Half a century before e-books turned publishing upside down, a different format threatened to destroy the industry.
Without any middlemen or gatekeepers, with virtually no costs involved, and with self-marketing possible through social media and other Internet channels, electronic publishing is creating a robust market for new writers and books.
Penguin USA will provide the service through its genre-fiction online community, Book Country, which launched in May offering wannabe authors the opportunity to post their work online and receive feedback.
From the front lines of the e-book revolution, here are five trends Philip Ruppel, president of McGraw-Hill Professional, is watching.
The device fits comfortably over the ear, the company says, and points wherever the wearer looks.
No permission required,” CTO and co-founder Michael Ashley told me in a phone interview.
Writer Karen McQuestion spent nearly a decade trying without success to persuade a New York publisher to print one of her books.
The copyrights all remain in the artists’ hands, as do the revenues; after paying the flat fee, 100 percent of the payout returns to the artists.
But smaller publishing houses are making the move, too, including self-publishing service Smashwords.
Some 31 percent of people over 60 are keen to go online to publish short stories and join book clubs, the survey by charity Booktrust in Britain found.