Book Publishing in the Age of Digital Convergence: The Best Days Are Yet to Come
Digital convergence offers new and exciting opportunities to authors and creative writers to unleash their potentials through a range electronic devices, in multiple formats for people of all needs and wants. The new information technology and the availability of myriads of mobile devices such as laptop computers, PDAs, Smartphones, iPods, and other similar products are providing book publishers unlimited delivery options for content that was once available only on paper. As the world changes, the book industry will need to develop more digitized content to survive the competition, and possibly receive a much better market share. This session will discuss available emerging technologies that promise to give book publishing its best years yet. The presentation will also discuss some advantages of digital content publication including mobility, portability, environment-friendly, multi-format presentation, customization, pay-per-use, ubiquitous publicity through RSS, accessibility, and optimized retrieval.
Keywords: Digital Convergence, Desktop Publishing, Pay-per-use books, Custom Book Publishing, Digital Books, Books for Smartphones, RSS Feeds
Dr. John Malala
Assistant Professor, Radio-TV Division, University of Central Florida