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...

90% of US Libraries now Loan out eBooks

Libraries in the United States have been steadily embracing digital books for the past few years. A new report has decreed that 90% of all libraries now loan out eBooks, up from 76% in 2012. The American Library Association is the definitive body in convincing libraries to embrace digital. They frequently hold annual meetings in...

iTunes Best of 2013 Includes 3 Digital Magazines Created with Aquafadas Digital Publishing System

"Created using the Aquafadas InDesign plugin, all 3 magazines provide users with an excellent reading experience. Beautifully designed to engage readers via a range of interactive features such as web links, videos and Guided Reading, they all demonstrate the power of digital publishing through Aquafadas solutions. Congratulations once again to all!"...

Will you be in the nine percent of publishers that survive? #eprdctn

You might be tempted to argue that because Gilbert is in the news business his findings don’t apply to books. But the parallels between news and books are close: both produce easily digitised content, both have legacy costs, both struggle with commercial innovation, and both have been slow to adapt to technology. Indeed, I believe...