Article Category - "Future Think"


Independent Articles
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 …

Deb Vanasse, May 2017
The Rise of the Audiobook »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent When it comes to growth and opportunity, audio is the new digital. Results from the most recent Audio Publishers Association (APA) annual sales survey show a fourfold increase in the number of audiobooks published between 2011 and 2015, as well as a whopping 24 percent increase …

Margaret Harrison, May 2017
Metadata Decoded »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by Margaret Harrison, Director of Product Metadata, Ingram Content Group When people come to talk to me about metadata, a lot of times they’ll ask me about XML or industry standards. Don’t get me wrong; I love taxonomy as much as the next geek. But if that’s what metadata is to you, you’re …

L.M Browning, May 2017
Board Member’s Memo: Entrepreneurial Bravery »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by LM Browning, Founder, Homebound Publications – At the age of 27, I was offered every writer’s dream: a book deal. And not just one book, but five. I enthusiastically signed and went from scribbler to author only to be quickly disillusioned by the entire process. The manuscript I had worked on …

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