Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

A love affair with ebooks

Late last week an article in Digital Book World caught my eye: Why Some People Hate Ebooks; and Why I Love Them. The article’s author, Jeremy Greenfield (who’s also Digital … Continue reading

November 13, 2012

President TK: Ebooks, elections, and the drive for currency in the digital environment

We live in an Internet era. Information is cheap, fast, and easy, available almost as soon as our brains can tell our fingers to Google it. But the ready availability … Continue reading

November 6, 2012

Changing the way we see ourselves: perceptions of publishers

What are we doing here? That’s the sort of existential question we as publishers have been asking—and responding to—again and again as publishing (aided by digital formats and by increased … Continue reading

November 5, 2012

Holiday e-cookbooks: Can they trump food blogs?

Now that Thanksgiving is less than a month away, holiday worries creep in: What will I cook? What outfits are safe from in-law scrutiny (that also expand at the waist)? … Continue reading

November 2, 2012

With tablets, is bigger always better?

It’s uncertain how Apple’s iPad mini announcement last week will impact ebook publishers, with Digital Book World calling it a “mixed blessing.” Over the past year or so, ebook buyers … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Mini me, you complete me: Small is big in new ereaders

Rumors are swirling around the not-so-subtle Apple announcement for Tuesday’s event that teases, “We’ve got a little more to show you.” Little, you say? As in…mini? Something…nan-tastic?

October 18, 2012 · 3 Comments

Science fiction ebooks: a league of their own?

Humble Bundle came across my desk in a forwarded email with the subject line: “You Like Books? Humble Bundle for Books now up!” Despite being annoyed by all the extra … Continue reading

October 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

New age piracy: ask the right questions

Recently, one of the authors I work with was in touch with me because someone was torrenting his book. To paraphrase the email: “They’ve got my book on a site … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Bestselling authors: Embracing change or sticks in the mud?

Here at Appazoogle, we spend a lot of time examining consumer predilections towards book formats. We look at how these behaviors create financial, strategic, and evolutionary implications for publishers. But since … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Elektrobiblioteka: A student turns a book into a remote control

One of the most interesting topics to me these days is how to make print and digital coexist in an increasingly complicated, crowded space. (It is a theme that I … Continue reading

September 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

Crowdsourced ebook soundtrack hits the (digital) shelves

Publishing singularity strikes again, this time with a social network twist. For a while now, I’ve had scored ebooks on my mind—“scored” as in fully scored, with music, sound effects, … Continue reading

September 5, 2012

Knock it off: Fakes, mistakes, and (a lack of) curation

In May, NPR profiled Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Grey, a historical fiction novel about a girl exiled to Lithuania during Stalin’s regime—no sex involved. However, Sepetys’ work has been … Continue reading

September 4, 2012

Social media: The good, the bad, and the sneaky

As with almost every other feature of the digital landscape, social media have presented both a blessing and a curse to authors eager to stake their claims to this new … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Discoverability alone does not a bestseller make

Using the term discoverability is all the rage among publishing aficionados. A lack of it is commonly cited as the cause of the industry’s various woes and ailments in the … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

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