The AI Revolution in Book Publishing
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The AI Revolution in Book Publishing

A Concise Guide to Navigating Artificial Intelligence for Writers and Publishers

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The AI Revolution in Book Publishing is the first book to look deep inside artificial intelligence as it impacts book publishers and their authors. It's concise and direct — only what you need to know.

My goal for readers is that, by the end of this book, they’ll feel enabled to join the AI conversation, to express an informed opinion, that they’ll feel equipped to make personal choices around the technology, and have a path to learn how to use AI, if they choose to do so.

I do not want to inundate readers with lots of blah-blah about the underpinnings of AI technology — I’m not going to talk much about AI in the abstract. I want instead to give you a solid grounding in AI for book authoring and publishing. 

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Thad McIlroy
Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy is a digital publishing analyst and author, and principal of The Future of Publishing, based in San Francisco. He is a contributing editor to Publishers Weekly, covering digital innovation, artificial intelligence and publishing startups. His latest report, Book Publishing Startups in the U.S.: Industry Insights, Analysis, and Investment Opportunities, was published in 2022.

McIlroy has authored a dozen books and over 500 articles on digital publishing. He served for five years as Program Director for Seybold Seminars, the publishing industry’s premier technology conference.

He is a founding partner in Publishing Technology Partners, a consultancy focused on the broad range of strategic technology issues in publishing. 


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Table of Contents

    • Introduction
      • Is it a book?
      • Why AI now?
      • Will it be just what you need to know?
      • Who is this book for?
      • How much do you need to know about AI to read this book?
      • Book publishers and AI
      • Some housekeeping
    • AI: A Very Brief History
    • Understanding Key Terms
    • AI Software: The System Heavyweights
      • Software Paradigms
      • Comparing the top AI software
    • Software for Book Publishers
      • AI Software for Book Publishers: The Startups
    • Working with AI Software
    • Training for ChatGPT
      • How to Prompt
      • How to GPT
    • Hallucinations: A Fly in the Ointment
      • How to Safeguard Against Hallucinations
    • What About Images and Video?
    • AI and Book Publishing: What Is the Industry Doing?
    • AI and Book Publishing: The Uses Cases
      • AI & Editorial: What Happens When AI Reads a Book?
      • AI & Book Design & Production
      • AI & Book Marketing
      • AI and Metadata
      • Business Systems for Book Publishing
    • Strategies For Integrating AI into Publishing Operations
      • Job considerations
      • Trying and Testing
    • AI for Audiobooks
    • AI for Book Translation
      • Defining “Good Enough” in Book Translation
      • AI for Scholarly Publishing
    • AI for Authors
      • AI Software for Authoring
    • Concerns and Risks Surrounding AI
      • Copyright infringed?
      • Copyright and AI for authors
      • What are the long-term implications?
      • It’s too late to avoid AI
      • When authors use AI
      • Can AI be detected in writing?
      • Job Loss
      • Education
      • The Future of Search
      • Junk Books on Amazon
      • Bias
    • Getting a Handle on the AI Transformation
    • Creativity is Publishing’s Shibboleth
    • An Afterthought
    • Good Stuff Outside of Publishing
    • The Real-World Consequences of AI on the Book Publishing Industry
      • Publishing has been in economic decline for decades
      • The three remaining advantages for traditional book publishers
      • What about bookstores?
      • Self-publishing
      • Hybrid publishers
      • Publishing beyond publishers
      • Innovation, technology and book publishing
      • The innovator’s dilemma
      • Can traditional publishers hold onto their remaining advantages?
      • The containerization of content
      • Discovery and Conversion
      • AI can Communicate
      • Writers & Readers
      • Futures
    • Is there an existential threat to authors?
    • Selected Resources
      • Disclosures
      • Acknowledgements
    • Sponsors

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