Carnegie UK Trust provides funds for library innovation

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Carnegie UK Trust, “one of over twenty foundations established by Andrew Carnegie,” is releasing some £200,000 ($335,440) to help UK public libraries “future-proof their [...]

Why don’t you write with that old book?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s a novel (no pun intended) use for that old unwanted book or printout – why not turn its paper into a writing instrument? That takes the whole concept of recycling one step further [...]

Next Big Book wins Book Expo Challenge – but should it have?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Publishing technology company Next Big Book has won the first-ever Book Expo Challenge at Book Expo America 2014, netting a $10,000 prize and the chance to present to venture capitalists and [...]

Icahn, Apple can’t?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn has put Apple fairly in his sights with a tweet and subsequent interviews that confirmed he has taken up a large position in the Cupertino giant’s stock – in [...]

Frankfurt Book Fair survey finds media sector in state of runny flux

By libertyc
July 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A just-released survey of media industry opinion, conducted under the auspices of the Frankfurt Book Fair in the long lead-up to the European publishing industry’s number one event in October, [...]

Do agency-priced e-book royalties rob the authors?

By libertyc
June 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

How does agency pricing affect author royalties? Sharp-eyed blogger Brian DeFiore spotted a clue in a slide from HarperCollins’s latest investors’ meeting pointing out that, under agency pricing [...]

A Lesson In Publishing Innovation, Direct from the Shopping Mall

By libertyc
December 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

I’m doing my holiday shopping this week, and it struck me how in some ways, the changes the publishing industry faces right now are a lot like the changes a family goes through as people evolve [...]

Publishing will survive through innovation

By libertyc
July 9, 2012 // 1 Comment

Is publishing “dying”? On FutureBook, Vicky Hartley expresses doubt. She points to a number of great new multimedia apps on tablets that demonstrate some publishers are finding ways to use the [...]

10 challenges to innovation in publishing

By Paul Biba
July 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

That’s the title of an article by Sophie Rochester in The Literary Platform.  Here’s a sampling: … … While it’s the start-ups who appear to be more agile and bold when it comes [...]

The Dropbox cloud storage service as a disruptive innovation

By libertyc
February 26, 2012 // 4 Comments

Venture capitalist Bill Gurley’s personal blog, Above the Crowd, has a post pointing out why Dropbox is a “major disruption” (that is, a disruptive innovation—”an innovation that helps [...]

Should education publishing try to innovate faster?

By libertyc
February 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

On FutureBook, Shane Rae wonders if the education publishing industry is failing to innovate as it should. He describes the legacy model of education publishing, which involves prototyping, trial, [...]

Can bookstores welcome the ebook customer?

By Chris Walters
July 9, 2011 // 14 Comments

I’m writing this today from the coffee shop at a Borders, one of the superstore locations in the middle of the U.S. to survive the company’s recent bankruptcy and ensuing real estate [...]

A look at India’s thriving publishing scene, part 1

By Chris Walters
July 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

India’s publishing industry is exploding, writes Akshay Pathak at Publishing Perspectives. An estimated 90,000 titles are produced each year, with annual growth estimated to be around 30%. [...]

Innovation in the Japanese eBook Market by Robin Birtle

By libertyc
July 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

Overseas attendees at this week’s Tokyo International Book Fair can leave their phrase books at home since they will only need the line “atsui desu ne?”, the ubiquitous Summer [...]

Random House exec expects e-book sales growth to 15% in 2012, insists publishers are embracing change

By libertyc
May 10, 2011 // 3 Comments

The Bookseller reports that in an address to the World e-Reading Congress, Random House’s deputy chairman Ian Hudson said that he expects e-book sales to exceed 8% of trade publishers’ sales in [...]

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