Children are now, for the most part, being raised as digital natives in North America. Their little fingers become adept at swiping screens at an early age, but parents and educators are still debating whether children should be reading much online. Where do things stand now? We’re working on some consumer research of our own to find out, but in the meantime I thought we could look at what’s happening in the US and UK.
A new BC startup hopes to help readers digitize their libraries and help publishers sell multiple formats of titles to a new breed of consumer. As a fan of cloud storage and user of ebooks and print formats, my interest was piqued.
How do you like to browse? Browse the internet, that is.
So many of us simply use whichever browser came pre-installed on our computers—and if you’re using a desktop PC, chances are that browser is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. If you click on a big blue ‘e’ to get to the internet from your computer, then you can count yourself among the Internet Explorer users across the country.
When I first began work on The Canadian Book Consumer reports I was overwhelmed by the data. The first week is a blur of Excel spreadsheets and percentages, mixed in with feelings of trepidation and uncertainty. But as I continued I discovered that there were distinct patterns in the data, particularly when I was tasked with creating consumer profiles based on genre preferences.
The tenth annual Making Information Pay (MIP) conference ran under the banner “Data. Information. Knowledge. Wisdom.” This annual, half-day conference from the Book Industry Study Group encouraged attendees to use data to make business decisions, a notion that BookNet firmly believes in and advocates.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Code Meet Print Toronto Monday night. We had four terrific presentations followed by the latter bits of a Very Important Playoff Game. Needless to say, the presentations marked the high points—no contest.
It’s a vexing question. I like to explain ONIX for Books by separating out the standard (what you track as metadata) from the technical side (XML, which can be thankfully ignored in this post). ONIX as a standard is a way for two companies to exchange information about books without ambiguity by using published definitions. Using the standard involves those companies agreeing between them on what level of detail they need from the ONIX data fields to support their systems and sales.
We’ve had a number of speakers from startups at past Code Meet Print TO meetups, but we’ve never done a whole show on what it means for publishers to be operating as, through, or for startups. That’s what our May 13th event is all about.