Who reads anymore?

Books are no longer simply books thanks to the strides the digital publishing industry has been taking in recent years. Many publishers are being forced to up their game to compete with new media forms like games, movies and the popular eBook. Technology is rapidly overtaking most aspects of our daily lives. Tom Bonnick, business developer at Nosy Crow, said that ‘using content in different ways was the key to publishing success.’

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Is Steam the lifeline for independent game developers?

Games are a huge part of the entertainment industry. Despite critics blaming them for the violent and hypersexual aspects of modern culture, their storytelling potential is massive. As games become more socially acceptable to play and talk about, their potential in the mainstream will be realised. Modern role-playing games like the Dragon Age series and The Walking Dead already use complex characters that the player becomes attached to: it’s not impossible to imagine that at some point in the near future, there will be more immersive games like these that had originally been written as a simple book. Continue reading

Indie Publishing: How they define the balance between print and digital.

Magazine publishing has been witnessing a renaissance since the start of Kinfolk in 2011, championing a new ethos in how we read and how we like to experience magazines. With the emergence of independent magazines, readers have been charmed by a slower lifestyle and cleaner product, where the focus lies on being able to savour a printed publication again and again, a counter-culture to the increasingly disposable mainstream media.

Since Kinfolk the industry has been reshaped by a collection of magazines, such as Cereal and Hole & Corner magazine, both of which share the direction of an experience-based publication that can be treasured. Readers are treated to a quarterly publication of lifestyle and travel inspirations where the visual aesthetic values white-space and awe-inspiring minimalist photography.

In this neo-indie magazine movement where print seems to reign as supreme, I will be looking at how the brand of Cereal and Kinfolk take their lifestyle inspirations and engage with their online community, and how connecting digital and print content is the future for a successful publication.

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Ebooks: Will the booming success of the Tablet Lead to the Demise of the E-reader?

In the beginning, there were caves. Following the caves, there was the scroll. Unhappy with the scroll, the Romans began binding their paper to create the book. Displeased with this thousands of years old Roman invention, Amazon created the Kindle. In the meantime, Apple created the first tablet. And so the e-reading software developed… Continue reading

Are Digital Advancements Having a Positive Impact on Academic Publishing?

Digital Publishing, a revolution for educational materials? Lets explore…

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DIGITAL PUBLISHING WITHIN THE EDUCATIONAL FIELD

The main advantage of digital publishing within the educational field is that it’s generally more affordable (though remember that the development and maintenance of electronic publications’ are not free, mainly for multimedia applications). Digital publishing excludes upfront costs to a greater extent. These costs are related to printing and shipping. Therefore, around the world, readers have equally affordable access to research via digital means (Internet). Moreover, some traditionally costly types of print publications like those of excessive length, steeped in colour, and/or laid out on shiny paper stock can be spread out digitally in a more cost-effective way.

Mcgraw-Hill is a prime example of an Education Publisher that is really taking advantage of the advancements and demand for technology, opening their digital education hubs in Boston and Seattle which Stephen Laster, the chief digital officer of Mcgraw-Hill has said ‘will play a pivotal role in our efforts to transform education through the use of collaborative, intuitive and adaptive digital learning technologies’.  Continue reading

The hidden conflict behind ebook library lending.

How do you update a library? You drag it kicking and screaming into the digital age by giving it virtual bookshelves. For the past few years libraries have been striving to update their systems with ebooks instead of paperbacks in the hope of boosting its memberships. Whilst attendance at libraries have become more popular as a place to study than check out crinkled tea stained books, they have persevered for as long as you and I can remember and have surprisingly kept up with the times. Introducing computers was an easy and welcome adjustment to the library which has led to popular computer courses so it is no surprise that they are joining the growing ebook culture. And though many are welcoming the idea of free ebook loans some publishers are finding it difficult to back and aren’t making the transition very easy. Continue reading