(Press Release) New York, New York, January 6, 2011—Despite their fondness for social networking and cell phones, most college students say they prefer textbooks in printed rather than e-text form.
The book chain Borders entered 2011 on an unsteady note, telling major publishers last week that it would delay payments owed to them, and stoking fears that it would not be able to recover from declining sales.
Sales at Borders have fallen and it has delayed paying publishers.
On Monday, Borders executives said they would discuss the company’s plans with publishers at hastily arranged meetings in New York later this week.
Today, Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt wrote in his blog "Why the iPad Couldn't Kill the Kindle."
He wrote: "When Apple launched the iPad last spring, most everyone assumed it would kill the Kindle. After all, the iPad had a multi-touch screen, a crisp, color display, the ability to view books, photos, and movies, and run thousands of applications."
He also writes: "it is clear that we have two distinct product classes here with less overlap than originally thought. Apparently, the market is big enough for both." On this point, I don't disagree, however, I don't believe the battle is over.
Vizio Inc. will introduce a low-cost smartphone and tablet computer using Android software to attract consumers who can’t afford Apple Inc.’s devices.
If successful, a class-action lawsuit will set an ominous precedent for the mobile advertising ecosystem.
4,200 Number of units of the book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" that were sold the week of Nov. 21, 2010 following the release of Part I of the movie of that title on Nov. 19, 2010. Each "Harry Potter" film release has encouraged a sales boost for books in the series, although that…
The Publishing Business Conference and Expo (April 4-6, 2011 in NYC)—produced by Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines—has announced the speakers of the keynote Executive Roundtable for book publishers, featuring leading executives from various segments of the book publishing industry.
Children's book publisher Scholastic has released a list of "10 Trends in Children’s Books from 2010." The list was compiled by Scholastic editors, "including children’s literature experts from Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs, divisions of Scholastic that distribute books from all publishers through schools nationwide," according to the company.
On Tuesday, December 14, Book Business will present a free webinar, sponsored by Canon, entitled "Children's Reading Trends in the Digital Age: An All-Access Pass to Scholastic's '2010 Kids and Family Reading Report.'"
This week's mediaIDEAS On Point chart shows the forecasted growth of the North American smartphone market. This year, they will reach 46 percent of general cell phone sales, and by 2018, they will represent approximately 90 percent.
(Press Release) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Nov. 22, 2010—Capstone, the leading publisher of children's books and digital products and services, is donating 300,000 overstock books to Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent.
Simba Information, publisher of the "Book Publishing Report" newsletter, has estimated about 35% of iPad owners haven't used the devices to read e-books.
A PC Advisor poll of 987 site visitors has found that almost a third (32.8 percent) already own an e-book reader, while 26.5 percent are interested in owning an e-book reader but have yet to splash out.
Publishers' book sales tracked by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) for September decreased by 12.1 percent over the previous year to $1.1 billion. Year-to-date sales increased by 3.8 percent.
Consider it an inauguration of sorts, a celebration of the e-book industry becoming a member of the major media club just as digital music and online video have before them.
Last month, ChangeWave asked over 3,000 consumers about their purchase plans for the coming months. As the trends already show for 2010, people just aren’t buying netbooks, with more and more people looking towards the tablet options to fulfil their ultra-mobile computing needs.