When PW began this series in September 2013, the book publishing industry appeared headed to a market where print and digital books would coexist.
Multinational publishers know that regional book editions increase their options for selling titles, especially in the education segment.
A number of new developments and new technologies suggest that custom textbook publishing is on the cusp of a boom not seen since the early 1990s.
If you happened across Book Business's Twitter feed yesterday, you may have noticed that our team was reporting live from the Digital Book Printing Conference in New York City. The first event of its kind, the conference -- or #digibook as it's known on Twitter -- brought together over 100 publishers, printers, and equipment suppliers for a full day of education and networking aimed at taking strategic advantage of digital printing. As Marco Boer, vice president of IT Strategies, summed up in his closing remarks, "There is a great deal of excitement, opportunity, and commitment to investing in digital printing across these industries."
Ingram will handle sales and distribution in the U.S. and Canada for all three publishers.
Book Business would like to congratulate winners of the 2014 Gold Ink Book Awards. Each year, Printing Impressions magazine recognizes leading printers for outstanding craftsmanship in the printing industry. Following is a list of Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, who have excelled in the book printing categories, such as Book Covers, Fine Editions, Book Jackets, Cookbooks, and more.
In a move to pick up more self-publishing clients, Barnes & Noble has launchedNook Press Print, a new print-on-demand service for independent authors looking to take their manuscripts into the physical world. Users can pick from a variety of materials and formats, including hardcover and softcover books, in a number of different sizes. Authors can get their texts published in full color or black and white, and select different paper materials. Users can pick from a variety of materials and formats, including hardcover and softcover books, in a number of different sizes.
We spoke to Kirby Best, President and CEO of Performance Scrubs and former book printer, about the opportunities digital printing provides for publishers, and how on-demand printing can help publishers reach new markets. Kirby will present his insights on new publishing opportunities in "Confessions of a Former Book Manufacturer" at the Digital Book Printing Conference on Nov. 19.
NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation's largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the launch of the NOOK Press print service, an easy-to-use, fast and affordable service that allows self-published authors and aspiring writers and storytellers to print their own customized professional-quality books. The new service, available at www.nookpress.com, is for everyone, from the established self-published author to the first-time book maker who wants to create an affordable, customized, high-quality print book delivered in about a week.
The photo industry may not seem like a likely source of insight for book publishers, but its transformation in the 1990s has a few lessons worth noting, as Publerati founder Caleb Mason observes in his September blog post. In-store photo kiosks-the instant photo printing machines that now occupy nearly every department store and pharmacy in the U.S.-bear more than a passing resemblance to print on demand book machines, writes Mason, a former photo industry professional himself.
I've spent more than half-a-year of my life in Frankfurt, one week at a time. My first Fair was 1976 so this would have been my 39th if I attended them all. I think I missed two, so that's 37. I love it and I get enormous commercial benefit from it. I can't understand people who are in our business who don't; it attracts the top executives from just about every publishing company in the world. But, like just about everything in our business, it is affected by the digital revolution.
In the first of our newly-launched Book Business Live! event series, the Digital Book Printing Conference will bring together leading book publishers, manufacturers, and suppliers for a full day of education and networking aimed at harnessing the advantages of digital printing and manufacturing. Industry leadership and attendees will descend on the Marriott Marquis in New York City on November 19th. Though there are plenty of reasons for book publishers to be optimistic, the future of the industry remains somewhat uncertain. With ebook sales growth tapering off and printed volumes surprisingly resilient yet declining, publishers still have to focus on cutting costs and increasing efficiencies, says Marco Boer, conference chair and keynote speaker.
China, the world's second-biggest book market after the United States, has long been a consumer of works from other countries, now it is making a push to export its own literature abroad, helped by the e-book revolution. Industry players at the Frankfurt Book Fair said they had observed a change in Chinese exhibitors' focus from acquiring foreign rights to selling the products of China's developing publishing sector. With sales volumes of nearly $18 billion, China is the largest buyer of rights and licences for books published overseas.
JAPAN - The outlook for the domestic market in Japanese-made electronic-book readers has become darker with the recent announcement by Toshiba Corp. that it will stop manufacturing e-book readers. The announcement followed the departure of all other major Japanese electronics makers from the market.
The electronics makers' failure in the market has been attributed to putting e-book readers on the back burner while smartphones and foreign companies' products, such as Kindle of Amazon.com Inc. of the United States, have been aggressively marketed. - See more at: http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/electronics-firms-turn-e-book-distribution#sthash.4dtGAhsc.dpuf
Did you do a double-take when you heard that Amazon's opening an actual brick-and-mortar outlet? The web's biggest store, the one that has posed such a threat to traditional retailers, is planning to open an outlet right in the heart of New York City, just footsteps from that department store grande dame, Macy's. Actually, it's not as surprising as you might think. As Darrell K. Rigby, a partner at Bain, explains in a recent HBR feature, many retailers are now combining digital and physical consumer experiences.
"The Death of the Independent Bookstore?"; "Is the Bookstore Dead?"; "Why Bookstores are Doomed": those headlines are from Slate (2006), Jewish Journal(2011), and Business Insider (2013). For years, journalists have made these types of predictions about the death of independent bookstores: if the chains didn't crush them, Amazon would. If Amazon didn't, they would die anyway because people just weren't reading. For a few years, facts on the ground seemed to support this dire prognosis. During the early years of the new millennium, bookstore after bookstore closed in some of the most reading-friendly cities in America.