Charleston Conference – Funding of Open Access Books

November 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Dr. Frances Pinter, Publisher, Bloomsbury Academic presented a new business model for the efficient and effective funding of open access “books.” (Frances presented this at the TOC conference and had an interview with me about the topic earlier in 2010 if you’d like more details.) Dr. Pinter described her background in publishing and the focus […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Publishing

FlatWorld Knowledge Partners with B & N and NACS

April 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

I am reproducing this post from the teleread blog, thanks Paul! Flat World, the publisher of commercial open source college textbooks, had partnered with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and NACS Media Solutions to distribute their textbooks to over 3,000 college bookstores for the fall semester. These are pilot programs and will launch in August. […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Print on demand · Textbooks · Vendor News

Digital Divide Data – eBook Conversion with Social Responsibility

March 25th, 2010 · Comments Off

I was introduced to a company at the TOC Conference by the name of Digital Divide Data.  I had no idea what they did, but upon learning more about them, became very impressed with them.  DDD is an international non-profit organization involved in the conversion and digitization of books, journals, and other content.  They can […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Vendor News

Interview with Frances Pinter, Publisher at Bloomsbury Academic

March 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

I had a great discussion with Dr. Frances Pinter, Publisher at Bloomsbury Academic yesterday.  Frances was one of the keynote speakers at the TOC Conference.  She spoke about the future of academic monograph publishing in her keynote and again in our interview yesterday.  Frances has some really out-of-the-box ideas, it’s definitely worth a listen. To […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Interviews


February 25th, 2010 · Comments Off

During the TOC Conference I got a demo of iFactory’s new platform, PubFactory from Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory. PubFactory is an online publishing platform for publishers or libraries that is xml based, and supports ePub, DocBook, TEI, and NLM Journal formats.  They also support ONIX and RDF for metadata and PDF (metadata […]

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Tags: EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

TOC – Tools of Change Keynote Speakers

February 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

Day One, TOC Conference, about 1200 attendees in the North and South Ballrooms of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.  Good lineup for keynotes this morning including:  Peter Collingridge with Enhanced Editions, William Patry with Google, Skip Prichard from Ingram Content Group, Sameer Shariff from Impelsys, and Arianna Huffington from the Huffington Post. Andrew Savikas, […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Mobile Devices · Vendor News

Tools of Change – Selling in Mobile Markets (tips for apps)

February 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Selling in Mobile Markets – Rana Sobhany, VP Marketing at Medialits in NYC  ( TOC Conference – Monday Feb. 22nd, 9 – 12:30 I came to this session after the morning break, so I missed the first 90 minutes.  Rana was a great speaker – lots of stories, examples, and practical information – no death […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Marketing · Mobile Devices

Ingram launches PubLink

February 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Ingram announced today the launch of PubLink.  PubLINK is a web based tool for publishers to manage customer and media contact information and send galley copies and catalogs.  PubLink was beta tested by Macmillan.   Charles Bozian, VP of Finance and Administration for Macmillan said, “We could not be more impressed with Ingram’s PubLink,  the […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Vendor News

Tools of Change – Practical Ebook Formatting Workshop

February 22nd, 2010 · 4 Comments

Practical Ebook Formatting: Limitations and Optimizations – Joshua Tallent (Ebook Architects) and Phil Frank (Hendrickson) TOC Conference, Monday, Feb. 22nd 9 – 12:30, Mariott Marquis, NYC About 200 folks in the room, 1/2 do the ebook formatting on a regular basis, 1/2 are managing people who do this, and me. I decided to attend this […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats

O’Reilly TOC

February 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m at the TOC conference this week and will be posting summaries of the sessions  I attend .  The conference is sold out, as usual.  Today are a series of workshops and tomorrow and Wednesday smaller sessions on a variety of topics, but all relating to ebooks and publishing.

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Tags: Conferences/Events