Posts tagged ebooks
Posts tagged ebooks
A photograph of James Jones in 1951, around the publication of From Here to Eternity, a stirring American classic about army life in the calm before Pearl Harbor. The book was instrumental in changing unjust army practices, which created a public outcry when it was first published.
Open Road Media is proud to have restored previously censored scenes and dialogue to the text in our ebook edition. The Restored Edition includes never-before-seen passages that were cut from the original manuscript, including those containing reference to homosexuality in the military, four-letter words, political material, and philosophical content about art and society.
“A blockbuster of a book … raw and brutal and angry.”
—The New York Times
In a probably-futile attempt to stem the tide of redundant comments, I’ll address some of the more frequent reactions to my last post:
If you don’t like it, don’t use it! Duh.
You’re missing the point. The issue is that this is a software EULA which for the first time attempts to restrict…
Andrew Wylie speaks to Martha Kearney on the BBC’s The World at One
I spent the vast majority of my Saturday in terrible, terrible airports on an epic 10-hour trek (nowhere impressive, don’t ask) that began at 4:30 AM. To keep myself from succumbing to the siren song of Combos and an issue of Elle—a path that lands me in a brutal shame spiral which effectively…
What happens if they screw you over in a contract, steal all your money, and keep your erights forever> Then they do. I like the books St. Martin’s bought. And I believe in them. But if I lose money on them, I lose money on them. That’s the risk I’m taking. And I do know this is a risk. But it’s a calculated risk, and if it works out, the payoff could be enormous. But I’m making enough money on my other books - and I will continue to make enough on my self-published books - that I can afford to take this risk.
And it went like this:
Digital content WILL dominate the future*. You don’t have to like that, but you DO have to accept it. When you accept that you’ll begin to see that the systems behind publishing need to change rapidly or else you need to create a new organisation to work within the new rules (and economic realities). It’s time for the industry to stop worrying about Apple, Amazon and Google. It is time for the industry to just forget about all of them and to decide how it is going to bring stories to readers in a way that keeps it relevant, interesting and hopefully profitable or else to decide that it is going to grow old and die gracefully. In either case, I’m pretty sure it’s time to shut up and do it.The rest of it is here! Eoin
HERE is why we at OR dread dealing with intermediary sellers—sure, by spurning a behemoth like Amazon, we can feel morally superior (strange to think that Barnes & Noble is today’s underdog)—but that’s not the primary reason. It’s that the big stores are such whiners, and unfortunately they’re…
John Oakes hits the nail on the head here!
Giving Apple more benefit of doubt that they probably deserve on this issue, making purchasing work the same way in all apps would be a lovely thing for usability. In utopian ecommerce, you would buy anything for use with an app from within the app and it would always work almost the same way.
Now…what’s that worth? How large a piece of each purchase is your company willing to give Apple just so that everything can be all tidy like that?
That’s a really big cut for an abstract benefit. A 30% cut makes sense for apps themselves, but it sure doesn’t for in-app purchases. It’s gouging and the market is definitely not going to bear it.
I have dared to predict. Now let’s sit back and watch the fur fly.
Dean Johnson (Creative Director at Brandwidth), with the help of his crystal ball, gives us six key digital publishing developments for 2011.
Fascinating stuff! Eoin
I had a great time yesterday at Book Camp NY, an unconference about book publishing that—as I mentioned to several people—was like my Twitter timeline come to life. It was like a weekend conference compressed into four hours, which was great, not to mention efficient.
If you’ve never been to an…