The Kills: a digital-first project from Picador

The Kills: a digital-first project from Picador

As well as being ebook first titles, these are also multimedia ebooks. Richard House created his own videos and audio content and, all of which takes you beyond the boundaries of the book and into the characters’ lives outside its pages.

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links for 06/12/2012

An overview from the panel at the Mashable Media Summit, with some interesting insight from the FT and Google.

Do Publishers Really Need Native Apps?

A really good rundown of a talk given by Stephen Pinches about the ft.com, from the ever insightful Martin Belham.

“Optimising the FT using HTML5 and customer data” - Stephen Pinches at #TAS12

Craig Mod builds upon his excellent talk given at this years Books in Browsers.

Sub Compact Publishing

Ars Technica have a fascinating article on how 10 years ago four Microsoft engineers predicted DRM would fail.

London - A City Through Time launches on iPad

London - A City Through Time launches on iPad

We are very excited today about the launch of London - A City Through Time, an iPad app of The London Encyclopaedia, by Christopher Hibbert, Ben Weinreb, John Keay, and Julia Keay, which is the definitive book of London, published by Pan Macmillan.

The app has been developed in partnership with Heuristic Media, makers of the wonderful Cyclepedia and Monty Python Bytes apps. They have been the perfect partners for this project, bringing boundless energy and an extraordinary array of complementary content to the project. They also have a gift for creating attractive, usable, absorbing, entertaining apps.

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Response to Tor DRM-free announcement

Response to Tor DRM-free announcement

Last week Tor Books announced that it would be going DRM-free on all its ebooks over the next three months. This means that the technology which controls the use of content will be removed. For Tor authors, who are generally a tech-savvy bunch, there is a strong sense that DRM inhibits committed fans using legitimately-purchased ebooks in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another. For readers, DRM can be seen as an irritant which makes ebooks less portable and flexible than printed books.

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Tor UK ebook titles to go DRM-free

Press Release London, Wednesday 25th April 2012

Tor UK, Pan Macmillan's science fiction and fantasy imprint, announces today that it will make its ebooks DRM-free over the next three months.

"We know that this is what many Tor authors passionately want. We also understand that readers in this community feel strongly about this," says Jeremy Trevathan, Pan Macmillan's Fiction Publisher.

This decision has been made in partnership with our sister company Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, in New York. We are consulting with our authors at the moment and we will announce our plans in more detail in due course

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