E-readers and tablets are poised to become wildly popular and successful consumer devices, according to a recent Boston Consulting Group (BCG) consumer preference survey.
When Hachette Book Group (LGDDF) announced that its current biggest-selling author, Stephenie Meyer, would release a new book this month, publishing prognosticators thought it was a savvy move on multiple fronts. The first quarter of 2010 was the first one in nearly two years when sales of Meyer's Twilight novels—which now top over 100 million worldwide—began to dip, taking company profits down a peg in the process.
June 8, 2010, Arlington, VA – A panel of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as final judges in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest, sponsored by PBS KIDS GO! and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto, encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their original work.
iBooks may be a newcomer to the digital book marketplace, but don't make the mistake of treating the new app like a kid. According to some numbers released today by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2010, iBooks is already sporting a very adult profile.
Kohlberg Ventures increased its investment in Open Road Integrated Media LLC (www.openroadmedia.com), a digital content company that publishes and markets ebooks by creating connections between authors and their audiences. The venture capital firm invested an additional $4 million in Series A financing, building upon its original $3 million investment in August 2009.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary and World Oceans Day on June 8, 2010, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish eBook is now available for $3.99. Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! eBook is also available for $3.99. Up With A Fish!, a fun, addictive stacking game also is available for $0.99.
More than 250 gathered in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on May 24 to celebrate the 152 finalists and winners of the 22nd Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards, chosen by 150 hard-working judges from 1300 entries in 50 categories.
In conjunction with the publication of a number of forthcoming titles from Atria Books, the publisher is employing a new smart phone technology that will provide readers with a digital experience to augment and enhance the physical book.
Opening his presentation with an image of a woman sitting on a beach with an e-reader, Kelly Gallagher told the crowd of book publishing professionals gathered at the seventh-annual Book Industry Study Group's "Making Information Pay" event last week, "She doesn't care about this meeting today," making the point that the issues and challenges now facing the industry are publishers' responsibilities to solve for the consumer. Gallagher, vice president of publishing services for bibliographic information provider RR Bowker, was one of about a dozen speakers to address the audience at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City.
(Press Release) Courtesy of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), graduate students and faculty from the NYU and Pace Publishing programs will be able to attend IBPA’s Publishing University, scheduled for May 24-25 in New York City, at no charge.
The future of electronic paper (e-paper) is looking brighter. Fujitsu has enhanced its color e-paper so that it now features the world's highest-level of color image quality. By redesigning the panel structure and image re-write methods of the company's previous-version of color e-paper, Fujitsu has improved the contrast ratio of its color e-paper by threefold.
San Francisco - The proposed settlement between Google (NASD: GOOG) and authors and publishers, which would set terms for the creation of Google's massive book-scanning project, is in violation of a number of international laws and treaties, according to a report from the Open Book Alliance, a group that opposes the deal and counts Google rivals Amazon (NASD: AMZN), Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) and Yahoo (NASD: YHOO) among its members.
(Press Release) Danvers, Mass. — Copyright Clearance Center Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization that is the world's leading provider of copyright licensing solutions, has named veteran attorney Iris Geik as Associate General Counsel.
Rodale has reversed the usual polarity in book publishing of bringing print products into the digital domain. The publisher of Men's Health announced late last week that it was acquiring the book publishing rights to an iPhone app. The Lose It! calorie counter and dieting companion from publisher FitNow has been the top free health app in the iTunes App Store for over a year, Rodale claims, and is used by more than 175,000 people a day. Rodale is purchasing North American rights to bring the title to book form. The book will be written by Charles Teague, co-founder and CEO of FitNow, along with New York Times science columnist Anahad O’Conner and will demonstrate that calorie control, activity and a support system are the keys to weight loss.
(Press Release) MONTREAL, May 4 — Transcontinental is pleased to announce the acquisition of Montreal-based LIPSO, a leading provider of integrated mobile solutions, including connectivity, transaction management (SMS, MMS, etc.) and applications development. As an enhancement to its marketing communications solutions in new media and digital platforms, this purchase adds a number of key services to Transcontinental's marketing communications offering, including cell phone bar code reading, mobile couponing in retail sales, and electronic ticketing in transportation and entertainment.
NORTH CAROLINA last month began an audit of online businesses, assuming that millions of dollars in sales taxes owed to the state had disappeared into the Internet.
(Press Release) San Mateo, Calif., May 3, 2010—BookRenter, the leading online textbook platform company, today announced that it is joining the fight against youth illiteracy by providing new books to the children who need them most. Starting today, with every rental order placed, BookRenter will fund the donation of new, age-appropriate books for children in need. Also, to enable customers to truly act locally, customers can choose the specific U.S. state where children will receive the books funded by their order.
Christian publishers have reported increased sales for the month of March over the same month last year, according to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). These publishers also are showing an increase in net sales (sales-returns) for the first three months of this year. The month of March saw a gross-sales increase of just more than one percent, and a net sales increase of eight percent for March and two percent for the quarter. This is the first time the ECPA has seen a positive change in net sales in more than a year.