TOC Frankfurt Program Update (with discount code)

TOC FrankfurtIf you missed the news last week, the program for TOC Frankfurt has been updated.TOC Frankfurt will feature a full day of cutting-edge keynotes and panel discussions by key figures in the worlds of publishing and technology. From mobile reading and social media to enhanced books and the impact of free content on your bottom line, our speakers will…

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TOC Evolvers: WingedChariot Press

WingedChariot is a young publisher of international, multi-lingual picture books. Founded in 2005 as a print publisher, WingedChariot made launched into digital in 2009–and were the first paper publisher to bring out a picturebook on the iphone. Winged Chariot's founder Neal Hoskins, interviewed below will be presenting on app development and marketing October 5 at TOC Frankfurt. Why apps (as…

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TOC Evolvers: OR Books

Publishing is like the weather: we all talk about it, but no one's doing anything to fix it. So we decided to give it a try.

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Links of Interest

Another week comes to an end and once again I offer up items I've stumbled upon over the past few days — some are so-called news, others are more or less just stuff you might find interesting, but all are somehow or the other related to this thing we currently call publishing.Anthologize and "One Week, One Tool" The tool is…

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#FollowReader: Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading

Note from the editor: #FollowReader is a weekly Twitter-based conversation focusing on topics of interest to the the book and reading community. Co-hosted by me (@KatMeyer), and Charlotte Abbott (@CharAbbott), and sponsored by NetGalley (@NetGalley), #FollowReader features guests from all over the book publishing world. In partnership with NetGalley, TOC will be cross-posting summaries of the weekly #FollowReader chats each…

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TOC Call for Participation Now Open

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, happening February 14-16, 2011 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, is an inclusive meeting ground for exploring the options, a gathering place for collaboration, and an unparalleled opportunity for in-person inspiration. At TOC, stake holders from across the book publishing and tech industries will share ideas, engage in lively debate,…

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Notable Bookish/Techy News, Links and Tweets: (you know – a roundup)

Such a week. The prevailing theme this week was low, low prices! Yes, in a flurry of well-placed PR, Amazon took the e-reader pricing wars to new lows. Read all about it here.Also newsy, but receiving considerably less fanfare (or, at least far fewer national talk show appearances), SkyRiver filed an anti-trust suit against Online Computer Library Center.Some of my…

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Four Short Links (and One Semi-Short Ramble)

Four Short Links (and One Semi-Short Ramble)

This is a round-up of sorts. Not all of these links have been bandied about in the book-o-sphere, and not all of them are even from this week, but they’re all interesting to me. And, I hope, of interest to other folks with a penchant for publishing and tech and related.

First up – a nice take from Kassia Krozser on news that is only a few days old, and is nowhere near being played out…The Wylie Affair. Yes, it appears an agent has gone and done a crazy out-there thing and licensed some digital rights. Okay, so the rights were exclusive to Amazon/Kindle, and the print publisher thereof seems to think that they own the rights to the rights in question, but the madness that has ensued has convinced me of one thing only: Andrew Wylie knows how to get media attention. All else, remains to be seen.

BookSquare’s Kassia Krozser makes more salient observations, and more elegantly. If only to to witness Kassia’s talent for taking a topic that has elsewhere devolved into pure snarky speculation, and present it with a cool calm collectiveness, you should go and read: Today in a Publishing War.

Next on the agenda, CNET’s David Carnoy gets a shout out for asking the media to take a closer look at the Kindle emperor’s new clothes in his post,  “What Amazon Didn’t Say About e-books.” Along with some nice factoids and numbers, Carnoy offers those who might be a bit quick to gobble up a well-polished press release some good advice, “remember who’s trying to control the narrative here. Amazon has an agenda. It wants to sell e-books. And lots of them.”

Do not miss a gem of an article over at The Atlantic wherein Peter Osnos examines the ever-“about-to-debut” Google Editions. What Is Google Editions? asks Osnos. And while for many of us who follow such things, a more pressing question might be, “When is Google Editions?”– I have to give Osnos major props both for nicely breaking down the potential “what,” and for capturing my favorite quote of the year from the American Booksellers Association’s Len Vlahos: “Now you can buy e-books from someone you love.” (And Len, I hope now happens soon because I heart my indies!)

So here’s where I start coloring outside the “weekly roundup” lines even more. This next one is a bit of a nuisance as one must register to read it, but it’s well worth it (and really, as a techish pubby you ought already to be registered at the MobileRead Forums). In the latest addition to a discussion about Spanish ebookstore consortium Libranda, “Logesman” sheds some light on how Libranda does (or does not) work. If you have not been following the Libranda launch, this is a good place to get some background. Also, I truly dig the title of the post, so go and check out: “Libranda: the Spanish Armada, or how NOT to sell eBooks.”

My final offering also falls well outside the weekly publishing roundup lines (a. it’s not from this week; and b. it’s not about publishing, exactly), but I think I can make a case for you to read it anyway. It’s Digital Trends profile of the music site Pandora. 

Pandora Breaks the Odds, Has Bright Future Ahead” might be a little on the puffy PR side, but there is much that authors, book sellers (online and off) and publishers can learn from the trials and errors of Pandora. Among what seems to be working: innovative ideas including sharing ad revenue directly with artists; offering exclusive content; and creating customized listening lists that continually improve based upon algorithms AND customer input. In fact, it looks like the user data being gathered by Pandora might prove to be more valuable to Pandora (and to the artists and ad companies with which Pandora works) then the ad or subscription revenue itself. My personal favorite takeaway: Pandora founder Tim Westergren’s traveling town hall meetings – in person events that are making Pandora not just a radio station, but an In Real Life community that Pandora users seem to love being a part of. Just some food for thought bookish friends…just some food for thought.

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Indie ebooktailers and the Agency Model: Where Are They Now?

“Even though the big five has been a small part of our bottom line, we do want them back and I don’t want to do anything at this point to jeopardize our relationship with any of them. I definitely don’t want to see a market where only Amazon, Apple,  and B&N are selling those titles.” ~ anonymous indie ebook retailer”It’s…

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Ricoh Innovation's Visual Search Technology: A Potential Revolution for Booky Books

For those with a fondness for paper book reading, no ebook or book app or shiny, portable reading device can compare to the real thing. Some will cite their appreciation for quality paper stock and gorgeous typesetting. Others may tell you they love the smell or feel of books. And quite a few printed paper book diehards will say that…

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