This short article outlines some ideas about an open source, online platform for making books, based on WordPress.
Subtle examples of digital innovation and positive perspectives are emerging in media industry reports. These same elements could benefit book publishing.
News Roundup: Online's Share Increases, New York's "Amazon" Tax, Open Source Textbooks, Edits Shown in Pan Macmillan Ebooks, Penguin UK's Simultaneous Print-Ebook Plan
Weekly publishing news roundup – April 18, 2008.
Inside Higher Ed notes the slowly growing open source textbook movement: Colleges and individual faculty members continue to experiment with putting course information and material online, and "open textbooks" typically are licensed to allow users to download, share and alter the content as they see fit, so long as their purposes aren't commercial and they credit the author for…
The Amazon affiliates program could yield millions in revenue for New York state, and it won't come from customer referrals. From the New York Times: … people owe taxes on what they buy regardless of whom they buy it from. But the seller only has an obligation to collect those taxes (and thus the only time taxes are ever…
The author and publisher of two new Mac books posted both titles as free downloads on BitTorrent.
In anticipation of the upcoming Narnia sequel, HarperCollins is using Facebook, widgets and Web marketing for a "read it before you see it" campaign.
Borders is using its limited shelf space to give top selling books the "face-out" treatment. Poor sellers need not apply.