Tag Archives: discussion

The future of e-publishing

The threats and possibilities of a digital book market

In comparison to the film, music and even newspaper industries, the publishing industry is changing rather lethargically. This does not change the inevitable fact that it will face immense changes in the future which have already been apparent for many years.

It seems like publishers have been afraid of adapting to a changing market. By analyzing other content industries they saw the pitfalls of accelerated digitalization. They tried to avoid developments such as lower prices and piracy by delaying digitalization as long as possible. Maybe they deemed the risk

GMail’s “Inbox Categories”

If you use Gmail, you know what I mean when I say “those confounded new Gmail tabs”. In June, Google rolled out Inbox Categories which they tout as organising your inbox so that messages “are classified into categories such as Social, Promotions, and Updates”. They say it’s supposed to help categorise your mail so that you see what you want to see when you want to see it. I say it’s just annoying because after being used to your Inbox looking a particular way for so long, this is just an added annoyance. It doesn’t really help.

Well,

Intimate Partner Violence and the story of Anna Lynn Hurd

I think it’s safe to assume that each and every one of us has been touched by Domestic Violence in one form or another, whether we realise it or not. Even if the experience happens to be “the sister’s boyfriend’s best-friend’s wife’s sister”. At some point, you come face to face with it. As a child, I remember being shielded from people my parents knew who were involved with it, as a teenager, I saw it among my friends, and as an adult I experienced it myself. I may be unfortunate in the frequency with which I came

It’s “Banned Books Week 2013” – what are you reading?

I start my days with checking in on Facebook. This is probably not very wise since Facebook is the epitome of a black hole for time. Nevertheless, I started out this Monday morning with a scan of my news feed and spotted the post which said that Banned Books Week started on Sunday the 22nd. That’s this week!

It seems a little sad that I have never heard of this awareness campaign before this year. It seems as if it ought to be something every reader (and writer) should be aware of. The practice of banning books is

Series novels: a way to stay in the story

There is a school of thought that states that series novels are the way to go when self-publishing. You draw your reader in with the first in a series and are thus guaranteed a readership for the rest of the series.

There is much truth to this sentiment. If you think about all the one-shot novels you’ve read, especially the good ones, you are often left with a feeling of “Well, what happened afterwards?” when you’re done reading. Haven’t you ever wondered what our heroes or heroines get up to after a particularly rousing plot? These days, I