publishing industry

Book Patrol proclaims undeath of the book

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 24, 2013 // 4 Comments

I’m not sure whether any of us pro-ebook pundits was actually expecting the death of the printed book, but it seems a lot of people thought we were. So much so that Book Patrol has decided it should proclaim that “The Worst is Over and The Book is not Dead.” Rumors of the rumors [...]

New Publisher House self-publishing report hardly fails to hype

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 28, 2013 // 3 Comments

The new report from New Publisher House, State of Independence 2014, subtitled “The Self-Publishing Market: $52 Billion Game Changer,” talks about … well … self-publishing being a $52 billion game changer. Not hard to get your head round that one. And if you want to get the [...]

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?

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

The latest quarterly edition of the Digital Book World Ebook Publisher Power Rankings—one of those ratings league tables that corporates love—has appeared, with some welcome news for a couple of the industry’s biggest names—and some less welcome data for them on how well people with no [...]

Victoria Barnsley's HarperCollins exit and the content conundrum

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

Victoria Barnsley, Chief Executive and Publisher at HarperCollins UK since 2000, announced her unexpected exit earlier this week. According to the report in the UK’s The Bookseller, expanded on the circumstances and on her own view of her profession in a valedictory speech at the annual [...]

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

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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, finds the media sector caught on the cusp between past and future, and highly uncertain about which [...]

Penguin Random House email turns on the schmaltz for agents

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

A kindly correspondent shared with me an email signed by Markus Dohle, CEO of the newly-merged Penguin Random House, that has been circulated to the new mega-publisher’s agents—in the same spirit as Bertelsmann’s welcoming website banner pictured above. Here is the full text for your [...]

The Problem with Children's Books: A Parent's Perspective

By Joanna Cabot
February 26, 2013 // 12 Comments

We recently had our Family Day long weekend, and the Beloved and I spent some of it at the home of his sister. She’s the mother of a toddler and a newborn, and while we were visiting, the subject of books came up. I enjoyed having the opportunity to pick the brain of a parent on this [...]

A Radical Proposal: Let's Make Books Fun Again!

By Joanna Cabot
February 22, 2013 // 7 Comments

I read a lot of news stories as part of my work for TeleRead, and lately, I’ve noticed that many are dominated by a decidedly gloomy tone. Apple gets sued. Readers get sued. All five of the big publishers get sued. Then there are the copyright squabbles, the fair use disputes, author’s [...]

Mike Shatzkin warns against letting bookstores fade away

By Chris Meadows
March 26, 2012 // 4 Comments

What will the publishing industry look like if all physical bookstores go the way of Borders? Publishing-industry observer Mike Shatzkin doesn’t know, but he thinks publishers shouldn’t want to find out for as long as possible. Some publishers report that the growth rate of e-book sales seems [...]

Publishing industry may not be falling apart after all

By Chris Meadows
March 18, 2012 // 4 Comments

Is publishing doomed? Writer Janni Lee Simner has posted an essay to her LiveJournal looking at the idea going around “that Right Now is the moment that publishing is falling apart.” She is rather skeptical, because she’s been hearing how much better things were "5 or 10 or 15 years [...]

Survey finds publishing industry revenues and sales up since 2008

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Is the impending doom of the publishing industry being overstated? That’s what a New York Times article contends with data from a survey released Tuesday that purports to show the publishing industry’s revenues and sales grew overall from 2008 to 2010. BookStats, a comprehensive survey [...]

Borders closure heralds uncertainty for publishing industry

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2011 // 2 Comments

What is the loss of Borders going to mean for the publishing industry? There are a number of prognoses, ranging from “probably not much” to “gloom, doom, and dogs and cats living together”. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but it’s interesting to look at all the predictions. [...]

Jürgen Snoeren: Publishing industry should focus on core competency

By Chris Meadows
May 18, 2011 // 1 Comment

One view of the future of publishing, which I’ve brought up here a few times, is that publishers need to begin reaching out directly to consumers. On FutureBook, Amsterdam-based publishing exec Jürgen Snoeren disagrees, suggesting that in the rapidly changing publishing environment, publishers [...]

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