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Bee Kapitan

Top 5 tips to publish your interactive content with confidence

Beyond creating a cover and converting an MS Word file, ebooks are evolving – exponentially. Yet, bridging the gap between traditional print methods with digital innovation has created huge barriers for authors not being able to sell one version of their work across all platforms.

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Learn to Code

What is blockchain and how can publishers benefit from it?

Anna Cunnane is Systems and Data Manager for Abrams & Chronicle Books where she specialises in metadata. She was a London Book Fair Trailblazer Award Winner in 2018 and is a member of BookMachine Team Unplugged. Anna is interested in publishing and technology and is currently learning javascript. Anna first had this published on the Geethik blog.

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Tech in Publishing

Content is still king: The first State of Media and Publishing in Digital meetup

Francesca Zunino Harper is a linguist, translator, and publishing professional. She worked in the British and international academia researching on comparative literatures,  translation, and women’s and environmental humanities for several years. She now works in the Humanities and Social Sciences area of publishing. You can follow her @ZuninoFrancesca.

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Voice-First Future

The Voice-First Future Of Book Discoverability

A version of this blog post first appeared on the Digital Book World site. Bradley Metrock produced the iBooks Author Conference from 2015 through 2017, before Score Publishing acquired Digital Book World, and has authored many articles on the state of the publishing industry and recent trends.

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Voice-First Future

Google’s “Talk To Books” Might Have Just Changed Everything

A version of this blog post first appeared on the Digital Book World site. Bradley Metrock produced the iBooks Author Conference from 2015 through 2017, before Score Publishing acquired Digital Book World, and has authored many articles on the state of the publishing industry and recent trends.

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Making a groundbreaking animated and interactive children’s storybook

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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Leadership in Publishing

How to run successful technology projects – 5 key things to consider

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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Voice-First Future

Thoughts on 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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make audiobooks more accessible

Accessibility matters: how we developed an app to 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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How publishers can utilise artificial intelligence (AI)

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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Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant: Where are VPAs leading the publishing industry?

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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Innovative publishing for people who have visual impairments

It’s entirely possible that you won’t have heard of Calibre and yet this organisation is a key part of the publishing supply chain for thousands of adults and children in the UK and EU.

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What is the future of illustrated publishing?

Digital printing technology has the potential to transform the illustrated book industry.

The classic model for illustrated book publishing established by Paul Hamlyn and others several decades ago saw high overall pre-press and print costs for illustrated titles offset by large print runs, traditionally including one or more coeditions with foreign-language publishers.

Today, most – but certainly not all – illustrated publishing is still large-print run litho printing, produced mainly – but not exclusively – in the Far East as the costs are lower than local UK and European printers.

Over recent years print run quantities have been falling in line with reduced demand from retailers, and, although colour digital printing has become a mature technology, it is still expensive compared to traditional litho methods.

But what will illustrated publishing be like in five, ten or fifteen years?

Short-run digital printing has the potential to transform the business – smaller initial print runs would require less investment up front on new titles and much less costly warehouse space.

If printers could make the cost of colour digital print competitive enough with litho prices to bring illustrated book printing back from the Far East, publishers would be able to cut a month’s shipping time from the schedule.

Some publishers are already innovating using digital print technology  – Lost My Name is one prime example.  But will the model scale up for all illustrated publishers, or are large print runs here to stay in some genres, such as celebrity food and drink titles for the Christmas market?

Join us for a discussion on the future of illustrated publishing at the London Book Fair on Wednesday 15th March at 2.30 in the Olympia Room, Grand Hall, with an expert panel featuring Rebecca Smart, MD, Ebury Publishing, James Carey, Director of Publishing Operations, UK, The Quarto Group, Nick Marsh, Vice President of Product, Lost My Name, and Sharon Williams, Sales Manager, Short Run Press Ltd.

Charles is Publishing Manager at Amber Books Ltd, an independent London-based publisher and book packager that specialises in creating illustrated non-fiction titles in print and digital formats for adults and children. Recent and forthcoming titles include Abandoned Places, Haiku, Best-Selling Albums, Camouflage at War, Fantastic Fearsome Beasts and the Bloody History of London. Charles is responsible for all things concerning editorial, design, marketing and digital at Amber. 

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