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“Books In Browsers” ~ Where Is Digital Publishing Headed?


It’s easy to think that digital publishing is moving swiftly away from the Internet browser—Apps on phones, E-books on phones and tablets, and dedicated E-readers… Books In Browsers

Yet, last month, the New York Public Library and the Frankfurt Book Fair sponsored the 5th Annual Books In Browsers Summit, “…for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art.”

The BiB’s official media partner, Publishing Perspectives, had this in a recent article:

“…improvisation and creation requires people to have a certain level of proficiency with the tools they are using. Composing requires ‘an abstracted mentality’, …and ‘if digital fiction is going to be a widespread art form…we have to be able to play with it.’ Instead of building tools for authors to write…we should be building tools that allow authors to build their own tools.”

Now that’s some heady stuff!

“…tools that allow authors to build their own tools…”

A recent article in Digital Book World said:

“Unlike operating system-specific apps that require discovering and downloading said app, the web is available to readers on just about every digital device—all they need is a URL. And every tablet, phone and desktop comes equipped with a web browser—almost all of which are more powerful than even the most sophisticated e-reader.”

They went on to give reasons to reconsider the Web as a publishing platform:

  • Ubiquitous access
  • SEO optimization
  • Better design control
  • Analytics and user acquisition

And, one last bit from that DBW article:

“…publishers and readers will in most cases both be better served by ebook content managed in a content management system (CMS).”

One such CMS is Creatavist.

You upload your work to Creatavist and they generate output in these formats:

Web, Apps, Kindle, Epub, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks…

You can also invite readers into Creatavist to check out your unpublished work and give editors the ability to make changes…

They have the following Plans:

FREE — Create and publish One Story (500 MB storage) – Publish to a Creatavist App & unlimited e-book outputs

STANDARD — Best for individuals and small teams – $10/mo. – 5 GB storage – 3-user account -Publish to a Creatavist App – unlimited e-book outputs – Password Protection – Request an invite to sell your stories

PRO — Ideal for publishers and organizations – $250/mo. – 1 TB storage – Unlimited User Accounts – Launch Your Own App – unlimited e-book outputs – Password Protection – Sell your stories via web and app – Sell subscriptions

And, if you really want to get inside the heads of the folks who are working to create tools that let authors create their own tools, watch this series of videos from the Books In Browsers Summit:


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6 responses to ““Books In Browsers” ~ Where Is Digital Publishing Headed?

  1. philipparees November 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    So exciting!! This is a fabulous possible future to give readers the chance to choose and read, and writers the real hope that they might find readers without all this blarney now required. Thank you Alexander! Today I received a wonderful review for a book that has been available for eight years, and this just completes the hope of it making a difference.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai November 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Fascinating, Philippa, a review eight years “late”—was the review from a digital edition of the book?

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      • philipparees November 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        No Alexander. I had retrieved the book file and re-published it ( in both ebook and print) but sent a print copy to a recently found friend who has been most (over?) generous, and rewarded the conviction of its value. A Shadow in Yucatan also was on the shortlist of a new prize for literary fiction ( the Quagga Prize) but I was not even told that by the Prize Organiser, nor invited to the award ceremony this very evening! If anything that has finally nailed the coffin of belief that the usual ways of finding readers ( the ‘platform, the social media, the twittersphere, competitions) need bypassing, just as traditional publishing needs bypassing.

        That’s why your post above seemed to introduce a new way of thinking. I do not write ‘money making books’ and would give them away to anyone who wanted to read them. You included? I will be posting up links to the review just as soon as it is ‘linkable’ but if you (or anyone reading this) are interested my email address is philipparees7@gmail.com.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai November 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm

          I agree, Philippa, that the much-touted means to reach readers are lacking (except, perhaps, for genre-hacks)—this blog has many posts about that…

          Also, even though my books are for sale, I always offer them free here :-)

          Do come back and leave a link once you have it!

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          • philipparees November 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm

            Here is the link for the review Alexander. Thank you for inviting it! A most generous reaction (from both you and Chris Rose, the reviewer).

            Perhaps it will revive the book’s fortunes”

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            • Alexander M Zoltai November 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm

              Thank you, So Much, Philippa :-)

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