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    Startups in Publishing

    by Sabrina Future

    We live in exciting times. Ebooks are evolving, the way people consume content is changing, and the barriers to entry for digital publishing are low enough that many creative people are able to test out their ideas. In the spirit of supporting those brave enough to go out and follow their passions, I’ve compiled a […]

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    Taking a Closer Look at Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

    by Sabrina EBooks
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    There has been a lot of buzz lately around Kindle Unlimited, the latest service to enter the ebook subscription game. But what out of all the subscription services  I’d say that this one is the biggest game changer, and that’s because it’s an Amazon service. After recently finishing Brad Stone’s The Everything Store, I have a feeling that right […]

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    The Black Chronicles, a New Type of Horror Transmedia

    by Sabrina Apps
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    Transmedia–storytelling through multiple narratives and platforms–is a fairly new medium that continues to fascinate me (see my previous transmedia posts here). Horror author and filmmaker Oldrich Stibor recently founded the company Red Right Hand Publishing to create high-quality transmedia stories, starting with the project The Black Chronicles. The Black Chronicles has many bonus features and elements of surprise. Stibor kindly agreed to answer […]

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    New Subscription Ebook Service: Forgotten Books

    by Sabrina EBooks
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    Ebook subscription services are slowly proving themselves. The three current major ones, Oyster, Scribd, and Entitle, are all growing, in both number of subscribers and number of books offered. And they are not the only services out there, as I outlined in my post, “A Brief Overview of Subscription Services” (The Digital Reader also wrote about […]

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    Pocket Gems Launches First Interactive Mobile Story Platform, Episode

    by Sabrina Apps
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    Pocket Gems is known for being a leader in the mobile games space (well-known games include Tap Paradise Cove, Animal Voyage: Island Adventure and Campus Holiday), but today the company is officially launching an interactive mobile story platform called Episode, on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. Users can interact with animated stories that were built specifically […]

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    Common Core Standards and Educational Publishing

    by Sabrina Future
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    The Common Core Standards are being implemented in more and more states, changing the expectations in educational publishing and causing publishers to adapt. Recently, I attended an interesting webinar hosted by the Copyright Clearance Center, called Innovation and Disruptions in K–12 Educational Publishing. Common Core But first, what is the Common Core Standard? It includes rigorous standardized […]

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    Ebooks, Print Books, and Distribution: Four New Developments

    by Sabrina Future

    Reading up on all the happenings in the publishing industry is one of my favorite activities. And over the last few weeks, there have been a number of interesting developments. I think they all illustrate just how quickly the industry is changing, and indie authors in particular are being offered more and more options. Bestselling […]

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    Transmedia Story Stream: Don’t read a book–play it!

    by Sabrina Future
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    I’ve covered it before, but with new technologies the possibilities for transmedia stories are endless. Even TV shows, such as How I Met Your Mother have gotten into transmedia (I’m actually working on a short ebook about it), and now authors have a new platform they can use to easily expand the worlds of their stories: Transmedia Story […]

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    NARR8, an Interactive Content Channel

    by Sabrina Apps
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    NARR8 is an innovative, new(ish) content platform and mobile app. Founded in 2011 by Alexandr Vashchenko, NARR8 was inspired by Vaschenko’s love of comic books and entertainment media. “The name ‘NARR8′ came from the idea of combining story telling, or ‘narration,’ with the number 8, which, aside from being an auspiciously lucky number in certain parts of […]

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    Books in Browsers 2013

    by Sabrina EBooks
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    I went to my second Books in Browsers last week (see last year’s recap day 1 and recap day 2), and was not disappointed! For those who many not know, Books in Browsers is “a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art.” […]

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    iDreamBooks, A Book Review Aggregator

    by Sabrina Future
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    iDreamBooks is a site that aggregates reviews of books. The goal of the site is right in the tagline: Never read a crappy book again! Founded in 2012 by Rahul Simha, Vish Chapalamadugu and Mohit Aggarwal, iDreamBooks moved to San Francisco as part of 500 Startups. Patrick Lee, co-founder of Rotten Tomatoes, was an early investor, which works […]

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    A Brief Overview of Subscription Services

    by Sabrina EBooks

    I really think that 2013 (or at least the latter half) is the year for subscription e-books. Several high-profile services have launched recently, many of them touted as the “Netflix for e-books” or the “Spotify for e-books.” I decided to do a little digging to see what other services where out there, and was surprised […]

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    PubWest 2013 Conference

    by Sabrina Future

    I don’t normally post press releases but this conference sounds really cool. It’s the PubWest Conference 2013 and this year’s theme is The Innovative Publisher. Held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Nov. 7-9, the conference will have keynotes by Steven Piersanti, president of Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Jen Bilik, owner and founder of Knock Knock Stuff; Nadine Vassallo, project manager, […]

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    Infographic: The Life & Times of the Travel Guidebook

    by Sabrina Future
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    Cheap Flights has made an excellent infographic about travel guidebooks. The graphic looks at the history of the guidebook, from its inception as travel manuscripts in the first century, to its online existence today. Nothing is mentioned about e-books, but I suppose travel guidebooks are much more webby, since people use social media and review […]

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    E-Books on the Web

    by Sabrina Future

    There’s been a lot of talk about e-books as APIs, or e-books as living on the web (web books). It’s an interesting concept, and there are some great arguments for it. Regarding e-books as APIs, Hugh McGuire made the argument that books already contain data, so publishers should make that data available to readers. Data can include information […]

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    New Ways to Read

    by Sabrina Future
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    You’ve heard it all before. Startups, new websites, and even big powerhouses are all developing technology to disrupt how we collaborate, publish, and read. Today I want to focus on all the new ways we can read and absorb content. Sure, there are e-books, and there are even enhanced e-books with videos, but I’ve compiled […]

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    Making the Most of Twitter Chats

    by Sabrina Future
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    I’ll admit, I’m not as active on Twitter as I probably should be. It’s all very immediate, and I’m much more comfortable with blogging and emailing, and things where I can take my time. But I recently heard about a creative way that makes conversations on Twitter last longer, and I think makes Twitter chats […]

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    Student-Managed Book Publishers

    by Sabrina Future

    Student-run presses are not a new concept. Most MFA programs for creative writing publish literary journals, which MFA students work on while in school. And many universities have student-run newspapers, such as UCSB’s Daily Nexus. But not many schools have student-run book publishers. A couple weeks ago, I met an author whose book had been acquired […]

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    Romance Goes Mainstream

    by Sabrina Future

    Originally published on IndieReader. Read the full article here. Romance has always been a popular genre. But recently, it seems that more and more romance novels written by women have been gaining mainstream recognition. Between four and six romance novels written by women have made it to the top 10 New York Timesbestseller lists for e-book fiction […]

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    Immersive Storytelling

    by Sabrina Future

    Transmedia, apps, and other forms of immersive storytelling are getting more and more popular. For large worlds like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones, to name a few well-known examples, immersive storytelling can be a great extension or better way to connect with readers.

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    Building the Next Generation of YA Stars (Webinar)

    by Sabrina EBooks

    Last month I attended a webinar hosted by Publisher’s Weekly, called “Building the Next Generation of YA Stars.” The speakers included the editorial director of Disney-Hyperion and the executive editor of Harlequin Teen. Together they covered new marketing strategies for YA novels, trends, and what they look for when acquiring books.  Marketing According to them, YA books have more […]

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