The fate of fixed-layout ebooks is far from assured, with many in the industry convinced that particular corner of the market is stuck in neutral.
And they may be right. But as one ebook production expert made clear in a recent Digital Book World webcast, the latest upgrade to Adobe InDesign is “big, really big” when it comes to fixed-layout titles.
How far it’ll move the needle is in some ways up to ebook developers.
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Amazon Widens Access to Cloud Service (TechCrunch)
Just as Dropbox sweetens its offer to customers with lower prices and more storage space, Amazon ends the preview period for its own cloud storage platform Zocalo, opening it to all Amazon Web Services customers.
Industry Group Backs Amazon’s Drone Testing Bid (ComputerWorld)
An organization representing commercial drone manufacturers lends its support to Amazon’s push to develop a drone-based package delivery system while the FAA develops regulations. If nothing else, it might improve Amazon’s same-day book delivery service.
Related: How Same-Day Book Delivery Stacks up Against Bookstores
Historic Leadership Shift at Penguin Random House (Pub Lunch)
The publisher’s new SVP of corporate communications, Claire Von Schilling, follows the 43-year tenure of Stuart Applebaum, now named Emeritus Executive VP.
Audible Gets Discoverable (The Digital Reader)
As well as a redesigned interface, the audiobook platform now offers a discovery feature that recommends additional titles.
Latin American Market for Digital Content Grows (PubPerspectives)
An observer points to the uptick in tablet adoptions to urge education publishers in particular to take advantage of new opportunities to get digital content into classrooms.
Are Academic Publishers Shortchanging Authors? (Ann Arbor Independent)
One published author makes that case in an op-ed, breaking down the common features of academic book contracts he believes hurt authors and imperil the presses that publish their work.
Related: Rights and Royalties for Better Author-Publisher Partnerships | What Publishers Can Offer Authors
UK Publishers Wary of Scottish Independence (The Bookseller)
Leaders across many industries are uncertain how the results of the upcoming referendum could impact business. Booksellers and publishers sign an open letter outlining their concerns.
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