Author Archives: OBS

Grieving the loss of Authors and Friends

We have lost treasured authors and friends this month. We mourn their passing, and celebrate their lives. Mr. Joseph Garland passed away on August 30, 2011. We first met Joe in the 1980s when he championed the Schooner Adventure’s return to Gloucester; he helped us research and put together the Web site for the ship in

Pay-Per-News vs Open Access Publishing

Starting in October, the Boston Globe will start a digital-only subscription of $3.99 a week for access to stories and breaking news from their website. The new pay-to-read website will be accessible anywhere using a “responsive web design” that automatically adjusts to any screen. This business model differs from other online newspapers that allow you

Reykjavik: City of Literature

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has granted Reykjavik, Iceland official “City of Literature” status. Reykjavik is the fifth city to receive the honor, following Edinburgh, Scotland; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.; and Dublin, Ireland. It is the 29th member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network overall. UNESCO Cities of

A Look Back on OBS

We saw the e-wave coming over thirty years ago and are working today to help publishers adapt to and profit from new internet-based publishing opportunities. Read the below excerpt from a “What’s New” OBS posted over ten years ago; you will see that OBS has a strong working knowledge not only of the traditional publishing

Birthday Wishes to a Fiction Icon

Today, August 22, American fiction legend Ray Bradbury turns 91. Having penned such stories as Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury has entertained and inspired countless readers since the 1930’s and is still writing today. Today, on his birthday, his semi-autobiographical novel Dandelion Wine was picked up by Phoenix Pictures to

Defining Book Value: When Money Gets in the Way

Apple is standing alongside five major publishing houses at the defendant’s table for allegedly conspiring to raise e-book prices. HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are on the stand defending themselves against allegations that Apple aided them in pushing Amazon away from their standard $9.99 price point for newly released and bestselling Kindle

Social Reading: Sharing notes differently

A new buzz-term is flying around the publishing community: Social Reading. New websites have been popping up over the past year and a half, from Copia to Shelfari, bringing together ebook clubs from readers all over the world and connecting them with other book-lovers with similar interests. From these sites one can read, buy, comment,

What Amazon’s New Foray into Publishing Means

Recently on LinkedIn, a publisher posed the question: What can we learn from Amazon’ s foray further into book publishing http://is.gd/Aawt and their attempt to allow bloggers to monetize their blogs by publishing them on Kindle http://is.gd/zOoF ? To which I responded: Amazon is in a great position to become a publisher now, situated as