E-books Archive

  • From frontline to publication – the rise of news e-books

    From frontline to publication – the rise of news e-books

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. It’s comforting, if you’re in the words business, to remember that ‘crisis’ denotes ‘turning point’, a phase of breakdown prior to resolution, as well as the more common meaning of a bad time. And now, with the line between book publishing and journalism becoming increasingly blurred, comes evidence that new opportunties […]

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  • New download mag for Northern Ireland’s community sector

    New download mag for Northern Ireland’s community sector

    Report by Tim Dawson. With 27,000 people working in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, it is easy to see why Brian Pelan thinks there is space for a magazine that addresses their interests.  With the first edition of View now available to download, he is about to discover whether his hunch was […]

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  • Amazon’s bid to run libraries, and how authors might benefit

    Amazon’s bid to run libraries, and how authors might benefit

    Report by Tim Dawson. Public Lending Right – the scheme that pays authors when their books are borrowed from public libraries – has long been a life-saver for impecunious scribblers. Little wonder then that when, earlier this month, the government announced its intention cut the benefit paid per book issue from 6.25 pence to 6.05 pence […]

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  • Will the tablets save long-form journalism?

    Will the tablets save long-form journalism?

    The rise of tablet computers will usher in a new golden age for longform journalism – or so the homily goes.  The web might be good for soundbites of information, but with the easy-to-carry, instant-on technology of iPads, Kindles and the like, magazine-length features will find a new audience. To feed this hoped-for demand, a […]

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  • Cycling polemicist strikes viral paydirt

    Cycling polemicist strikes viral paydirt

    Case study by Tim Writing his Bike To Work book, Carlton Reid’s intention was to produce a conventional printed tome.  A trade publisher of 25 years experience, his business model was simple – sell sufficient advertisements to pay for the book and then give away the product.   Creating an eBook was an afterthought.   Nevertheless, in […]

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  • Moving to a new beat – online music tutorials flourish after band bookings bomb

    Moving to a new beat – online music tutorials flourish after band bookings bomb

    Case study by Tim Dawson Two-and-a-half years after fully focusing on producing online bass-guitar tutorials, Paul Wolfe is earning around £70,000 a year from his business.  Approximately 500 subscribers pay $127 annual subscription for his weekly magazine and instructive video, other eBook products sell hundreds of copies at prices generally between $100 and $200.  Indeed, so confident […]

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  • E-publish and be damned – emerging trends of the digital book economy

    E-publish and be damned – emerging trends of the digital book economy

    Analysis by Alex Klaushofer. Those trying to follow the changing fortunes of book publishing in the digital revolution have had a tough time of it trying to discern the direction things are taking. But, finally, in the last quarter of this year, a few trends are beginning to emerge. First fact: the long-predicted shift from […]

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  • E-publishing provides ‘alternative avenue’ for journalists

    E-publishing provides ‘alternative avenue’ for journalists

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Amid all the gloom about the difficulties the digital age have brought both the media and publishing, Dan Franklin is almost Tiggerish about the liberating possibilities of the e-book for journalism. As digital editor at Random House, Franklin is in the vanguard of a small group of publishers who are developing […]

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  • Niche both a help and hindrance to online start-up Bookbrunch

    Niche both a help and hindrance to online start-up Bookbrunch

    Case study by Alex Klaushofer. When Nicholas Clee and Liz Thomson were casting about for a new job, with full-time staff jobs behind them and freelance opportunities on the wane, a digital solution seemed obvious. Between them, they had over fifty years experience in writing about publishing and the book trade: Clee was a former […]

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  • Readers still love print, survey suggests

    Readers still love print, survey suggests

    New research into how readers like their journalism suggests that traditional media are holding up well, reports Press Gazette. The vast majority – 86% – of the two thousand people who responded to a survey conducted by KPMG said they preferred to read material in print form rather than on-screen. Almost 80% had read a […]

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