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We’re at a historic point in the transformation the book.

Ebooks, reading devices, retailers and e-tailers, software and apps, and all the cool things we haven’t even imagined yet are changing the face of reading, entertainment and learning. Sourcebooks Next is our blog looking not from the perspective of pundit or prognosticator, but from the perspective of a publisher deeply engaged in the workings of the transformation. Please feel free to join us.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sourcebooks Director of Sales & Marketing, Chris Bauerle, was at the Publishers launch Conference in Frankfurt last week, where he gave a presentation about book publishing workflow. The article below appeared in the Publishers Launch Conference program and highlights the innovations Sourcebooks has made in the digital workflow transformation over the past few years.  


Changes You Can Make Today to Prepare for an Age of Exploding Opportunity

By Chris Bauerle, Sourcebooks

The digital transformation offers opportunities for authors and books that we couldn’t have imagined five years ago: from instant digital access to an author’s work to interactive children’s books, from web-based platforms for content to highly engaging mobile apps. This new digital revolution in publishing has taken an industry that remained relatively unchanged for decades and provided it with a virtually limitless platform from which to create new products and ideas.

Seeing these opportunities on the horizon, Sourcebooks’s founder and CEO Dominique Raccah began to retool our organization several years ago to capitalize on the game-changing shift, and a digital workflow was at the heart of the changes made. I’m not sure that we could have articulated “digital workflow” when we set out, but our content delivery team was tasked with automating our workflow and preparing content to be repurposed in a host of new ways.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Last Monday I spoke on a panel about eBooks at The Society of Midland Authors, here in Chicago. Also on the panel was author Libby Fischer Hellmann and Kelly Griffin of the Chicago Public Library's Collections Development Division.

I promised to make the handouts I used available. So here they are along with my handout on Six Ways to Explore the Digital Revolution in Books.

Digital Exploration- 6 Tips Handout 

Society of Midland Authors Presentation

Loved meeting all these Chicagoland authors.

Happy reading!!


Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Good morning! 

My friend Sam (who runs the futureblog at The Bookseller) sent this over to me. It’s about the media play being developed by Facebook. I think it's dead right and probably a must read for those of us in the book business:

Also interesting this morning, this detailed post from paidContent on the agency model class action lawsuits:

  • Agency pricing in the cross-hairs. Price-Fixing Case Against Apple, Major Pubs Mushrooms | http://t.co/FlX931ez

And lastly, interested in the iPhone 5 announcement, the first big Apple announcement from new CEO Tim Cook. Expected to include Newsstand. Really excited about Assistant which may revolutionize the future:

  • Assistant is star at iPhone 5 launch: "real AI with real market use...[could be] another technology revolution." Mashable: http://t.co/cPrXYV1P

Be fun to discuss so feel free to post thoughts or comments. 

Happy reading! 


Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Yesterday's BISG Annual Meeting (#BISG11) was awesome! There was so much to learn and share, great data, and new systems and processes. Can't remember the last time I was so excited about metadata and rights management. We're making real progress in areas that will make a difference for the industry. Thanks to everyone who participated and shared!

A couple of people mentioned that in my Year in Review introduction, I'd said something that gave them goosebumps and asked me to put that in print. Not sure that you can replicate the experience but I can certainly tell you what I said. It's what I believe.

We are an industry in transformation. This is the most important thing that has happened in any of our professional careers. This is the transformation of the object and idea that we love and value, the book, with all the inherent risks and possibilities.

It's now. It's us. It's not going to be our kids or our grandchildren.

We're developing the systems, processes, models and relationships that will be the track of the future. And so the work we're doing today is the most important work any of us who love books have ever done. "It’s us” is all of us – every lover of literature, of the culture of books and authors and readers.  Every parent, teacher, editor, publishing professional, agent, librarian, bookseller, reviewer, blogger, in short, everyone who cares about the future of books.

Sometimes in the day-to-day rush it helps to remember...

It's now and it's us.

You can find the slides for the presentations here:



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