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eBooks: the NeverEnding Edit

January 13, 2014

Tags: Libraries, eBooks, Digital books, Future tech

”The one who tells the stories rules the world.”
~ Hopi proverb

The above quote comes from The Book by M. Clifford. In that dystopian novel, all “dead-tree” books have been outlawed (in a supposed environmental protection measure), and the powers-that-be (called The Editors) are constantly “updating” all books electronically. In other words, no book is a fixed point. Instead, they are altered frequently and nephariously to shape how the public thinks, feels and acts.

The hero of “The Book” discovers this truth through serendipity, when he happens upon “recycled” sheets from an old printed copy of “The Catcher in the Rye” being used as wallpaper in a men’s room of a bar. He compares his eBook version to the remnants of the printed version, which leads to him into rebellion and a thriller plot designed to intrigue any book lover.

The technology to support the dystopia described by Clifford’s novel exists today and has been in place for a number of years. Any book published digitally can be (more…)

On ePublishing, eReaders & POD

August 19, 2012

Tags: ePublishing, eBooks, eReaders, POD, Publishing, Print On Demand

We've fallen behind on posting links to our various articles. Here are a few from IEEE Spectrum on ePublishing, eReaders and Print-On-Demand:

  • "Journalist A.J. Liebling once famously noted, 'Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.'" (more…)

Metadata = eBook Sales

January 26, 2012

Tags: eBooks, ePublishing, Metadata

At Digital Book World conference yesterday, president of Nielsen Book Jonathan Nowell gave a compelling presentation on the connection between metadata and eBook sales.

If you plan to ePublish, be sure to pay attention to metadata. According to a Nielsen study, full use of metadata (providing specific information about your book) is directly linked to dramatically increased sales and profit.

Here's a link to that downloadable study: White Paper: The Link Between Metadata and Sales.

e-Remainders
by Daniel Grotta

July 5, 2010

Tags: eBooks, eBook, ePublishing, e-Publishing, Price, Daniel's entries, Publishing industry

For as long as there have been bookstores and booksellers, the one word that authors, agents and publishers dread hearing most is... remainder.

For those not familiar with publishing argot, remaindering is when bookstore sales falter and books remain unsold and returned, so the publisher tries to cut his losses by offering the work (more…)

Book Clubs Still Ace eBook Prices
by Daniel Grotta

June 26, 2010

Tags: eBooks, eBook, eReaders, eReader, Sony Reader, Price, Apple, Amazon, Book-of-the-Month-Club, Barnes & Noble, iPad, Kindle, iBook, ePublishing, e-Publishing, Book clubs, Daniel's entries

Today the postman brought two books that I had ordered from the Book-of-the-Month Club: David Weber’s newest Honor Carrington novel, "Mission of Honor," and Dominic Lieven’s acclaimed "Russia Against Napoleon." As you can correctly infer, I have an avid interest in anything and everything to do with the Napoleonic Era. Among our 5,000-plus library (more…)