book publishing

Jonathan Cape holds open submissions month: Do they know something we don’t?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 2, 2014 // 2 Comments

Venerable, highly reputable UK publishing imprint Jonathan Cape has announced that it will be throwing open the doors for the whole of June this year, inviting open submissions of fiction ” from new writers of high calibre and imagination.” This ought to be of interest to any aspirant [...]

Verso announces ebook bundling direct sales model

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Verso Books, “the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world,” has announced a new direct sales model from its website “in a way that will shake up how publishers relate to their readership, and help to support independent publishing. For all new [...]

PW shares fast-growing indie publishers list: Not many dead

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Think that self-publishing, Amazon and ebooks between them are conspiring to kill off the brave independent publisher? Think again. Publishers Weekly recently shared its breakdown of the “11 companies that made PW’s list of fast-growing independent publishers in 2013,” comprehensively [...]

Enders Analysis report reaches questionable conclusions on UK ebook growth

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

A research report “Creative UK: Overview of the digital transformation of the UK creative economy,” co-produced by Enders Analysis and Bain & Company, has concluded, in terms that The Bookseller has chosen to highlight, that “in volume terms, we expect e-books to become about [...]

One survey on marketing for self-publishing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

With the glut of surveys, polls, and studies of all kinds on the mechanics and economics of self-publishing, it’s no surprise to see another one released, especially when that one is backed by an entity with a strong interest in the business area surveyed. As recounted by a press release with [...]

Does traditional publishing really confer legitimacy?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 27, 2014 // 2 Comments

UK self-published bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson, already cited in TeleRead for his Kindle Direct Publishing-driven success, has come out against – at least partly – the platform that built his reputation. Posting in The Bookseller‘s FutureBook blog, under the heading [...]

Authors beware: Do you need to think like a publisher?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

That’s a reasonable question to ask, authors, when you see an advertisement like this, offering you an online teleclass to “Think Like a Publisher,” courtesy of Randy Davila, president of Hampton Roads Publishing and Hierophant Publishing, and based on his book, also called [...]

Latest DBW Author Survey results give more info on authors’ publishing cycle

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest bulletin on the results of the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, put together from the responses of over 9000 authors by Dana Beth Weinberg, Professor of Sociology at Queens College – CUNY, and DBW/Writer’s Digest, aims to demonstrate how writers are [...]

What is HarperCollins 360? And why has it taken this long to cross the Pond?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK Bookseller has made great play of the launch of HarperCollins 360 in the UK, which, it declares, is a “new venture” that “aims to publish in the UK HC titles that were previously only available abroad.” And following the exact wording of The Bookseller article, you [...]

Egmont Press thinks of the trees with ethical publishing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

I just received a paperback copy of A.A. Milne’s Now We Are Six from the UK as a late sixth birthday present for my daughter. And as well as the great original E.H. Shepard illustrations, I found a round logo from the publisher, Egmont Press, stating that the company “is committed to [...]

Quercus sale points to new wave of publishing M&A?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Many commentators took the announcement by Quercus Publishing plc that “it would be in the best interests of the Company’s shareholders to seek potential offerors by means of a formal sale process” as an important early indicator of the strength of publishing industry disruption [...]

Study: Excessively Positive Reviews Hurt Conversions

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

A friend sent me this article today about a study of reviews and how they impact conversions (or sales). Their conclusion will come as no surprise to TeleRead readers. The study also found that positive star ratings didn’t influence sales. Only the content of the reviews impacted conversions. [...]

A publisher unAmazons: The rights and wrongs

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Publishers Weekly just shared an article entitled “Life After Amazon,” by Randall White, chairman, CEO, and president of Educational Development Corp. (EDC), on why he has elected to “to stop selling our Kane Miller and Usborne books on Amazon.” His casus belli was that [...]

Book Patrol proclaims undeath of the book

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 24, 2013 // 4 Comments

I’m not sure whether any of us pro-ebook pundits was actually expecting the death of the printed book, but it seems a lot of people thought we were. So much so that Book Patrol has decided it should proclaim that “The Worst is Over and The Book is not Dead.” Rumors of the rumors [...]

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