Category Archives: Apple

BEA 2011 Talk: Why Ebooks Will Save the Book

[Below are the slides and text of a talk I gave Thurs. May 26, at BEA. Feedback is welcome!] Hi, I’m Ben Clemens. I work at a company in San Francisco called Blurb, which has a set of tools for making beautiful printed books. I’d like to talk to you about e-books however, because as [...]

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“What is a Publishing App?”

Apple recently released a new subscription function for app-makers to use, that enables publishers to offer readers a subscription to their content. However, Apple’s terms for the new function state that publishers must pay 30% of subscription sales to Apple, however, and that publishers cannot charge a different price for a subscription elsewhere (on their [...]

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Live-blogging TOC2011: Value-added Apps

Talking about “How to Create Apps with Craft, Care and Polish”; Neal Hoskins (WingedChariot) with Gus Balbontin (Lonely Planet), Michel Kripalani (Oceanhouse Media), Pete Myers (BirdsInTheHand, LLC). Apps are in battleground, with Microsoft/Nokia, Apple, Sony, Google all squaring off to fight for control of this marketplace. It’s very hard to know how to make apps [...]

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Do Ebook Publishers Have too Much Control Over Readers?

A fairly (though not completely) useful dialogue among a couple of e-book blogs kicked off a few days ago about whether it is, in fact, a good thing that e-books can be distributed and read remotely. While this sounds esoteric, the question does have some interesting ramifications. With some new e-book reading tools, it’s possible [...]

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