future of publishing

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Reimagining the publisher (but not too far)

I'm usually pleased with Kassia Krozser's blog. Her posts tend to be thoughtful and sometimes far-sighted, but this reimagining of the publisher just doesn't seem to go very far. I suspect it seems more radical from the perspective of a position in one of today's publishing houses, but if so I'm not sure that would be the best criterion.

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According to Lifehacker:

"Authonomy is a writing-focused social network conceived by publishing house HarperCollins. Community members upload their work, review and rate the work of others, and polish their writing for potential publication."

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Steve Lieber responds to his work being posted online

Steve Lieber is a talented artist and a fine human being (always a good combination), and I was very pleased to see this experience in unanticipated promotion turn out as well as it did.

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Springer Verlag's venture into e-publishing

Springer Verlag has an august reputation for its publishing in scientific and technical fields, and when it decided to move into electronic publishing, it got several things right, thanks in part to their willingness to take the advice of librarians:

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iPad and the two futures of text

Two must-read pieces about the future of text, and a useful follow-up. I'm not even going to try to summarize them, because they both touch on so many issues of central concern to the FFI. So I'll simply list them here, and recommend you make time for them:

Part one: Steven Johnson's The Glass Box and the Commonplace Book

Part two: Jeff Jarvis's iPad Danger: app v. web, consumer v. creator.

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The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books

Jason Kottke discusses a recent article by Ken Auletta, who has found strong performance by ebooks at Amazon. (Auletta: "If the same book is available in paper and paperless form, Amazon says, forty per cent of its customers order the electronic version.")

Kottke then makes a point that aligns well with our arguments on behalf of social publishing:

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paywalls and commiserations

There was quite a boomlet of articles today about the futures of journalism and publishing, from predictions of dark times ahead to good pieces about the pointlessness of paywalls. A summary for future reference:

A good article about what it means for NYC's literary set

A paywall that failed in Australia

Predictions for 2010 from the ever-thoughtful Kassia Krozser.

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Delaying ebooks until paperback release dates

So now a publisher weighs in on the question of delaying the release of an ebook edition until after a hardback release.

There are moments of reason in the case she makes, but it's hard to get around the dubious assumption that a publisher will be able to suppress content in the digital age:

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More about that $9.99 Kindle ebook price

I don't plan to belabor this issue, because it's perfectly obvious how this is going to turn out for quixotic thinkers like Robert Gottlieb. But once again, Kassia Krozser has some insightful things to say:

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Joining the conversation

A voice of sanity, but not one, alas, from a publisher:

There is a lot of customer grumbling going on these days. After this year’s BEA, the (big) idea that emerged was the need for more direct conversation between publishers and readers.... It’s not that all problems can be solved in 140 characters or less (would that this were so!); it’s that the company hears what is being said and is working to address the problem.

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