Another publishing revolution?

by Fred Showker

PublishingA LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING if there is another publishing revolution going on. You remember how everything turned upside-down when the first Mac, and the first laser printer turned the publishing industry into the desktop publishing industry.

Well? Some are saying that products like the iPad and the Kindle will have an effect on publishing that could be compared to the desktop publishing revolution of the late 1980s. I guess we'll have to see -- and I'll be following along. I'll also pass along and share some of the more important articles I find.

Is the future of print really online?

Newspapers and magazines need to make money. If they can't online, they'll have to find another way.
Noam Samson, CIO, Arisa Consulting Ltd. writes:

Quoting  begins Since the explosion of the internet, print media has suffered as readership has moved online. Many print companies have experienced a drop in profits as a result. One solution proposed has been to abandon the print format altogether and move things entirely online. The argument goes that this will save the costs of newsprint and delivery and that the readership will have access to the same content on the internet. In essence, the idea is that printed media should die. Quoting  ends

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No Media Revolution

No Media Revolution, Alana SamsonDeputy Editor, Business and Science & Technology, Alana Samson writes:

Quoting  begins Making front-page headlines, News Corp. announced last month it will charge readers for online access to the Times and Sunday Times of London, starting in June. Why has it taken so long for major news corporations like News Corp. to start charging for access to online content and, more importantly, why have no newspapers made a serious effort to push their readership (and thus advertisers) from print to online? Quoting  ends

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What does the drooping book business need?

How about a jolt of espresso?
What if you could print a perfect-bound volume for as little time as it takes to brew a cup of coffee? That is the premise behind the Espresso book machine, which turns digital PDF files into paperbacks in minutes.
      Jason Epstein and Dane Neller, chairman and CEO respectively of On Demand Books in New York, the company behind the Espresso book machine, believe their technology has the potential to transform book publishing. Epstein spoke at a conference on The Future of Publishing in New York on April 30. Here is an edited version of the discussion.
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Publishing: The Revolutionary Future

The transition within the book publishing industry from physical inventory stored in a warehouse and trucked to retailers to digital files stored in cyberspace and delivered almost anywhere on earth as quickly and cheaply as e-mail is now underway and irreversible. This historic shift will radically transform worldwide book publishing, the cultures it affects and on which it depends.
continue reading :: Judy Blume, Pat Cummings, Peter Petre, Mary Pope Osborne, Scott Turow

Will e-book pressures send hardcover prices soaring?

Do you love the feel of a book, the smell of the ink, the crinkle of the pages? If so, get ready to pay more for the pleasure of holding the printed word in your hands. Thanks to the e-book revolution, hardcover book prices could climb dramatically in the next few years.
      Alberto Vitale, former chairman and chief executive of Random House, and an early proponent of digital-books, believes the prices of hardcover books could climb by at least a third in the next five years while the prices of e-books could decline.
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Fred Showker, graphic designer, author, publisherIf you run across important articles or references about the next publishing revolution, please pass them along to all our readers!

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Fred Showker

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