Whether print or digital, most books still reflect both the “linear way in which they’re typically consumed (cover to cover) and publishing’s own manufacturing heritage (from manuscript delivery to the delivery of bound books to the warehouse),” writes digital content expert David Wilcockson.
But it doesn’t have to be that way any longer, and maybe it shouldn’t.
As Wilcockson explains, existing metadata systems already offer a framework for publishers to explore ways of “creating value from flexible ‘chunks’ of content.”
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Amazon’s Purdue Location Triggers Lawsuit (Ink, Bits & Pixels)
The ordering and fulfillment counter Amazon recently opened on Purdue University’s campus becomes the target of a lawsuit from the National Association of College stores seeking to compel the university to disclose the terms of its contract with Amazon.
How Amazon Could Disrupt the Checkout Line (Re/code)
The e-tailer has filed patents for technology that would gather information about shoppers and items in a physical setting, which some view as evidence that it’s considering ways to optimize the in-store shopping experience—in this case, by obviating the need for cashiers and checkout counters—should Amazon ultimately decide to go physical.
What Publishers Can Learn from Game Developers (Futurebook)
In the debate about how to keep books competitive in the digital marketplace, publishers often highlight how their stock-in-trade is consumed differently than other forms of media like music and video content. But one industry insiders explains that, like books, games are experienced over time in “snack-sized intervals,” follow linear narratives and retail with similar price-tags. Here’s what the two might be able to teach each other.
Author Solutions Sued Again (Pub Lunch)
The controversial publishing service provider gets hit with a new lawsuit seeking class action status for alleged fraud and various violations of consumer protections. Nook is believed to have partnered with Author Solutions on the expanded range of services it made available to authors in November last year.
Amazon Will Fix Your Toilet (GeekWire)
Amazon rolls out the Home Services category it’s been rumored to have in the works, expanding beyond physical and digital goods and into services like TV installation, garbage disposal, house painting and more. Amazon guarantees customer satisfaction and plans to take a 15–20% commission on the final bill for each job.
Frustrated in U.S., Amazon Takes Drone Testing North (Guardian)
After running into regulatory roadblocks, Amazon follows through on its promise to push ahead with developing its drove delivery technology outside U.S. borders. The program is now operating from a test site in British Columbia, Canada.
ICYMI: Authors Missing from the App Picture (DBW)
Children’s authors and children’s app developers seldom work together, and as one expert in both spaces sees it, it’s the content the kids who consume it that miss out. Here’s a look at some of the causes of that divide and how it can be bridged.
Related: Free Webcast—The Latest Trends and Tactics for the Children’s Market
Will More Publishers Try 3D-Printing? (Good E Reader)
In the short-term, don’t count on it. The striking 3D-printed cover Riverhead created for Chang-rae Lee’s novel On Such a Full Sea made for great marketing. But the fact that “the finished design, which took 15 hours to print, was made for a special-edition run of 200 signed copies for sale—a number partially decided by how many could physically be printed in time for the shelf date,” doesn’t bode so well for scalability.