The Most Read Book Business Articles of 2014
January is often a time of recaps and predictions, and the book industry is no exception to this trend. We've already shared in our December issue the big ideas we think will impact the publishing industry in 2015, so it seems only fitting that we take a look backwards as well. Book Business brings you the 5 most read articles of 2014.
5. Wiley Aims for Intelligent Content - We admired the voracity with which education publishers ramped up their digital products in 2014, leading the way in XML workflows and HTML5 adoption. John Wiley & Son's VP of content management Sesha Bolisetty walked us through the publisher's digital growth.
4. Minding the Bookstore Redux: How a Mentality Turned into a Mistake - Last year was another uncertain one for brick-and-mortar stores. And Michael Norris warned publishers that if they don't support physical bookstores, they will lose one of their most effective mechanisms for book discovery.
3. The State of the University Press - 2014 in many ways was defined by new ways to package and sell ebooks, whether through subscription models or chunking content, and we found that academic publishers dove into these monetizing experiments headfirst.
2. Audiobook Boom Provides Big Opportunities for Publishers - Audiobook publishing is the fastest growing segment in the industry, and that remained true in 2014. We interviewed Amazon's Audible, Hachette Audio, and AudioFile in order to learn about the opportunities and challenges inherent in launching an audiobook division.
1. Future Think: What Will Shape Publishing in 2014? - The irony here is not lost on us. Predictions for 2014 make a fitting #1 to our recap list. Let us know, did our forward-looking experts get it right?
Ellen Harvey is a freelance writer and editor who covers the latest technologies and strategies reshaping the publishing landscape. She previously served as the Senior Editor at Publishing Executive and Book Business.