Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Morning Pages: 07-11-12


Pando Daily - MacMillan Planning for the Future: "The publishing giant has given Williams a sum greater than $100 million (he won’t say exactly how much) to acquire ed-tech startups that will eventually be the future of Macmillan. The plan is to let them exist autonomously like startups within the organization, as Macmillan transitions out of the content business and into educational software and services. Through the entity, called Macmillan New Ventures, Williams plans to do five deals this year and 10 to 15 over the course of the next five years. He’s buying companies that will help Macmillan survive as a business once textbooks go away completely."

Publishing Perspectives - Why Is Europe's E-Book Policy so Schizophrenic?: "VAT on print books and e-books across Europe varies significantly from country to country (see our chart below, in which the UK, with a 20% VAT on e-books is absent). Earlier this month, the European Commission have been issuing notices that seem to be at cross purposes. Yet earlier this month the Commission said it was launching an “infringement procedure” against France (France is currently at 7% on e-books with plans to again reduce it to 5.5%) and Luxemborg (at 3%) for offering lower rates on digital than print titles. This news came only days after top publishers met with the EC, and where Neelie Kroes, the European Commission’s vice president, responsible for Europe’s Digital Agenda, and advocated an open market policy for e-books."

Book View Cafe - The Amazing Story of Amazing Stories: "The history of this publication is fascinating to read and rife with conflict and change. It was often considered little more than a publication of pulp fiction, and yet such writers as Roger Zelazny, Isaac Asimov, and our own Ursula K. Le Guin published stories in Amazing. The magazine was declared dead in 1995, revived in 1997, declared dead in 2000, revived in 2004, declared dead in 2006. For five years Amazing Stories lay in its grave until 2011 when Steve Davidson acquired the trademark name and announced he intended to revive it as an online concern. Which brings us up to date. Steve Davidson has indeed launched an online version of Amazing Stories."

A New Kind of Book - What Readers Need vs. What Devices Can Do: "Most ebook experiments do a better job of showing off our devices rather than solving specific reader problems. We get video extras, web links, piped in Twitter feeds. Problem is, these “enhancements” often answer the wrong question: what can we add? In an age of Information Overload, readers don’t need more; they need help. A video of battle footage may be fun to watch, and a simple way to add what’s not possible in print. But what students of World War Two often struggle with is much more mundane: remembering key events for that upcoming test or prepping for an essay they’re writing."

Huffington Post - The Magic in Writing: "Many hesitate to record their journeys and muses because they feel their words are not eloquent, that their thoughts are not important enough to be recorded. Once again, I say there is a magic in writing. As a therapist, I encourage every client to write. This journaling need not be anything more than personal letters to ourselves, reminders and a witness of what we are experiencing. In this journaling we record and build bridges in our journeys, leading to pathways previously not traveled. It is one of the master keys to a puzzle that will reveal itself through time and review. Journaling is one of the most valuable therapeutic tools one can participate in. The bonus is there is no financial investment (other than a tablet and pen) and done consistently, its rewards will amaze you."


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