Denis Wilson

Denis Wilson

Denis Wilson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Executive, Printing Impressions’ sister publication that covers the magazine publishing business.

Book Business Expanding Digital & Events, Ratcheting Down Print

Much like the book industry, magazine publishing has experienced near-constant change for the past decade. As new platforms for engaging readers and building community around like-minded people have emerged, the magazine business has had to quickly evolve. To that end, Book Business has developed a robust website, launched a daily e-newsletter, presented countless in-depth webinars,…

Big Ideas Make Book Publishing Go Round

Book Business is in the ideas game. Everyday we scour the internet and our inboxes, comb through conference notes, and transcribe interviews with leaders in the book industry. We take all this information and try to extract the most important ideas, distributing them in articles, webinars, events, and videos. The Book Business “Big Ideas Issue”…

Technology Forces Us to Ask, "What Has Changed & What Is the Same?"

Depending on your point of view, digital technology has either undermined or enabled the book publishing industry. Either way, there's no denying that digital technology has changed publishing. Change is constant, inevitable, and often irreversible. So it goes.

HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray on Acquisitions, Industry Change & Importance of Choice

On the morning of day three of the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, HarperCollins president and CEO Brian Murray offered his take on the future of his company and the industry at large. Sitting down with conference chair Mike Shatzkin, Murray spoke on HarperCollins' recent acquisitions, how the company is managing change, and how it is responding to self-publishing and subscription models.

Where Do You See Opportunity for 2015? Take the Book Business Trendspotting Survey

'Tis the season to learn from your book industry peers -- and uncover new opportunities.
Will greater data intelligence enable book publishers to grow the book market? Will D2C sales and improved discoverability help publishers mitigate Amazon's stranglehold? Will publishers use digital printing to rebalance supply chain costs?

There's No Such Thing as a Bad Idea

Big ideas are new ideas. Big ideas are bold ideas. Sometimes big ideas are small ideas. Often, big ideas seem wrong at first glance because they present such a different way of doing things. 

These are the types of ideas we’ve tried to capture with the Book Business Big Ideas Issue. Industry thinkers -- and readers and supporters of Book Business -- contributed mini-essays, exploring what they think are the imperatives for a thriving, progressive, effective book business.

New Book Business Event Helps Publishers Cash in on Digital Printing

In the first of our newly-launched Book Business Live! event series, the Digital Book Printing Conference will bring together leading book publishers, manufacturers, and suppliers for a full day of education and networking aimed at harnessing the advantages of digital printing and manufacturing. Industry leadership and attendees will descend on the Marriott Marquis in New York City on November 19th.  Though there are plenty of reasons for book publishers to be optimistic, the future of the industry remains somewhat uncertain. With ebook sales growth tapering off and printed volumes surprisingly resilient yet declining, publishers still have to focus on cutting costs and increasing efficiencies, says Marco Boer, conference chair and keynote speaker. 

 

Concentration vs. Distraction

As is clear from the editorial coverage in this issue of Book Business, the industry is abuzz with talk of the new subscription economy and its impact on how books are discovered, accessed, and monetized. If this is the discussion that has taken center stage, in the wings persists a rumbling over how new technologies and content platforms are affecting the very nature of the book as we know it.

Transformation Expert Discusses What Publishers Need to Do to Thrive

Mary Rhodes' experience serving publishers has given her an outsider's view of the inside of the publishing industry's ongoing realignment. Rhodes sees an industry rich with tradition being forced to evolve and reinvent outdated ways of doing business. Here she shares her thoughts on what publishers must do in order to thrive today.

London Book Fair Report, Pt. 2: Innovation and Technology

Last week when I attended the London Book Fair, I sought out sessions that spoke to the technological shifts affecting the industry. Some of best content came from The Digital Hub sessions at the Tech Theater. Ostensibly paid-to-play sessions, they were short but sweet bursts of knowledge that beat out some of the more trudging sessions elsewhere.