Mike Shatzkin

Mike Shatzkin: E-books enable better international and backlist sales

By Chris Meadows
October 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin’s latest blog entry has some interesting points to ponder. Mainly, he has his say about Carolyn Reidy’s much-remarked-upon remarks about backlist in her keynote at the Book Industry Study Group’s meeting. But he also has some things to say about e-books enabling extraterritorial [...]

Seeking Alpha contributor: Barnes & Noble not doomed after all

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just how much trouble is Barnes & Noble really in? It seems to be in a good deal of it. We haven’t covered it that much lately on TeleRead, but Nate mentioned on The Digital Reader in the last couple of weeks that its revenues and losses were down last quarter, and that while it claims it’s [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

11 Publishing Shakers to follow, besides us

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

I’ll admit this is blowing my own horn a little, but today I was alerted to an article on The Independent Publishing Magazine listing “The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following.” After a bit of puzzlement—are the Shakers even still around, and didn’t they make furniture rather [...]

Shatzkin shares latest on maximizing the backlist in digital publishing era

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

Mike Shatzkin’s commentary on developments in the publishing industry has often featured in TeleRead in the past – not always in entirely respectful terms. All the same, he’s often good for wrap-ups of not-quite-leading-edge newly-received wisdom in mainstream publishing, and one [...]

What is NOT in doubt about Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings report

By Chris Meadows
February 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, self-publishing and traditional-publishing author Hugh Howey published a report on some data he pulled from Amazon and crunched (Paul covered it here), purporting to show some things about the number of self-published books compared to those from traditional publishers. This has touched off a [...]

Paper vs Pixels? Why Can't We All Just Get Along!

By Joanna Cabot
December 5, 2013 // 6 Comments

I bought a cookbook this week—in paper—and the Beloved’s first words reaction was a smirk, followed by ‘I’m telling on you!’ This misguided response—the notion that paper vs pixels is an either/or scenario—is a surprisingly common one, and I have [...]

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 [...]

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