publishing industry

Publishing in the social world

By libertyc
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 [...]

Authors and ebook problems: expanding the net of responisbility

By libertyc
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: [...]

Two views of the future of publishing

By libertyc
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 [...]

Can the publishing industry adapt to the Internet?

By libertyc
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 [...]

E-books cause publishers to cleave to tried-and-true authors and series

By libertyc
July 12, 2010 // 2 Comments

That’s the title of an article in The Vancouver Sun. Serial-type books are what is attracting publishers now, the article says: With book sales stagnating in recent years, the nascent e-books market has thrown the industry into turmoil. In response, large publishers are taking fewer financial [...]

Luke Johnson agrees with me by Eoin Purcell

By libertyc
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 [...]

Pricing the indie ebook: what’s fair?

By libertyc
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 [...]

Is the publishing industry stuck in an ivory tower?

By libertyc
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 [...]

US chips away at UK export markets – good for readers? bad for authors?

By libertyc
June 18, 2010 // 2 Comments

An article about this in the Bookseller today. US publishers are evidently seeking rights to territories that are considered the domain of UK publishers in lieu of global deals, says the article. India, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa are the contested territories right now. Anthony Goff, [...]

Shatzkin/Biba emails on the agency model post

By libertyc
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 [...]

Boy do I disagree with this! Mike Shatzkin gets it 100% wrong about the agency model!

By libertyc
June 3, 2010 // 39 Comments

Mike Shatzkin publishes a blog that is always worth reading – The Shatzkin Files. One of his latest articles is Agency seems (to me) to be working; I hope its legal. In that article Mike talks about the beginning of the use of the agency model and how publishers love it so far. In that [...]

iPad: ‘Jesus pad’ or ‘Judas pad’?

By libertyc
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 [...]

Frustrated ebook buyer in Australia

By libertyc
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 [...]

Penguin Ayn Rand version goes from $9.99 to $27.99 in Kindle store!

By libertyc
May 28, 2010 // 8 Comments

Got the following email from John Hagewood and thought you should know about it: Penguin schminguin…I don’t care WHAT any of these Agency 5’s have promised, it sure looks like Penguin are trying to kill eBooks deader than a doornail from where I sit. I waited for MONTHS for Atlas [...]

Brett Sandusky: Publishing industry should refocus on consumers

By libertyc
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 [...]

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