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Here’s a QuickStart for this site: The column on the left lists the industries which I believe comprise publishing today. Below that are some of the influences that are changing publishing, and the impact of those changes. Click on a topic, whether it’s your sector or just a topic that interests you, and you’ll begin […]


Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing

A Practical Guide to the Evolving Landscape

By Thad McIlroy

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The Metadata Handbook

A book publisher's guide to creating and distributing metadata for print and ebooks

By Renée Register & Thad McIlroy

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  • Sep. 05, 2018

    Blockchain on my Mind

    Oh, bitcoin… bitcoin No peace I find Just an old sweet song Keeps blockchain on my mind It’s the hottest topic in publishing today, as hot as artificial intelligence was at this time last year. And it’s certainly as confusing, as mysterious. I must have read a hundred articles by now, on blockchain and/or bitcoin […]

  • In the Cathedral Not quite invisible, the slow-time-gathering dust falls upon the choir, where stalls sing silently during the sermon. It tells of a Saviour who came to save this world so to leave it sublime. What happened? Did He change His mind? —David Beard, 1987

  • Only a wealthy man could lament, as Len Riggio did yesterday that “the average paperback costs two and a half times the minimum wage. When I started,” he said “it was one half the minimum wage.” Speaking at the opening of Book Expo in New York Riggio said that the high prices of books is impeding a new […]

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