Now is the time to invest in ebooks. Why? Because it’s safe to say that ebooks are a permanent fixture in the publishing industry. And with the digital frontier bringing an all-encompassing connection with consumers, the foresight to invest in ebooks is a smart move, because it’s an investment not just in the future of […]
As a publisher, it’s likely you know what DRM is. If you don’t know what DRM is, crawl out from under that rock. DRM, which stands for Digital Rights Management, is the digital watermark used for copyright protection of digital media such as video games, MP3s, and e-books. DRM was developed to combat piracy of […]
As the publishing world progresses into an era of new publishing avenues and writing platforms, one hidden gem remains stronger than ever…the university press. This week kicks off the second annual University Press Week, or UP week (hashtag #UPweek), sponsored by the Association of American University Presses. The AAUP launched University Press Week in 2012 during its 75th anniversary celebration.
The weeklong festivity honors all of the amazing works that come from the university press community, including titles like The History of Oxford University Press by Oxford University Press and A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning published by Harvard University Press.
The World’s Oldest Media Business
Many university presses have been around for more than a hundred years, some even longer than that. University presses have been putting out quality titles throughout history. They are, according to Peter Phillips, CEO of Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest media business. Cambridge University Press (CUP) is no stranger to historical success in publishing. It has continued to triumphantly publish works since 1584. It is the oldest university press in the world, as well as the oldest publishing house.
In the U.S., the oldest university press is Johns Hopkins University Press, which has put out several notable titles, including Abraham Lincoln: A Life, by Michael Burlingame. […]
When I was younger, I had a Care Bears book that came with a cassette tape for sing-along songs and a VHS video I could watch while I read (it also came with a cute stuffed Care Bear—Good Luck Bear, who was my favorite Care Bear of all time). This was in the ’80s, long before e-books, tablets, and mobile apps and games. Despite the lack of modern technology, it was still a very successful use of transmedia storytelling.
With this current digital era, transmedia storytelling has a whole new media platform to play with. More and more publishers and authors are creating enhanced e-books and utilizing transmedia to market their brand to readers. It’s still mostly uncharted territory, but as e-books and digital media continue to cement themselves as solid platforms, it’s likely we’ll see a lot more transmedia storytelling in the future.
What is Transmedia?
Transmedia, sometimes called interactive media or multi-platform media, is the use of various media platforms to tell a story. This can be an enhanced e-book—maybe with video links, graphic artwork, audio, games, or apps—and can also cross over into merchandise like toys or clothing.
The use of transmedia is especially popular for children’s books and stories, but it also has its place in the mystery and suspense genre, as well as sci-fi and fantasy. These genres tend be much more open and accessible to cross-platform entertainment outlets. […]
You know what an e-book is, and you know what Netflix is (unless you have your head buried in the sand), but do you know about Oyster, the new “Netflix for books” start-up by a team of book lovers—Andrew Brown, Eric Stromberg, and Willem Van Lancker—who proclaim they sit “at the intersection of books and […]
Now, more than ever, it’s important for publishers (not just authors) to attend publishing industry events. Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, you probably know that the game of book publishing has changed, for all players—authors, publishers, editors, literary agents, and even publicists. And everyone’s still learning the rules. Meanwhile, the game changers (e-books, social media, digital publishing software) continue to digitally disrupt the industry.
With publishing software and platforms giving everyone a key to the publishing palace, it’s imperative that publishers become innovative in how they seek out new talent. Attending publishing industry events, such as the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, are good ways for publishers to make new connections, learn about new trends, and keep a firm grasp on their territory and the rapid innovation of the publishing world.
The 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair, which lasts from October 9 to October 13, bills itself as “the biggest book and media fair in the world.” It offers something for everyone in the industry, with approximately 7500 exhibits from over 100 countries.
Major Publishing Industry Events
Other important industry events are listed below: […]