The ‘Audience Information Sheet’ and publishers’ new consumer focus

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

On the Idea Logical blog, Mike Shatzkin discusses a new marketing idea for books his company has originated, and why it was necessary. In the old days, he explains, books were sold strictly business-to-business, publisher to distributor to bookstore, and so reviewers and bookstore buyers needed a [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses smartphone reading, German ‘soft’ DRM move

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin has posted his latest thoughts on the state of the publishing industry. This time he notices the trends toward increased smartphone e-reading and German conglomerates removing “hard” DRM from their e-books. Shatzkin ponders the meanings behind these two moves, largely separately. [...]

Sadder Puppies: Chinese SF novel wins 2015 Hugo

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Hugo Awards judges have resisted the the Sad Puppies movement, which allegedly gamed the nomination process for one of science fiction’s most respected competitions. In a ceremony last night in Spokane, Washington, the judges refused to give out awards in such categories as Best Novella and Best [...]

Our customers of the future: Writers and other creators must look ahead

By Joanna Cabot
August 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Who is your future customer? The magazine cover to the left is off target; the masses don’t fly around Buck Rogers style. Instead they surf the Web. How to get the future right? For writers and other creators, futurology might come across as a time-waster. Isn’t it hard enough to sell to [...]

Publishers behaving badly?

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sarah Hoyt has a post today discussing a sudden reappearance of her Bantam works in bookstores after the rights to them reverted to her, under a contract clause allowing them to sell any left-over copies still in their warehouse after reversion. The odd thing is, Hoyt says she’d been told years [...]

Are publishers getting ready to publish globally?

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Mike Shatzkin’s latest column looks at some of the big publishers’ recent promotions of e-book-related executives into higher positions and suggests they might mean publishers are starting to think more globally when it comes to book releases. They’re finally starting to realize that it’s [...]

The ethics of web scraping

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

On the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Nael Shiab looks at the question of journalistic ethics in gathering data via web scraping. The article considers the moral aspects of whether and how to identify yourself as a journalist, whether to open-source the code you use for your bot, and so [...]

Will the ‘big dogs’ ever leave the big publishers?

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Most of the the time, The Passive Voice just excerpts and reposts interesting articles, but every so often Passive Guy adds commentary of his own. Recently, he had some interesting things to say about a story on Thought Catalog in which Porter Anderson discusses the pieces by Mike Shatzkin and [...]

Mike Shatzkin notices agency pricing slows e-book sales

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin has some interesting observations on the state of e-books at the moment. He seems to be coming around to some of the same observations that some of the self-publishers have had: particularly that agency pricing is considerably slowing big-five e-book [...]

How long should a book chapter be?

By David Rothman
July 26, 2015 // 10 Comments

The answers from writers on KBoards are all over the map. But the sweet spot from 53 respondents to a poll seems to be 1,000-3,000 words. Three-fifths of the answers fall into that range. Try clicking or double-clicking or tapping on the image for a better view of the numbers after you open up [...]

New report details book and e-book VAT rates around the world

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) have released a report (PDF) collecting the VAT rates for print books and e-books in every country that charges them. Publishing Perspectives summarizes the report’s findings, which reveal wide [...]

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