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How to Earn Repeat, Large-Volume Book Orders by Optimizing the Post-Sale Process
February 9, 2016 at 10:07 am

Negotiating a large, non-returnable sale of your books to a corporate buyer can be a euphoric event. As you leave the premises you may celebrate with large smiles and high-fives. But unforeseen by many publishers are the various post-sale emotions experienced by the buyers, especially if this is their first time dealing with you. Their…

Press Release: drupa 2016 to Highlight Opportunities in Digital Printing Across Industries
January 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

CHICAGO—January 22, 2016—As the world’s leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions, a strong focus at drupa 2016 will be the advances in industrial printing, specifically packaging, glass, textile, ceramics, flooring, laminates, wood, wallcovering and decorative printing, as well as printed electronics. The event will take place from May 31-June 10, 2016, at the…

The Network Model of Publishing
January 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm

It’s easy to overlook the fact that print and digital are not simply formats but entire ecosystems as well. For those of us who labor in the mines of STM journals, this oversight is understandable, as we can be lulled (asphyxiated?) into believing that all the world is digital, artifacts of “print consciousness” notwithstanding (e.g.,…

Press Release: Children’s Book Being Sold to Help First Grader Battle Kidney Failure
January 13, 2016 at 10:25 am

ODENTON, Md.—January 13, 2016—What started out as a normal book printing job for Gasch Printing has now turned into something much bigger and more important. Caden Curtin, a 7-year-old girl, who with the help of her twin sister, cousin and an illustrator from Gasch Printing was able to make a children’s story she wrote titled…

Press Release: RR Donnelley Pioneers New Supply Chain Paradigm by Managing 100% of Pearson's Learning Materials for North America
January 13, 2016 at 10:02 am

CHICAGO—January 12, 2016—R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Pearson, a leading company in education, business, and consumer publishing. RR Donnelley will provide complete supply chain management of 100% of Pearson's printed and other learning materials to include procurement and manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and…

In the Age of Amazon, Used Bookstores Are Making an Unlikely Comeback
December 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Early next month, Pablo Sierra is opening a used bookstore in Northwest Washington—an unlikely bet in the digital age made even more inconceivable, given that his only experience with books is reading them. “I guess it is pretty crazy,” Sierra said, echoing an observation shared by some of his friends. Or maybe not. Sierra, like…

How to Conquer Your Emotions During Book Sale Negotiations
December 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

Negotiating a large-quantity book sale is a little like playing poker, requiring both hard and soft skills. To be good at it you need practice and experience. You also need a little chutzpah, the creativity to recognize alternatives, the ability to assess odds, the willingness to take calculated risks, and the confidence to bluff when…

Press Release: Trajectory and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Announce Partnership
December 17, 2015 at 11:18 am

BOSTON and NEW YORK—December 15, 2105—Trajectory and The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) are pleased to announce a partnership to bring Trajectory’s innovative book discovery solutions, global distribution network, and metadata translations to AAUP members. Peter Berkery, AAUP Executive Director, commented, “We are always looking for new and innovative solutions to bring to our…

Notes from a Bookseller Under Pressure
December 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

There are many of us who hear/sing songs in our head appropriate to our stresses. For me, it is usually a Dylan song. Something depressing about how it’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. A standard. But for Thanksgiving Friday, Small Business Saturday and the weeks before the two holidays, it is Bowie and…

Audio: Can Publishers Adopt a Zero Inventory, Print-on-Demand Publishing Model?
December 1, 2015 at 1:40 pm

“Zero inventory” was the buzzword at the Digital Book Printing Conference hosted in New York City this October. Throughout the event, book manufacturers and publishers posed the following question: is the zero inventory model, in which manufacturers print and distribute all titles on an on demand basis, achievable for book publishers? The question sparked a…

Press Release: 123Library Offers Publishers an Affordable B2B ebook Distribution Tool
November 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm

LONDON—November 19, 2015—Specialist ebook platform has developed an innovative service to provide publishers with their own branded cloud-based platform from which to deliver titles directly to institutions, corporations and libraries. The UK-based ebook supplier to academic institutions is filling an existing gap in the market by providing an affordable tool to deliver ebooks, effectively…

How Amazon’s Long Game Yielded a Retail Juggernaut
November 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

To study the graph of Amazon’s stock performance in 2015 is to witness a series of stepwise lurches toward commanding new heights. Over all, the stock market has been flat this year, and technology companies, as a group, haven’t fared much better. Then there’s Amazon, which slipped the atmosphere. Shares of Jeff Bezos’s company have…

New French Vending Machines Dispense Free Short Stories
November 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

At Digital Trends, Lulu Chong looked at something new in vending machines: the Short Edition machines set up in Grenoble France under the leadership of the city’s mayor, Green Party member Eric Piolle. Eight of these machines will be located throughout the center of the city. Stories are printed free of charge, and readers can…

Poetry Books Are on the Rise Thanks to Social Media
November 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm

On a recent Friday night, Tyler Knott Gregson, a blond, tattooed poet from Montana, took the stage at a Manhattan bookstore and beamed at the crowd that had come to celebrate his new haiku collection. From Our Advertisers “This is rad. I appreciate it,” he said, taking in the roughly 150 people who had crowded…

Digital Book Printing Conference: Expectations for drupa Announcements
November 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm

What can book manufacturers and publishers expect from digital equipment manufacturers at drupa next year? Hear how a panel featuring Mike Herold of Ricoh, John Conley of Xerox, Francis McMahon of Canon Solutions America, Jeff Tabit of Eastman Kodak, and Marc Johnson of Hewlett-Packard answered that question at the 2015 Digital Book Printing Conference.

Video: Printing Equipment Manufacturers Discuss Digital Printing Technology of the Future
November 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

At last week’s Digital Book Printing Conference a panel of leading digital printing equipment manufacturers told a room full of publishers and printers what their companies are working on to continue to enhance digital printing technology for the industry. The panel included representatives from Ricoh, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. Watch the video below to…

5 Takeaways from the Digital Book Printing Conference
November 4, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Last week Book Business hosted the Digital Book Printing Conference with its sister publication Printing Impressions. The goal of the event, which brought together over 150 book publishers, manufacturers, and equipment suppliers, was to explore how publishers can take advantage of digital printing to reduce inventory and distribution costs and quickly deliver books to consumers.…

Amazon Opens Bookstore in Seattle
November 3, 2015 at 1:13 pm

The opening of's first brick-and-mortar store on Tuesday proves that software is not really "eating the world," as venture capitalist Marc Andreessen put it in 2011. In his widely noted Wall Street Journal column about predatory software, Andreessen wrote: Today, the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, is a software company -- its core capability is its amazing software…

Best Sound Bites from the Digital Book Printing Conference 2015
October 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm

While there have been major advancements in digital printing and inkjet technology, there are still some barriers to widespread adoption among publishers. The most notable is perhaps book publishers’ fear of using the zero-inventory model that complements a short-run, digital printing strategy. Publishers don’t want to lose control over distribution and fear lost revenue from…

Open Access at a Crossroads
October 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Last week marked the annual celebration/marketing event that is Open Access Week, and this year it seemed something of a mixed bag. Open access (OA) is growing into maturity, and has rapidly become integrated into the scholarly publishing landscape over the last fifteen or so years. We have now reached a point where experiments have…