Продается Publishers Weekly

‘PW’ For Sale – 7/30/2009 7:32:00 AM – Publishers Weekly

Reed Business Information is putting Publishers Weekly and its affiliated publications, Library Journal and School Library Journal, up for sale. The sale of the group is part of RBI’s strategy to divest most of its trade magazines in the U.S. Last year, Reed Elsevier, parent company of RBI, tried to sell all of RBI but dropped the sale when it couldn’t get the price it wanted in a depressed market for media properties. In a related announcement, Tad Smith, CEO of RBI US, has resigned. John Poulin has been named acting CEO and he will head the sales process.

Никому не надо? Отраслевое издание, однако…

Инструкция по извлечению ePub из app-books

E-book review: iPhone: The Missing Manual | TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home

One thing that might keep many people from even considering an appbook regardless of price is the idea of having it tied to an app. Some might find only ever being able to read it on your iPhone, or the app taking up one of a (relatively) finite number of available icon spaces to be insurmountable handicaps, and pass up a book that they otherwise might have bought.

I am here to tell you now: don’t worry. Contained within the disguised ZIP file that is the iManual.ipa application, within your My MusiciTunesMobile Applications directory, is an easily-extractable unencrypted ePub file of the complete book.

Once you’ve unzipped it, it can be read in ePub-reading software such as Adobe Digital Editions (looks flawless) or FBReader (formatting a bit messed up), or even synced into the iPhone version of Stanza by sharing from Stanza Desktop. (Though as the book is almost 9 megabytes in size thanks to all the illustrations, the Stanza app may choke and require a reboot the first time you load it, but after that it opens fine. I suspect the wrapper version of Stanza is optimized for the book’s large size.)

Here’s how to pull it out:

1. Go to iTunes’s “Applications” screen, right-click “iManual,” and choose “Show in Windows Explorer.”
2. Right-click the iManual.ipa file, choose “Open With” and select a zip application such as WinZip or WinRAR.
3. Tunnel down the folders to Payload > iPhoneMissingManual.app and extract the file singlebook.epub.
4. Rename the extracted copy something like iphone-missing-manual.epub and open it with your ePub reader of choice.

Given that the “official” e-book version costs $24.99, getting the $4.99 iPhone-app version and pulling the ePub file out is not only convenient, it’s also a big savings!

That being said, for use on my iPod Touch I actually find it more useful to have this book available to me in the app wrapper that will always open to that one book every time, rather than requiring me to close whatever else I might have been reading in Stanza first.

I think I will end up deleting the copy from my “normal” Stanza’s file list and keeping the app version on my iPod instead—I am not in any danger of filling all ten of my home screens yet.

Извлеченные из книг-приложений файлы ePub читаются любыми программами или букридерами, понимающими этот формат.

Будущее книжной индустрии (обзор-прогноз)

Будущее книжной индустрии | Блог Михаила Иванова

И только традиционные издатели потеряют свое былое влияние и большие деньги. Произойдет редистрибуция ценности на этом рынке. От издательств и традиционных книжных магазинов ценность перейдет к создателям платформы, читателям и авторам.

Вероятно, в России этот переход займет больше времени, но он неизбежен.

Автор – руководитель издательства «Манн, Иванов и Фербер».

Сервис конвертации макетов в ePub

Introducing the Shortcovers ePUB Conversion Program — Shortcovers

Shortcovers is excited to announce a new service – the Shortcovers Publisher Conversion Program. Publishers can provide us with their digital source files – PDFs, Quark files, InDesign, .doc, .rtf – and for a shockingly low fee*, we’ll convert them into ePUB files, load them up into Shortcovers and then give back the ePUB file so the publisher can send it off to other vendors who also accept ePUB files.

Канадская компания Shortcovers, представляющая собой онлайновый магазин книг с возможностью ознакомления с содержанием (в том числе и прежде всего на мобильных устройствах — iPhone и BlackBerry) открыла сервис для издателей: конвертация макетов книг в форматах PDFs, Quark files, InDesign, .doc, .rtf — в формат ePub. Отконвертированные книг будут продаваться на Shortcovers и, естественно, передаваться издателям для продаж где-нибудь еще. Цены вслух пока не говорят. Актуальный и явно востребованный (судя по пресс-релизу) сервис для уже разогретого рынка.

Амазоновский садик за колючий проволокой станет экзотикой: B&N заключил соглашение с Plastic Logic

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Barnes & Noble Launches World’s Largest eBookstore

Introduces “Every Device” Strategy

Upgrades eReader Application

Free Downloads

Announces eBookstore Partnership with Plastic Logic

New York, New York – July 20, 2009 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, announced today the launch of the Barnes & Noble eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks), the world’s largest eBookstore, on Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), enabling customers to buy eBooks and read them on a wide range of platforms, including the iPhone and iPod touch, BlackBerry® smartphones, as well as most Windows® and Mac® laptops or full-sized desktop computers. In addition, Barnes & Noble announced that it will be the exclusive eBookstore provider on the forthcoming and much anticipated Plastic Logic eReader device.

Barnes & Noble’s launch encompasses:

* Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore offering its customers seamless access to more than 700,000 titles, including hundreds of new releases and bestsellers at only $9.99, making it the world’s largest selection of eBooks available in one place. The company expects that its selection will increase to well over one million titles within the next year, inclusive of every available eBook from every book publisher and every available eBook original, which is a fast growing marketplace.
* More than a half-million public domain books from Google, which can be downloaded for free. Readers can discover and explore this rich treasure trove, including everything from classic works by well-known writers to long-forgotten and obscure titles that are historically much harder to access.
* An upgraded version of its eReader application, which was part of the company’s Fictionwise acquisition earlier this year. This device-agnostic eBook application supports both wireless and wired access to the new Barnes & Noble eBookstore. Millions of internet-enabled devices are currently supported by eReader, including the nation’s two leading smartphone device families from Apple and BlackBerry®, as well as most Windows® and Mac® laptops or full-sized computers.
* First-time users of the eReader will have the opportunity to download free eBooks, including titles such as Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, Last of the Mohicans, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula. See site for further details.
* A strategic commerce and content partnership with Plastic Logic, whose eReader device is especially designed for business professionals. Barnes & Noble will power the eBookstore for the Plastic Logic eReader device. The ultra thin 8.5 x 11 inch wireless eReader is slated to debut in early 2010.
* The free, full-featured B&N Bookstore app for iPhone and iPod touch users, which is now the #1 downloaded book app in Apple’s App Store. In addition to enabling customers to easily place orders for books, movies, and CDs, the app also lets users search millions of products simply by snapping a photo. Using the iPhone’s camera, customers can snap a photo of the front cover and within seconds get product details, editorial reviews, and customer ratings – even find and reserve a copy in the nearest store. The app also includes a store locator, bestseller lists, book recommendations, and a store events calendar.

“Today marks the first phase of our digital strategy, which is rooted in the belief that readers should have access to the books in their digital library from any device, from anywhere, at any time,” said William J. Lynch, President of BN.com. “As America’s #1 bookstore and newsstand, our goal at Barnes & Noble is to build a service that revolves around the customer, enabling them to have access to hundreds of thousands of titles and read on their smartphone, PC, and many other existing and future devices. We want to make eBooks simple, accessible, affordable and convenient for everyone.”