Category Archives: publishing technology

New types of publishing technology – e.g. OnDemand Books – that have the potential to significantly change the production or marketing of books

Priced to Sell – e-Book Sellers Discover the Hidden Joys of Flexible Pricing

There has been a lot of discussion about how to price an e-book over the last few years.  Book pricing conventions from the print world–e.g., 5 times the cost of production or standard retail price points–offer no guidance in the … Continue reading

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Anthologize – Next Evolution in Blog to Book Tools?

Recently, I became aware of a new tool for authors called Anthologize.  Anthologize is a WordPress plugin created as part of the One Week One Tool project at George Mason University in Washington DC.  According to the press release accompanying … Continue reading

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Print Books – Can’t Live With ’em, Can’t Live Without ’em

Recently, I put my house on the market, and as part of the staging process, the realtor had my wife and I pack up and store about two thirds of our over 5,000 books.  The idea is to reduce visual … Continue reading

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e-Book Alchemy – An Interview with Olive Technology’s Virginia Thomas

By almost any reckoning, e-books are a fast growing segment of the book publishing industry.  Many self-published authors and traditional publishers who have been reluctant to publish in e-book format are now considering it.  However, because there are many competing … Continue reading

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In Demand! The Espresso Book Machine from On Demand Books

The Espresso Book Machine, manufactured and distributed by On Demand Books,  has created quite a stir since it was launched a few years ago.  The book printing system has been compared to a “book ATM.”  It can print books, stored in … Continue reading

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How m-books Could Change Reading

The day of the m-book (e-books on mobile phones)  is rapidly approaching.  Recently one of the founders of LexCycle, the company that makes the Stanza e-book reader for iPhone, recently spoke at a Book Publishers Northwest meeting.  Stanaza’s numbers are impressive.  … Continue reading

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Village Books and the Espresso Book Machine – 4 million Books to Go

Future Perfect Publishing has been following the Espresso Book Machine for the last several years.  The Espresso Book Machine, sometimes called the “book ATM” is developed and marketed by On Demand Books.  The system, about the size of a photocopier, … Continue reading

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After the Page

Since the development of written language, mankind has experimented with different reading “devices” and formats. Inscription on the walls of dwelling spaces or public buildings Engravings on clay tablets Scrolls Bound books with pages Over the last two thousand years … Continue reading

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My Numbers, Myself – Personal Reading Metrics

Personal metrics – information that we collect about ourselves – have a natural appeal.  We want to be better – if we can measure something about ourselves and optimize it, we will.  Today that process is becoming easier with the … Continue reading

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Contemplating the Google-book

According to a report in the NY Times, Google is preparing to enter the e-book market and take on Amazon.   The delivery platform is unclear, but it does not appear that Google is favoring any particular e-book device at this … Continue reading

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