New Business Model of Publishing

The article, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, addresses a kind of interesting issue in the information age which according to Eisenberg (Eisenberg, 2008, Information Literacy: Essential Skills for the Information Age) indicates that information and technology skills are required for success in personal achievement. As author mentioned, there are publishing issues on the traditional model of academic publishing. Although, it was not dead, it seems like moving toward to new mode of publishing system. The blogs, as an example, are created every day or maybe every moment by any internet users. Through the blogs we share opinions with internet users. Can we say these bloggers are authors ? I think the answer is yes if we rethink authors in broad sense. In my opinion, we are watching the creation of new way of authorship in internet.

The impressive concept was addressed in this article. The author states new business model regarding publishing practices. According to her, the new business model means more focusing on services than objects and this new thinking is needed for publishers. I think this is very innovative thinking outside of the box.

Personally, I like book better than electronic books although book is an old media. If we consider our natural environment, however, this is the time we need electronic books. Anyway which one would you rather read, a book or an electronic book ?

4 responses to “New Business Model of Publishing

  1. I do not have an e-reader and I very much prefer the tangible aspect of books. I like the comfort that no one really wants to steal my tangible book and that it is okay if I drop it. I hate reading books on my computer screen for some reason but the organization and access of Professor Fitzpatrick’s book made for easy reading and jumping.

    I think I need to jump in and give the iPad a try, perhaps next year in Gen 2.

  2. Personally, I like reading ebooks because of the ease of finding things online and my attachment to my laptop. I’ve used electronic copies for most of the assigned readings in this course and its easy to sit and read while making notes in a text editor. I’m able to copy and paste quotes in a flash and I can keep everything nicely organized. Printed books are nice because they don’t require a power cord and you can read the book anytime, but that problem would be solved if I had an iPad or Kindle.

  3. Initially, I snubbed eReaders. I love touching the page, smelling the newness or oldness of a book, or placing it atop my head for blissful napping.

    Not being able to afford a Kindle, I downloaded it on my iPhone just for fun, but it was truly surprising. I got used to the smaller font size, didn’t mind swiping away, and changed the font color to white against black to have it easier on my eyes. I’ve currently downloaded 68 books, and it’s ADDICTING.

    My only gripes are the arbitrary pricing of eBooks, as well as the randomly awkward formatting issues I encounter with them at times.

  4. I enjoy eReaders but I still think the technology has a way to go (flexible lcd paper anyone) before it becomes ubiquitous. As it stands now it is still a niche market for the bleeding edge. I do like the capability of massive amounts of searchable storage and downloading works from the Gutenberg project. Imagine how helpful it is carrying all the schematics and technical information one once had to lug around…