Digital Disruption: When, Whether, Whence?

DBW In Brief digital disruption ebook publishingIs the worst of the digital transition over?

Some expect mostly smooth sailing for publishers in the next few years, while others say more change is coming that few are prepared to weather.

Rather than referee that debate, Digital Book World is putting it under the microscope. Our latest issue in the “DBW In Brief” series brings together the latest industry thinking on what seeds innovation and disruption and how publishers should (and shouldn’t) respond.

Needless to say, there’s no right answer to those questions, but by comparing a few of the more provocative recent answers to them, this month’s brief is designed to help publishers think through the next phase of challenges on their own terms.

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EPUB Above All?
“While there are a lot of potential problems with the single-file workflow,” in which publishers generate a single EPUB file rather than a slew of platform-specific formats, ebook production expert Joshua Tallent says, “it still gets my vote for the majority of content.” Here’s why.

Reassessing the Value of Being Published
One of the key threats Vearsa CEO Gareth Cuddy sees facing publishers is that, “between the rise of the self-published author and more efficient methods of content creation and distribution, the value of being ‘published’ is diminishing year by year.” Yet according to one industry insider, very few major publishers believe that to be the case.

ICYMI: Scribd Makes Cuts, Adds Macmillan Titles
Shortly after eliminating a number of romance and erotica ebooks, in what some saw as a sign of vulnerability for the subscription model, Scribd announces an expansion of its partnership with Macmillan, whose latest addition more than doubles its previous offering. (The publisher made a similar addition to Scribd competitor Oyster as well.)

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