book publishing

A reply to Futurebook: Up with disruption!

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

Quill & Quire survey shows publishing still a satisfying career – at least, in Canada

By libertyc
December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quill & Quire, “Canada’s magazine of book news and reviews,” recently released a survey of attitudes, standards, and salaries in the publishing profession. The results hardly paint a picture of an industry in decline. Of course, publishers could always be happier, and have [...]

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

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

Shatzkin outs marketing, not editorial, as new driving force in publishing — world yawns

By libertyc
September 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin, founder and CEO of publishing consultancy The Idea Logical Company and ” widely-acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry,” has just run a blog post entitled “Marketing will replace editorial as the driving force behind [...]

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

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

Author Solutions critics are racketeers: You heard it here third

By libertyc
July 12, 2013 // 2 Comments

Writer and self publishing guru David Gaughran has long been a scourge of Author Solutions and other players in the assisted self-publishing space whose terms, he insists, amount to little more than an updated version of vanity press. Scourge hardly does justice to his relentless pursuit of the [...]

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