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.
The New Year 2019 dawns with wonderful news in American publishing: Book sales continue to grow each year. There’s not a better time to write and publish a book. However—the “December squeeze” that publishers have experienced in recent years became a December crisis as 2018 drew to a close. In this column, Editor David Crumm writes about nationwide book-production problems at the holidays.
This past week, several of us from Front Edge attended the annual independent publishers conference hosted by the giant book wholesaler Ingram and its cutting-edge team at Lightning Source. Each year, the conference shares the latest news, research data and ideas for improving both Content and Production. In this column, we share a half dozen news items of interest to writers, publishers and other media professionals.
Thoughtful manuscript formatting and treatment is integral to the overall structure and experience of reading a book. Most readers are familiar with the general elements of a book—like chapters, footnotes and appendices and how they should be arranged, but not every reader stops to consider the purpose of inline style choices like emphasis, bolded words and indentation—except […]