Elsewhere on the Web 4 August 2010

The Book Superstore Model Has Failed

When publicly owned Barnes&Noble purchased the privately owned Barnes&Noble college bookstore operation last year, I commented to a friend that it looked like Riggio was cashing out. My friend responded that it made no difference since Riggio was just moving money from one pocket to another, but the college bookstore operation was family owned, while the Riggio family own less than a third of the public company shares. Now the board of Barnes&Noble is considering all options to increase share value, including selling the company.

Hard times for traditional books as China’s digital publishing industry grows

Pity the poor paperback. The days of the traditional book in China are numbered, according to figures just released by the central government, as it seems that more and more people are now turning their attention to digital forms of publishing.

MSNBC.com’s EveryBlock Targets A Widget At Local News Blogs

A year after EveryBlock was sold to MSNBC.com, the hyperolocal aggregator is beginning to focus on increasing the distribution of its feeds, which include the latest 911 dispatches, restaurant inspections, and local news pieces—all filtered by location.

Founder Adrian Holovaty tells us EveryBlock is launching an “intensely” customizable widget today, which third party sites will be able to embed in order to include the latest information about a specific location on their sites. Widgets have been a boon for some other hyperlocal aggregators, including Outside.in and Fwix, which have gotten several major publishers to adopt them.

O'Reilly TOC   Call For Participation Now Open

The theme for TOC 2011 is: Publishing Without Boundaries—both literally and figuratively. Book publishing is crossing boundaries all over the place. Thanks to technology, the publishing marketplace is a truly global one. Content now has the ability to travel light, and at a moment's notice, finding its way across continents at the touch of a button. Books themselves are becoming borderless shape-shifters, jumping out of their covers, moving in and out of formats, and being annotated and chunked and enhanced. And, the borders of publishing as an industry have expanded well beyond the confines of "New York." Entrepreneurial start-ups and indie authors are more and more likely to be rubbing virtual elbows with the Big Six on the best-seller lists, while the book bloggers and tweets seem to have as much sway over reading choices as professional reviews.

About Nate Hoffelder (9928 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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