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03 SEPTEMBER 2014

Umberto Eco: The Virtual Imagination

"But many internet programs suggest that a story is enriched by successive contributions. … This has sometimes happened in the past without disturbing authorship. With the Commedia dell'arte, every performance was different. We cannot identify a single work due to a single author. Another example is a jazz jam session. We may believe there is a privileged performance of 'Basin Street Blues' because a recording survives. But there were as many Basin Street Blues as there were performances. ... There are books that we cannot rewrite because their function is to teach us about Necessity, and only if they are respected as they are can they provide us with such wisdom. Their repressive lesson is indispensable to reach a higher state of intellectual and moral freedom."

(Umberto Eco, 7 November 2000)

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Simon Perkins
16 OCTOBER 2013

Issuu: a digital self-publishing platform

"Issuu is the world's fastest growing digital publishing platform. Millions of avid readers come to Issuu every day to read free publications, created by enthusiastic publishers from all over the globe. Issuu's publishers include the biggest names in fashion, lifestyle, art, sports and global affairs. We're also host to a prominent range of independent publishers utilizing the vast Issuu network to reach new fans every day."

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2006 • Author Solutions (publishing) • bookbook publishing • Createspace (publishing) • Denmark • digital magazines • digital newsstand • digital publication • digital publishing • digital publishing site • Issuu (publishing) • iUniverse (publishing) • Lulu (publishing) • Martin Ferro-Thomsen • Michael Hansen • Mikkel Jensen • pagination • print experience • print mediaprint on demandprint publicationpublishing bookspublishing industrypublishing platform • Ruben Bjerg Hansen • self-publishingthe future of the book • traditional publishing • vanity publishingvisual communication • you publish

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Simon Perkins
27 NOVEMBER 2012

U+MAG: an independent Brazilian digital magazine

"In some religions, one must be baptized in water for a new, sinless person to emerge. Maybe that can unfold, in different ways, for a magazine like U+MAG, which is created from scratch every three months, sinless and clean – as I've said in past issues. And in life, it's sometimes crucial to be born again, everyday. But there is a baptism inside this edition, and it happened through images by Lucas Bori and Fernando Mazza. They are responsible (together with Cassia Tabatini, Daniel Malva, Tiago Chediak and Hugo Toni) for the pictures that act as breathers within this issue, which marks a transition to a new phase for the magazine. It is now divided between online (exclusive stories regularly posted on our website), mobile (iPad, iPhone and Android) and print (print on demand is the future!). This issue of U+MAG is special for another reason: it's our anniversary edition (but without golden, celebratory caps) and also because it celebrates in an unconventional way and running from stereotypes what an emerging nation can show the world. In this issue's opening pages, Bruno Munari's quote is the perfect translation for what we want to convey. Things that make our lives interesting. It's not as if the magazine has a message such as 'Yes, we have Bananas, and they are the world's best'. It's much more than that: we present Brazilian imagery outside of the tourist package that's usually spread around, specially when the country concerned is about to host a World Cup and the Olympics. But we treat it all ironically (e.g. the story shot by Vitor Pickersgill, inspired by the carioca piriguetes, a term for local, shamelessly clad girls) and poetically (such as the Iemanja 2.0, beautifully impersonated by Thais Custodio). If we focused the whole issue on Brazil, however, we would be closing ourselves to the world. And it goes against our principles. That's why the stories shot by our foreign collaborators are indispensable for U+MAG's universe. They are essential for our formula to work out. Our exaggerated, bold and visually ever changing spirit will remain intact. The covers, on the other hand, will suffer a redesign in 2013. A preview of that process is the cover of our special collector's issue–all to value photography and imagery. Besides, fresh air is always appreciated. A special thanks for all who were part of U+MAG's history so far, and hello for all newcomers, who believe in our work and our philosophy."

(U+MAG, 2012)

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2004 • a transition to a new phase • acid-free paper • Android OS • anniversary edition • bold • BrazilBrazilian • Brazilian imagery • Bruno Munari • carioca piriguetes • content formcreative people • digital magazine • emerging nation • exaggerated • exclusive online content • FIFA World Cup • HP Indigo digital press • independent publishersiPadiPhonemagazine • MagCloud • make our lives interesting • Olympicsprint on demandredesign • Rio 2016 • rising talents • stereotypes • tourist destination • U+MAG • verified recycled sources • visual communication • visual intact • web magazine • whats happening • whats next • whats past

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Simon Perkins
15 OCTOBER 2012

Booktype: open source self-publishing platform

"Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes. Create books on your own or with others via an easy–to–use web interface. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences."

(Adam Hyde, 2012)

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.mobi2012Adam Hyde • airtime • Amazon.comauthoringbook • book community • book publishing • Booki software • Booktype • build a community • CMSconvergencedigital booksdigital publishingdigital readingeBookend of printepubFLOSSfuture of the bookgo digital • iBooks • new audiences • Newscoop • ODT • open sourceopen source platformPDFprint on demand • publish your content • publishingpublishing books • publishing for ebook • publishing for mobile • publishing for tablet • self-publishing • social tools • Sourcefabric • superdesk • tablet publishingtechnology convergencethe future of the bookwritten word

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Simon Perkins
06 NOVEMBER 2009

The Journal of Electronic Publishing

"The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) is a forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users. Our contributors and readers are publishers, scholars, librarians, journalists, students, technologists, attorneys, retailers, and others with an interest in the methods and means of contemporary publishing. At its inception in January 1995, JEP carved out an important niche by recognizing that print communication was in the throes of significant change, and that digital communication would become an important––and in some cases predominant––means for transmitting published information."

(The Journal of Electronic Publishing)

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booksdigitaldigital communication • JEP • Journal of Electronic Publishing • knowledgemonographsprintprint mediaprint on demandpublishing

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David Rogerson
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