Sunday, April 18, 2010

The future of publishing and bookstores - updates from last week

We are closely following the interesting discussions on the future of publishing, bookstores, magazines and the paper industry in general. Our interest in these shifts are mainly to see how environmental and social issues are been integrated into the future of the book industry. We believe that we will see these issues taken into consideration not just as a form good doing, but also and mainly as business opportunities.

We have created special webpages on our website with updates and resources on the future of publishing, bookstores and magazines and soon we'll have a webpage for the future of paper as well. Not only that, but from this week. we'll update you every Sunday with the latest interesting discussions, articles, lectures and debates that took place last week. So, here we go:

The Future of Publishing:

The Future of Publishing - Ben Werdmuller von Elgg, April 18, 2010

Thanks to everyone who came to Intersection: Publishing yesterday. Our fascinating round-table discussion was cut off far too soon: I think we could have gone on for days and only barely covered the issues. It's clear that an open conversation that treated publishers, authors, readers, technologists and lawyers as equals was long overdue. (Missed it? Watch this space.)

The Future of Publishing - by, April 14, 2010

There's been a lot of talk about how the iPad is the future of publishing and that's probably true. People point to the various newspaper and magazine apps for the iPad as examples of where the industry is heading. To be sure, a lot of those apps are very strong and I'll be reviewing them here in coming days but to see what publishing is really going to looking like in two years you're going to need some help from Woody and Buzz.

We would also like to recommend an interesting talk of Richard Nash(Cursor Books) on BNC Technology Forum 2010 that took place last month and was entitled: Publishing 3.0: Moving from Gatekeeping to Partnerships

The Future of Bookstores:

The bookstore in a future full of iPads - iPad Watcher, April 12, 2010

I love reading books and I love shopping for them. Okay, let me rephrase that. I love browsing through a bookstore, but I rarely buy a paper book these days, always preferring the digital version if one is available. This duality of feelings and the certainty of the inevitable demise of the paper book in the future makes me a bit sad each time I go to a good bookstore.

Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: Promoting sustainable reading

Alan Moir, The Sydney Morning Herald