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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”).

October 21st, 2011

Amazon’s Kindle Format 8 Snubs the EPUB 3 Party

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…

July 29th, 2011

Hulu and the Future of Publishing

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…

November 29th, 2009

Book Publishing and DRM

Mike Shatzkin once again nails a tough topic with his blog posting, “Some thoughts about piracy.” DRM remains a tough subject for all, be they music, film, periodical or book publishers. Of course each face the challenge in somewhat different ways, both by dint of economics and because of practical realities. As Mike points out,…