Now here’s something out-of-the-ordinary. A new study reveals millennial readers across the US and the UK prefer to read print books and browse book shops. Publishing Technology held a survey polling 2,000 consumers across the US and UK, aged between 18 and 34. According to the survey nearly twice as many respondents had read a print book (71%) than there were who had read an ebook on any device in the last year. The closest runner-up was a tablet (37%). Young consumers too showed little loyalty to reading e-books on dedicated e-readers (29%), mobile phones (27%) and personal computers (25%).
Cross-referencing and analysing huge amounts of data and reporting on your findings is what we understand to be big data publishing. It’s the new buzzword in publishing because it has the potential to open up new opportunities for making money with content. But big data analysis is extremely difficult and expensive.
Metered or paywall-limited access to online and digital publications is the buzz these days, but it takes more than a pay button to make it work. Press+ is one of the platforms that got a bit of coverage lately. A platform that has had some success in the Eastern part of the EU is Piano Media. Piano Media has recently started to penetrate the Western part of the EU so it’s interesting to see what makes their offering successful.
Digital Asset Management or DAM for short is not as easy to understand as many people think it is. Understanding a DAM project starts with understanding the difference between asset and metadata. Metadata is data about data. This most common description doesn’t tell you the problems it hides.
A group of 80 journalists across multiple EU-countries decided to go on a Big Data analysis adventure. They wanted to expose tax fraudsters in the EU. The results were so-and-so. It shows that Big Data needs Big Brains and a new kind of self-discipline.
Van Gennep, a Dutch developer of publishing systems, made a name and a reputation for itself with its editorial flat plans, which have been copied by others but never with the same feature richness. Flat plans are still an integral part of Van Gennep’s current flagship product: PublishingNOW!, but the unique feature that sets PublishingNOW! apart from everything else out there is its DAM foundation.
When exactly do you need to consider a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system? A file system allows for management too, but once you get past a couple of thousand files, it gets impractical managing digital assets such as images, drawings and texts, using only the OS’s file system. An overview of why you need a DAM system from a discussion with the finest experts in the industry.
Schema.org launched a year ago as an initiative by the three largest search engines. It’s meant to make search results more informative. It can boost your site’s SEO – its visibility and search ranking – and it contributes in no small way to a semantic web. But nobody is using it. Why not?
Businesses depend on content for their success. The Internet has been responsible for a shift of focus from technology to content creation and management. At the same time, Internet technology has enabled individuals to create ‘wealth’ by becoming content creators and curators.
Self-publishing is hot, but many self-published ebooks are created without much eye for detail or correctness. As a result there are many titles that are simply not written well enough to be read by a large audience, even if the content by itself isn’t bad. Here are a few tips to ensure your ebook won’t fail as a result of sloppiness.