Over the past weekend the GAPP (General Administration of Press and Publication) released the first set of guidelines for China’s digital publishing industry.
I can’t find an actual copy of the regulations, so I don’t know what they say. But I’ve found a couple English language reports that mention the fact that the GAPP just completed a 7 month long consultation period, so this is probably less authoritarian that it appears at first glance.
Education is a splendid thing — except for the textbooks that students have to buy. When I was in school, high school and college, many, many years ago, it was rare that for there to be a single book for a course. Not only were they heavy to carry, but they were expensive — and they are still heavy and expensive today! (I haven’t forgotten what it cost to buy the texts my children used.) Continue reading →
Flat World Knowledge, the leading publisher of commercial, openly-licensed college textbooks, today announced another dramatic increase in the number of colleges and classrooms adopting its textbooks. This fall semester, more than 800 colleges will utilize Flat World textbooks, up from 400 in the fall 2009 and up from 30 colleges in the spring 2009.With Flat World’s textbooks saving the average student $80 per class, the company is on track to save 150,000 students $12 million or more in textbook expenses for the 2010/2011 academic year which begins this month.
Flat World’s year-over-year growth is fueled by the company’s innovative “free and open” textbook publishing model that allows students to acquire complete, high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks at prices ranging from FREE for online access to only $30 for a softcover print book. Other formats include PDF downloads, audio and ereader versions for the iPad and Kindle, as well as digital study aids.
Their marketing hype used to annoy me (it still does). But lately I’ve realized that real change in publishing is only going to come from outside tech companies like Flat World Knowledge. I’m rooting for them to succeed.
It occurred to me this morning that one of the blogs I follow, Publishing Perspectives, have been reporting on the kind of global ebook news that I’m trying to cover on TDR. I can’t write those stories myself, unfortunately; I lack the connectons to local sources. But I can at least link to them.
BTW, I’d like to see more of these are the kind of stories. If you find one, please tip me.
This has to be one of the strangest ereaders I have ever seen. This is the first one I’ve seen with buttons along the long side of a 7″ LCD screen, not short.
The Acho C301 is based on the standard 7″ LCD screen. I don’t know the rest of the hardware specs, but it has the usual broad video, ebook, and audio support. I’m still looking for the release date and price, but I wanted to show you this picture. Weird.
The World Ebook Fair kicks off next Sunday. So what?
Pardon me for being cynical, but this appears to be a non event. I can’t find an ebookstore partner offering a sale, nor have I found anyone doing anything as part of the Fair. It’s not like “Read an Ebook Week”, where quite a few retailers, ebook blogs, and free ebook sites participated. This “Fair” does not seem to extend beyond the one site.
But I could be jumping to conclusions here. There are several important partners are listed on the site (Baen Books, PG, Internet Archive, etc). Unfortunately, none of the partners are promoting the Fair. I’m not sure what’s going on, and from the looks of things neither does anyone else.
This is one of the reasons that I stay at a convention until they kick me out. Guinness World Records only announced their app Thursday morning, and I found out about it because of a story in the Wall Street Journal that same day.
This app is just a sampler, but it does look interesting. There is also an iPhone version of the sampler coming soon. The full app is due out this fall, and they haven’t set the price yet.
BTW, I’m sorry that the camera drifted. I ‘m not ashamed to say that I got distracted by the demo. Yes, it was that cool.