BEA in NYC: Book Conference Redux

June 8, 2012

The early June weather in New York has been uncharacteristically temperate, setting the tone for an uneventful annual BEA Book Week, concluding this evening with a reading at the Barnes & Noble on East 86th Street. (more…)

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When Book Publishing Gives You ISBNs, Make ISBNade

December 7, 2011

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) today published its new policy for best practices in assigning ISBNs to digital products, aka ebooks. With endorsement from BookNet Canada, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, it’s therefore applicable across North America (“but could be applied elsewhere as well”). (more…)

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What Can the Music Business Teach the Book Business?

November 21, 2011

In a word: Plenty.

I’ve got an overview of the music business on this site, but it touches only briefly on the vast overlap in the modern evolution of the music business and the book business. It’s a subject that could easily fill a book, but I’ve rarely seen it more than briefly mentioned. I’ve seen comparisons between music and the games industry. But not books. (more…)

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Amazon’s Kindle Format 8 Snubs the EPUB 3 Party

October 21, 2011

Compare these two statements about two different new-and-improved e-book specifications:

  • “KF8 has over 150 new formatting capabilities including support for HTML5 and CSS3.”
  • “HTML5 is the base language of EPUB3… The new baseline for style sheets is CSS2.1 with some CSS3 features added.”

They sure sound similar. The first, published yesterday, describes Amazon’s just announced Kindle Format 8 (KF8). The second, published in August, describes the new EPUB 3 specification, formally released just two weeks ago. (more…)

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Hulu and the Future of Publishing

July 29, 2011

The difficulties facing online TV website Hulu are a mirror to the challenges facing all publishers as we move toward the future.

Brian Stelter held up that mirror in an excellent article in last weekend’s New York Times. It’s the best piece I’ve read this year examining the future of publishing.

Anyone familiar with this site understands that I see television as a publishing medium, as I do music, movies and magazines. (more…)

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