Greg Goralski(*}tm New Media Prof, Interactive Professor, digital desing, mobile, tablet, ipad, iphone
It has been an exciting stretch this last few months with the latest round of the Humber New Ventures Fund and the growing emphasis on entrepreneurship at Humber. The most exciting has been the energy that the students have been putting into the process. Sitting at the Humber Hawknest startup weekend, I am impressed at how far a student driven event can go.
Congratulations to the Hawknest team and the Humber Student Federation on a great event!
I am now about a week into the China part of the sabbatical and am starting to get a proper sense of the place. The most important thing so far, and this has come to me from numerous sources, is the need to look at the place with fresh eyes. There are many things that are different in China, and I can already see how assumptions carried over from the outside can make you miss the point, or misinterpret. Fresh eyes can be difficult, it requires after all suspension of judgment. But fresh eyes are one of the main reasons that I am traveling in the first place.
The excitement and optimism is palpable and I am enjoying all the fresh experiences.Digital Publishing
I am looking for entrepreneurial writers and creators for a tablet publishing startup. The startup is focused on creating non-fiction pieces (approx. 20-30 pages long) specialized for tablets (but also available via other means) and sold via the app store.
You need to have a passion and expertise in the topic, and be open to connecting with the community around it. Topics that can have a lot of images / media associated work best, especially if it is a topic that people frequently talk about (ie, travel, fashion, culture). Social media is a central part of the startup. If you have a topic in mind and are looking to publish, contact me directly at: greggoralski [at] gmail.com
2010 has been an important year for digital publishing; if 2009 is the year that the rapid growth in ebooks started, then 2010 is the year the growth put some real meat on the bones of the industry. Although the growth in 2009 was impressive at 177%, it just moved it from 1% of the trade sales to 3%. With 2010, the ebook market share of trade sales in the US is at 9% (Source:AAP) with a growth rate of 171%.
It is difficult to predict the future but that never stopped anyone: Forester expects digital publishing to be just under $1B in 2010 and $2.8B by 2015, Bain estimated 15-25% of publishing going digital by 2015. There are some indications that the industry still has a good deal of room to grow, possibly beyond these expectations. The first is that only 7 percent of people currently read books digitally, indicating that the industry is still in the early adopter stage and can expect a jump over the next few years as it enters the early majority and then late majority. Beyond that, those that do read digitally, read it a lot.