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  • Christmas Comes Early to Vook

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    Apple’s iTunes Rewind 2010 lists are a great cheat sheet for gift giving—they summarize the “best of” products in various iTunes and iBookstore categories. But after reading it yesterday, we realized we won't be needing any gifts this year: Apple ...

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  • Best of the Year

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    I seem to start a lot of emails and posts with the line "we're incredibly pleased . . ." but that's the kind of problem I like having. And now I have to deal with it again because MediaBistro's eBookNewser ...

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  • App Production Inc

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    I’m part of the NY Tech Meet Up message board. Today was my second posting — previously I raised a question about Minecraft (specifically, WTF is the plot mechanism of this thing) so my contributions on digital publishing and magazine ...

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  • The Must See New Vook Take On Children's Books

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    Our children’s titles have always been a hit with young readers, but now we’ve upped the ante and produced a Vook that will wow the entire family. We produced it with the company Kindermusik and it's called “America The Musical ...

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  • Book Apps and eBooks

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    A recent blog post on authors and the gaming space swiped at Vook in its headline -- which got our attention, mostly because we've been thinking about the same thing. We'd like to think the post's author isn't aware of ...

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  • A Unique Vook Opportunity

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    Looking for a Lawyer Who Loves to Make Deals and Loves Books Director of Content Acquisition Are you an attorney who loves publishing, innovation and technology? Then we have a job for you. Vook is seeking to hire a lawyer ...

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  • Progress, Then Perfection

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    Publishing iPad apps is a great excuse to indulge your geeky heart in the name of market research—the Games category in iPad is the competitive landscape, right? So I had to pick up id’s Rage HD the day it came ...

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  • Camelot

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    Our JFK Vook has been #1 in the Top Paid Book Apps for iPad — and today it climbed to #1 in the Top Grossing Book Apps chart as well. It’s the kind of powerhouse we knew we'd release—but we’re ...

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  • The obsolete library

    by Brad Inman on

    Technology, like water and fire, moves in any direction it wants and often with no conscience. I was recently in Seattle and was overwhelmed by the scale of the six-year old downtown public library. In 1998, Seattle voters approved the ...

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  • Signs of the End Times: Vook goes to Harvard

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    Vook was honored to have Matt Thurmond—a member of the TechMedia group at Harvard Business School—invite us to appear on a panel at their Cyberposium event this past Saturday at HBS. We joined Rick Richter, CEO of Ruckus Media Group, ...

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  • VOOK AND JFK

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    This morning we tuned into NBC to watch one of the most thrilling moments in our scrappy company’s life: A star turn on the Today Show. To celebrate the release of our new title JFK: 50 Days, an interactive Vook ...

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  • E-books are crossing the chasm

    by Brad Inman on

    In 1957, three Iowa State professors, Joe Bohlen, George Beal and Everett Rogers studied "how farm people accept new ideas". Their research and conclusions are still widely accepted today, explaining how technology spreads from one group to another. The three ...

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  • Pitchapoolaza

    by Matthew Cavnar on

    We stopped in at the B&N on 86th tonight to watch some of our favorite publishing world people—Bob Miller (worked with us on the Crush It! Vook), Arielle Eckstut (co-founder of Little MissMatched, a store featured in our Ideavirus Vook), ...

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  • Getting Buy In

    by Brad Inman on

    We meet a horde of innovators inside big publishing companies. Many are frustrated with the old ways of doing business and others are discouraged by the pace of change, as they see so much opportunity around them. Their challenge is ...

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  • Cost cutting = Innovation.

    by Brad Inman on

    The WSJ reports today that the world largest consumer book publisher Random House plans to reduce its office space at 1745 Broadway in New York City by as much as 250,000 square feet. The economy is somewhat to blame, for ...

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  • Greg Bateman joins Vook Team!

    by Brad Inman on

    Vook welcomes Greg Bateman to Vook. Greg will be driving Vook’s relationships with our distribution partners, including Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google and an array of retailers, etailers and device manufacturers. A Columbia Business School graduate, he spent more ...

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