Open Access at a Crossroads
October 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Last week marked the annual celebration/marketing event that is Open Access Week, and this year it seemed something of a mixed bag. Open access (OA) is growing into maturity, and has rapidly become integrated into the scholarly publishing landscape over the last fifteen or so years. We have now reached a point where experiments have…

Big Money, Quiet Storm – The Silent Revolution in Education Publishing
October 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm

On the face of it, not much has changed in education publishing over the years. Major textbook publishers are still the world’s most profitable publishers. The top five players still have an 85 percent stake in an industry that is worth a dizzying estimated $14bn a year in the US alone. While nobody can contest…

OverDrive Announces Massive Global Expansion at Frankfurt Book Fair
October 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Fittingly, at the international Frankfurt Book Fair, OverDrive announced a significant global expansion. Adding 300,000 titles to its catalog, the ebook provider now offers books to schools and libraries in over 50 countries and in 50 languages. OverDrive added titles from more than 100 publishers, including Faber & Faber, Simon & Schuster U.K., Penguin Random…

Press Release: Global Content Distribution Simplified with Ingram Content Group’s New Global Connect Locations
October 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 14, 2015—Publishers can reach readers around the world and easily build a comprehensive global distribution strategy with Ingram Content Group’s newest Global Connect relationships in China, India and Italy through Lightning Source Inc. “We’ve expanded our Global Connect program to include print opportunities in China, India and Italy,” said David Taylor, Senior Vice…

3 Reasons Amazon is Losing the Plot in India
October 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Back in 1994, Amazon set out to become “the world’s largest bookseller,” making books from all over the world available a mouse click away. And they did it, quickly expanding into additional product categories, selling everything from car parts to condoms. Jeff Bezos’ juggernaut soon galloped through U.S. and out into the world, setting up…

The Murakami Offensive: Is This How Bookstores Beat Amazon?
September 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm

In a bid to outmaneuver Amazon, Kinokuniya, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, recently bought 90% of the first print run of Haruki Murakami’s new book Novelist as a Vocation, a collection of essays the author wrote for Monkey, a Japanese literary magazine. The book arrives in stores on September…

Trajectory Partners With Pan Macmillan UK to Distribute Ebooks to China
August 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm

As the 22nd Beijing International Book Fair convenes, Boston-based Trajectory has announced a suite of new partnerships, capped by one that will take the Pan Macmillan UK catalog into China. "China is a key focus for Pan Macmillan," said PanMac's international director Jonathan Atkins in a prepared statement, "and we are very excited by the potential…

Is WhatsApp the Next Big Content Distribution Platform?
August 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm

As of last week, t3n is using WhatsApp as a new channel to provide their 43,000 newsletter subscribers with the latest information. The magazine covers topics related to the digital economy — including business, marketing and internet technology — and t3n is all about delivering news rapidly. WhatsApp may just prove to be the right…

Press Release: HarperCollins Publishers Announces the Formation of HarperCollins Brasil
August 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

New York, NY (August 3, 2015) – HarperCollins Publishers, a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV), and joint venture partner Ediouro Group today announced the formation of HarperCollins Brasil, which combines the existing operations of Thomas Nelson Brasil and Harlequin Brasil with Ediouro's commercial trade publishing titles and personnel. HarperCollins Brasil will…

Putting an End to Returns: Utopian Publishing Dream or Eventual Reality?
July 17, 2015

The fact that books are returnable in the first place is cause for frustration, and it should be cause for concern. I'm hard-pressed to think of another returns-based industry like book publishing. (Name one if you know one in the comments, please!) The fallout from being a returns-based industry is that retailers have little incentive to order what they think they can really sell, and publishers rarely push back on what might be perceived as unrealistic orders because they're desperate for a shot at getting their product in a position where it might really move.