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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,

Bibliometrics a-go-go

I caught a glimpse of the new “book futures” market on Day – 1 of the London Book Fair last Sunday. The pre-show Digital Conference was my “jet lag day,” that first day after an all-night Boston-to-London flight. Warm room, low lighting, comfortable chairs, it was tempting sometimes to try and listen to the presenters

Our “Cogni-rights” to Private Thought

I heard a thought-provoking webcast today, offered by the Book Industry Study Group entitled “Digital Books: A New Chapter for Reader Privacy” and presented by an ACLU representative. She spoke of case law that has been passed protecting our reader’s right to privacy, whether that means prohibiting Google Books from recording our thoughtpaths, and subsequently aggregating, archiving,

Saving Huck

Words inscribed on paper form a permanent record of our civilization. Just as a painter controls every brush stroke, a sculptor his chisel, so do authors deliberately choose each word, each signpost pointing to an idea or a thing. A book. A stunning achievement. Sometimes a genius captures in words the Geist of an era. As James

Self-Publishing: Threat or Menace?

Someone asked recently in a Book Industry Study Group (BISG) post: “Does anyone else out there, besides me, think that self-publishing should just go away and let ‘real’ publishing take over again?” Interesting question. But I don’t think that the clock will stop while we deliberate, folks. There is no turning back and we are

Frankfurt Book Fair — Pastures New for Publishing!

More than any other year, 2010 at Frankfurt was one for problem solving, partner finding, and planning practical approaches to the new terrain our industry is moving into. We finally settled on a platform for publishing e-content that seems almost too good to be true: Negligible up-front set-up cost Strong yet flexible DRM Publisher-controlled backend