Covering everything from ebook design to reading devices to social media strategies, Best of TOC 2012 draws from O'Reilly Radar's extensive publishing coverage. This anthology highlights the important recent trends that have shaped the publishing world and it points the way to publishing's near-term future.
Table of contents
1. The Adaptation of Publishing
A War Story, a Kindle Single, and Hope for Long-Form Journalism
- What is it like to write a Kindle Single?
- Why did you price “The Shores of Tripoli” at $1.99?
- Did the royalty factor in your decision?
- What has the response been thus far?
- How would you compare the response to your experience with traditional publishing?
- Why did you decide to experiment?
- How do you see Kindle Singles and their ilk benefiting and shaping the future of journalism?
- How do Kindle Singles compare to something like Spot.us?
- Do you see the Kindle Single as a viable funding model?
- This ongoing struggle with digital affects all aspects of the industry — how do you see it shaking out?
- How do you envision the future of long-form journalism?
- The Paperless Book
We’re in the Midst of a Restructuring of the Publishing Universe (Don’t Panic)
- What’s the story behind “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”?
- This is a broad question, but what are the major ways digital is changing publishing?
- Which digital tools should publishers focus on?
- Why is metadata important to digital publishing?
- What will the publishing landscape look like in five years?
- What’s the publishing schedule for “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”?
- The Problem with Deep Discount eBook Deals
- Publishers: What Are They Good For?
Book Piracy: Less DRM, More Data
- What’s the current impact of piracy on the book publishing industry?
- Can content tracking tools, such as those from Attributor, curb piracy?
- What tactics are publishers using to thwart piracy?
- Is piracy really a threat to the book industry?
- Will publishers — and content producers in general — get past the “lost revenue” mindset attached to digital piracy?
- A War Story, a Kindle Single, and Hope for Long-Form Journalism
2. Digital Publishing and the Legal Landscape
- Public Domain Here, Under Copyright There
Legally Speaking, Think Before You Tweet
- How has libel law been affected by social networking platforms?
- In light of Courtney Love’s recent settlement, what are some guidelines people should keep in mind while tweeting or posting on blogs and other social platforms?
- Do libel laws for bloggers and tweeters differ from those that apply to professional journalists?
- Do you think we’ll get to a point where “Internet celebrity” (i.e., you’ve got 1 million Twitter followers) could serve as a threshold for actual malice?
The Digital Rights Quagmire
- How have rights and licensing issues changed with the growing ubiquity of digital publishing? What new issues exist that didn’t with traditional publishing?
- How are digital rights any different from traditional print rights?
- How are digital rights affected by international trade relationships? Are they approached differently than traditional print rights?
- How do these issues affect the publishing industry as a whole?
3. Publishing Tech and Tools
A Sensible Look at HTML5 and Publishing
- Why should publishers care about HTML5?
- So what is HTML5, exactly? The term is thrown around a lot, but it seems undefined.
- In your book, you instruct readers on using the <canvas> element. What is that and why is it helpful?
- How can publishers make use of HTML5’s geolocation abilities?
- The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has signed off on EPUB 3. What effect will EPUB 3 have on HTML5?
- What’s your take on Kindle Format 8?
- What’s the best way for publishers to approach your book? Is it more of an introduction, or do they need some basic knowledge first?
- What should publishers keep in mind as they explore HTML5 for their own needs?
Metadata Isn’t a Chore, It’s a Necessity
- How can metadata help publishers future-proof their content?
- How does metadata fit into digital workflows?
- Doesn’t this require an entirely different skill set? Do publishers need a completely separate digital workflow?
- What is the marketing impact of metadata now, and how might that role expand in the future?
- Why is ongoing metadata maintenance important?
- How does metadata relate to search engine optimization (SEO)? How do you see this relationship evolving?
- Six Ways to Think About an “Infinite Canvas”
- A Sensible Look at HTML5 and Publishing
4. The Edge of Publishing
The Future of the Book
- Easy-to-use authoring tools that enable content creation and distribution
- Readily available in all formats
- Continuous updates (more tech-oriented and some non-fiction)
- Rich media integration
- Socially and personally connects readers to publisher/author/community
- Engages the distracted and partial attention society
- Written and translated simultaneously
- Gamification features
- Access from the source
- Culture, staffing, and innovation
- Open source
- Priced fairly
- Publishing Needs a Social Strategy
- Open-Ended Publishing
- Tim O’Reilly on What Lies Ahead in Publishing
- The Future of the Book
- About the Author
- Title: Best of TOC 2012
- Release date: February 2012
- Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
- ISBN: 9781449328146
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