Video interviews: Can print and ebooks can coexist; stats on the “great promise of mobile”; a book publishing platform in open-source; an Amazon Crackdown on book reviews and Chemistry files on Dialog.
MediaShift . VIDEO: Can Print and E-Books Coexist? | PBS. In this post Joshua Davis of PBS’ MediaShift website conducts video interviews with bookstore owners and readers in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C. Joshua was particularly fascinated to hear from a number of people who are reading both.
- FastStats: Publishing Industry Statistics You Can Use November/December 2012 : Page 1 of 2 : Publishing Executive The stats in this report point out that contrary to the “great promise of mobile… reaching audiences anytime and anywhere with stuff like location-based advertising” the fact is that “most mobile news is consumed at home. When mobile users were asked where they get their tablet news during the week, 85% of respondents said at home, 11% said at work, and 3% said while commuting or in transit…”
- What does an open-source book publishing platform look like? We’re about to find out This post from the PandoDaily website reports that “two-year-old PressBooks has announced that it is making its free book publishing software open source.” Founder Hugh McGuire is “a Montreal-based entrepreneur who also founded crowdsourced audiobooks publisher Librivox,” and “hopes that third-party developers can help PressBooks expand the meaning and utility of ebooks.” According to the article this is one more effort in the micropublishing movement to make ebook publishing easy and convenient.
- Giving Mom’s Book Five Stars? Amazon May Cull Your Review According to this article in the New York Times “After several well-publicized cases involving writers buying or manipulating their reviews, Amazon is cracking down” and has deleted thousands of reviews. Whether this is an attempt at quality control no one is saying. But what is more obvious is that it has created a much needed discussion on the nature, meaning, and value of reviews and reviewing. (The article has some 390 comments.)
- Chemistry Files on Dialog This piece from Information Today reports on the demise of chemistry files on Dialog and on Questel. According to author Robert E. Buntrock the deleted files are “CA Search (the Chemical Abstracts file), ChemSearch (a CAS-produced registry file), and Chemical Industry Notes (CIN).” In addition to providing some excellent background on the situation, Robert reports that “ProQuest is actively working on rolling out its ProQuest/Dialog platform including seeking other chemistry-oriented files…”