Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Everything I need to know about bookselling I learned from iTunes

…but I should probably take some cues from Netflix and Hulu, as well. For people in the publishing world, it’s easy to be scared of the digital revolution. We saw … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Resurrecting the serial novel: An introduction

The mushrooming public interest in ebooks and their corresponding technology is heralding the dramatic return of the serial novel, or so I’ve heard. There’s been talk of a literary throwback … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · 8 Comments

Amazon yanks 4,000 ebook titles; the publishing world reacts

On Wednesday, February 22, news broke that Amazon had pulled more than 4,000 ebook titles for sale on over a contract dispute with the Independent Publishers Group (IPG). In … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · 6 Comments

A makeover for the public library

Video rental at public libraries has always been a clever way to attract families and children who may have otherwise skipped the trip to the stacks altogether. But what other … Continue reading

February 27, 2012

Top News of the Week

B&N Third Quarter Report announced: Sales are up 5% and net income is down 14.2%  B&N CEO William Lynch stated, “In the third quarter, our traffic and sales in stores … Continue reading

February 24, 2012

Data: Today’s most valuable currency

It’s no secret that data and analytics kind of make the world go ’round these days. The more connected we are, the more opportunities exist to track, measure, and analyze … Continue reading

February 23, 2012

Why literary agents are here to stay

Apparently I’ve been asking a lot of existential questions lately. Do books still matter, where is the publishing industry headed, are ebook apps in the grip of death throes? And … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

The beauty of multimedia

Spurred on by the emergence of tablets and increasingly polished enhanced ebooks, the publishing industry is barreling towards a future in which books, blogs, magazines, video games, and websites create … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Marketing books: not pots of gold

I like reading marketing books. They’re great. And in the last ten or fifteen years, there have been a lot of marketing books that explore really innovative, nontraditional marketing strategies … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Can the pay-what-you-want pricing model work for publishing?

While the pay-what-you-want business model has been around for quite some time now, the pricing structure seems to have really taken off after 2007, when Radiohead sold a digital download … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

International News Sampler

Microsoft Ireland is partnering with textbook publisher CJ Fallon to provide digital textbooks for the September 2012 school year, promising savings of 25% for schools and students that transition to … Continue reading

February 17, 2012

Top News of the Week

TOC 2012. O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference took place early this week in New York. Here are some highlights of the conference from Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly. … Continue reading

February 17, 2012

Copyright and the public domain

A recent article from the Wired blog Threat Level set off a minor uproar among my online colleagues last week on a topic near and dear to our hearts: copyright—and, … Continue reading

February 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Are ebook apps dead? Far from it.

A little while ago, I came across this Salon article about enhanced ebooks, and how they’re all jazz hands and glitter without any useful enhancement. I don’t know about you, but … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

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