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“Why print?” was the topic of the first of the Small Publishing Network’s roadshow events, held at Berkelouw Books, Paddington, in Sydney last night. As someone with extensive experience in print and digital production, and as a new publisher starting out in the digital age, I was invited to participate on the panel. The other panellists were Sophia Whitfield of children’s book publisher New Frontiers and Alice Grundy of Seizure magazine and book publisher Giramondo. The following are my own thoughts on the topic, prepared in advance of the event and augmented in the light of some of the issues raised.

There are four very good reasons for continuing to produce books in print in the digital age: production quality; the supply chain; perceptions; and accessibility. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebooks are no longer the novelty they were only 2-3 years ago, but the publishing industry is still experiencing massive disruption from the effects of the digital revolution. Recently considering three different aspects of today’s publishing landscape, I came to one conclusion: the role of the editor is paramount and likely to increase in importance. Read the rest of this entry »

Books as apps are receiving a lot of attention. But what is a book app? And is it a good idea? This article explains the differences between books produced as apps and books produced as digital files, and outlines the key considerations in deciding whether to go down the book as app path.

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