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NIMAS: Opportunities With XML-Based Accessibility Specifications for Publishers

NIMAS: Opportunities with XML-Based Accessibility Specifications for Publishers

Since the early nineteenth century invention of braille, the concept of making written content available to the blind or visually impaired has been a noble aspiration of civilized society. Making that concept a practical reality is another matter. Even as new, more automated, technologies arise, the challenges of accessibility remain formidable. For educational publishers,...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Nord Compo

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Nord Compo. What does your company...

National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development

On May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age, as well as building community and participation at local libraries. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the...

Octane Press

Octane Press: Accelerating Growth Through a Niche Output

Most featured publishers in this series have some sort of niche. Indeed, many smaller publishing houses around the world benefit from a narrower focus than the big guys do, picking up enthusiasts in very specific areas of interest. And the interest area of today’s featured publisher isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. Octane Press...

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How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications

How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications: Evidence-Based Report from Simon Inger Consulting Scholarly publishing consultants Tracy Gardner and Simon Inger recently published the report, “How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications.” This report should be required reading for those in the scholarly publishing industry! The result of an impressive large-scale survey of readers...

publishers, seo, research, keywords, editorial

Experimenting to Build the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

What are effective ebook pricing strategies in today’s book business? Based on trends we observe at Ingram Content Group from both publishers and readers, we think about three general segments for ebooks: entertainment value, education value and marketing value. Entertainment Value Most trade ebooks generally fit into the entertainment value segment. The hard part...

Tapas

Tapas Media Launches Gamified Stories App

At Digital Book World 2016, attendees heard Chang Kim, founder of Tapas Media Inc., talk about his company’s new app, Tapas, which allows users to read bite-sized content and access new chapters with virtual coins. After receiving approval from Apple’s App Store, the company released the app today. Based in San Francisco and Seoul,...

Digital Book World

The Curious Incident of the Book in the Digital Age

Below is the full text from the keynote speech, “The Curious Incident of the Book in the Digital Age,” delivered by Gail Rebuck, Baroness Rebuck of Bloomsbury, DBE, at the London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference on Monday, April 12. Good morning. When Jacks Thomas asked me to speak at the London Book Fair, she...

Fahrenheit Press

Lighting It Up with Fahrenheit Press

Of all the independent publishers I’ve spoken to recently, Chris McVeigh of Fahrenheit Press stands out as one of the most outrageous. He won’t mind me saying that, I’m sure. “Indie Innovation” is about featuring smaller publishers that are doing things a bit differently, and when I heard about Fahrenheit Press’s mantra, it was...

Book in a Box

Book in a Box: A Different Way to Diversify Books

Though many people have great stories and knowledge to share, they don’t always have the time or talent to write books. And that’s something the founders of Book in a Box noticed and have been committed to solving for the past year and a half. Since the company’s launch, they’ve published more than 200 books....

Jacks Thomas

5 Questions with Jacks Thomas, Director, London Book Fair

Jacks Thomas is the director of the London Book Fair, a position she has held since January 2013. This year’s fair features a wide array of speakers and panels, as well as the re-branded digital conference now called Quantum. The 2016 London Book Fair takes place April 12-14. I recently spoke with Thomas about...

Hugh Howey

DBW Interview with Hugh Howey, Author

Hugh Howey is a New York Times best-selling science fiction author and one of the most vocal proponents of self-publishing. His biggest hit, Wool, was published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program and ballooned into a best-selling series that went on to win Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2012 Award. Wool has also been optioned by...

reedsy, ebooks, indie authors, independent authors, self-publishing

Reedsy Aims to Streamline Indie Publishing

Since Reedsy’s launch in November 2014, the company has made some interesting moves when it comes to developing its product. At its core, Reedsy—which was founded by Emmanuel Nataf, Matt Cobb, Ricardo Fayet and Vincent Durand—is an online marketplace that connects independent authors with marketing and design professionals. And now, with a new product called Reedsy...

Shelfie

Shelfie CEO: Books Should Be ‘Format-Shiftable’

Shelfie is an app that allows users to take a photo of their bookshelves and get ebook and audiobook versions of physical books they already own for free or at a low cost. The app also gives personalized recommendations based on the idea that the best recommendations come from a full picture of the books readers...

Put Me in the Story, sourcebooks, adult coloring books, personalized books

Sourcebooks Strikes Gold with Personalized Adult Coloring Books

In recent years, Put Me in the Story, the line of personalized books for children, has been a huge hit for its publisher, Sourcebooks. What’s more, this trend has coincided with the surge in popularity of adult coloring books. To that end, since the beginning of 2016, personalized adult coloring books have been responsible for a...

Hummingbird, ebooks, retail, amazon, apple, barnes & noble, audiobooks

How Hummingbird Is Democratizing Ebook Retailing

Imagine a world in which anyone can sell ebooks and compete successfully with Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. That’s the world Hummingbird Digital Media hopes to make a reality. Hummingbird, a subsidiary of American West Books, was born when Stephen Blake Mettee, Hummingbird’s president, and his colleagues became inspired at BookExpo America. “We recognized that three companies...

One Third Stories

Learning the Lingo: An Interview with One Third Stories

In this series of conversations with independent publishers, we’ll hear from some truly innovative people. These people are making waves, throwing shapes and shaking up different areas of the publishing industry. It’s rewarding to speak with entrepreneurs who love what they do and believe in their mission. Last month, I was alerted to the...

Digital Book World

DBW Readership Survey: We Need Your Help!

We at Digital Book World appreciate your readership and strive to make this website as informative and useful to the publishing community as possible. That’s why we’re turning to you, our community members, to get your insights into how we can improve. Are we doing a good job? Why do you come to the...

lingogo, app, edtech, language learning

Lingogo App Encourages Language Learning with Stories

To learn the vocabulary and grammar of another language, many people try Duolingo. And to learn a new language with stories, many people are heading straight to Lingogo. Released in November 2015, Lingogo is a free app that contains stories written in multiple languages, allowing language learners to review vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation in context. The...

The World's Most Dangerous Writing App

This App Deletes Words if Authors Stop Typing

Writer’s block seems incurable at times, but honestly-named The Most Dangerous Writing App (MDWA) is trying to help writers break through it. The way it does so is straightforward: if writers stop typing in its text editor for five seconds, all of their progress will be lost. Like timed writing apps Write or Die and Flowstate, which also...

Open eBooks

Open Ebooks App: ‘Enabling the Joy of Reading’

Last April, President Barack Obama announced a non-governmental ebooks program called Open Ebooks, an app that gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles. Part of the White House’s ConnectED initiative that aims to jumpstart learning technology in K-12 schools, the program is for any educator, student or administrator from one of the 66,000+...

Influx Press

Londoners on a Mission: An Interview with Influx Press

While larger publishers continue to play a major role in shaping our industry, it is the smaller independent publishing houses that are pushing the boundaries more than ever. Many critics suggest that the heavyweights have become risk-averse, focusing instead on sure-fire wins, such as sequels and established authors. What’s more, some would argue that...

Fauzia Burke

Fauzia Burke Talks New Book on Author Branding

Fauzia Burke is the founding president of FSB Associates, an online publicity and marketing firm that helps build awareness for books and authors. Having started her career in the marketing departments at John Wiley & Sons and Henry Holt, Burke headed out on her own, in 1995, and founded FSB, one of the first...

Digital Book World

Digital Book World 2016 Wrap-Up

The 2016 Digital Book World Conference came and went this week and was a resounding success. All you have to do is search Twitter for #DBW16 to get a sense of how much tweeting and conversation was going on throughout the three-day event. It all started on Monday, with the Launch Kids Conference, Nielsen sessions, masterclasses...

Publishing Needs to Learn from Newer Industries

Publishing Needs to Learn from Newer Industries

The publishing industry is more than 400 years old. To put that timeframe into context, in the UK, when the first printing press was developed, in 1634, Charles I was king shortly before being overthrown. Much has happened since then, and there is much to be proud of in what this key industry has...

5 Strategies to Improve Your Ebook Sales

Data-Smart Publishing: New Ways of Working for Publishers

The recent slowdown in ebook sales has led some publishing observers to pronounce that the digital publishing revolution is over. The truth is, this is indeed the end, but merely the end of the beginning of how ebooks and online tools will affect publishing. We have now entered the next wave of publishing’s digital...

Digital Book World

5 Questions with Dominique Raccah, CEO & Publisher, Sourcebooks

Dominique Raccah is the entrepreneurial CEO of Sourcebooks, which she founded in 1987, and today is one of the largest independent book publishers in the United States and home to dozens of bestselling authors. Growing through small and large innovations, Sourcebooks has repeatedly created new ways for readers to interact with books, from Poetry...

Digital Book World

Personalized Content and New Revenue Streams

Dominique Raccah is the entrepreneurial CEO of Sourcebooks, which she founded in 1987, and today is one of the largest independent book publishers in the United States and home to dozens of bestselling authors. Growing through small and large innovations, Sourcebooks has repeatedly created new ways for readers to interact with books, from Poetry...

Digital Book World

5 Questions with Sanj Kharbanda, SVP, Digital Markets, HMH

Sanj Kharbanda is senior vice president of digital markets at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he manages the publisher’s digital marketing strategy, including for trade publishing, K-12 and consumer markets. At Digital Book World 2016, Kharbanda will be moderating a panel called “Standing Out in the Stacks: Marketing That Works.” We recently spoke to Kharbanda about...

What Are the Benefits of Digital Learning Platforms?

The Benefits of Digital Learning Platforms

Students have used print textbooks for centuries, but in recent years higher education learning companies have made the concerted effort to shift from print materials to digital tools in the form of digital learning platforms. With this change, content has become more engaging and interactive, and the benefits are obvious. Digital learning platforms include...

Vearsa CEO Gareth Cuddy on the Changing Publishing Market

Vearsa CEO Gareth Cuddy on the Changing Publishing Market

It’s no secret that the publishing landscape has been practically re-invented in the last few years, particularly with the rise of ebooks. So we talked to Vearsa’s CEO, Gareth Cuddy, about his view of the current digital marketplace, what the future may hold, and what publishers should be doing to prepare themselves for what’s...