“The lack of video, the lack of audio,” writes Richard Nash in What is the Business of Literature?, “is a feature of literature, not a bug.” This is exactly how we look at the book business at Thought Catalog. Books aren’t an antiquated technology. Books are cutting-edge technology. In fact, books are the greatest virtual reality machines on the market. While virtual reality gear like Oculus engulfs the brain to present a different reality, books engage the brain and present a different reality through a more creative exchange between medium and self.
SILE – What is SILE? http://sile-typesetter.org/what-is
Amid declining book sales, university presses search for new ways to measure success https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/08/01/amid-declining-book-sales-university-presses-search-new-ways-measure-success
Confessions of a newspaper publishing exec: ‘We’ve screwed up by pursuing scale’ http://digiday.com/publishers/confessions-newspaper-publishing-exec-weve-screwed-pursuing-scale-sake-scale/
University of Florida, Elsevier explore interoperability in the publishing space | Inside Higher Ed https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/05/25/university-florida-elsevier-explore-interoperability-publishing-space
A new Calibre plugin lets you read many sideloaded books in Amazon’s KFX format—on your recent Kindle. Enjoy dropped caps, hyphenation, better kerning.
Penn State has announced the launch of BBookX—new technology they developed that works with faculty to use artificial intelligence to build textbooks from open resources. The software, which was created in August, works to create personalized textbooks by extracting open source information from the Web, based on user input.
This is an interesting development. Trying it out requires an account.
Let’s create an open source Medium clone – Scripting News http://scripting.com/2015/07/04/letsCreateAnOpenSourceMediumClone.html#aSUATH
e Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is aggressively funding efforts to support new forms of academic publishing, which researchers say could further legitimize digital scholarship.
The foundation in May sent university press directors a request for proposals to a new grant-making initiative for long-form digital publishing for the humanities. In the e-mail, the foundation noted the growing popularity of digital scholarship, which presented an “urgent and compelling” need for university presses to publish and make digital work available to readers.
But the foundation quickly contrasted those opportunities with the economic realities facing many university presses. “These declines have made it challenging to find the resources that are needed to experiment with new digital work flows and publication models, and to create the business models and the marketing and discoverability strategies that are essential if electronic publication is to become sustainable and support scholarship in the 21st century,” the e-mail reads
Piecing together publishing – Inside Higher Ed https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/02/25/researchers-university-press-directors-emboldened-mellon-foundation-interest
Go To Hellman: Why GitHub is Important for Book Publishing. http://go-to-hellman.blogspot.com/2015/01/why-github-is-important-for-book.html