publishers

How to sell e-books through your own Web site

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Who says farmers must be the only ones selling directly? Here’s a dream. What if someday bookstores and libraries teamed up to offer search-and-discovery tools—to make it easier to sell e-books without relying so much on, say, the Amazon juggernaut? Suppose you could even push your titles [...]

Publishers behaving badly?

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sarah Hoyt has a post today discussing a sudden reappearance of her Bantam works in bookstores after the rights to them reverted to her, under a contract clause allowing them to sell any left-over copies still in their warehouse after reversion. The odd thing is, Hoyt says she’d been told years [...]

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 [...]

In the publishing industry, Ursula K. Le Guin wants less profiteering, more freedom

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

While researching the piece I wrote about Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing advice earlier today, I found enough interesting material that I decided to make another post out of it rather than tacking on a one-paragraph by-the-way. In July, Portland Monthly Mag had an interesting editorial take on Le [...]

Are content curators becoming more important than content creators?

By Joe Wikert
August 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’m sure most of you bristle at the thought of curators being more valuable than creators. After all, the former have no job without the latter. I agree, but it’s not as if the content creation population is declining. In fact, that number only increases every month, and that’s what’s [...]

TeleRead Links: Article length, mobile editors, bookstore returns, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

TLDR: so just how short should your online article be? (The Guardian) It’s why the inverted pyramid remains a useful model on which to craft story telling. Created for print to allow subeditors to cut copy from the bottom of an article with impunity, the inverted pyramid imposes a discipline on [...]

Do bookshops, publishers cheat readers?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 4 Comments

Author David Nicholls‘s keynote speech at the London Book Fair Digital Minds Conference appears to have been garnering quite a bit of ridicule, as well as attention, for his claim that showrooming is just a “genteel form of shoplifting.” And far be it from me to hold back. So here’s [...]

London Book Fair Excellence Awards showcase industriousness of an industrious industry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has just issued a press release detailing its London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, given in association with The Publishers Association. And despite some very worthwhile and well-deserved commemorations, there was plenty of industry-focused industrious talking up [...]

Sad news for Egmont as US operation closes without buyer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sad to say, Egmont Publishing has had to close its US business after trying but failing to find a buyer. The official Egmont statement said: Egmont Publishing, which at $900 million is the largest division in the Denmark-based Egmont group, employing 2,400 people across 30 countries, has a new [...]

Macmillan CEO pens interesting letter on publishing state of play

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

John Sargent is CEO of Macmillan, itself one of the Big Five publishers, although perhaps lower key and less controversial than the other four. And he penned an end-of-year message to the company’s “Authors, Illustrators, and Agents” which has appeared in full on the blog of [...]

Hugh Howey corrects just about every assumption you ever had about the book trade

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

What could change just about every aspect of the current disputes about digital disruption in the book trade? The revelation that the key traditional businesses are not being disrupted at all, right? Well, that may be overstating the case, but not too far – at least according to Hugh Howey. [...]

Publishing venture capital style – or, how most publishers throw money at the wall to see what sticks

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

Thanks to “The Wolf of Wall Street” for this inside shot from a typical Manhattan publisher’s commissioning meeting … This post comes courtesy of some comments by publisher Hugh Andrew, Managing Director of Birlinn Limited, in the course of the debate on the future for [...]

Bowker data shows traditional publishing steady in U.S.

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

The latest short data report from  ProQuest research affiliate Bowker showed traditional print publishing holding up very nicely, thank you, in the U.S. The Bowker release stated that: “production of print books by traditional publishers in the USA declined from 309,957 titles in 2012 to a [...]

Latest Nielsen UK figures show ebooks eating into soft covers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest figures brought together in the Books & Consumers 2013 UK Annual Review from Nielsen Book, which “provides an overview of consumer book purchasing in the UK in 2013 compared to 2012, using data based on 80‐90,000 book purchases made by a nationally representative sample of [...]

UK Publishers Association tracks rising digital sales

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

The UK Publishers Association  has just shared its latest Digital Sales Monitor, tracking sales till end April 2014, which demonstrates that UK “digital sales increased from £119.9m [$204.78 million] from January-April 2013 to £132.5m [$226.3 million] in the same period this year, a rise [...]

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