Article Category - "Future Think"


Independent Articles
Deb Vanasse, July/Aug 2019
Publishing and the Planet »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Increasingly, consumers recognize the climate threats posed by shrinking forests and ecologically destructive practices. By making environmentally friendly choices, publishers can help mitigate these problems while also building goodwill and protecting their supply chain. After all, print publishing depends on trees, so it only …

Robin Cutler, May/June 2019
Board Member’s Memo: A Publisher’s Dream Should Include Making Money »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark — Members of the publishing community deserve to make money from the stories we tell. Humans all over the planet have a common trait that defines our species: we are storytellers. It is a great thing for us as publishers to be in service of shaping and …

Zack Lieberman, January/February 2019
Developing Cross-Platform Products »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Zack Lieberman, Producer & Publisher, EXIT STRATEGY, SILENT PARTNERS — Emerging realities of the modern marketplace. IBPA Independent magazine is focused on the business and craft of independent publishing, but I’m here to be the heretic and get your gears turning about anything but books. Your books, your ideas, your stories—your …

Deb Vanasse, January/February 2019
Ahead of the Curve: How Publishers Are Proactively Managing Their Businesses »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Publishers need to stay agile, building into their planning ways to maneuver around potential threats while also steering their companies toward new opportunities and growth. In an industry where change is the only constant, publishers need to stay ahead of the curve. But faced …

Angela D. Coleman, January/February 2019
The Future Is Female »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Angela D. Coleman, Founder & President of Sisterhood Agenda — Authors and publishers need to understand the changing social climate in order to produce content that women and girls want and need. Women and girls are rising around the globe. After decades of women empowerment activities, the plight of women and …

Kelly Peterson, January/February 2019
The Flattening Wave of Digitizations »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Kelly Peterson, Director of Client Services, INscribe Digital — The rise of indie publishing is a breaking wave. But what is the sea behind it? As Vladimir Nabokov said, “The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.” The breaking wave we see now is the rise of indie publishing: …

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 …

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