Article Category - "Future Think"


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Alexa Schlosser, January/Febraury 2018
Roundtable: Musings on the Past and Future »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Nine independent and author publishers reflect on 2017 and look forward to 2018 What did you learn about publishing in 2017 that will inform you moving forward? What will you do differently? Kate Foster (KF): Rushing to hit a release date does …

Elsa Evripidou and Nick Fletcher, January/February 2018
The New Frontier of e-Books: c-Books »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Elsa Evripidou and Nick Fletcher, Monsoon Tide — A lot is being made in the press currently about the relative demise of e-books and the resurgence of their conventionally printed counterparts. Experts in the field have pointed out a number of reasons for this, including: People seem to be reconnecting with …

Deb Vanesse, January/February 2018
Industry Trends: Obstacles and Opportunities »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! Which developments over the past year—e-books, audiobooks, artificial intelligence, Amazon—portend opportunity, and which pose obstacles to be navigated? With the turning of the calendar to a new year, publishers take stock of industry trends. E-books versus …

Alexa Schlosser, December 2017
Wattpad: Redefining Storytelling »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Wattpad is a community-driven publishing platform that’s turning itself into a full-fledged entertainment company. The Motorola Razr was the coolest phone to have in 2006. That same year, Toronto-based Wattpad launched its reading app on the Razr. Today, Wattpad is still a mobile-first …

Kelly Peterson, November 2017
INscribe Digital Believes Automation and Transparency Are Vital to Distribution »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 by Kelly Peterson, Director of Client Services, INscribe Digital — The turn of the 20th century was all about industrialization: locomotives, factory lines, and, eventually, automobiles. There was a reason they called it a revolution: It reshaped the world. Now that we’re ensconced in the 21st century, we’ve moved to everyday micro-automations. …

Sheenu Srinivasan, October 2017
Authors and Publishers: Finding a Common Ground »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Sheenu Srinivasan, Author, THE BHAGAVAD GITA: A THREAD THROUGH THE EIGHTEEN GEMS, YAKSHA PRASHNA – The publishing industry should set guidelines to establish a standard practice that makes the overall experience more rewarding, efficient, productive, objective, professional, and pleasant for both author and publisher. The book industry in the US generated a …

Peter Goodman, September 2017
Can the Espresso Book Machine Save the Indie Publisher? »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2017 by Peter Goodman, Publisher, Stonebridge Press – Pitches for large-quantity sales need to answer at least these five questions. Can anything save independent publishing? Can anything save independent bookstores? In the July 2017 issue of IBPA Independent, I speculated that such a savior might already exist: the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). The …

Peter Brantley, September 2017
AI and What it Means for Publishing »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2017 by Peter Brantley, Hypothes.is – Over the past year, it’s been hard not to notice that artificial intelligence, or AI, seems to be everywhere in the news. It’s difficult to open up the New York Times without reading at least one story that references AI. So, what is it? And what does …

Peter Goodman, July 2017
Indie Books for Indie Bookshops »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Peter Goodman, Publisher, Stone Bridge Press — I read recently in Business Insider that Amazon’s strategy for making its brick-and-mortar stores successful hinged on three factors: exploiting big data to tailor the store’s offerings to its local demographic; reducing inventory to only a few thousand titles of proven sales potential; and …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
Finding Real Creativity with Artificial Intelligence »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent AUTHORS.me is a technology platform that uses data from bestselling books to evaluate content and connect writers with publishers. If you’re like me, when you hear the phrase “intelligent machine learning,” you feel the opposite of intelligent. Maybe you picture a robot, but then you …

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