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Five Publishing Companies to Pitch Their Content at Germany’s GamesCom
August 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

Our last mention of the chance for publishers this month to present their projects at GamesCom in Cologne was a call for submissions. Now, Frankfurt Book Fair has announced the five publishing companies that will engage in the “Publishers’ Pitch session on August 17, as part of Gamescom’s “license day.” The point of pitching in…

What the Big 5's Financial Reports Reveal About the State of Traditional Book Publishing
August 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm

This post examines the latest quarterly financial reports from the big 5 book publishers and tries to draw some conclusions from the data. The big 5 are, of course, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. These companies are often seen as emblematic of the state of traditional trade book publishing in…

Science Fiction Publishing Has a Major Race Problem, New Report Shows
August 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Speculative fiction magazine Fireside Fiction has commissioned and released a report detailing an unwelcome revelation: speculative fiction magazines and online fiction sites are failing to publish stories by black writers. Released last week, the report is damning: of the 2,039 short stories published last year across 63 magazines, only 38 were published by black authors. Cecily Kane,…

The New York Times Is Publishing a Print-Only Novel Excerpt This Sunday
August 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Even as The New York Times prioritizes digital expansion, with a stated goal of reaching $800 million in digital revenue by 2020, the paper is also trying to milk as much as it can out of its print products, which still drive most of its revenue. In its latest attempt to incentivize print, the Times…

What Do the Financial Reports from the Big Five Book Publishers Tell Us?
August 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm

This post examines the latest quarterly financial reports from the big 5 book publishers and tries to draw some conclusions from the data. The big 5 are, of course, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. These companies are often seen as emblematic of the state of traditional trade book publishing in the…

Press Release: Sourcebooks Builds on Success of Personalized Platform with New Custom Book Experience
August 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — August 2, 2016 — Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher, is expanding the personalized books platform created for Put Me In the Story, the #1 personalized book site in the United States, beyond children’s books. Simple Truths, an imprint of Sourcebooks that publishes well-known and much-utilized business, leadership, teamwork, and motivational books, will now…

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 ( 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…