New Innovations in Publishing
In chemistry, things are always in flux. Essentially, chemistry is about transformation. Likewise, publishing is always going through constant changes. Publishing has evolved over the years and it isn’t in decline. For instance, in North America alone, revenue from both digital and print books is projected to grow from $36 billion in 2015 to $40 billion in 2018.
As the digital revolution has penetrated every part of our society, it has not ended the era of print books entirely. It only adds to the unique content that is out there for publishers to make a profit on.
- Mobile Education – Publishers have turned to mobile platforms to educate the masses. Publishers have worked on turning classrooms into interactive environments. It’s about making history, science, mathematics and other subjects come to life. Empowerment is the name of the game as educators and students will benefit from this innovative technology. Content is constantly on the move as interactive learning is certainly part of the very bright future of publishing.
- Video Content – As part of the interactive environment, video and audio content are changing the way readers are ingesting content. The more visual the content, the more likely the reader will learn from it. Part of the way forward is to include supplemental video content with books. For example, along with a Mathematics eBook, the video could provide a much better explanation in the way to ingest certain complex problems. The point would be to entertain and not bore the student in the process. Entertain and educate is certainly the watchword with instructive video content.
- Digitization of Research – Open access journals have certainly changed the way scientific and scholarly publishing works. It’s about transparency and science being shared across the world. It allows for greater access to the experts and also provides new innovations as a result of that. New metrics are constantly being created to measure the data and make it available for the larger scientific community. It’s an important evolution in the field of science as the information is processed and looked upon by the experts in the same arena.
- Tackling Rights – Copyright is one of the constant issues in the publishing world. Every piece of text, image, video, graphs and other forms of data are constantly under scrutiny. Imagine a piece of text that can’t be printed in a K12 textbook or a graph in a scholarly journal has been disputed as it could belong to someone else. The legal ramifications alone spell trouble for authors and publishers. Taking scenarios like this into consideration, companies are providing platforms that actually tackle rights issues head on. For instance, take RightsPlatform. It allows publishers to monetize assets such as text, scientific images, videos, photos, graphs and illustrations. It allows users to monetize assets and trade them across the world. It also reduces research costs. Publishers and authors are taking advantage of platforms like this as it provides them greater resources and an ability to keep track of assets that brought, sold or traded. It’s an important innovation that benefits everyone involved.
Just like the rest of the world, publishing will go constant changes. We can only imagine what will happen in the future.