publish Magazine Apps

When it comes to digital publishing, indie authors have endless options. In addition to ebooks, authors can produce blogs, podcasts, and even digital magazine apps. One new platform that makes it easy for users to publish magazines is App Zine Machine. Created by App Clover, LLC, a resource in the mobile app market, App Zine Machine launched after …

Books in Browsers 2013

I went to my second Books in Browsers last week (see last year's recap day 1 and recap day 2), and was not disappointed! For those who many not know, Books in Browsers is "a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for …

Infographic: The Life & Times of the Travel Guidebook

Cheap Flights has made an excellent infographic about travel guidebooks. The graphic looks at the history of the guidebook, from its inception as travel manuscripts in the first century, to its online existence today. Nothing is mentioned about e-books, but I suppose travel guidebooks are much more webby, since people use social media and review …

The Coming of Age of E-Textbooks?

I'm not as familiar with what's going on with e-textbooks, but there seems to have been a lot of exciting developments recently. One thing I often hear about e-textbooks is that, despite the expectation that young people, particularly college students, would be the first to eagerly adopt all things digital, most students don't like e-textbooks as …

Digital Content: Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?

I've been really in to webinars lately. I think part of it is I've been finding a lot free webinars that discuss either various aspects of the publishing industry or entrepreneurship. (Although the webinars on metadata were not free, but I think it's important to learn and understand as much about metadata as possible). Anyway, …

Three Innovative Companies: WordPivot, Link.me, and Bibliocrunch

A big part of BEA is walking around the showroom and meeting new exhibitors. This year, I got to meet the founders of two new companies, WordPivot and Link.me, as well as reconnect with a friend and NYU alum, Miral Sittar, who is the founder and CEO of Bibliocrunch.  WordPivot: I met the founder and …

Speed Dating: An Overview of 9 Innovative Digital Publishing Companies and Products

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) held a Digital Show and Tell last week at BEA. This consisted of 15 new companies, split up in to two groups, giving five minute pitches to attendees. It's basically speed dating, but for digital publishing. Each session lasted long enough that all attendees could hear each of the …