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Thoughts experiences & learnings about the world of academic publishing …

XML: A SIMPLE & SHORT INTRODUCTION for people who want to understand WHY IS XML SO IMPORTANT?

Attached is a brief, 7-slide PowerPoint presentation explaining in very simple English why XML is important to publishers, authors, universities, and almost anyone who is creating content to be loaded onto websites, published as an e-book, stored in a digital archive / institutional repository, or needs to be findable via Google or other search engines.

[This PowerPoint presentation is a excerpt of a longer presentation I gave to the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) on 2010 September 17, entitled:  FUTURE TRENDS OF ACADEMIC PUBLISHING:  Creating an Efficient Access & Distribution System for Japan’s Research Output.  A copy of the JST presentation has been translated into Japanese and is available either from JST or by contacting me directly.]

4 October 2010 Posted by | Archival, Digital Publishing, Self Publishing, University Publishing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yale Launches Course for the Book and Magazine Publishing Industry

The famous Stanford University publishing course SPPC  (Stanford Professional Publishing Course) was discontinued in 2009.  But New York based helmsman Robert Baensch stays involved with the new Yale start-up.   Yale’s new program, called simply “The Yale Publishing Course,”  intends to replace and supersede Stanford’s previous 5-day summer program by placing more emphasis on new technologies and digital publishing.

The new Yale course was just announced last week, and as yet no curriculum or syllabus is available online, but the focus remains helping commercial publishers adapt to a changing world.  The intended customer for the annual course will be publishing industry executives.

Open Access models will be covered, but I am curious to see if Yale will include a session on the new campus-based publishing movement which many academics and university administrators view as a direct, albeit fledgling competitor to the traditional publishing industry.

Link to the press release:

Yale Launches Course for the Book and Magazine Publishing Industry.

7 April 2010 Posted by | Digital Publishing | , , | Leave a comment

Heavy Consumers of Romance Novels Love E-Readers

In a conversation last June (2009) with Paul Keith, Electronic Resources Librarian at Chicago Public Library, he said that circulation of e-books provided by his library was up noticeably. An interesting note about the kind of library patrons who are early adopters of e-books, Paul said: “Heavy readers of romance novels love e-readers.” My ‘nutshell’ interpretation of that is affluent commuters & urbanites who read lots of thick novels, with sensual cover-art prefer e-readers for their privacy and convenience.

More specifically, e-books and e-book readers are attractive to people who are:
1. Heavy readers of thick books. Ie. romance, science fiction & fantasy, best sellers.
2. Students. Again, because text books are heavy.
3. Commuters & urbanites, who don’t want to advertise what they are reading.
4. Business travelers.
5. Early adopters.

22 February 2010 Posted by | Digital Publishing, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

CAMPUS-BASED PUBLISHING: CAN A MARRIAGE OF THE LIBRARY WITH THE UNIVERSITY PRESS SPARC A SOLUTION TO THE SERIALS PRICING CRISIS?

Please see my article on new e-publishing paradigms, and specificially campus-based publishing trends. Go to page 9 at
http://www.ifla.org/files/information-technology/ifla1-09-dec_its.pdf

2 February 2010 Posted by | Digital Publishing, University Publishing | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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