ENTRIES TAGGED "readers"

Flipboard and the end of "sourciness"

Flipboard and the end of "sourciness"

Flipboard's focus is on the content. Sources and platforms take a backseat.

One of Flipboard's goals is to bring quality content to readers without focusing on the content's source or original platform.

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Book^2 Camp opens the lines of communication

People from across the publishing world came together for a pre-TOC unconference.

Book^2 Camp attendees were impressed with the open-forum setting that brought together people from all areas of publishing — authors, publishers, distributors, programmers, and many others.

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What investors are looking for in publishing companies

Catalyst Investors' Ryan McNally on the business opportunities born from publishing's disruption.

Ryan McNally, co-founder of Catalyst Investors, discusses the opportunities for publishing startups and investors (here's a tip: you're in good shape if tablets and multimedia are priorities).

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Undocumented Kindle "Clippings" Limit?

O'Reilly author Shelley Powers is a heavy user of Kindle's "clipping" feature, and has run into an apparently undocumented clipping limit imposed by Amazon: I tried to find information about the clipping limit in the Kindle TOS or User Guide, but nothing was covered. I also tried to find out if one can "delete" items from the existing clipping file,…

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The Coming Readers' Economy and Data Portability

This is a guest post by Mark Bertils. At the end of last year one event signaled a huge shift in how the book publishing industry will do business. It's not what you think. It was December's launch of Facebook Connect. A land grab for user identities followed. The Web's people economy is coming of age. Facebook's Squid Tries to…

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Publishers: Let the Containers Go

In a guest post at Boing Boing, Clay Shirky says publishers who focus on book lovers rather than readers are setting themselves up to fail: Businesses don't survive in the long term because old people persist in old behaviors; they survive because young people renew old behaviors, and all the behaviors young people are renewing cluster around reading, while they…

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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.

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Publishers Need to Get In on the Conversation

Kassia Krozser has a Cluetrain-like manifesto for publishers. From Booksquare: It's time to get your hands dirty, to dig into the real-world conversation. It's a weird thing, and sometimes awkward and uncomfortable, especially if you're accustomed to public relations-speak and the cheerleader behavior that accompanies marketing messages. When you talk directly to real people who read and buy books,…

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Google Responds to Some Book Search Questions

Shortly after last week's Google Book Search announcement, Siva Vaidhyanathan posed a number of questions about the agreement's impact on publishers, libraries and consumers. Google responded, and today Vaidhyanathan offers paraphrased answers and additional analysis: The agreements with and about publishers, libraries, and the registry were all non-exclusive, as is the habit and tradition of Google's approach to competition in…

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Story Development Thrives in the Sports Department

The Associated Press recently commissioned an anthropological study into how youth obtain news information. What struck me most was this reference to something a bit orthogonal to the report — the elements of story development. From Ethan Zuckerman's My Heart's in Accra: … the biggest thing I took from report was the connection between sports coverage and other news coverage….

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