Frankfurt Book Fair VP weighs in on US digital publishing record

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In an apparent effort to show that the Frankfurt Book Fair totally gets this new digital publishing thing, Frankfurt BF VP Holger Volland has held forth in Digital Book World on “The Evolution of US Digital Innovation in Publishing.” And he has some kind words for America’s [...]

The ‘slip’ in e-book sales

By Joanna Cabot
October 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Digital Reader has run D. B. Hebbard’s  informative analysis of the recent ‘e-book sales have been slipping’ meme. He points to factors such as ’embarrassingly bad’ content. But what else might be behind the ‘slip’ in book sales? Here are some views [...]

Michael Kozlowski: Traditional publishers are the true price predators

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

If someone mentions “predatory pricing” in an e-book context, your first thought is probably Amazon’s $9.99 new-release e-books. Publishers complained that Amazon was using “predatory pricing” to drive competitors out of the market and put pressure on the publishers to lower their asking [...]

Authors: How you’re losing your rights

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

A recent pair of posts in The Bookseller highlight the scramble for global and subsidiary rights among publishers and agents – a scrum in which authors are in danger of being trampled. As individual authors and advocacy groups like the UK Society of Authors have protested time and time again, [...]

On-line advertising: Everyone passes the buck, but publishers should step up

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ad-blocking has suddenly become a contentious issue now that that Apple’s enabling it, hasn’t it? Maybe it’s going to “help content evolve,” as Joe Wilkert puts it, but a lot of people still don’t seem too pleased about it. Here’s a little round-up of a few stories that just caught my [...]

‘Serial Box’ brings TV style serial production to e-books and audiobooks

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

These days, people do a lot more TV-watching than book-reading. There are quite a few differences between the two media, after all. Even leaving aside that one of them is more visual and the other relies on the cinema of the imagination, TV shows tend to be serialized and produced by teams of [...]

Elsevier sues to shut down ‘pirate’ websites

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Elsevier’s been in the news lately for more than just its offer to Wikipedia. Torrentfreak reports that it recently filed suit against a pair of web sites that it claims host “millions of pirated scientific articles.” While the court considered an injunction, the operator of one of the web [...]

J.K. Rowling’s ‘Pottermore’ about to undergo revamp

By Chris Meadows
September 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Bookseller reports that the Pottermore web site, the home of the Harry Potter e-book sales, is about to undergo a significant revamp. The site will be dropping the game elements, allowing search engines to index the site’s content, and making it mobile-friendly. The changes will move the site [...]

Yes, Authors Guild, writers are screwed—here’s what to do about it

By David Rothman
September 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Any news that writers are screwed? An Authors Guild survey of members shows that 56 percent of surveyed writers earn less than the poverty line here in the U.S., if only writing income counts. Publisher’s Weekly says: “The survey, conducted this spring by the Codex Group, is based on [...]

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