Point-Counterpoint: Digital Book DRM, the Least Worst Solution

In the second part of a point-counterpoint exchange, Bill McCoy examines two scenarios: a publishing industry that doesn't embrace interoperable DRM, and one that does.

Change Always Leaves Someone Behind

Seth Godin discusses the realities of digital change and free distribution in an interview with HarperStudio's The 26th Story: … the market and the internet don't care if you make money. That's important to say. You have no right to make money from every development in media, and the humility that comes from approaching the market that way matters. It's…

What Cookbook Publishers Can Learn from the Music Industry

The maturation of music downloads offers a path for cookbook publishers.

Where's the IMDb for Books?

Over on the TOC Community, David Henley expands on recent discussions around publisher and author brand building by drawing an interesting connection to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb): Not everyone chooses a film because of who directs it or who the screenwriter was, but some of us do, and now with databases like IMDB we can easily find lists…

Open Question: How Can Publishers Capitalize on Hot Topics?

It's never been easier to crank out a quickie book, but is this the best way to capitalize on a hot topic? Please share your thoughts.

When it Comes to Search, How Low Can You Go?

Discussing futurist Paul Saffo's observation on search.

Publishers Rush Economic Crisis Books

The Economist says book publishers are rushing to cash in on the economic turmoil bubbling up across world markets: Like any good bank in the pre-crash days, some publishers are splashing out to secure talent. Penguin's American arm has been particularly eager, bagging four inky-fingered "stars" in the past month, reportedly at a cost of over $2m in advances….

The Confusion Between Content and Containers

The digital realm allows content and containers to exist separately, but their old bond is still tough to break

Storytelling Through Book Spines

The Sorted Books project puts book spines to work as storytelling devices: The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book…

What Does Esquire's E Ink Cover Mean for Print Publishing?

My take: Print's future hinges on content, not technology. What do you think?