Driverless cars open up new publishing opportunities. Renault is first to rise to the challenge

The French car manufacturer Renault has bought a 40% stake in Challenges Group, the publisher of the weekly economics magazine Challenges and four monthly science and history journals. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, reports Bloomberg, plans to stretch the carmaker’s suite of products to entertaining passengers in future driverless vehicles. (That means) new content specially designed Read More …

Harry Potter and the magic of Augmented Reality

Two big AR stories are making the news this week, both with consequences for the publishing industry. Apple is working on an augmented reality head-set that will likely launch in 2020 and replace the iPhone as top product, according to Bloomberg. Tim Cooke believes AR will be the next big thing. That’s AR as in augmented Read More …

The BBC gets interactive with Alexa and audio

One of the most exciting aspects of the Global New Renaissance now unfolding is how digital technology is allowing new art-forms to emerge that, far from destroying publishing, are energising and empowering the industry. Virtual reality and augmented reality are good examples. Enhanced ebooks and interactive ebooks another. Now comes interactive audiobooks. Interactive with Amazon Read More …

Virtual reality books are virtually here. Will publishers seize the opportunity?

It’s perhaps a sign of the times, and of the way the centre of digital gravity is shifting in a publishing world once so easily mapped, that the world’s first virtual reality book emerged last year not from Silicone Valley or from South Korea or Japan, but from the deserts of the Middle East. As Publishing Read More …

Tencent moves on Wattpad as Wattpad hits 60 million users. Could Nook be next?

Back in September I ran a post here on Nook’s future, speculating on the possibility Nook could be acquired by the Chinese ebook behemoth Tencent, which was actively looking for global expansion possibilities. A sentiment shared by Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson at the Hot Sheet. Nothing yet to suggest Tencent has Nook on its Read More …

OverDrive leads the way with dyslexia-friendly ebooks

What do WB Yeates, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynda La Plante, Jules Verne, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Agatha Christie have in common? They all endured some form of what we now call “learning disabilities,” chief among them likely dyslexia, which although first recognised in the late 1890s did not become widely accepted as a learning difficulty until Read More …

The largest purchaser of short fiction in the United States

“This American short fiction app is hoping its author quality control will attract a wide audience to its mobile story ‘bursts’”, says Molly Flatt over at The Bookseller’s Futurebook. Flatt is discussing Great Jones Street, the latest addition to the mobile-first short reads realm. Founded in 2015 by Kelly Abbott, Great Jones Street joins the Read More …

Listening to the pictures – the rise of audio-comics

Ecoutez les images (Listen to the pictures) Comics are rarely out of the news these days, and even here in West Africa there is no escaping comics and their spin-offs. As I write this there are twenty kids behind me watching one of the Spiderman movies (I of course am too busy writing for TNPS Read More …

Terribly Tiny Tales and Penguin go twitteresque in India

On Facebook Live today an improbable partnership between the world’s biggest trade publisher and the publisher of the world’s smallest stories comes to fruition with the launch of a book of 250 stories, each less than 140 characters long. “The book features curated favourites from the TTT community and brand new tales as well as Read More …