When Ebooks Meet Book Art

Book art 5You might think that a place called the Center for Book Arts that teaches classes in typesetting or book-binding might not be hip to the digital publishing revolution.

You’d be wrong.

The Manhattan-based cultural institution nods to the influence of ebooks in its latest exhibition and the Center’s chairman sees the artistic potential in ebooks (as does DBW).

More, including photos of the show.

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How Taschen Does Digital (Talking New Media)
The enigmatic German publisher of beautiful art books publishes both replica ebooks that merely mimic the print editions as well as interactive enhanced ebooks.

Bricks-and-Mortar News: BAM Sales Fall (PW)
Sales of books and magazines at bookstore chain Books-A-Million fell 9%. Content makes up an ever shrinking proportion of what BAM sells.

Insight Into the Arab Reading World (Gulfnews.com)
This United Arab Emirates publication reveals some startling statistics about reading in the Arabic-speaking world. Here’s one: A child in the Arab world will spend, on average, six minutes a year reading, compared with 12,000 minutes a year for Western children, according to the Arab Thought Foundation’s cultural development report.

New Self-Published Best-Seller List (Pub Lunch)
Publishers Marketplace has launched a tracking tool in its best-seller tracker that identifies self-published titles so you can see how many self-published titles hit various lists and how many of them are doing well versus traditionally published books overall.

The Week That Was (Good E Reader)
Barnes & Noble’s latest Wall St. crisis, its new education play, Yuzu, Amazon getting cozier with Goodreads and more!

In Case You Missed It
At DBW, we offer a series of webcasts to help you keep up to date on what’s going on in the digital publishing world. From tutorials to intense discussions, we always try to make them worth your while. Here are some upcoming webcasts that you should check out in the coming days and weeks:

What Ebooks Are Readers Actually Reading?
Join DBW along with book editors from The Huffington Post, Book Riot and BuzzFeed to talk about what kinds of books readers actually want these days.

Ten Cheap and Easy Ways to Promote Your Book
Join DBW and book marketing experts for a comprehensive survey of current strategies for diversifying and economizing your promotional toolkit. This webcast will look at ways to leverage new platforms and packages, tactics for getting fast, strong results for multiple books at once.

Developing Children’s Apps – For Authors and Publishers
Join DBW, Eric Huang of Made in Me, Dean Johnson of Brandwidth Group and Louise Rice of Touch Press for a discussion of the strategies children’s app developers, authors and publishers need to stay dynamic and succeed.

Three Steps to Discoverability – How to Boost Online Sale
Join Pavan Arora, Chief Innovation Officer of Aptara, and Murray Izenwasser, Marketing Practice Lead at Biztegra, as they assess the current state of discoverability. They’ll outline typical approaches, explain how large publishers are addressing it, and how content technology plays a vital role.


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