An unlikely band comes together to heroically achieve a goal. A writhing sequence of events beset with bloody struggles, mysterious moments, and difficult obstacles overcome. This is the story of how Houghton Mifflin, HarperCollins, and Yudu brought Peter Jackson's production of Tolkien's timeless tale to digital life.
Does the world need another e-publishing app? Evan Ratliff, Nicholas Thompson, and Jefferson Rabb think so, and they've created The Atavist to prove it: an iTunes-like store for a la carte, original, long-form narrative journalism -- combined with a multi-platform e-reader optimized for iOS devices, Kindles, and (soon) Android.
Unlike the digitized razzle-dazzle of many competing e-reading experiences, The Atavist was designed for one thing and one thing only: reading.
There's no doubt about it: 2010 was the Year of the e-Book, the year when devices like the Kindle and Nook stopped being luxuries or oddities and started becoming the norm. But 2010 was an inflection point--not a starting point, and not an endpoint--in the journey of the electronic books. The dream of reading books electronically dates back decades, and, as this slideshow illustrates, the many forms that electronic reading might take are still gleams in a few visionary designers' eyes.
American publisher Scholastic has just surveyed youngsters thoughts about books, and it's good news for traditional publishing: E-readers haven't dominated the world, and two thirds of kids still say they'd keep printed matter books.
The endless hand-wringing over the death of print books -- and its supposed corollary, diminished intellectualism -- overlooks a key point: Digital media can actually enhance how we read.
So says the innovation and design giant IDEO, which yesterday released a short film on “The Future of the Book” that blows the binding off conventional notions of how we consume the written word. In Ideo’s telling, tomorrow’s books will let you join online discussions, fact-check, and even dictate the particulars of a plot -- all in a tablet-friendly format.
Random House today announced a huge reorganization aimed at moving the company from its analog roots to its possible digital future. Details as to how this will affect the hydra-headed company's output aren't exactly clear, but there are some hints at intriguing new developments for digital publishing, including serialization, advertising, and subscriptions.