(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, 26 April 2010 - International freight forwarder SBS has found a simple, "greener" way to fit more books inside the traditional sea container. It is a solution that allows publishers to save money (15% on freight costs) and trees (200 million) by allowing up to 30% more books to be loaded into the container.
The London Book Fair has said that it will begin exploring "a number of options in recognition of the knock-on effect of reduced attendance" after the fair has closed today (21st April). Publishers and agents spoken to by The Bookseller on the final day remained surprisingly upbeat about the show, with widespread relief that overseas exhibitors could at least have easier return journeys after UK airspace finally reopened overnight.
On the morning of January 27th—an aeon ago, in tech time—Steve Jobs was to appear at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in downtown San Francisco, to unveil Apple’s new device, the iPad. Although speculation about the device had been intense, few in the audience knew yet what it was called or exactly what it would do, and there was a feeling of expectation in the room worthy of the line outside the grotto at Lourdes. Hundreds of journalists and invited guests, including Al Gore, Yo-Yo Ma, and Robert Iger, the C.E.O. of Disney, milled around the theatre, waiting for Jobs to appear. The sound system had been playing a medley of Bob Dylan songs; it went quiet as the lights came up onstage and Jobs walked out, to the crowd’s applause.
(Press Release) Ann Arbor, Mich., April 20, 2010—Above the Treeline is pleased to announce that Macmillan has selected Edelweiss, Above the Treeline's interactive publisher catalog system, to publish selected frontlist catalogs on the web. Macmillan will pilot a number of key imprints for the fall 2010 selling season with an eye toward expanding to additional imprints in 2011. With the addition of Macmillan's frontlist titles, Edelweiss' web-based publisher catalogs will encompass more than 50,000 titles across 750 imprints from over 27 publishers.
MUMBAI (Reuters) — With the excitement around the launch of Apple's iPad and the growing popularity of other digital devices, it is a challenge to retain the romance of the printed book, according to the head of publisher Penguin.
The iPad, a cross between a smartphone and a laptop, is helping foster a market for tablet computers that is expected to grow to some 50 million units by 2014, and with it, also expand the market for e-books, which has been hard to crack.
As Google awaits approval of a controversial settlement with authors and book publishers, the company’s plan to create an immense digital library and bookstore may face yet another hurdle.
On Wednesday, the American Society of Media Photographers and other groups representing visual artists plan to file a class-action lawsuit against Google, asserting that the company’s efforts to digitize millions of books from libraries amount to large-scale infringement of their copyrights.
(Press Release) New York, NY, April 7, 2010—The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has today released its annual estimate of total book sales in the United States. The report, which uses data from the Bureau of the Census as well as sales data from eighty-six publishers inclusive of all major book publishing media market holders, estimates that U.S. publishers had net sales of $23.9 billion in 2009, down from $24.3 billion in 2008, representing a 1.8% decrease. In the last seven years the industry had a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.1%.
George Slowik, who was publisher of Publishers Weekly in the 1980s and 1990s, has bought the trade publication from Reed Business Information. The sale was announced in a press release from Mr. Slowik’s new company, called PWxyz, created to house the Publishers’ Weekly magazine, Web site and related assets.
(Press Release) April, 2, 2010, SEATTLE—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its Kindle App for iPad is now available in the App Store. The app lets users select from over 450,000 books from the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes customers' last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad, and more.
SAN FRANCISCO — Last month, John Doerr, one of America’s most celebrated venture capitalists, announced that he would step down from the board of Amazon.com, a company that he helped to finance and build. At the time, Amazon said Mr. Doerr “has decided not to stand for re-election and will focus more of his time on new ventures.”
But people with direct knowledge of the matter, who would not speak for attribution because they were not authorized to discuss it, now say Mr. Doerr’s decision was prompted by a Federal Trade Commission inquiry into the relationship between Amazon and Google, where Mr. Doerr is also a director. It was not clear whether the commission had begun a preliminary inquiry or a formal investigation, or whether it was still looking into it.
Publishers have emerged victorious in the e-book pricing war with Amazon. The world's largest online retailer has conceded to the demands of three major publishing houses and will cease heavily discounting new best-selling e-books, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Amazon and Macmillan already exchanged fisticuffs about money in February with Macmillan leaving the ring unscathed. Now Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins have joined the bandwagon in refusing to allow retailers to set e-book prices.
The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and EDItEUR—the international body that maintains ONIX product information standards—working in collaboration with representatives from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the U.K. Publishers Association (PA), have made provisions to the "ONIX for Books" standards to allow for a standard means of communicating agency model sales terms for e-books.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced that it will release the first new title from Stephenie Meyer in nearly two years. "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" is a novella told from the point of view of Bree, a character originally featured in Eclipse, the third book in the "Twilight" series. The 192-page novella will be released at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 5 in hardcover for $13.99, with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. It also will be available as an e-book beginning at 6 a.m. EST on June 5.
The consumer market for U.S. book publishers has changed significantly in the past three years, driven largely by fundamental shifts in the way books are published, found and ultimately purchased by readers. These changes sometimes leave publishers with more questions than answers in determining what their next move ought to be to keep pace with today's consumer.
(Press Release) Norwalk, Conn., March 30, 2010 — Barbra Streisand, the legendary actress, singer, and director, will appear at this year's BookExpo America (BEA) at the Opening Night Keynote Reception on Tuesday, May 25th. She will be interviewed before thousands of booksellers and book industry professionals about "My Passion for Design", to be published by Viking on November 16, 2010. It will be Ms. Streisand's first appearance on behalf of the book.
(Press Release) — Seth Godin, author of 12 best-selling books and called by American Way magazine “America’s Greatest Marketer,” will bring his unique style and no-holds barred vision to independent book publishers as he keynotes the 26th annual IBPA Publishing University, to be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City prior to BEA on May 24-25. Dominique Raccah, Publisher and founder of Sourcebooks, Inc., a company whose name is synonymous with “innovation” and that has grown from one room in 1987 to a multi-million dollar independent publishing company will kick off the opening day.
Domtar Corporation today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its forest products business to EACOM Timber Corporation (TSX-V: ETR; "EACOM") for CDN$80 million plus elements of working capital estimated at CDN$30 to CDN$40 million. Domtar will receive 19% of the proceeds in shares of EACOM. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the second quarter of 2010, subject to material consents and customary closing conditions.
ComScore Inc. released the results of a survey of 2,176 Internet users regarding their awareness, attitudes and opinions of the Apple iPad and other e-readers/tablet devices. Results of the survey were analyzed across age and gender profiles, as well as the “iOwners” consumer segment, defined as those owning either an iPhone or iPod Touch.
The Gilbane Group, a division of Outsell, Inc., and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) today announced a strategic partnership to help members of the book industry community succeed through innovative uses of technology. Together, Gilbane and BISG will provide market-centric research and actionable guidance for book industry professionals—from publishers to wholesalers—seeking to profit from the “digital revolution.”
(PRESS RELEASE) Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of print and digital teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets, today unveiled CengageCourse, a suite of digital solutions and services that improves student engagement and learning outcomes, helping instructors and academic institutions navigate the changing education landscape.