How the New York Times Is Using Strategies Inspired by Netflix, Spotify, and HBO to Make Itself Indispensible. “There’s this fashion for media companies to call themselves technology companies,” says Jake Silverstein, editor of The New York Times Magazine.
A Quick Tour Around the World of Scholarly Journal Publishing. “Around the World in 80 Days”, 1873 edition. 80 days?
Pshaw, let’s do it in 30 minutes. Editor’s Note: I was recently asked to present a “news roundup” at this year’s US International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) meeting. Rather than just reporting the news, I took it upon myself to do more of a “state of the union” address, essentially distilling the last few years of The Scholarly Kitchen down into a half an hour talk. (Or, at least, what I’ve learned from The Scholarly Kitchen over that time). And like my fellow bloggers (here and here most recently), I like to get as much mileage as possible out of any effort, and so have converted the transcript of my talk into a blog post.
As an industry, we are inundated by threats and opportunities, both real and imagined. Can You Coko? An Interview with Kristen Ratan of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation. Kristen Ratan, known to many in the scholarly communications world, has been embarking on a new adventure of late.
Together with Adam Hyde, she has launched the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CKF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to evolve how scholarship is created, produced and reported. New 'pop-up' paper on Europe for the losing 48 percent to hit UK news stands. By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - A new 'pop-up' weekly newspaper aimed at the 48 percent of Britons who voted unsuccessfully to stay in the European Union is being launched this week in what its publishers said was an effort to cater for people feeling a real sense of loss.
"The New European," costing two pounds ($2.65) a copy, will hit news stands on Friday and on the following three Fridays, mostly in areas that voted to stay in the EU in last month's referendum such as London, Liverpool and Manchester. Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet. Photo On Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to do something long considered taboo among biomedical researchers: She posted a report of her recent discoveries to a publicly accessible website, bioRxiv, before submitting it to a scholarly journal to review for “official’’ publication.
It was a small act of information age defiance, and perhaps also a bit of a throwback, somewhat analogous to Stephen King’s 2000 self-publishing an e-book or Radiohead’s 2007 release of a download-only record without a label. To commemorate it, she tweeted the website’s confirmation under the hashtag #ASAPbio, a newly coined rallying cry of a cadre of biologists who say they want to speed science by making a key change in the way it is published. Continue reading the main story. In a fast-changing media world, quality remains king. Forget the media gloom of shrinking circulations, shrivelling revenues, blocked ads and all the woes of change and upheaval.
There are reasons – modest but instructive reasons – to be cheerful: good things from 2015 set to get better in 2016. One thing is the price that quality still commands. An old, distressingly pink newspaper, founded in 1888: that would be £844m of Nikkei’s money for the Financial Times. Murderous Attacks on Bangladeshi Science Writers and Publishers This year to date, six people in Bangladesh who have promoted a natural and observation-based view of humanity's place in history have been hacked to death by those who seek to impose a particular supernatural view of humanity's origins and destiny.
Other "free thinkers" in that country have been severely injured and threatened. Previously confined to authors and translators, last weekend witnessed the same method of execution applied to publishers of science-based books. These targeted killings have generated both fear and bravery among the community of rationalist advocates in the country. During the same period, two foreigners not associated with science education have also been killed in the south Asian nation, but by a different method of execution: drive-by shooting. Not Just Academics Fed Up With Elsevier: Entire Editorial Staff Resigns En Masse To Start Open Access Journal. It's really somewhat astounding just how absolutely hated journal publishing giant Elsevier has become in certain academic circles.
The company seems to have perfected its role of being about as evil as possible in trying to lock up knowledge and making it expensive and difficult to access. A few years ago, we noted that a bunch of academics were banding together to boycott journals published by the company, as more and more people were looking at open access journals, allowing them to more freely share their research, rather than locking it up.
Open Access: Cambridge University Press Open for Business. 13 April 2015 / Academic Cambridge University Press are launching a new Open Access Monograph Publishing Service offering authors a way to publish their books via open access in a fairly priced way.
This new service gives authors the option of publishing their work under the Gold Open Access model, supporting the Press’s mission to disseminate knowledge at the highest international levels of excellence. The standard charge for publication of books under the Gold Open Access model at the Press is £6,500 ($10,000/€9,000) for titles of up to 120,000 words. The charge has been set at this level in recognition of ongoing print sales, but as these diminish the business models and pricing levels may change. The Press also supports Green Open Access Archiving across books and journals. SAPVoice: Disruption In Publishing: Little Business Books, Big Ideas. The real disruption for publishing is not the onslaught of self-published works in the marketplace; the real change is the consumers demand for short, more direct publications.
Digital Publishing – Current Issues and Challenges for 2014. Contact: Simon Stokes; Blake Lapthorn (Southampton, England) eBooks continue to attract much press coverage. At the start of 2013 it was reported that e-book sales at the top UK trade publishers doubled in 2012, meaning that the UK e-book market grew to £250m. Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014Digital Book World. Kindle as Magic Eight Ball. Illustration by Todd Goldstein, 2012 It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in the history of the business. In 2013, all ebooks by publishers became subject to retailer price controls and ebook prices plummeted. At the same time, ebook revenue growth has tapered off even as many of the largest publishers still reported digital gains. A handful of ebook subscription businesses were launched and libraries won some key victories in their fight to bring ebooks from all publishers to their patrons.
5 Trends for Trade Publishing in 2014 - Publishing Perspectives. Top 5 Emerging Trends to watch out for… in Academic Publishing in 2014 « www.rockyourpaper.org. 2013 started on a bad news with the death of Aaron Swartz’, however was a good year for academic publishing. Many important announcements were made, a lot of things were tried for good or for bad. Take down notice to Academia from Elsevier was one of those attempts where the biggest commercial publisher tried to safeguard it’s commercial interest. It was seen as a bad move, as Elseiver was seen as to curb the free flow of knowledge. 10 Trends Driving The Future Of Book Publishing - Digital Thinking. Remember those days? Mark Coker (@markcoker), Founder of Smashwords, the world’s largest indie book distributor, gave a great talk at the excellent Edinburgh Publishing Conference on the key trends driving the future of the book publishing industry.
The conference brought together a wide range of experiences from across the publishing industry under the title ‘Publishing: Evolution, Disruption & the Future’ and further posts will follow in due course. The Future of Reading: 10 Trends for 2014 and Beyond. Increased Competition Between Traditional Publishers and Indie Authors What does 2014 hold in store for ebook authors, publishers and readers? The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind. By Naomi S. BaronJanuary 12 Naomi S. Baron is author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World. She is professor of linguistics and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University. Library. With 1 Million Papers, Preprint Site Is Changing the Way Science Is Shared. The popular preprint server arXiv.org, where physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists routinely upload manuscripts to publicly share their findings before peer review, now holds more than 1 million research articles.
The Everything Book: reading in the age of Amazon. Amazon won the book war. Index of News Article – Macmillan. London, UK and New York, USA: 2 December 2014. Nature publisher hopes to end 'dark sharing' by making read-only papers free. Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month. Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.” Press release archive: About NPG. How to Master on the Art of Getting Noticed: Austin Kleon’s Advice to Aspiring Artists.
World Bank Announces Open Access Policy for Research and Knowledge, Launches Open Knowledge Repository. WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 - The World Bank today announced that it will implement a new Open Access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products, effective July 1, 2012. Open access dominates discussions at London Book Fair. 27 May 2014. Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now - WSJ. Association of Professional Futurists - What could the future look like if social networks impact foresight? Ask the Publisher: Five Lessons from the 2014 London Book Fair. The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use. HarperCollins CEO Paints Positive Picture for Publishing.
Digital Only Book Publishing Springs up in Mexico. Elsevier’s Science and Technology Book Content on ScienceDirect Reaches 25,000 Milestone. Blog – Mobile App Updates and Research News - A Growing E-Publishing Trend. Top Facebook Inc. (FB) Publishers Record An Average Engagement Rate Of 8 Million (Likes, Shares)! Facebook Is the News, in 2 Charts - Robinson Meyer. A Mixed Blessing in Slowing E-book Sales. NYCC 2013: ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing. HTML and the future of digital publishing. Recent Trends In Storytelling And New Business Models For Publishers.