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When Will YouTube Deal with Its Audiobook and Podcast Piracy Problem?
August 2, 2016 at 12:35 pm

It happened in a moment of weakness — even though I knew better — but late one night earlier this month, I read the Amazon reviews for my book. Alternatively inflating and torturing my ego, I went through negative and the positive reviews. Amid the praise (and intense dislike), I caught a strange comment: Someone…

Harry Potter Is About to Upend the Publishing Business in a Whole New Way
August 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

The market for plays, publishing industry insiders say, is near nonexistent, perhaps with the exception of Shakespeare. But that appears set to change this weekend, when the book for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two” is released at midnight Sunday. “Cursed Child,” the script of the play currently on stage on…

2% Revenue Rise for Elsevier in First Half
July 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Elsevier's business trends "remain positive", with underlying revenue growth of 2% for the first half of 2016, parent company RELX Group has reported. Revenues for Elsevier — the Scientific, Technical and Medical division of the RELX Group — for the six months to 30th June were £1,056m (2015: £987m), 80% of which were generated by digital.

Mastering Mobile: Strategies for Optimizing & Monetizing Mobile Content
July 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Strong mobile content requires more than formatting text for a smaller screen. Often, the content itself must change to engage readers in a way that makes sense for how and when they use their phones. While it's a difficult nut to crack , mobile is a platform that book publishers cannot ignore. More and more…

Revenues Up for Children's, YA & Education Publishers; Overall Trade Declines
July 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

Washington, DC - Publishers’ revenues were up Feb. 2016, compared to Feb. 2015. Despite gains in Children's/YA Books and Religious Presses, a decline in Adult Books meant an overall decline for Trade books of 0.9% Feb. 2016 vs. Feb. 2015 and 8.2% year-to-date vs. 2015.  Also within trade, downloaded audio and print formats continued to…

Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers into Binge Readers?
July 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Now that the latest season of Game of Thrones has ended, fans may be feeling a little untethered — and some publishers would like to fill that gap with serialized books. As TV dramas get better and better, book publishers are hoping to convert binge TV watchers into binge readers. Serialized books have a long…

Press Release: Ingram Introduces Ingram Academic Services
July 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — July 26, 2016 — Ingram Content Group through Ingram Publisher Services announces the launch of Ingram Academic Services, a service customized for university presses and academic publishers. The first joint initiative following Ingram’s acquisition of Perseus’ distribution businesses, Ingram Academic Services offers distinguished resources, tools and services to help university presses and…

Big and Small, Old and New: Oxford University Press and Its Israeli Startups
July 26, 2016 at 11:42 am

In their 2011 book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, Dan Senor and Saul Singer explored how Israel, at the start of 2009, had more companies than any other country listed on the NASDAQ. Seven years later, the start-up scene there reportedly still is going strong. In February, Oxford University Press (OUP) teamed up with…

The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks
July 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm

The digital revolution that flummoxed the music, movie and publishing industries has given rise to a surprising winner: the audiobook. Audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in the book business today. Sales in the U.S. and Canada jumped 21% in 2015 from the previous year, according to the Audio Publishers Association. The format fits neatly in…

Too Little, Too Late: What Happens When Publishers Ignore Copyright Issues
July 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm

It’s not always easy talking to publishers about copyright. Why? It’s not as if they don’t understand its significance. The days are long past when senior executives in our industry thought about copyright—when they thought about it at all—as an arcane topic suitable only for attorneys and…

Press Release: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Enhances Young Adult Ebooks Through Immersive Music Soundtracks with Booktrack Technology Platform
July 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm

NEW YORK — July 21, 2016 — Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, and reading technology pioneer Booktrack (www.booktrack.com) launch a new generation of ebooks with an industry-first partnership to bring soundtracks to young adult novellas. The collaboration offers YA readers an innovative new way to experience their favorite…

Amazon Launches Singles Classics to Resell Timeless Essays from Top Writers and Magazines
July 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Amazon this morning is introducing a new way to read short-form content on Kindle devices and in the Kindle app with the launch of “Singles Classics.” The service will bring articles, stories and essays from well-known authors and top periodicals – many available in digital format for the first time. The articles will be priced at 99…

Bloomsbury Revenues Up 9% Last Quarter
July 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Bloomsbury's total revenues have increased by 9% year-on-year in the three months ended 31st May 2016, driven by the children's publishing sector within its consumer division, the publisher revealed in a trading update this morning (13th July). Meanwhile, the company anticipates an increase of £500,000 in profit from its Australian market from March 2017. Bloomsbury's…

2015 U.S. Book Publishing Revenue Flat; Print Sales Rise as Ebook Sales Decline
July 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Yesterday the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its annual Statshot report for 2015, tracking the net revenue of the U.S. book market. While overall publishing revenue remained flat, decreasing 0.6% from 2014 to $27.78 billion, the AAP painted a positive picture of the year-end results. Sales of print formats, particularly in trade publishing, increased,…

Detecting (and Stopping) Robot Pirates
July 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

On the high seas, you can see a pirate approaching for miles. This gives the captain and crew time to prepare themselves against the onslaught, warn other ships, and call the naval authorities for help. On the Internet, pirates act with stealth. Often, you don’t even know that you’ve been boarded until the pirates have left with the booty.…

Press Release: Summer Thriller ‘Good as Gone’ Debuts in Texture
July 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

NEW YORK — July 1, 2016 — Texture, the premier app for the very best magazine content, and the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing Group are partnering to give Texture members a special, advanced copy of the hotly anticipated summer thriller Good as Gone be-fore its national release on July 26. “Texture members will be…

Audible Unveils Short Form Audio Streaming Service
July 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm

In a move that further expands Audible Inc.’s reach beyond the audiobook market, the Amazon subsidiary has unveiled an on-demand, unlimited listening service called Channels. The ad-free service, which is free to Audible subscribers (and was rolled out to some members in beta this spring), features curated short-form audio. Non-subscribers can access the content for…

We’ve Got Nothing to Lose: Emily Books Is Disrupting Publishing as Usual
July 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Scroll through the Emily Books website and—framed in hot pink—you’ll see a collection of titles by women that feels more like a secret handshake than a business plan. There are books about witches and sex work, pregnancy and abortion, best friends and substance abuse. There’s a small homage to #FerranteFever; Elena Ferrante, the pseudonymous author…