New Startup Turns iPad Digital Magazine Into Interior Design Tool

"Now, entrepreneur Marc Lebovitz is expanding on that same idea with his new startup, Adornably, a company centered around a new iPad app. After downloading Adornably and creating a free account, you can lay any magazine on the floor of a room and Adornably will use it to scale a virtual image of that room...

How print is slowly killing publishers

It’s a textbook example of The Innovator’s Dilemma. The crazy part is we all know it’s a big problem and yet very few publishers are taking evasive action. I’m talking about the reliance on print, even at the expense of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content,...

Facebook To Monetize Messenger App

While Facebook provides their stock and Messenger apps for free (at least to the end-user, in reality there are ads paying the way). According to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, that may change. Facebook recently had their latest earnings call, during which Zuckerberg indicated that payments and Messenger are headed for overlap –though no details were really...

25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition

What follows is the quickest, dirtiest, most simple route to writing a novel and getting it published by a traditional publisher, which I accomplished from my own couch in Atlanta while nursing a baby and having neither an MFA nor any previous contacts in publishing. The following advice is based on my own personal experience...

Dear Author Reviews eBook Subscription Services

Dear Author has posted a really useful and comprehensive review of Kindle Unlimited, Scribd and Oyster—the three main eBook subscription services. They look at not just the title selection, but also the usability of the apps and the overall user experience. I was heartened to see that Scribd, the only choice available internationally, took top...

Inspired by Paper in a Digital World

"She calls it “a magazine for the creative and curious.” Article topics range from vintage haberdashery to gig posters, to baseball, sign-making, fabric design, and creative workspaces. Vintage printed materials are showcased, as are stories about crafting alphabets from every material imaginable. She has a thing for typewriters. Of course."...

Pew: 69% of Americans read a print book in 2013, 28% read an e-book, but only 4% went exclusively electronic

"During 2013, 69 percent of Americans read a book in printed form, 28 percent read an e-book, and 14 percent listened to an audiobook. While the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions. "...

Gale Launches New Purchase Model for Ebooks #eprdctn

"Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, announced a new purchase option - a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model - for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. This new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase ebooks based on actual usage, allowing libraries...

Google Maps Wants You To Do More Exploring

With so many updates to Google Maps these days, users of the app are likely to feel a little spoiled. Everybody knows they should rely on Google Maps when they need directions, but what if you aren’t actually sure where you want to go? We all think of exploration while on holiday, but consider that...

Swift: Using filter() to remove items from Arrays

Here's a quick and easy use of filter() var myArray = ["Explore","","#Swift","Algorithms"]var noEmptyStrings = myArray.filter({$0 != ""})Filter can be called on an Array and simply requires that the Elements contained within the Array (in this case Strings) are tested in the closure and return a Bool value. Everything that returns true is then included in...

Google Should Buy the Entire Publishing Industry

More­over, much of this turnover is absorbed by the sup­ply chain. Ama­zon alone has three times the turnover of the Big Five multi­na­tional pub­lish­ing con­glom­er­ates (who account for 80% of the industry’s rev­enue). Pub­lish­ing is, quite sim­ply, not a very prof­itable indus­try sec­tor – it’s labor-intensive, inef­fi­cient and the only rea­son we put up with...

Digital Publishing Tools for Art Book Publishers

"With the increasing popularity of ebooks and the proliferation of ereaders and tablets, it has become routine to say that the past few years have been disruptive to the publishing industry. Though many publishers have been hesitant to jump into “the digital space,” art book publishers and museum publication departments have been among the slowest...

Huawei Honor X1 iQiyi is a 7 inch Phone Priced at $323

Huawei has debuted today a new phone, or better said a tablet with phone features, the Honor X1 iQiyi model, that’s shown below. This device gets the strange bit of its name from the local Chinese iQiyi ad-supported television and movie portal, that bundles a subscription and content with this model. Huawei Honor X1 iQiyi...