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In London, a Revamped Specsavers Award Honors UK Bestsellers
January 26, 2017 at 2:30 am

Million-copy-selling bestsellers get Platinum status in the UK's new edition of the Specsavers-sponsored award, market performances verified by Nielsen. The post In London, a Revamped Specsavers Award Honors UK Bestsellers appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Another Way Digital Could Complement Print Books: Print-to-Digital Highlights
January 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm

As I’ve said before, the publishing industry needs to get beyond the current “print or digital” mindset and instead explore ways for one to complement the other. Plenty of industry stats show that most readers are comfortable with either format and many prefer the convenience of switching between the two (e.g., reading the news digital…

The Secret to Good Workflow Architecture: Make the Pieces Benefit the Whole
January 25, 2017 at 7:00 am

In the Production, Distribution and Operations track I programmed at Digital Book World last week, it struck me how much challenges with workflow echoed across virtually all of the sessions. Especially striking was how we are looking at workflow in a new way these days: holistically, across the whole process of authoring, acquiring, developing, producing…

10 Best Practices for Using Bookseller Data
January 25, 2017 at 7:00 am

Books with the power to move readers are the result of artistry, craft and intellectual pursuits. Because it is a fundamentally creative industry, publishing has sometimes valued expertise, ingenuity and inspiration over data. Today, though, the publishing industry is awash with data. Data can offer valuable insights to help publishers connect authors with readers—and using…

Nielsen on Consumers: More Boys May Be Reading
January 25, 2017 at 2:30 am

In a look at how consumer research can focus on a given demographic, Nielsen Book's Jo Henry reveals signs that boys aged 9 to 12 may be reading more. The post Nielsen on Consumers: More Boys May Be Reading appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Agent Andrew Lownie Looks East to More Rights Activity
January 25, 2017 at 2:30 am

'The real increase in sales has been the spread of business to Asia,' says Lownie Agency author Roger Crowley. And China holds the key, says Andrew Lownie. The post Agent Andrew Lownie Looks East to More Rights Activity appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

A Powerful Shortcut for Discovering Keywords to Increase Ebook Sales
January 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

Indie authors and ebook publishers have a powerful tool for increasing book sales that costs nothing and already exists in their online book selling setup: keywords. The keywords associated with an ebook in an online store can help drive readers to your sales page. When you attract more people to your book’s sales page, the…

Rosarium’s Faces of Diverse Publishing: ‘Get Out of Our Way’
January 24, 2017 at 2:30 am

As Rosarium publisher Bill Campbell adds South African author Nikhil Singh to his list, he talks about how multicultural books are sold today. The post Rosarium’s Faces of Diverse Publishing: ‘Get Out of Our Way’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

The Impact of Pricing on Book Buying Behavior
January 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

A panel of publishing price strategists converged at Digital Book World 2017 to discuss how pricing affects consumer behavior. Peter Hildick-Smith, CEO of Codex Group, offered some insights that can be gleaned by acknowledging that for consumers, reading a book doesn’t always equate to buying a book, as consumers have a range of opportunities to…

Micro-Publishing: An Inside Look at Goosebottom Books
January 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

You’ve probably heard of indie publishers, but have you heard of micro-publishers? Author Shirin Bridges, owner of Goosebottom Books, calls her company a micro-publisher: a professional publishing organization that brings together a flexible workforce to produce a small number of highly targeted books. Because of the nature of micro-publishers as small, custom organizations, no two…

2 Powerful Techniques to Help Authors and Publishers Work More Productively
January 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

If you’re an author or a publisher, you perform brainwork for a living. Your brain is your “factory.” When stress and distractions pop up, that factory can become less and less efficient. It can be valuable, then, to take a moment to reflect on the ways that we manage our thoughts and attention. That’s why…

India’s Bookselling Events Open a Cashless Chapter After Demonitization
January 23, 2017 at 2:30 am

Quickly adapting after India's prime minister decommissioned the country's 500- and 1,000-rupee notes on November 8, many book fairs and festivals are 'going cashless'. The post India’s Bookselling Events Open a Cashless Chapter After Demonitization appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Grandes Libros, a Spanish-Language Social Network for Book Fans
January 20, 2017 at 2:30 am

A social network for book lovers has launched in Argentina, and it's said to be gaining users across the Spanish-speaking world. The post Grandes Libros, a Spanish-Language Social Network for Book Fans appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

The Bad News About E-books
January 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

E-book unit sales fell 16% in 2016. We take a closer look at the numbers.

A Cold Start to the Year for Poland’s Publishers: Waiting for Regulatory Help
January 19, 2017 at 2:30 am

In Poland, publishing stakeholders stay the need for protective regulation—liked fixed book prices—and IP protection are needed to curb declining book sales. The post A Cold Start to the Year for Poland’s Publishers: Waiting for Regulatory Help appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

DBW 2017 Opening Themes: The Trade, Its Resilience, and Its Data
January 18, 2017 at 2:30 am

The 2017 Digital Book World conference opened with calls for more data-driven decision-making, despite the inherently subjective nature of book publishing. The post DBW 2017 Opening Themes: The Trade, Its Resilience, and Its Data appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

A Few Words With Digital Book World’s International Fellows
January 17, 2017 at 2:30 am

From Greece, Norway, Iceland, and the UK, the DBW 2017 Fellows speak about their successes, their challenges, and why they're traveling to the conference. The post A Few Words With Digital Book World’s International Fellows appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Germany’s Bestselling Books of 2016: Fiction and Nonfiction
January 16, 2017 at 3:00 am

From crime fiction to medical advice with a sense of humor, both well-known authors and new voices were among the bestselling books in Germany last year. The post Germany’s Bestselling Books of 2016: Fiction and Nonfiction appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

5 Questions with George Kerscher, CIO, Daisy Consortium
January 13, 2017 at 7:00 am

George Kerscher is the chief innovations officer of Daisy Consortium, as well as a senior advisor for global literacy at Benetech, and president of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). George is a recognized international leader in document access, as well as an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by everybody.…

What Canada’s Shelfie Data Suggests About Ebook Subscriptions
January 13, 2017 at 2:30 am

Penguin Random House 'holds an effective veto on the success of ebook subscription services," says Shelfie's Peter Hudson. The post What Canada’s Shelfie Data Suggests About Ebook Subscriptions appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.