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publishing in the news in October

  1. Anna Baddeley. (20 July 2015). App could turn America’s poor into lifelong readers. The Guardian
  2. Alison Flood. (24 July 2015). Ebooks are unfamiliar waters for digital pirates, according to UK survey. The Guardian
  3. S. M. (23 September 2015). E-books, price fixing and the Supreme Court: Apple goes to Washington. The Economist
  4. DBW. (October 9, 2015). Digital Publishing at the Frankfurt Book Fair. DBW.
  5. Nathaniel Philippe. (October 9, 2015). The commoditization of content production and how it affects digital publishing.
  6. Rude Baguette.
  8. Alter, Alexandra. (September 22, 2015). The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead. The New York Times.
  9. Deahl, Rachel. (October 9, 2015). Book Deals: Week of October 12, 2015. Publishers Weekly.
  10. Gianni Mascioli. (Sep 20, 2015). Will Ad-Blocking Millennials Destroy Online Publishing Or Save It? Forbes.
  11. John Biggs. (Oct 3, 2015). Pronoun, A Self-Publishing Platform For Authors, Is Ready To Serve Humanity. Tech Crunch.
  12. Hannah Wang’ombe and Winnie Nguyu. (Oct 6, 2015). Kenya: Digital Future Can Transform Publishing and Raise Profits. All Africa.
  13. Michael Kozlowski. (October 12, 2015). Canadian Libraries are fed up with high e-book prices. GoodEReader.
  14. Hollie Shaw. (June 29. 2015). Why Indigo Books & Music Inc CEO Heather Reisman believes we are on the cusp of bricks and mortar renaissance. The Financial Post.
  15. Michael Kozlowski. (September 12, 2015). Oyster is Shutting Down their e-Book Subscription Service. GoodEReader.
  18. and newer:
  19. Swoon Reads:
  20. Amazon Kindle Scout:
  21. Dale, Brady. (2015, October 8). Surprise: Print Does Better When Publishers Jack Up E-Book Prices. The Observer.
  22. Pritchett, Bob. (2015, October 8). Why Digital Platform Solutions Are Needed in Academic Publishing. Digital Publishing News.
  23. 1)
  24. 2)Background on Pronoun
  25. 3)There really cool website
  26. 1)Pronoun (May.18,2015). How to Fix Book Publishing. Medium.
    A little more background on the company and what stage of funding they are in
  27. 2)Anthony Ha (June.17,2015).Relaunched Self Publishing Platform Pronoun Raises $3.5 Million. TechCrunch.
  28. Author Earnings (Sep. 14, 2015) September 2015 Author Earnings Report.
  29. This article challenges the reports made by the media that the traditional publishing industry is stabilizing through their own research and dissection of other reports, pointing out the flaws in their methodology.
  30. DBW (June 10, 2015) New AAP Figures Show Ebook Growth Mostly Flat.
  31. I chose this article, as it is the exact type of reporting the previous article was referring to. It gives a funny juxtaposition.
  35. John Biggs. (Oct 3, 2015). Pronoun, A Self-Publishing Platform For Authors, Is Ready To Serve Humanity. Tech Crunch.
  36. Hannah Wang’ombe and Winnie Nguyu. (Oct 6, 2015). Kenya: Digital Future Can Transform Publishing and Raise Profits. All Africa.
  37. Jen Webb. 2013. Publishing News: Our brains on screens:
  38.   (October 6, 2015) Will you buy the Microsoft Surface 4 to read e-books? Good E-readers.
  39. (September 28, 2015) Young Kids Want their Parents to Read to Them. Good E-readers.
  40. Holger Heimann (October 10th 2015), How publishers deal with politically persecuted authors, Deutsche Welle.
  42. This is just the short upper piece, but has nice context regarding self-publishing. I thought it was interesting.
  43. Will you buy the Microsoft Surface 4 to read e-books?
  44. Young Kids Want their Parents to Read to Them
  45. Paul Sawers. (October 13, 2005). Amazon commits $10M over the next 5 years to help translate books into English. Venture Beat.
  46. Colin Lecher. (October 13, 2015). Apple may finally lose its ebook antitrust monitor. The Verge.
    (here’s an article explaining antitrust:
  47. Richard Lawler. (October 13, 2015). Internet porn has pushed Playboy Magazine to go PG-13. Engadget. Retrieved from
  48.  Palmer, Alex. (September 25, 2015). “Book Marketing 201.” Publishers Weekly.
  49. Shatzkin, Mike. (August 31, 2015). “The Audience Information Sheet is more useful than the Title Information Sheet for marketers (and for publicity and sales too).” The Idea Logical Company.
  50. Harvey, Ellen. (October 9, 2015). First Half of 2015 Not a Great Start for Book Publishers. Book Business Mag.
    This article summarizes the book publisher sales for the first half of 2015, in which there is an overall decline in both e-books and hard copies. It’s interesting to see actual numbers since this relates directly to our class – we have talked about the possible decline of traditional publishing as well as that e-books sales are not doing that great either.
  51. Sands, Janice. (April 16, 2015). Self-Publishing Platforms: Women’s Playground or Last Resort? .Huffington Post. This article talks about the gender gap that exists in the publishing industry and that self-publishing is a resort for women to publish without getting “shut out of traditional publishing avenues.” We have talked about self-publishing in class and I think this article brings to light some of the reasons why people, or women in particular, turn to self-publishing – because it may be their only avenue to publish something.
  52.  Here’s why good editors are future-proof I enjoyed this article as it touched on the publishing side which I feel that we haven’t focused on as much in class. I find it interesting that the article mentions that self-published works could in fact end up with higher quality editing than those published through a house.
  53. Expelliarmus! ‘Harry Potter’ Reborn In New Apple Inc. eBook Version Of J.K. Rowling Classic This article gives an example of ways in which books are becoming more interactive – these ‘enhanced’ ebooks offer special features not possible with a print book. It also shows that ebooks are valuable for successful authors as a way of relaunching their successful works.
  54. Holger Heimann. (13 October 2015). How publishers deal with politically persecuted authors. Deutsche Welle. The first article discusses how various publishers in Europe take it upon themselves to publish those works from the Middle East that are banned or condemned and their authors persecuted by the country. The piece has me questioning the motives of these European publishing ‘saviours,’ and whether they should really be flaunting the fact that they’re making profit from publishing as a means of upholding ‘human rights.’
  55. Abby Rosmarin. (18 September 2015) What I learned from self-publishing my book. The Huffington Post. The second article is written by a woman who documented the things she learned from self-publishing her first book. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, self-publishing can be a extensively stressful and emotionally turbulent process. Far more than I thought it was. Either that or this author is just very mentally unstable. Cheers!
  56. This link drives home the big publishers vs little publishers example of when big publishers only publish already big authors and are focused on profits rather than having niche books
  57. this link gives data of print vs online reading
  58. Laura Godfrey. (September 18, 2015). Canadian Publishing 2015: Publishers Find Mixed Bag in Falling Loonie. Publishers Weekly.

Do’s and Don’t of thinking about the future of the book: 2015 edition.

A student generated lists of “DOs and DON’Ts” when thinking about the future of the book. Created by the Fall 2015 class, after some inspiration from assigned readings (week 1) and through a series of group and class discussion.


  • Do keep in mind the digital divide
  • Do consider political and social causes for change
  • Do consider all aspects of publishing
  • Do take into account that people have different reading approaches/habits
  • Do remember that knowledge is not cemented in a physical presence: i.e. book
  • Do consider history in your prediction of the future, but be careful not to assume that history will (necessarily) repeat itself
  • Do consider the definition of the book


  • Don’t assume lack of availability isn’t a limiting factor
  • Don’t assume that paths of book technology are fixed. Anything could happen.
  • Don’t assume that changes will encompass the entire industry
  • Don’t assume that technology will be used in the way that it is intended to be used
  • Don’t assume that technology is a democratizing force
  • Don’t assume that new technology is always progress
  • Don’t assume that technology is an external force acting on the book industry
  • Don’t assume that new technologies equal a changed industry
  • Don’t’ assume a fixed pace at which technology will develop, or that it’s linear
  • Don’t assume that apparent trends will extend into the future (trends may not continue)

Group Projects (Fall 2014)

Publicher: a new model for author crowdfunding
Emily Taylor, Anna Rivera, Chantel Cheng, Nicole Ivory, and Chadwick Joe

“Publicher” is our vision for the future of the book industry. Our platform borrows elements from social media, crowd funding and self publishing to create a unique online content community that benefits authors, readers and publishers. Authors receive sustained financial support from readers, readers interact with their favourite authors and publishers can discover new authors with demonstrated success writing and marketing their work.

Read the Final Report

Behind the Book: The Current State of the Publishing Industry
Christine Coulter, Brett Fabian, Lucy Lau, Oscar Lo, Christian Tweedy, and Emilie Vachon

In imagining the future of the book, this project takes readers (and viewers) straight to the source—approximately 21 years from today’s date. Through the presentation of an original documentary featuring interviews with both readers and industry professionals living and working in the year 2035, the producers of this project provide both commentary on the current state of the book as well as where it will lead should more recent trends in publishing continue. The future that is ultimately painted is one that is not entirely dissimilar to conditions seen today: traditional publishing houses are failing to meet the changing preferences of readers and are therefore, becoming increasingly obsolete in the evolving book market.

Read about the characters and watch the film.

Magna Liber
Catherine Song,Debora Poh, Elenor Qu, Emma Melena Hou, and Emma Li

Magna Liber, the most advanced e-reader, will lead the previous reading experiences to a whole another level. The user and environmental-friendly device will benefit not only the readers by offering new ways of reading, writing, and learning, but also by providing an innovative way of interaction with other users. As well, publishers and authors are given the opportunity for new, profitable business model within the digital age. The era of Magna Liber just has begun!

Read the report and watch the demo.

Ambit Publishing
Alison Roach, Karen La, Caili Bell, Holly Vestad, and Lauren Madsen.

We are presenting a business model for a print publishing house. Bringing global to local, Ambit Publishing produces quality non-fiction, and occasionally fiction, about pertinent and relevant global affairs. For the individual and author that regards him or herself as a citizen of the world,Ambit’s publications create a public that does not discriminate. You can visit our website at

Jessica Sanderson, Jordana Fridman, Mary Ngo, Laura Parkinson,and Lizzy Sun

We are read:public, a textbook subscription service that has created an app for all platforms (smartphones, computers, and tablets). This app offers all textbooks listed each semester at Simon Fraser University and allows students access to all the textbooks they need and extra ones they may want from other courses/departments/subjects in digital form. Students will vote through a referendum, produced by us and the SFSS, to have an increase in their supplementary tuition fees in order to have access to our app.

Read the marketing plan

Typography Resources

Publishing in the news

A list of news items that the Fall 2014 class found interesting during the week of October 7th.


The role of the publisher: Then and Now

Student generated schematics of the role of publishers then (15-20 years ago) and now.


The role of the Publisher Then (1)

The role of the Publisher Then (1)

The role of the publisher then (2)

The role of the publisher then (2)


The role of the publisher Now (1)

The role of the publisher Now (1)

The Role of the Publisher Now (2)

The Role of the Publisher Now (2)

How to think about the future of the book

A student generated lists of “DOs and DON’Ts” when thinking about the future of the book. Created by the Fall 2014 class, after some inspiration from assigned readings (week 1) and through a series of group and class discussion.


  • Remember that people shape technology; technology does not act/create change on its own
    • We choose what technologies are made and how they’re used – it is a circular and symbiotic relationship, not linear
  • Do think about the possibilities of new technology
    • interactivity and learning possibilities for elementary education
    • text does not have to be constrained to a static screen
    • look to digital as an avenue for improvement rather than a replacement of print culture
  • Do consider the strengths and weaknesses of all mediums
  • Do consider our past experiences with technology and learn from them
    • i.e., other industries: how the music industry dealt with music sharing/piracy
    • i.e., other communications technologies: how we all thought radio/theatre would die when TV was invented
  • Do remain self-aware of your predictions and definitions (“book”) and always fact-check assumptions about past technologies
  • Do consider the socio-political-economic-technical context in which new technologies are developed
    • Remember to think about accessibility: learning curves, digital divide, etc.
    • Consider people’s habits and behaviour (how they interact with technology)
    • Consider compatibility with older forms of knowledge
    • Who decides what gets published and when
  • Do consider the role of institutions and regulations (intellectual property rights, quality control, etc., in the digital world)
  • Do modify language and metaphors to reflect new frameworks
    • Rhetoric of architecture in new libraries reflecting the fluid nature of knowledge
    • No longer considered a “body of work” as this is too static
    • Example: Revamp what a “publisher” is, what a “magazine” is, etc.
  • Do consider multiple forms of published material (novels vs. news vs. textbooks) and how different groups of people interact with it/rely on it
    • Consider how technology relates to the way people think/interact
      • Ex: how children learn (tablets); how people communicate (Facebook)
  • Do be specific about your predictions: make thoughtful speculations
    • Provide evidence
    • Build on precedents
    • Consider other people’s predictions
    • Consider the history of the production of that technology (why it was made, who made it)


  • Don’t speak in absolutes (terms, knowledge, future predictions) when discussing the future
  • Don’t equate change with transition (especially don’t panic)
    • Ex: Books aren’t dead, just changing
    • “Don’t assume the future always kills what comes before” – Nunberg
  • Don’t equate knowledge/value and form (“published”, print books, e-books, etc)
    • Don’t dichotomize print VS. digital: these two things will still exist
      • and if print dies it’s because the culture changed, not because digital was invented
      • new technologies affect everything, not just digital
  • Don’t be a technological determinist (optimist or pessimist)
  • Don’t fetishize or let your preferences dictate your views
    • Don’t assume that personal experience/preference is representative
      • Just because you love the smell of books doesn’t mean a decrease in print is a loss for humanity
      • Just because you love your shiny new device doesn’t mean it’s the future for everyone
  • Don’t constrain your notion of what a book is (A book is a book no matter what form it’s in)


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