Special Issue "Digital Publishing - Transformations"

A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Craig Smith

Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications School of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, UK
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Interests: Motion comics; Comic book studies; Animation and film theory; Adaptation; Digital Media; New Narratives; Digital Art & Design; Transmedia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digital publishing is a complex and evolving landscape that continues to provide opportunities, as well as challenges, for the publishing industry at large. We can regard the growing proliferation of digital books, magazines and interactive narratives as a result of maturing hardware (digital tablets and smartphones), software production tools, Internet distribution, and online publishing services, such as Lulu.com.

We can trace the growth of digital publishing arguably from the mid-eighties desktop publishing revolution, to the advent of CD-Rom, the Internet, and specialist eBook file formats. The emergence of the iPad in 2010, and the subsequent spread of rival digital tablets and sophisticated smartphones has once again altered the publishing landscape. Digital ‘Apps’, iBooks, and other interactive titles have embedded rich media, such as animation, video, and audio into the reading experience. This rich production environment has enabled book and magazine publishers, educational institutions and corporations to move from static PDF content to interactive editions. For example, comic book publishers can now augment their titles via production tools, such as the Madefire ‘Motion Book Tool’, to include motion, interactivity, and sound. This Special Issue invites authors to submit articles on digital publishing with an emphasis on ‘transformation’.

Topics may include, but are not be limited to, the following:

  • The impact of ‘mobile’ hardware, such as smartphones and digital tablets
  • Traditional vs. Digital publishing
  • Marketing, promotion, and finance
  • Self-publishing in the digital age
  • Digital publishing pedagogy
  • Open access publishing
  • Multi-channel publishing and Transmedia

Production: InDesign, Adobe Publishing Suite, Quark Express, ‘Madefire motion books’, online publishing tools, adaptation, distribution, digital, print, archiving, cloud storage, rich media

Interactivity: Hyperlinks, interactive fiction, non-linear narratives

File formats: PDF, mobi, epub, App, HTML5

Dr. Craig Smith
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Digital Publishing
  • Transformation
  • Multi channel
  • Open access
  • Self Publishing
  • Interactivity
  • Adaptation
  • Rich Media
  • EBook
  • Transmedia

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Open AccessArticle Think of It as a Trailer… for a Book
Publications 2016, 4(4), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications4040032
Received: 19 April 2016 / Revised: 12 October 2016 / Accepted: 18 October 2016 / Published: 1 November 2016
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The seemingly overnight emergence of a form of promotion known as ‘book trailers’ shortly after the turn of the millennium suggests a shift in the marketing and promotional strategies employed within the publishing industry. This article follows the historical development of the audio-visual [...] Read more.
The seemingly overnight emergence of a form of promotion known as ‘book trailers’ shortly after the turn of the millennium suggests a shift in the marketing and promotional strategies employed within the publishing industry. This article follows the historical development of the audio-visual form known as the ‘book trailer’ across its history with a view to understanding the form itself. This article uses third party mediation to identify ‘book trailers’ within the public domain, grounding this work within a broader media and literary history. As such, this article charts the use of the term ‘book trailer’ and its competing nomenclature through newspaper archives and contextualises this with antecedent practices, and integrating this with the current literature on the film trailer as part of a wider understanding of the promotional trailer as a cultural entity. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Magazine Publishing Innovation: Two Case Studies on Managing Creativity
Publications 2016, 4(2), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications4020015
Received: 17 April 2016 / Accepted: 25 May 2016 / Published: 9 June 2016
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This paper aims to highlight a link between publishing business innovation and how editors manage creativity in the digital era. Examining the changing industrial and historical business context for the U.K. magazine publishing industry, two case studies are analyzed as representatives of different [...] Read more.
This paper aims to highlight a link between publishing business innovation and how editors manage creativity in the digital era. Examining the changing industrial and historical business context for the U.K. magazine publishing industry, two case studies are analyzed as representatives of different ends of the publishing company spectrum (one a newly launched magazine published by a major, the other an independent ‘magazine’ website start-up). Qualitative data analysis on publishing innovation and managing creativity is presented as a springboard for further research on magazine media management. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Vision for Open Cyber-Scholarly Infrastructures
Publications 2016, 4(2), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications4020013
Received: 22 February 2016 / Accepted: 16 May 2016 / Published: 24 May 2016
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The characteristics of modern science, i.e., data-intensive, multidisciplinary, open, and heavily dependent on Internet technologies, entail the creation of a linked scholarly record that is online and open. Instrumental in making this vision happen is the development of the next generation of [...] Read more.
The characteristics of modern science, i.e., data-intensive, multidisciplinary, open, and heavily dependent on Internet technologies, entail the creation of a linked scholarly record that is online and open. Instrumental in making this vision happen is the development of the next generation of Open Cyber-Scholarly Infrastructures (OCIs), i.e., enablers of an open, evolvable, and extensible scholarly ecosystem. The paper delineates the evolving scenario of the modern scholarly record and describes the functionality of future OCIs as well as the radical changes in scholarly practices including new reading, learning, and information-seeking practices enabled by OCIs. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Creative Commons and Appropriation: Implicit Collaboration in Digital Works
Received: 28 January 2016 / Accepted: 16 March 2016 / Published: 22 March 2016
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Appropriation is a common practice in art and literature; electronic literature in particular lends itself readily to appropriation and collaboration, due to its multimodal and born-digital nature. This paper presents practice-based research examining the effects of digital appropriation on two works of digital [...] Read more.
Appropriation is a common practice in art and literature; electronic literature in particular lends itself readily to appropriation and collaboration, due to its multimodal and born-digital nature. This paper presents practice-based research examining the effects of digital appropriation on two works of digital fiction (a hyperfiction and an interactive fiction), demonstrating how it alters the creative writer’s typical process, as well as the resulting narrative itself. This practice of appropriation results in “implicit collaboration” between the digital creative writer and those whose work is appropriated, an arguable form of shared authorship. Questions regarding the ethics of this practice, including copyright concerns and authorship, are discussed. Full article
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Open AccessReview Do Adolescents Prefer Electronic Books to Paper Books?
Publications 2015, 3(4), 237-247; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications3040237
Received: 5 August 2015 / Accepted: 6 November 2015 / Published: 11 November 2015
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While electronic books offer a range of benefits and may be supposed to be more appealing to young people than paper books, this assumption is often treated as fact by educational researchers. Understanding adolescents’ true current preferences is essential, as incorrect assumptions can [...] Read more.
While electronic books offer a range of benefits and may be supposed to be more appealing to young people than paper books, this assumption is often treated as fact by educational researchers. Understanding adolescents’ true current preferences is essential, as incorrect assumptions can lead to decisions which restrict adolescent access to their preferred book mode. The belief that adolescents prefer electronic books to paper books has already led to some school libraries being expunged of paper books. As adolescents show a higher level of aliteracy than younger children, and regular reading offers a broad range of benefits for young people, it is imperative that school’s decisions around providing access to books are responsive to adolescent students’ genuine preferences. This paper analyses the current and relevant academic research around adolescent preferences for book modes, finding that, at present, the contention that adolescents prefer electronic books is not supported by the available research. In addition, there are a number of issues identified that make analyzing the findings in this area problematic. Future studies in this area are needed before an adolescent preference for electronic books can be unequivocally substantiated. Full article
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