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This article is by Ken Jones of Circular Software. Ken is running the Understanding eBooks day on 25th April 2018.

I’ve been involved in making beautiful and interactive fixed layout ebooks since before there was a standard for such things. But trust me, this one is different… It is truly the finest example of interactive children’s story telling I have ever seen, it contains custom movies on every spread, background audio, professional narration and read aloud text highlighting, placed web code, personalisation, interactive animations and puzzles!

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Apple Books

Bradley Metrock produced the iBooks Author Conference from 2015 through 2017, before Score Publishing acquired Digital Book World, and has authored many articles on Apple’s efforts with regards to books and publishing. This piece is in response to last week’s news from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg that Apple is readying Apple Books to compete anew in the digital book marketplace.

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Juggling lots of books at once can be overwhelming, so as we approach the end of 2017 sit back, relax, and open your ears to the following five podcast recommendations as well as their suggested reading companion. If you love reading the following titles, you’ll love listening to these podcasts…

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Podcasts have steadily gained popularity over the past few years with more people looking for on-the-go entertainment as they multitask through hustle and bustle of daily life.

#BookMarketingChat (read our entire Book Marketing Chat summary here) guest Rachel Moore shared her tips for starting your own podcast.

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Putting aside the constant scare of whether robots will soon take our jobs – coming even from creatives – AI is already here and more and more companies are using it. But what can AI do for publishers, and is there anything publishers can do for AI?

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Audiobooks are on the rise, particularly in retail. This is the ideal time for you to reconsider audio publishing. W.F. Howes Ltd’s Acquisitions Editor, Rachel Gregory, looks at how you can get involved.

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Digital Book World

As an exclusive to BookMachine, we are proud to be able to announce that our partner, Digital Book World – the longstanding and influential publishing conference which takes place in the United States each year – has landed Amazon as a sponsor for the first time.

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Leadership in Publishing

Paula Neary is CEO of Ribbonfish. She has over 20 years of experience in senior roles across academic, education, trade and STM publishing. Prior to working at Ribbonfish she was Director of Business Systems at Springer Nature.

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make audiobooks more accessible

After 30 years in academic publishing (the final 13 years at board level) Jo Burges now co-runs i-Publishing Consultants. The team specialises in working with publishers, cultural heritage organisations and the not-for-profit sector to help them make the very best use of technology and information management and to engage effectively with their customers and members.

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The age of handwriting your ebook and typing it up later is long gone. While I am a lover of beautiful stationery, an ebook writing software can be much more useful.

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On Monday 13 November, over 120 people came together for the second Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference, organised by The Publishers Association and the London Book Fair. Over the course of 2017, many writers and publishing staff from under-represented communities have expressed their frustration with our industry’s love of a panel discussion, which can often take the place of any actual progress. It’s appropriate, therefore, that the strap line of this conference was Reflecting All: Effecting Change, and that a real sense of ‘But what are you actually going to do about this?’ ran through every session.

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My daily hour+ commute to and from work enables me to take in a variety of podcasts, a bit of SiriusXM Radio and, more recently, some quality time with Google Assistant. The latter simply means I press and hold the home button on my Galaxy phone and say, “good morning.” Google takes it from there, providing the local weather and news summaries from a variety of sources.

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Sweek, a social platform for free reading and writing, and Ravensburger, a well-known German publisher, have successfully completed #SchreibMitRavensburger, a Young Adult writing contest. At an exclusive event at the Ravensburger headquarters, Samira Bosshard was revealed to be the winner of the contest and earned herself a publishing contract, after impressing both the Sweek reading community and the expert jury of Ravensburger.

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