Thoroughly revised and updated throughout, the second edition of The Business of Digital Publishing provides an essential introduction to the development of digital products in the book and journal industries today.

Offering a fundamental overview of the main technological developments that have influenced the growth of digital publishing, the author introduces students to the key terms and concepts that make digital publishing possible. The four key publishing sectors (professional reference, academic, education and trade) are explored in detail, providing students with the technical literacy to understand digital developments and examine the growth of new business models. In this edition, sections have been updated to address the growth of audiobooks, reading apps, metadata, and open access, while original case studies address key issues such as digital-first publishing, EPUB, social media and crowdsourcing. Also covered are the key issues and debates that face the industry as a whole, such as pricing and copyright, and their impact on the industry is explored through relevant case studies. Taken together, the chapters examine the challenges of digital publishing and explore the opportunities it provides to develop new and diverse audiences.

The Business of Digital Publishing remains an invaluable resource for any publishing student looking for a starting point from which to explore the world of digital publishing.


Part I: Technology context for digital publishing

Chapter 1. Developments towards digital production

Chapter 2. Structure for data

Chapter 3. Working with the web and other technology developments

Chapter 4. Organising content and the digital development process

Chapter 5. The context for ebook formats, e-readers and digital products

Part II: Publishing sectors

Chapter 6. Developmentd in digital professional reference publishing

Chapter 7. Developments in digital publishing for the academic market

Chapter 8. Developments in digital publishing in the education market

Chapter 9. Developments in digital publishing for consumer markets

Part III: Digital publishing issues

Chapter 10. Copyright, piracy and selling rights

Chapter 11. Digital marketing, social media and discoverability

Chapter 12. New working practices and creative entrepreneurship

Chapter 13. Social media and discoverability

Chapter 14. Convergence issues and the emerging reader/writer economy

Chapter 15. Self-publishing and other digital reader/writer economies

Chapter 16. Futurizing publishing structures