Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Category Archives: Industry Research

Literary agencies and ebook publishing: fad or future?

Many moons ago, I wondered whether literary agents would thrive or be cast adrift in the ever-shifting waters of the publishing industry. With the emergence of a vast array of … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Lessons from Gilbane: Part 1

Where would you find a CEO belting out karaoke of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (the lyrics swapped out with intentionally nauseating tech buzzwords), the creator of something … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

RelationShops: The reaction to advertising and editorial overlap in magazine publishing

Yesterday, Appazoogle guest blogger Rivkela Brodsky wrote about how the line between advertising and editorial content is becoming blurred with the prevalence of ecommerce partnerships between magazines and advertisers. Today, in … Continue reading

November 27, 2012

RelationShops: More magazines look to ecommerce partnerships with advertisers to survive

This post is the first part of a two-part essay discussing the ecommerce initiatives of major magazines.  Getting your hands on the clothing, shoes, jewelry, furniture, and more featured in the pages … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · 3 Comments

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012: Veni, vidi, whoa.

*For a crash course in how the sale of foreign rights works, please scroll to the bottom. “You’re going to want to take a vow of silence for a week … Continue reading

November 1, 2012

The consumer/reader divide

*5/15: As of last week, seventeen more states have joined the amended suit against Apple and the “Agency Five” publishers. As a voracious reader of literary fiction—and more than my … Continue reading

May 14, 2012

Content IS king

Remember when Apple was a technology company, Google a search and advertising company, and Amazon an online retailer? Those were the days. Granted, Apple hasn’t opened a publishing division (yet), … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Digital kids

I normally don’t find the world of children to be particularly compelling, but even I have to admit that being a kid in the digital age is increasingly a pretty … Continue reading

March 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

The future is here: AI toys and Google virtual reality glasses

In the past, I’ve been consistently optimistic with regard to the turbulence generated by the digital revolution. Let’s update reading, I’ve been saying; let’s enhance it and glitz it up … Continue reading

March 1, 2012

Booktrack: Adding a new dimension to the reading experience

Lately I have been indulging in the act of reading to music. This is something I do sparingly, not because I dislike music but because I want to appreciate raw … Continue reading

February 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

My fair Google

By now most people have heard of the infamous Google Books Project and Google Library Project, as well as the subsequent—and still ongoing—lawsuits (the first, by the Association of American … Continue reading

January 30, 2012

Amazon’s ebook initiatives in Japan face resistance

When it came to my attention that Japanese publishers trust Amazon just as much as their American counterparts do (in other words, barely…if at all) I had to hide a … Continue reading

January 17, 2012

Could Jellybooks be the answer to discoverability woes?

A hot word in the publishing industry these days is discoverability. With the increasing amounts of content (or in this particular discussion, tons and tons of books) on the web, … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

A history lesson for today’s paperback

By EMILY PICILLO Whatever happened to the Beatles’ paperback writer? It might be the bibliophile in me, but “Paperback Writer” has always been my favorite Beatles ditty. A struggling writer’s plea. … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

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