Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 151–167 | Cite as

Digital Technologies for Book Publishing

  • Xuemei TianEmail author
  • Bill Martin


This paper is based on an Australian government-funded research project looking at the implications of digitization for the book publishing industry, which was originally completed in 2008 and later extended to cover up to the present day. Although Australian-based the project and subsequent research has wider implications for application elsewhere. The paper initially provides a snapshot of Australian book publishing in a global context, and then summarizes our findings on the current and potential future impact of digital technologies. The original research employed an interpretive research paradigm, using a mixed methodology design, including an online survey of book publishers and the conduct of 14 case studies. The extension of the original research project led to its being given a more global dimension. In reporting this new research, the paper discusses in detail the diverse range of technologies, their limitations and the risks and opportunities they offer to the book publishing industry. This includes insights into the business as well as technical issues confronting the industry.


Book publishing Web development Web applications Semantically related resources Web 1.0 Web 2.0 Web 3.0 Semantic web Calais Social web Digital publishing Blogs Wikis Social networking Social networking site Virtual world Digital technology Digitization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management and ITSwinburne UniversityLilydaleAustralia

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