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Book Business December 2014

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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...

Cover Story

The Big Ideas Shaping Book Publishing

As a publication, our goal not is to trend hop, but rather capture and report on the ideas at the heart of a new trend and advance the conversations around these new ideas. We want to compel our readers and...

Features

Big Idea: Ebook Technology & Reader Privacy Are Compatible

The media has recently shined a light on privacy and security issues related to the use of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) by many libraries' ebook platforms. We are all familiar with the recent news of spying and potential constitutional violations...

Big Idea: How to Monetize Those Nuggets of Content Gold

Many organizations, such as publishers, technical societies, membership associations, libraries, and government agencies all have unique collections of valuable content that are rarely seen. In these days of big data, you might be asking, "Who needs even more data?" But...

Big Idea: What Publishers Can Learn from the 1864 Webster's Dictionary

The big ideas I am thinking about are actually old big ideas. They are the big ideas that underlie a remarkable dictionary published 150 years ago, the 1864 revision ofWebster's Unabridged Dictionary. This dictionary is noteworthy for being the dictionary...

Big Idea: These Books Are Made for Reading (Not Just Selling)

You may have noticed that in recent discussions about ebooks, the word "reading" has somehow gone missing. The talk is all about selling, pricing, royalties, etc.-as if these books are made merely for selling. But they aren't. They are made...

Big Idea: Bringing Instincts Back to Book Acquisitions

There are agents and editors working in book publishing who may love a new project under consideration but realize they cannot justify it given the likely modest sales. This is especially true for first-time novelists, but also for other midlist...

Big Idea: The Future of Ebooks Is on the Web

Years from now, we'll look back on 2014 as the year the web came for our books. It was in August of 2014 when the World Wide Web Consortium, the standards body for the World Wide Web, held its first...

Big Idea: Growing the Book Industry's Pie

There's a school of thought that contends the publishing market is a "fixed pie," in which total revenues are flat and unlikely to change.  While the marketplace has reached a limit when it comes to traditional book buying, publishers can...

Big Idea: How Books Can Move Beyond the "Tradigital"

Publishers and educators need to move beyond the "tradigital." Too many digitally delivered products today are based on content that was originally conceived for the ink on paper paradigm, then converted for digital delivery after the fact. While this is...

Top 20 Book Manufacturers 2014

Ranking of largest book manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada is based on each company's revenue earned within the book sector. This data was compiled by our sister publication Printing Impressions. Some notable organizations, such as RR Donnelley, choose not to disclose...

Book Manufacturers & the Staying Power of Print

Book publishers are not alone in their attempts to adapt and thrive in a new digital era. Since the introduction of the ebook, printers have faced a radically different industry, one in which print demand has slowed and publishers seek...

Columns

Coming Unbundled: Media Companies Continue to Adopt Direct-to-Consumer Subscription Models

Publishing news in the first half of 2014 was dominated by one word: subscription. Subscription-based digital trade book delivery models were announced with much fanfare from Oyster, Entitle, and many others. Such services put book publishing squarely in the digital...

Departments

Riffle Offers a New Take on Social Reading

Neil Baptista hopes that booklovers everywhere are adding another site to their go-to social media bookmarks: Riffle. As founder and CEO of the startup, Baptista wanted to create a website where readers, bloggers, and bookstore owners alike could come together...

Perseus CMO Rick Joyce on Battling the Homogenization of Books

In his previous life as a consultant for Accenture, Perseus Books Group CMO Rick Joyce helped clients in the media industry grapple with this digital upheaval. One lesson Joyce learned from working with a range of media and entertainment companies...