For many people, web browsers and phone screens have grown to become the main sources of information. To that end, there’s a constant and massive stream of media arriving on our screens. We live in a cutthroat attention economy.
As a result, every product will get more persuasive over time. Facebook must become more addictive to compete with YouTube. In return, YouTube must become more immersive if it wants to compete with Facebook. And we’re not just talking about “cheap” amusement like Candy Crush or cat videos; in their quest for our attention, these services also compete with studying, exercising, cooking and reading to our kids.
Media today threatens our fundamental agency. Maybe we are “choosing” to engage with these services, but we are choosing from persuasive menus driven by companies whose goals seemingly aren’t aligned to ours. As Tristan Harris further argues, there is “time spent” and “time well spent.”
Consider that the average teenager now spends more than 40 hours a week in front of a screen—almost three times as much as 10 years ago.
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Ganxy Announces New Bulk Ebook Sales Feature (DBW)
Ganxy, a company that helps publishers sell their content digitally, announced yesterday the launch of Ganxy Bulk Sales, a new feature that allows publishers to automate bulk sales and special orders directly from their website.
Quantum’s Quandary: London Book Fair’s Careful Conference (Pub Perspectives)
In a day of congenial panel discussions and reassuring pep talks, London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference threw an amber-warm light on tricky times for publishing.
Reedsy Wins Quantum Publishing Innovation Award (Pub Perspectives)
Reedsy’s curated marketplace gives authors access to the kinds of professional skills increasingly outsourced by publishers – editors, designers, and publicists. Authors can browse examples of these experts’ work, brief the work required, compare rates, and then agree a contract. The two parties can collaborate directly using the Reedsy platform, before exporting the results directly into standard publishing formats.
Related: Reedsy Aims to Streamline Indie Publishing
10 Realities of Virtual Reality from #Quantum16 (BookMachine)
David Ingham, Director of Digital Media at Cognizant, and Phil Harper, Director at Alchemy VR before recently founding IMRGE, took to the stage at the Quantum conference today to discuss recent developments in virtual reality (VR) and what this means for publishers. Here are our top 10 takeaway points.
10 Pieces of Sound Advice on Audio Publishing from #Quantum16 (BookMachine)
Videl Bar Kar (Penguin Random House, UK Audio), Claire Powell (audioBoom) and Adam Martin (Acast) formed the panel on Audio Publishing at the Quantum conference today. Here are the top 10 things we learned.
LBF 2016 Opens with Deal Deluge (Bookseller)
One seven-figure buy and a deluge of six-figure deals after heated auctions have launched the London Book Fair with a bang. Publishers are also continuing to invest in digital experiments despite ebook growth slowing, with a tranche of innovations from companies such as Penguin Random House (PRH), Google and Orion on display at LBF.
London Book Fair Announces International Excellence Awards Winners (DBW)
From a press release: “The winners of The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, in association with The Publishers Association and sponsored by Hytex, have been announced at a prestigious awards ceremony held tonight, on the first day of LBF.”
Based on Leaked Images, Kindle Returns to Ugly Roots with New Oasis (Pub Lunch)
The original Kindle reader was one of the odder-looking pieces of consumer electronics, and with the new eighth-generation “top of the line” Kindle reader that Jeff Bezos tipped on Twitter last week, Amazon appears to be returning to its roots. Called the Kindle Oasis according to early posts spotted on Amazon’s Canadian and Chinese stores, the asymmetrical device is thicker on one side, to allow for page-turning buttons.
The Print-on-Demand Revolution Opens New Doors (Book Business)
Let’s face it. The best authors throughout history were not celebrity personality types! Writers and readers tend to be people eager for the contemplative life. I have been cringing while reading recent audience-driven articles about producing shorter works to feed increasingly distracted tastes. Great works have not been created to feed reader tastes. They have been written because the author had something important to add to our understanding of human existence.
The Anatomy of a BookBub Blurb & Ebook Description Copy Tips (BookBub)
When authors and publishers promote books via BookBub’s Featured Deals email, each promotion includes a blurb. Each BookBub blurb is carefully crafted to appeal to readers subscribed to that book’s category. We often get questions about these blurbs: Who writes them? How are they written? How do we decide what to include?
Back to Court: Authors Guild Petition Rescheduled for April 15 (Pub Lunch)
The Supreme Court finally updated the docket entry for the Authors Guild’s request to have their appeal of the Google Books case heard by the high court. After skipping the petition in the April 1 Conference, the Court is once again due to consider the Guild’s case as their next Conference, on April 15. (We will find out at 9:30 AM on Monday, April 18 if they made a decision or defer it to another date.)