Digital Publishing

Very interesting post on book cover design now that we mostly see book covers as “blurred little icons” on websites. Definitely worth a read. (via @jacobbronstein)

This makes sense for an author like Seth Godin — he has a platform and a following, and he writes books with a very targetable audience. As Godin points out, he knows who his readers are. And with the rise of ebooks, which essentially removes the complexities and costs of distribution and inventory, the process of getting his books to his customers, though not simple by any means, is much more manageable and cost-effective.

Godin explains his decision here and in a MediaBistro interview. Jacket copy has a good post on Godin’s announcement, and the WSJ published this informative news story.

All worth checking out and bookmarking/subscribing to:

Threepress Consulting Blog

Making Light

Bait ‘n’ Beer

The Bookish Dilettante


The New Sleekness

Digital Publishing websites page.

Added to the Digital Publishing links page:

Richard Curtis on Publishing in the 21st Century

Eoin Purcell’s Blog

The Publishing Point

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Nook-Niks: Did Barnes & Noble pull a fast one on an e-reader supplier?

The Nook of Doom: Barnes & Noble’s new e-reader could kill its business

List of all magazines now available in Google Books

What’s hot on iPhone? Books, books, books!

Spring Design Seeks Injunction Against Barnes & Noble Over E-Reader Tech

Simon & Schuster Sells eBook Chapters

Quick Note: TOC Fall online conference transcript available

Tor Editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden On the Future of SF Books

Discovering Great iPhone Apps: 5 Recommendation Services Compared

Publishers crippled the Nook? Don’t like the lending feature

Author websites part 1.75: what not to blog

NY Times Bill Keller on “Impending” Apple Tablet

All Your Docs Belong to You: Google Docs Now Exportable

Barnes & Noble Won’t Sell Nook To Go In All Stores

Hard Numbers Behind the Current and Coming Mobile Future

Van Gogh Letters Digitized and Made Available to the Public

A Library to Last Forever

Lessons from the Rocky Mountain News

Not Every Publisher Thinks You’re Stupid

After Print Deaths, Conde Nast Faces Digital Future

In E-Books, It’s an Army vs. Google

Barnes & Noble’s E-Reader Gets Real

Video from Cambridge University Press on Their Digitization of Old Books

How New York City’s Seven Newspapers Are (Nearly) Surviving