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All posts tagged "publishing"

  • Magazine mindset undermines tablet opportunity

    The rush by media owners to embrace tablets borders on the unseemly. And who can blame them given the continued decline of print revenue and resistance by folk to pay for content on the internet. Tablets, we are told, are much closer to print magazines than to the free-for-all interwebs. Publishers like tablets because they bring people back into “closed” environments through apps. Closing the circle and getting people to “stick” around on one media property was also the purpose of the mega-portals from the 90s. Pull people in, monopolize their attention, and revenue must follow; the argument went. Of course...

  • The rise of eBooks and the myth of affordability

    Major drum roll from the guys at Amazon.com for their announcement that “Amazon.com customers now purchase more Kindle books (eBooks) than hardcover books.” The group went on to claim that for every 100 hardcover books sold, it has sold 143 Kindle books, and also announced that Stieg Larsson, author of the Millenium Trilogy, has sold one million Kindle books. The statistics given out by the giant online retailer don’t look quite so amazing when put in proper context. In fact, quite a different story emerges that indicates the traditional publishing business is unprepared to embrace the new dynamics eBooks bring...

  • Q&A with Eve Gray: The Kindle, iPad, WWII and the future of publishing

    It is (too) easy to categorise reactionary attitudes like Nadine Gordimer opining that deadtree books are better than screens as a generation thing. It’s easy to assume that an appreciation of new technologies is a generation thing, that an entire generation gets it, but that previous ones don’t. I don’t think it’s a generation thing, I think it’s a generative thing. There are those who understand the generative potential of new tech and those who don’t. Some of those who don’t are 18, some of those who don’t run tech companies, although perhaps not for much longer. To show...