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Amazon has so much data it could make algorithm-driven fiction — Quartz
All that power comes with great data, which Amazon's publishing arm is well positioned to exploit in the interest of making books tailored exactly to what people want -- down to which page characters should meet on or how many lines of dialogue they should exchange. Though Amazon declined to comment specifically on whether it uses data to shape or determine the content of its own books, the company acknowledged that authors are recruited for their past sales (as is common in traditional publishing). "Amazon Publishing titles are thoughtfully acquired by our team -- made up of publishing-industry veterans and long-time Amazonians -- with many factors taken into consideration," says Amazon Publishing publisher Mikyla Bruder, "including the acquiring editor's enthusiasm, the strength of the story, quality of the writing, editorial fit for our list, and author backlist/comparable titles' sales track."
publishing  amazon  business 
15 hours ago by basemaly
GAMER THEORY 2.0
Together with the Institute for the Future of the Book I produced this website as a way to think about games. We released Version 1.1 back in 2006. Based on the many thoughtful and careful comments people made on it, I revised Gamer Theory and came up with Version 2.0, which is available here.
games  gametheory  interactive  publishing 
7 days ago by basemaly
About Goldsmiths Press | Goldsmiths Press
Goldsmiths Press is a university press aiming to revive and regenerate the traditions and values of university press publishing.
university  publishing 
16 days ago by basemaly
Embracing change: The MIT Press and the future of university-based publishing
In this guest post, Amy Brand, Director of the MIT Press, explains her vision for the future of the university press. In a 2010 article in the Journal of Electronic Publishing, the University of…
university  publishing  innovation  business  copyright 
17 days ago by basemaly
Tiny Books Fit in One Hand. Will They Change the Way We Read? - The New York Times
Dutton, a Penguin Random House imprint, has just released its first batch of mini books, with a box set of novels by the best-selling author John Green.
books  publishing  print  design 
17 days ago by basemaly
U.S. Book Industry/Market - Statistics & Facts | Statista
How many books are published and sold annually? Discover all relevant statistics and facts on the U.S. book industry/market now on statista.com!
publishing  books  marketing  library  statistics  business 
23 days ago by basemaly
A sensible, free guide to negotiating book contracts / Boing Boing
The Authors Alliance is a nonprofit that advocates for authors, libraries, readers and scholars (I'm on their advisory board); they've done a ton of great work, notably a tool for authors to claim their copyrights back from publishers, even when the original contract specified that the rights were signed away "in perpetuity." The latest Authors…
publishing  work  business  books 
4 weeks ago by basemaly
Scientific Communication As Sequential Art
This page presents a scientific paper that has been redesigned as a sequence of illustrations with captions. This comic-like format, with tightly-coupled pictures and prose, allows the author to depict and describe simultaneously — show and tell. It is based on Watts and Strogatz's seminal Nature paper on network theory, shown to the right. This paper was chosen because it's accessible to a broad audience, and it's very well-written — already near the limit of clarity for just prose.
publishing  science  research  design  print  math  visualization  interactive 
5 weeks ago by basemaly
Economics Nobel laureate Paul Romer is a Python programming convert — Quartz
Economist Paul Romer is a fan of open-source programming and critic of proprietary software.
economics  python  data  publishing  research  webtools 
5 weeks ago by basemaly
Dungeons & Dragons 5 goes OGL; Wizards launch DMs Guild
It's a big day over at Wizards of the Coast and for the D&D community. There's now an Systems Reference Document (PDF Link) for D&D 5e and the DMs Guild.
publishing  roleplaying  games  platform 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
Library Journal
Journal prices continue to rise, while resources remain flat, challenging all players to eke out the most value for students and scholars
library  publishing  university  research  business  subscription 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
FEATURE: The Big Deal: Not Price But Cost
First introduced by Academic Press (AP) in 1996, the Big Deal—in which publishers sell online subscriptions to large bundles of electronic journals—is now the principal means by which academics access research literature. When it was introduced, the Big Deal was widely seen as a solution to the so-called serials crisis, and both publishers and librarians embraced it enthusiastically. However, the Big Deal today is the biggest bugbear for librarians and currently the focus of a face-off between U.K. librarians and publishers. How did an initiative that was once viewed so positively become an object of dislike and derision? What is the solution?
publishing  library  research  university  subscription 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
The Business of Academic Publishing
Academic libraries cannot pay the regularly escalating subscription prices for scholarly journals. These libraries face a crisis that has continued for many years revealing a commercial system that supports a business model that has become unsustainable. This paper examines the “serials crisis,” as it has come to be known, and the economics of the academic journal publishing industry. By identifying trends within the industry, an analysis of the industry is undertaken using elements of the five forces framework developed by Michael Porter. Prescriptions are offered concerning what can be done and what should be done to address this problem.
publishing  university  research  science  business 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
Economics of Publishing - Scholarly Communication Toolkit - LibGuides at ACRL
Libraries and the faculty and institutions they serve are participants in the unusual business model that funds traditional scholarly publishing. Faculty produce and edit, typically without any direct financial advantage, the content that publishers then evaluate, assemble, publish and distribute. The colleges and universities that employ these faculty authors/editors then purchase, through their libraries, that packaged content back at exorbitant prices for use by those same faculty and their students. This unusual business model where the "necessary inputs" are provided free of cost to publishers who then in return sell that "input" back to the institutions that pay the salaries of the persons producing it has given rise to an unsustainable system begging for transformation.
publishing  resources  database  research 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
Scholarly & Professional E-Book Publishing 2015-2019 : Market Research Report
Scholarly & Professional E-Book Publishing 2015-2019 Scholarly & Professional E-Book Publishing 2015-2019 Digital books have been a standard feature of the consumer book market for quite some time – and their - Market research report and industry analysis - 8878761
publishing  resources  database  research  university 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
Publishing Market Research Reports & Publishing Industry Analysis | MarketResearch.com
Find Publishing Market Research Reports and industry analysis for market segmentation data, market growth and new business oppo
publishing  resources  database  research 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
Publishing Research
Research into the publishing industry, scholarly communications, and higher education is highly relevant to the AAUP community. The Association conducts, hosts, supports or contributes to many such efforts.
publishing  resources  database  research 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
Making academics compete for funding does not lead to better science | ScienceNordic
New study challenges accepted science policy that more competitive funding and powerful top-down university management is the best way to boost the quality of science produced.
university  research  publishing  business 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
Industry Insights, Expert Opinions & Analysis
NPD Group Blog is a collection of expert opinions, industry specific analysis, and insights about consumer behavior covering over 20 industries and markets.
publishing  blog  business  marketing 
7 weeks ago by basemaly
Academic publishing is a mess and it makes culture wars dumber / Boing Boing
Sokal was a scientist deliberately trolling the pompous appropriation of scientific terminology by sociologists. In these new papers, the authors sincerely believe in their work, but face accusations of shoddiness and inappropriate abstraction. Sokal was presented as evidence of academic fraudulence; the recent examples as evidence of academic censorship.
publishing  university  science  research  failure  deception 
9 weeks ago by basemaly
European science funders ban grantees from publishing in paywalled journals | Science | AAAS
"Frustrated with the slow transition toward open access (OA) in scientific publishing, 11 national funding organizations in Europe turned up the pressure today. As of 2020, the group, which jointly spends about €7.6 billion on research annually, will require every paper it funds to be freely available from the moment of publication. In a statement, the group said it will no longer allow the 6- or 12-month delays that many subscription journals now require before a paper is made OA, and it won't allow publication in so-called hybrid journals, which charge subscriptions but also make individual papers OA for an extra fee."
publishing  science  journal 
10 weeks ago by basemaly
Gen Con 2018: Expert Tabletop Game Advice From Crowdfunding Creators | BackerKit
During Gen Con 2018, we hosted a panel called Engaging Your True Fans Between Projects featuring expert creators sharing advice and trading stories about their crowdfunding experience. Specifically, how to build your community and keep them engaged before, during, and after your you launch your Kickstarter project.
gamelab  publishing  crowdfunding  business  games 
11 weeks ago by basemaly
Online Bettors Know If Psychology Studies Will Replicate - The Atlantic
Psychologists are in the midst of an ongoing, difficult reckoning. Many believe that their field is experiencing a “reproducibility crisis,” because they’ve tried and failed to repeat experiments done by their peers. Even classic results—the stuff of textbooks and TED talks—have proven surprisingly hard to replicate, perhaps because they’re the results of poor methods and statistical tomfoolery. These problems have spawned a community of researchers dedicated to improving the practices of their field and forging a more reliable way of doing science.
psychology  science  publishing  university 
11 weeks ago by basemaly
Platforms That Grow Are More Than Matchmakers
For platform businesses, matchmaking isn’t everything. They’re also risk minimizers for buyers and sellers.
platform  publishing  business 
12 weeks ago by basemaly
Discord Is Launching Its Own Curated Game Store
Back in June, ubiquitous chat company Discord launched a games tab that bore a slight resemblance to Steam’s front page. Now it’s launching its own store that resolutely refutes Steam’s anything-goes approach.
videogames  platform  business  publishing 
august 2018 by basemaly
The small academic press in the land of giants
Insights asked two experts if there really is scope for the small academic press in the modern scholarly publishing environment. Frances Pinter has provided the perspective of the small university press. She is realistic about the challenges small academic publishers face, but concludes that there is space and opportunity for them to coexist with the giants. Michael Magoulias is equally realistic about the challenges of small, but sees the university press as a necessary, not to say, vital, alternative to commercial publishing.
publishing  university  business 
july 2018 by basemaly
Ready to Write Your Own Book? The Transformation of Self-publishing - HottyToddy.com
Self-publishing, the act of publishing one’s work independently, is a trend that has significantly transformed over the years, in its reputation, popularity and effect on the industry.
publishing  books  platform 
july 2018 by basemaly
Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices | Science | The Guardian
University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls
university  publishing  business 
july 2018 by basemaly
How Much Do Top Publishers Charge for Open Access? | Open Science
The big four players in the publishing industry, e.g., Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and Taylor & Francis, have all embraced Open Access (OA), albeit to varying degrees. They have also employed highly different strategies as to how much they would like to charge their authors. If one is an author looking for a venue to publish his or her research in Open Access, it could be useful to know what the publishing market has to offer and what range of prices exists.
publishing  university  business 
july 2018 by basemaly
Stop the deluge of science research | Higher Education Network | The Guardian
The increasing pace of human discovery is a curse – we need to rethink what it means to publish the results of research
publishing  research  science 
july 2018 by basemaly
Copyright Advisory Services Home | Columbia University Libraries
Copyright Advisory Services supports Columbia faculty and students in understanding copyright and how it relates to their work, course materials, and scholarly communications. See Copyright Basics for a primer.
copyright  law  publishing  university 
july 2018 by basemaly
Ep 9 - How to Write a Comic Book 101 with Jim Zub, Writer of Avengers and Dungeons & Dragons by Writer Experience | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Stream Ep 9 - How to Write a Comic Book 101 with Jim Zub, Writer of Avengers and Dungeons & Dragons by Writer Experience from desktop or your mobile device
writing  tips  productivity  books  publishing 
july 2018 by basemaly
Facebook’s retreat from the news has painful for publishers—including Slate.
New data shows the impact of Facebook’s pullback from an industry it had dominated (and distorted).
news  socialnetwork  media  business  publishing 
july 2018 by basemaly
The US startup company is disappearing—and that's bad for the economy — Quartz
Historically, startups have been the engine of US economy. By creating new jobs and surfacing new ideas, startups play an outsized role in making the economy grow. It's too bad they are a dying breed. The share of companies that are startups has been falling While companies that were less than two years old made...
business  capitalism  innovation  publishing  gamelab 
june 2018 by basemaly
How Fortnite is transforming the gaming industry - The Verge
The biggest video game at E3 2018 this week doesn’t need its own press conference. Epic Games’ Fortnite and its presence here at the gaming industry’s largest annual convention can be felt everywhere. Fortnite is forcing game studios and publishers to rethink how their products are developed, make money, and are updated over time. And now, many publishers and studios are jumping on the bandwagon.
games  videogames  publishing  business  gamelab 
june 2018 by basemaly
Right Media, Creators of the First Ad Exchange
A history of Right Media, which created the first ad exchange, based on interviews with Mike Walrath and other executives and developers.
socialnetwork  advertising  business  publishing 
june 2018 by basemaly
Streaming Culture Is Diseased. Is There A Cure? - Geek.com
One of the biggest pivots in the world of entertainment this century has been the rise of streaming – ordinary folks hooking up their cameras to the Internet and letting the world watch them play video games, take their clothes off, disseminate conspiracy theories or just live their lives. Services like Twitch, YouTube Live and Periscope attract millions of viewers and the most popular users can become self-made millionaires.

It’s also making us into monsters.
media  publishing  diversity  advertising  socialnetwork 
june 2018 by basemaly
Apple blocks Steam's plan to extend its video games to iPhones | Reuters
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has blocked the plans of the biggest distributor of PC-based video games to extend its reach into iPhones, according to the game distributor, a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital purchases made inside games on its mobile devices.
videogames  publishing  business 
may 2018 by basemaly
Unbound | Liberating ideas
Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher that gives people the tools, support and freedom to bring their ideas to life.
publishing  crowdfunding  gamelab  books 
may 2018 by basemaly
The Public Domain Review – Online journal dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available on the web
Founded in 2011, the PDR is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas. As our name suggests, the focus is on works which have now fallen into the public domain, that vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restriction.
publishing  opensource  copyright  history 
may 2018 by basemaly
GitBook
GitBook makes it easy for your team to write and maintain high-quality documentation. Share knowledge, boost your team's productivity and make your users happy.
webtools  publishing  books 
may 2018 by basemaly
Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens
Research shows that providing children with eReading devices can actually inhibit their reading.
books  kids  publishing  media 
april 2018 by basemaly
Silicon Valley Falls to Earth - The Atlantic
As Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress, the cultural attitude toward technology is dramatically shifting.
socialnetwork  culture  business  publishing  media  deception  privacy  politics 
april 2018 by basemaly
Facebook Struggles to Respond to the Cambridge Analytica Scandal | WIRED
As the Cambridge Analytica story broke over the weekend, Facebook has struggled to formulate a response.
socialnetwork  publishing  deception  data 
march 2018 by basemaly
Google launches journalism program Google News Initiative
The company has pledged $300 million to the program over the next three years.
publishing  media  news  google  socialnetwork  business 
march 2018 by basemaly
Are research papers less accurate and truthful than in the past? - Scientific publishing
AN ESSENTIAL of science is that experiments should yield similar results if repeated. In recent years, however, some people have raised concerns that too many irreproducible results are being published (see chart 1).
university  publishing  research  science 
march 2018 by basemaly
These two charts tell you everything you need to know about Google’s and Facebook’s domination of the ad business - Recode
You can see that the Facebook/Google duopoly ate the print guys’ lunch many years ago, and finally surpassed the TV guys last year. The good news for the TV guys is that their business has yet to collapse. Which is a pretty grim way to describe “good news.”
marketing  business  google  socialnetwork  publishing 
march 2018 by basemaly
There Are More Women Military Historians Than Ever Before. Why Hasn’t the Field Noticed?
There is a lovely expression in my adoptive home of Georgia: “bless your heart.” It can be used as a genuine expression of sympathy, but more often, at least in the classroom setting, it is a good…
university  education  military  diversity  publishing 
march 2018 by basemaly
Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet
Examining the technologies behind precision propaganda and political disinformation on the internet
propoganda  deception  marketing  business  publishing 
february 2018 by basemaly
'Fiction is outperforming reality': how YouTube's algorithm distorts truth
I had cleared my history, deleted my cookies, and opened a private browser to be sure YouTube was not personalising recommendations. This was the algorithm taking me on a journey of its own volition, and it culminated with a video of two boys, aged about five or six, punching and kicking one another
socialnetwork  algorithm  publishing  media  deception  conspiracy  simulation  propoganda  AI  vrandtruth18 
february 2018 by basemaly
Gamasutra: Lars Doucet's Blog - So You Want To Compete With Steam
I get lot of pitches for Steam competitors. 99% are doomed to failure, the majority before they even start.
gamelab  publishing  business  analysis  Steam 
january 2018 by basemaly
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