PROTECTING US FROM PIRATES—Does that sound like a fanciful introduction to a children’s adventure story? Hardly. Our entire publishing house team—including all of our authors—need to be wary of the dark forces lurking online, including real-life pirates. In our Front Edge Publishing column this week, Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok reports on the dangerous waters publishers encounter when pirates strike.
Blockchain for publishing is one of the hottest ideas in Spring 2019, sparking headlines about its potential and its relationship to the controversial bitcoin industry. Editor David Crumm describes this column as “Bitcoin for Publishing 101,” offering a short, newsy look at bitcoin—enough so that you’ll be able to discuss this concept with friends and colleagues.
Our Director of Production Dmitri Barvinok continues our Metadata 101 exploration of publishing by explaining the ubiquitous—yet little understood—ISBN. They’re on every book you buy, but the purpose and rules for using ISBNs are among the more arcane mysteries of publishing. Dmitri unlocks that realm to help authors (and readers) understand a lot more about what those numbers can tell us about a book.
Millions of eBooks are sold each year. This market is all about impulse buying—and also the convenience of carrying books as conveniently as you carry your phone. In this part of our Metadata 101 series, Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok describes the various eBook formats—and how Front Edge Publishing handles these challenges.