Amazon Same-Day Delivery Will Upend Book Printing

Borderland Advisors CEO John Conley, a 42-year book printing industry veteran with RR Donnelley and then Xerox, describes how Amazon's same-day delivery requirements will totally disrupt today's book publishing, manufacturing, and distribution markets. The supply chain requirement will create new profit models and opportunities for innovative publishers and printers, while displacing those companies that are…

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Diversity in publishing – still hideously middle-class and white?
December 9, 2017 at 3:00 am

Two years ago, we called publishers to account for the glaring lack of diversity in the industry. Pledges were made and initiatives set up. Have things improved?Find out about the new projects to encourage inclusivity in the book businessIn December 2015, British publishing stood accused of woeful blindness to diversity, and not for the first…

Breaking down the barriers – a new chapter in publishing
December 9, 2017 at 2:59 am

Authors, agents, activists and publishers on their ideas for improving the prospects for BAME writersTwo years ago, we called publishers to account for the glaring lack of diversity in the industry. Have things improved? I set up as an agent in 2007 and about a quarter of my clients are people of colour. Representing them…

Six-figure deal for 'Irish Bridget Jones' series
December 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen sign two-book deal to follow their breakout debut, Oh My God, What a Complete AislingTwo friends whose novel about a “complete Aisling” is being hailed as the Irish answer to Bridget Jones have landed a six-figure two-book deal.Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen started sharing “Aisling-isms” with their friends in 2008,…

Diana Athill webchat – post your questions now!
December 7, 2017 at 5:49 am

The literary editor and memoirist turns 100 this month, and what better way to celebrate than answering Guardian readers’ questions? She’ll be online on Monday 11 December from 2pm GMT 3.14pm GMT On 21 December 2017, Diana Athill will be 100 years old. This is an achievement in itself, though Athill has never been one…

Guadalajara Book Fair Wraps a Busy Event
December 7, 2017

This year's fair attracted nearly 21,000 book professionals who, in addition to buying and selling rights, debated such topics as what a new NAFTA agreement could mean for the U.S. and Latin American markets.

BookCon Looks to Broaden Audience
December 7, 2017

Since its inception in 2014, BookCon has mainly drawn women in the 18 to 30-year-old age bracket, but organizer ReedPop is adding more programming for the 2018 event to attract readers interested in literary fiction, mystery/thriller, sci fi/fantasy and romance.

Freight authors aghast as former publisher sets up new imprint
December 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

Former director launches new press as company goes into formal liquidation with writers reporting royalties still unpaidAuthors left in limbo after the collapse of a troubled Scottish publisher have reacted with dismay to the latest venture by its former director: a new publishing imprint. The day after Freight Books, a home for more than 80…

Federal Trade Commission and National Institutes of Health Take Action Against Predatory Publishing Practices
December 4, 2017 at 5:30 am

The NIH is warning its funded authors against publishing in predatory journals, and the FTC has secured a preliminary injunction against OMICS for alleged predatory publishing practices. Will this mark a turning point in the fight against fraudulent scholarly publishing? The post Federal Trade Commission and National Institutes of Health Take Action Against Predatory Publishing…

Amazon in 1999, A Look Back
December 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

A look from 1999 at an interesting new company called, "Amazon". Whatever happened to them? The post Amazon in 1999, A Look Back appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Knopf Bets on Another Scandinavian Author
December 1, 2017

Lars Kepler is the pen name of the Swedish husband-and-wife writing team of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril, who move to Knopf with the expectation of higher sales .