The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy

Boxie, the Story-Gathering Robot

December 31st, 2011

Boxie, the Story-Gathering Robot

Robotics is advancing by leaps and bounds, in no small part because of the superb FIRST robotics competition launched by Dean Kamen in 1989. A new development with value to the future of publishing is Boxie, the Story-Gathering Robot, invented by Alexander Reben at the renowned M.I.T. Media Lab. Boxie is a robotic journalist; it could handle those “man on…

December 7th, 2011

When Book Publishing Gives You ISBNs, Make ISBNade

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”).

December 1st, 2011

Advice for Self Publishers

The Guardian in the U.K. has asked me to participate in an online chat at 12-2pm GMT (7-9 am EST) this Friday, December 2nd, for an insider’s guide to self-publishing. The focus is on academics and researchers as the chat comes via Guardian Professional’s Higher Education Network. Key issues differ between academic publishing and trade…

November 9th, 2011

The Laws of the Future of Publishing: 2

2. Technology will never be the obstacle. Wow. The new Lytro camera. It allows the user to chose after-the-fact what part of the picture they want the focus fixed on. And I was certain that image focus would always be a challenge. But one of the laws I’ve learned is that just when you think…

November 9th, 2011

What Makes an e-Book Cover Unique?

I’ve seen two principal schools of thought surrounding covers for e-books. Theory One: Book covers don’t really matter much any more. Theory Two: Covers for e-books still matter a lot. They matter in a different way, and we’re not quite sure what makes it different, but they certainly do matter.

October 25th, 2011

Amazon.com Continues to Flow

If you run a $50 billion company and announce that your sales are up 44% going into the holiday season shouldn’t Wall Street give you a standing ovation? Not if you’re Amazon and your profit margins are, once again, taking a short-term hit for the long-term gain. What part of this 2009 message from Jeff…