book publishing

Literary sins you'll love to commit, courtesy of Writer's Digest

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 17, 2013 // 4 Comments

Publishing Talk Daily, with its sometimes charmingly bizarre curatorial policy, has just picked up and headlined a piece from The Write Life dating back to August – but as it purports to be good writing advice and hasn’t appeared on TeleRead yet, I thought I’d cover it. Entitled [...]

A reply to Futurebook: Up with disruption!

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Over on Futurebook, Chris McCrudden has just published a piece entitled “Down with Disruption,” taking issue with the applicability – and value – of the whole principle of digital disruption in publishing. Some of his insights make a lot of sense. Some I wouldn’t touch [...]

Decades late, the penny drops: IPA says publishing has an "image problem"

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

As statements of the crashingly obvious go, the speech by Y.S. Chi, chairman of Elsevier and president of the International Publishers Association, to the UK Publishers Association’s International conference that publishers have an “image problem” takes some beating. As reported in The [...]

Barbarians at the Bookstore Gate: Big bucks and big books (or boobs?)

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2013 // 4 Comments

Next time, o lowly author, you’re feeling underrewarded and underappreciated, just think how lucky you are to scrape acquaintance and kiss rings with the glamorous beautiful and bucks-bundling people of the swanky publishing industry. Instead of slumming it with the little nobodies, you too [...]

Ricoh IT Strategies survey shows print hanging in there

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Just in, a survey by Ricoh Americas Corporation conducted with the University of Colorado and entitled “The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for US Book Manufacturers and Printers” has found that print is likely to enjoy a very long and loyal legacy tail. “Nearly 70 [...]

When publishers attack: Elsevier and the open access research dilemma

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s no secret that academic publisher Reed Elsevier is facing financial and structural challenges from European Union and other regulatory challenges to its business model, from officials anxious to make sure that publicly-funded research gets to be public. But Elsevier’s response to [...]

Mike Shatzkin shows publishing spiraling down the drain

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

For anyone who has ever spent time in the accretion disc of  a black hole, the situation of the publishing industry will seem alarmingly familiar. At least according to Mike Shatzkin, whose analyses of the future evolution of publishing have appeared quite often in TeleRead in the past, and who [...]

BISG report: Ebook slowdown or not?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

The latest report on “Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading” from the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG), “the book industry’s leading trade association for policy, standards, and research,” declares that ” e-book growth has slowed and currently comprises [...]

Guardian scapegoats ebooks for UK publisher massacre

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

It’s hard to improve on  Nate Hoffelder’s indignation over on The Digital Reader at The Guardian‘s ludicrously alarmist piece, headlined “Ebooks and discounts drive 98 publishers out of business,” but I’ll at least second that emotion. First, to briefly go over [...]

Want Louis Vuitton Bags With That? LVMH Buys Into Gallimard

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

From the nation that brought you the word “bizarre,” we have fashionistas coming over all bookish. As reported by Dow Jones, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton has taken a 9.5 percent stake in the holding company of illustrious family-owned French publishing house Gallimard, for a [...]

Morning Roundup: Free Obama e-single; Canada's best-read city; and more

By Joanna Cabot
August 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

3 Reasons Educational Book Publishing is Booming (Digital Book World) Creative breakthroughs are happening in educational publishing like never before. Justin Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Amplify, thinks he knows why. * * * The Sun (UK) Launches Innovative Digital [...]

UK's The Bookseller reinvents wheel, launches monthly e-book ranking

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

In a move surprising only for its incredible tardiness, UK book trade bible The Bookseller has announced that it will henceforth carry monthly e-book sales rankings, due to launch in the last week of July with June sales figures. The new monthly ranking, which The Bookseller describes as, an [...]

Sale or return in bookselling: Friend or enemy?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

In a recent article in Futurebook, the digital offshoot of Britain’s The Bookseller, Tom Chalmers takes issue with the sale or return policy, calling on booksellers to, “scrap this ludicrous, self-defeating, damaging way of doing business.” Hold on: Jettisoning a pillar of the [...]

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