Artmedia - ePublishing News - February 2004
Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Literary and Performing Arts
State of Play - Digital Revolution Arrives in Publishing in 2004
Libraries Unite to 'strike Digital Gold for New Zealanders'
Storytelling - a UCLA Graduate Conference, USA
by Sam Vaknin on the Web as free downloads
Advertising, Sponsorship, Web-site Publishing
the February 2004 edition of the e-publishing quarterly from Artmedia, a
publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now
reaching more than 8,500 writers, publishers, bookshops, libraries and
media-smiths in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, England and worldwide.
I have to apologize that it has been six months since our last newsletter, and explain that no 4th quarter newsletter was produced last year because I was touring festivals in Canada and the US with my novel 'Believers in Love', having a wonderful time and meeting many good friends. Thank you all for your warm hospitality, and inspiration. Since my return, I have dived into the re-write of my new book, Angels can Fly, which I will publish early next year, and I have been revamping the artmedia site and this newsletter.
In this issue, in the publishing news section, we have information on an interesting new initiative from the National Library of New Zealand, we have a request to help with research into Digital Rights Management from Kelvin Bong in Malaysia, and information on a new web facility for updating information for Australian Books in Print.
In Media news, a website devoted to films seeks writers, we have information on a Digital Storytelling Conference in California, and a call for entries for Machinista 2004, an online exhibition and an off line festival in Glasgow in May, and Moon Radio webTV seeks a curator interested in using 'web streaming technology in a hybrid arts context' in Nottingham, UK.
news, contributors are sought by the
International Fiction Review based in Canada, particularly reviews of NZ
fiction, and by a cultural email magazine from the UK called Still Mag,
which has 'a large subscription list that includes important members of the
art world'. Plus we have information on the trAce New Media Article Writing
Competition, on the Canadian eAuthors Association, and on PEN Washington's
events, talks, and workshops for
Feature advertising and Sponsorship opportunities are available in this newsletter to promote your product or service for as little as Aus$50, and you can find more information at the bottom of this page. In this issue I feature my novel 'Believers in Love', as an example of the Aus$50 Feature. Yes, images are now also possible with our new HTML format.
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latest issue of both newsletters. We also have a new site search tool, to
enable you to quickly find the information you need, and have created an
archive of the last ten issues of this newsletter, which you can check out
Alan Clay's third novel, 'Believers in Love', is available on order through bookshops and on-line stores. Order the paperback, or download the eBook.
"When picking up his daughter at school, Sax
proposes a game where they won't do anything they would normally do, and
with this game plan, father and daughter start out on an adventure
that leads them to New Zealand, as well as to their hearts. Using
short chapters told from the character's varying voices, Clay brings the
reader along in the magic of the adventure. Seeing things from
each viewpoint propels the reader into the enjoyable magic of both the outer
and inner journey."
Sax and Sarah were standing beside a pool of water at a pedestrian
crossing and a car cut the corner a little too closely, spraying them
lightly with water.
"Novelist Alan Clay breaks the mould of traditional romance to make it an art of creation, in Believers in Love. The light tone of the narrative belies the profound observations of life, art and love. Believers in Love is a powerfully creative work, with prose that sings like poetry. Beautifully told and evocatively rendered, this novel comes highly recommended." www.wordweaving.com
To get a free promotional eBook of 'Believers in Love' in Microsoft Reader format, simply send an email with 'Believers in Love' in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email the file to you, on the simple condition that if you like it, you buy the paperback or you tell a friend to buy it. Find more information on Alan Clay's three novels on the artmedia site. Find information on Moontan, at www.artmedia.com.au/moontan.htm , on Dance Sisters, at www.artmedia.com.au/dance.htm , and on Believers in Love, at www.artmedia.com.au/believer.htm
I make a bold prediction at the outset, that 2004 will be the year that the digital publishing revolution actually starts to happen, and by this I mean Print on Demand, as well as the two main eBook formats. There are several signs that we are almost at the watershed moment when electronic publishing goes from the obscure new technology phenomenon, to the fashionable early adopter technology.
Contrary to public perception, eBook sales continued their strong growth into the third quarter of 2003, according to data released late last year by the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), the eBook industry trade and standards organization ( www.openebook.org ). Total units sold for the first three quarters of 2003 (Jan - Sept) surpassed one million for the first time in a single year and were up 64% over the third quarter figures for 2002. Revenues reported by retailers for the third quarter of 2003 were up 37% over the same period in 2002. These figures are compiled from data submitted by 30 of the world's leading eBook publishers and retailers.
This double digit growth shows the strength of this industry and, in fact, eBooks represent one of the fastest growing segments in all of publishing, however while I am clearly an early adopter, and I have just bought my first MP3 player, I have yet to buy a dedicated eBook reader. It hasn't arrived, as far as I'm concerned, although there are a range of alternatives on the market.
I think we can learn a lot by looking at the way the photographic industry is adapting to the digital revolution, and the riot that is occurring in the music industry, to give us perspective on the changes in the publishing industry. The difference between the publishing industry and the photographic and music industries, is that in the photographic industry the development work was in the technology that made the art, the cameras, and so could be controlled by the photographic companies.
work was printed on existing technology, printers, which were enhanced for
the purpose, and now we are starting to get digital printing shops and
kiosks where you can get your digital snaps professionally printed, so for
the consumer the photographic experience has stayed largely the same. They
take photos with a camera, and end up with printed photos, nothing has
really changed, so the digital take up has been a steady progression.
shows what is actually working, and in the publishing industry the Print on
Demand pirates are doing much better that the eBook pirates. Those who have
been on the list for a while will know that I have been following the
probable Print on Demand pirating of my novel Believers in Love in America
for some time. Print on Demand is electronic publishing which is printed
into a paper book, so the reader has the sort of experience we talked about
above in photography, no change in their experience, except easier access,
but they must look for it, and will not just stumble over it in the shop, so
the publisher has to work in different ways.
So the Print on Demand technology is like the photographic industry, no change for the consumer, so we can predict a steady take up, but eBooks present a different proposition. The technology is there to produce the eBook, and to distribute it cheaply and effectively worldwide, but consumers must read the work on devices that have been designed for other things, like computer screens, or PDA screens. I love electronic publishing, because it is freeing the small operator to publish to the world, but I have yet to buy an eBook reader. I do spend about 5 hours a day in front of the computer, and if I'm not composing, I'm reading, so despite our protestations to the contrary, all of us read electronic publishing all the time, even if we are just reading an email from a friend. You are doing it now. So it is already happening in a big way, but we call it something else, because it doesn't yet give us the real book experience.
the middle of this year we should start seeing the first prototype eBook
reading devices which look like a book and is composed of thin pages on
which electronic ink forms the words that we read, in other words the eBook
reader will look the same to the reader as the print book, with the
advantage of instant acquisition, and higher interactivity, accessing
references, or linking to other resources.
I think this accounts for a lot of the resistance and denial in the general public to eBooks, however the internet has been preparing us for this change for the past few years, so the market for eBooks is not the general public, they will first buy Print on Demand, the market for eBooks is amongst the online community, and this is a sizeable market and growing exponentially, so the transformation occurring in publishing to 'cool' eBooks is inevitable in the long term, but will probably face a steep learning curve for some years to come.
"A recent venture from the National Library in New Zealand is one example of innovative electronic publishing arrangements, which have been hailed as giving a all New Zealanders an enormous range of electronic resources at their fingertips. In a move that is the first of its kind in New Zealand, public, education, research and special libraries have joined together to buy collective access to tens of thousands of electronic resources that can be used by people from all parts of the country. National Librarian Penny Carnaby, Chief Executive of the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mbtauranga o Aotearoa, says that the initiative is a spectacular example of Kiwi ingenuity and community spirit. "Although there have been many attempts internationally to form across-country purchasing consortia for electronic resources, very few have actually made it to fruition. The success of the purchasing group shows the world how New Zealand libraries can work together for the common good. This collaborative venture also realises the vision of making information more easily available to a farmer in Southland, a student in Kerikeri, or a researcher in one of the large metropolitan areas," adds Ms Carnaby. "It's a great step for information democracy in this country." Primary, intermediate and high schools around the country will also have access to the resources, at no individual cost - the Ministry of Education is funding every school library in New Zealand to be a part of the group for the first year. Through the resources, provided by vendors Gale and EBSCO, people will be able to access thousands of New Zealand and international full-text journals and magazines, and over a million biographies, photographs and graphics that are not available freely elsewhere. From an in-depth biography of Peter Jackson, to an authoritative article about ADHD, to news and pictures of the Mars expedition, the easy-to-use resources will make it simple to quickly find high quality information, accessible via the Internet from your home, work, or local library. The e-resources will be launched in February 2004." Find a link to the National Library of New Zealand under National Libraries, at the bottom of the artmedia links page, at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
My name is Kelvin Bong. I am currently doing my Master Degree Program by
Research in The Northern University of Malaysia. I am interested to look
into the Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues
in eBook industry and one of my research task is to study the
statistic of the successful and unsuccessful DRM implementation of eBook
publishers, seller and all parties related to eBook business. I visited your
website, and I would like to kindly asking for your help to assist me for
data gathering in order to complete my statistic research. Could you please
kindly reply to me and provide me with the following information; 1) Do you
implement DRM technology in your eBook business? (Sale and distribution of
digital content). If the answer is "NO", can you tell me why not
implementing the DRM technology? 2) If YES, can you tell me is it
successful/unsuccessful? What are the reasons and criteria you evaluate the
successful/unsuccessful of the DRM implementation into your business? 3)
What are your expectations, suggestions, and experiences with DRM? I would
appreciate it very much if you could spend some time to help me for the data
gathering process. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you
very much and Happy New Year 2004 to you!" Yours faithfully;
- a UC
Digital Cultures Graduate Conference, April 22-23, 2004 at UCLA.
How is digital culture transforming the stories
we tell and our modes of telling them? Panel Sessions + e-Literature
Reading/ New Media Performance Digital technology is frequently invoked as a
trope of both continuity and rupture in our time. Digital cultures
articulate and are articulated, speak and segment, transforming bits and
pieces into stories and stories back into bits. But how? Motivating the
focus of this conference is a questioning of how our practices of reading,
writing, creating, analyzing, publishing, teaching, and thinking are being
transformed by the Digital. This UC graduate conference addresses the
narratives in and surrounding digital cultures, addressing the topic across
such disciplinary fields as: literature and poetics, copyrights and
archiving, e-journals and publication practices, games and interactive
narratives, code and linguistics, scholarship systems and networks. The
final evening of the conference will feature an evening of student work
--Electronic Literature Readings+New Media Art Performances-- held at the
UCLA Hammer Museum as part of the "HyperText: Explorations in Electronic
Literature" Reading Series, co-sponsored by the Electronic Literature
Organization. **DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS- MARCH 1** Send submissions of
paper abstracts and/or electronic literature+ new media art to: Jessica
Pressman, email@example.com , UCLA English Department, LA, California, USA.
Find a link to the Digital Storytelling Conference site under Festivals and
"Call For Entries - Machinista is a yearly unmediated open-submission online exhibition. Creative and technological practices including visual and software art, science and design projects, moving image, experimental music and performance are featured in various scales and stages of development ranging from documentation of prototypes and exploratory installations to fully operational systems. In 2003 there were 128 submissions featured in Machinista plus offline events in Moscow and Perm in the Urals. Machinista Glasgow : An offline festival each year in a different host city showcases key entries to the online exhibition. Participants are commissioned to travel and present/ exhibit/install/ perform to wide audiences. This year, Machinista takes place in Glasgow, Scotland on the weekend of May 7-9 2004 with some additional events later in the year in Perm, Urals. For Machinista 2004, submissions for any of the following three themes are welcomed in all media. 1. "Art from the Machine: gleams of the inhuman" Works created completely or mostly by a machine or an artificial intelligence system. 2. "Artists Against Machine Standards" Breaking, destroying, hacking, unexpected (non-utilitarian?) usage of customary programs as an art experiment. 3. "Full-Screen Robovision" Moving image works (experimental/scientific imaging, audiovisual code, short films, animation and VJ mixes) illustrating "the world as seen by machines" Deadline: 28th February 2004." For more details and to participate, use the link to Machinista 2004 under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
Talking Pictures is an independent website devoted to films, tv and mass media topics in general. We feature interviews, reviews, columns and essays and we are always seeking new writers and reviewers for our pages. If you want to contribute to the site please email us. No payment is available but all work is credited to the author." Nigel Watson, Talking Pictures, Plymouth, UK. For an intelligent look at film and television. Find a link to Talking Pix under Film and Video at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
The Canadian eAuthors Association cordially invites you to visit its new Winter Holidays site for a cornucopia of stories, crafts, recipes, links and more. To coincide with the celebration of the season, CeA is launching its First Annual Short Story Contest. This is a great opportunity for Canadian writers to submit their work and to compete for cash and ebook prizes. The ten top winners will be published in an anthology in eformat. Members of CeA believe ebooks and epublishing are on the threshold of becoming the most important communication medium. For this reason, a number of electronically published Canadian authors banded together to form CeA to work together in disseminating information about ebooks and to promote epublishing in Canada. All Canadian electronically published authors are welcome to join. For further information visit our web site . Find a link to Canadian eAuthors under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
"Still Mag - Cultural email magazine requires contributions . Artworks, poetry, essays, stories, photography, or anything else that is interesting, different, wonderful... This is for the third issue of the magazine. Contributions are unpaid but the exposure is huge, with a large subscription list that includes important members of the art world, media and culturati (is that a word?). To view the magazine, please visit our site where you can get back issues and subscribe." Thanks! Find a link to Still Mag under On Line Magazines at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
"On the third Tuesdays of the month (except July, August and December) PEN- Washington, and co-sponsor Richard Hugo House, hosts events, talks, and workshops of interest to writers and open to the public. They are Free. For directions and further information contact Richard Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Seattle, USA. PEN-WA is a nonprofit organization of writers, which was formed (in June 2002) to provide support, encourage and recognize creative literary excellence. As part of PEN-USA and PEN INTERNATIONAL, PEN-WA works to protect writers' freedom of expression throughout the state, country and world. PEN Washington, the state chapter of PEN USA, is part of an international organization of professional writers founded in 1921 by Catherine Amy Dawson Scott. Early members included: D.H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. Today, PEN is composed of 130 centers in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas with a total membership of approximately 15,000." Find a link to PEN Washington under Writers Groups at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
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In Alan Clay's new novel, Believers in Love, a father and daughter team of sand-sculptors embark on a crazy adventure which takes them from Sydney's Bondi Beach, to a magic mountain in New Zealand, in which they explore the transient nature of art and life, and discover that dreams are real.
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Last updated 29th November 2007