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Can Playster Revive Ebook Subscription?
December 16, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Last week entertainment subscription service Playster announced its official launch in the U.S., a market that has faced some major shifts in ebook subscription over the past year. Oyster closed in September amid reports that ebook subscription services actually lose money the more users read. And despite predictions of massive adoption of services like Kindle…

Cybersecurity Should Be Key Issue in Book Industry, Says HarperCollins' Redmayne
December 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm

“We operate in a world where there is an enormous amount of data available, and while this is good for building relationships with customers and for direct sales, there is a risk. We should be aware that there are those who want to access our data. These cyber attacks are sophisticated and we have to…

Why Some Audiobooks Outsell Their Print Counterparts
December 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Though I’m a heavy audiobook listener, and have written about how the technology is changing our relationships with reading, exercise and time, that audio has grown popular enough to outsell some traditional books is hard to fathom. Audiobooks racked up $1.5 billion in sales last year and remain the fastest-growing segment of the book publishing…

5 Trends Affecting Children's Literature
December 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Last Thursday, Book Business hosted the webinar, “Top Trends in Children’s Literature: Personalized and Interactive Books for the Holidays,” which highlighted how interactivity and personalization are reshaping the children’s book segment. Kristen McLean, director of new business development at Nielsen Book; Maia Haag, president of I See Me!; and Barb Pellow, group director at InfoTrends…

Simon & Schuster Launches Serial Fiction App for Romance Superfans
December 4, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Earlier this week, Simon & Schuster announced the launch of Crave, an app created by its imprint Atria Books and Paragraph, a tech company that provides solutions to “help people discover, tell, and experience great stories.” Crave is a subscription service which offers users access to serialized fiction from their favorite romance authors. Users choose…

The Non-Linear Reading Revolution Is Now. Here's How Publishers Are Handling It
December 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

Going mobile is more than just big pages fitting on tiny screens. Mobile requires content to be organized so that it can be quickly served up in bite-sized chunks into any of the myriad forms that users might want, because today’s consumers want their content their way, on their devices, and in their timeframes. Publishers…

Publishers and Authors: Inviting Them to the Same Party
December 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

How is book publishing divided today? Let’s not count the ways. Outsiders looking into this beleaguered industry, however, might be surprised at the reticence many authors and publishers can have about each other. Maybe about being around each other. Meeting each other. Talking more than friendly chitchat or cover design with each other. Make no…

HarperCollins Launches Digital-First Fiction Line for “Transformational” Literature
November 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Yesterday HarperCollins announced the launch of HarperLegend, a part of the HarperOne imprint. HarperLegend will publish “visionary and transformational fiction in the digital-first format,” reports HarperCollins in a press release. The line will also accept manuscripts by un-agented writers. HarperOne’s publisher, Mark Tauber told Publishers’ Weekly that the decision to accept un-agented writers is part…

Trade Publishers See First Sales Growth of 2015
November 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), July was a strong month for trade publishers. In its Monthly StatShot report, the AAP reported that sales grew .3% in the trade market from January to July 2015 -- the first increase in trade sales this year. Driving that growth were double-digit increases in adult, children/YA,…