Hybrid iPhone/Print Book Glimpse Of The Future

November 12, 2009

Thanks to the folks over at Vook who tweeted this to me:

What most people will fixate on is the paper.

Look beyond that.

With a 10″-screen tablet, there can be virtual pages bookending the interactivity in the center of the screen. In other words, imagine what you’re looking at above is a single screen.

I think Disney will be looking at this video keenly.

The 24hrBook Project

September 30, 2009


24hrBook Project

In collaboration with if:book, The Society of Young Publishers and CompletelyNovel.com, Spread the Word has commissioned The 24 Hour Book, a groundbreaking project to challenge a group of writers to write a new story about London in just 24 hours.

The project doesn’t excite me, but its web page does, hence this post.

Scroll down to see the FriendFeed widget, the Twitter widget, and the map.

I’ll have more to say about that in another post at another time.

Smart Digital Books Vs. The ePub FAIL Model

September 24, 2009

Post-Medium Publishing

Smart Digital Books:

When you see something that’s taking advantage of new technology to give people something they want that they couldn’t have before, you’re probably looking at a winner.

Axis of E (eInk, ePub, eBook) FAIL Model:

And when you see something that’s merely reacting to new technology in an attempt to preserve some existing source of revenue, you’re probably looking at a loser.

The only thing the ePub FAIL model offers is to strip the words from the physical blocks of paper, period. And even that isn’t done properly.

Previously here:

The Coming Collapse Of eBook Prices
How The Axis Of E Is Killing Publishing
The Continuing Horror Of ePub
Would A US$50 eBook Reader Be A Disaster?
The Devaluation Of The eBook
ePub: The Death Of The Index?
The eBook Cover Scandal
He Understands Something Is Missing
Where I Stand Now
The Axis Of E Book Holocaust
English-Subtitled Editis Smart Digital Book Video
The Issue Of eBook Pricing
Why eInk, ePub, And eBooks Will Fail
Dumb eBooks Must Die, Smart eBooks Must Live
ALL eInk Devices: BAD For eBooks!

RSSCloud: This Will Be Huge For eBooks

September 8, 2009


Tease! Tease! Tease!

WordPress Just Made Millions of Blogs Real-Time With RSSCloud

RSS in the Clouds

Just two things right off the top of my head:

1) Being notified by a publisher when an eBook from an author you want to read has been put on sale (not everyone gets the months-in-advance Dan Brown hype treatment)

2) Being notified by your local library that an eBook you’ve been waiting to borrow has just been returned right now

Is Steve Haber and his upcoming 3G-enabled Sony Reader Daily Edition paying attention?

He Understands Something Is Missing

August 14, 2009

Don’t book in a revolution just yet

Jose Borghino, from the Australian Publishing Association, said the industry was currently in discussion to develop a unified system to deliver book titles.

“The publishing industry is very ready for this, it’s just the matter of finding that killer app which will shift people’s understanding of what a book can be and can do,” Mr Borghino said.

Emphasis added by me.

Unfortunately, the context is that of the Axis of E: eInk, ePub, and eBook.

But just his phrasing there makes me hopeful that he senses the Axis of E is not there, not good enough, and will not succeed.

Someone else grasps that:

Dr Jason Sternberg, lecturer in media and communication at the Queensland University of Technology, said he didn’t think the industry in Australia should brace itself for a revolution in the consumption of the written word .

“These things have been around for a while, one of the initial predictions was how we would get digital newspapers on these tablets but the internet kind of killed that,” he said.

“I just do not see these replacing the book on a mass scale.”

Emphasis added by me.


The Eleven Axioms of 21st Century Book Publishing

August 14, 2009

1 – All publishers are information engines, not producers of objects

2 – A book is no longer a thing in itself

3 – Connections between books add value to all books

4 – A non-fiction book is only the beginning of its story

5 – Even fiction books connect to all other books

6 – A book’s deep metadata is worth more than the book itself

7 – Every dollar invested in deep metadata is worth a hundred dollars in future sales

8 – A book’s function dictates its file container

9 – Readers are no longer passive customers

10 – Readers sell more books than any publisher

11 – To see only today is to forfeit tomorrow

English-Subtitled Editis Smart Digital Book Video

August 6, 2009

Twitter Follower @DoctorLaura actually did an English translation transcription of this video for me, but I was swamped and never got around to posting it here.

In the meantime, a Comment was posted here today informing me of a new English-subtitled version of the Editis video, which I analyzed in a prior post.

Here it is.

I’m at a disadvantage here. I can’t watch the video as it’s presented on YouTube because XP updates have crippled video playback on this PC. I must rip and convert the video to watch it. So all of you are seeing it well before I will.

Now you know why dumb eBooks must die and the Axis of E (eInk, ePub, eBook) will fail.