publishing industry

Publishing in the social world

By Joe Wikert
November 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

I spent most of last week at our Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. If you missed it, you’ll find all of the video for it here. I came away from it with two things in mind. First, Google is under attack from every angle. Sure, they’ve felt competitive pressures before but whether [ on]

Authors and ebook problems: expanding the net of responisbility

By Rich Adin
October 13, 2010 // 6 Comments

I recently complained about production problems in two new novels I purchased in ebook form – Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings and David Weber’s Out of the Dark — both from TOR/Tom Doherty/Macmillan (see On Books: Brandon Sanderson and David Weber — 1 Up, 1 Down and The Problem Is: [ on]

Two views of the future of publishing

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2010 // 1 Comment

The Guardian’s Books Blog had a pair of interesting articles touching on the future of publishing yesterday. First, Robert McCrum talks about a recent debate on the future of publishing held by the Free Word Centre, with representatives from Google, the BBC, and publishers Faber and Canongate. (A [ on]

Can the publishing industry adapt to the Internet?

By Chris Meadows
July 12, 2010 // 7 Comments

Nic Boshart, the Digital Services Coordinator at the Association of Canadian Publishers, has an interesting editorial at The Literary Platform about the Internet vs. bookstore dichotomy, and what the publishing industry can and should do to win back the public’s hearts and minds. Boshart writes [ on]

Luke Johnson agrees with me by Eoin Purcell

By Eoin Purcell
July 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

A few months ago I wrote this: As readers shift to digital, the economics of book shops will become skewed, favouring online emporia. Booksellers can react by hand-selling to customers and making themselves relevant, in the way that Raven Books in Blackrock, Co Dublin, has. (I am increasingly sure [ on]

Pricing the indie ebook: what’s fair?

By Joanna Cabot
June 30, 2010 // 13 Comments

I received an email recently from an indie author whose work I reviewed on Smashwords, questioning a comment I made in the review about the ebook being priced fairly high ($7.99) for the sort of book it was. She had some reasons for setting the price at this level: she was basing it on what she [ on]

Is the publishing industry stuck in an ivory tower?

By Chris Meadows
June 23, 2010 // 3 Comments

In my last post, I quoted from a Publishing Perspectives post covering The Big Money’s “Untethered 2010: Profitable Media in the Tablet Era” conference, about how e-reader manufacturers were confident their devices still had a place in a post-iPad world. But reading further in that post, I [ on]

Shatzkin/Biba emails on the agency model post

By Paul Biba
June 4, 2010 // 11 Comments

After I made the linked post yesterday, I sent Mike (at the left) a heads up. We ended up having an interesting email exchange. As we very seldom, unfortunately, get the publishers’ side of the discussion here, I asked Mike if he would let me reprint the exchange. He graciously agreed and [ on]

iPad: ‘Jesus pad’ or ‘Judas pad’?

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2010 // 3 Comments

Prior to its launch, the iPad was sometimes called “the Jesus pad” for how it was expected to “save” the publishing industry. Peter Cox at FuturEbook has an editorial in which he states that it might better be called “the Judas pad.” Cox cites the way that it is not legal to lend [ on]

Frustrated ebook buyer in Australia

By Paul Biba
June 1, 2010 // 11 Comments

We are all aware of this problem, but it doesn’t hurt to underline it in the hopes that someday it will be changed. Here is an email I received from Michael Nahas in Australia: … I would like to relate a frustrating experience I had recently. I suppose it could be tagged with the [ on]

Brett Sandusky: Publishing industry should refocus on consumers

By Chris Meadows
May 24, 2010 // 1 Comment

Publishing professional Brett Sandusky had an epiphany last month, brought on by a panelist at a publishing conference who kept repeating the phrase, “The reader is the consumer who is your customer.” Up to this point, the publishing industry has been strictly business-to-business [ on]

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