Since the web emerged as the dominant content platform of everyday life, print has been fighting a…
Much like the book industry, magazine publishing has experienced near-constant change for the past decade. As new platforms for engaging readers and building community around like-minded people have emerged, the magazine business has had to quickly evolve. To that end, Book Business has developed a robust website, launched a daily e-newsletter, presented countless in-depth webinars,…
Book Business is in the ideas game. Everyday we scour the internet and our inboxes, comb through conference notes, and transcribe interviews with leaders in the book industry. We take all this information and try to extract the most important ideas, distributing them in articles, webinars, events, and videos. The Book Business “Big Ideas Issue”…
The Bookseller reported this morning that the UK sub for NewsCorp’s book publishing arm has inked a new contract with Amazon
Depending on your point of view, digital technology has either undermined or enabled the book publishing industry. Either way, there's no denying that digital technology has changed publishing. Change is constant, inevitable, and often irreversible. So it goes.
As Ralph Lazaro VP of digital products at Findaway World aptly pointed out during a panel session yesterday at the Digital Book World Conference, the conversation around digital publishing tends to get hijacked by ebooks. It's easy to forget that audiobooks should be part of the digital discussion.
On the morning of day three of the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, HarperCollins president and CEO Brian Murray offered his take on the future of his company and the industry at large. Sitting down with conference chair Mike Shatzkin, Murray spoke on HarperCollins' recent acquisitions, how the company is managing change, and how it is responding to self-publishing and subscription models.
'Tis the season to learn from your book industry peers -- and uncover new opportunities.
Will greater data intelligence enable book publishers to grow the book market? Will D2C sales and improved discoverability help publishers mitigate Amazon's stranglehold? Will publishers use digital printing to rebalance supply chain costs?
Big ideas are new ideas. Big ideas are bold ideas. Sometimes big ideas are small ideas. Often, big ideas seem wrong at first glance because they present such a different way of doing things.
These are the types of ideas we’ve tried to capture with the Book Business Big Ideas Issue. Industry thinkers -- and readers and supporters of Book Business -- contributed mini-essays, exploring what they think are the imperatives for a thriving, progressive, effective book business.
In this Q&A, Firebrand's "Chief Igniter," shares his thoughts on driving ebook sales, the importance of digital marketing, and the future of D2C. For more information download the free white paper, "Demystifying eBooks: How publishers are decreasing the friction of eBook distribution & direct-to-consumer sales."
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.
As is clear from the editorial coverage in this issue of Book Business, the industry is abuzz with talk of the new subscription economy and its impact on how books are discovered, accessed, and monetized. If this is the discussion that has taken center stage, in the wings persists a rumbling over how new technologies and content platforms are affecting the very nature of the book as we know it.
Mary Rhodes' experience serving publishers has given her an outsider's view of the inside of the publishing industry's ongoing realignment. Rhodes sees an industry rich with tradition being forced to evolve and reinvent outdated ways of doing business. Here she shares her thoughts on what publishers must do in order to thrive today.
This week Book Business will be attending BookExpo America and the IDPF Digital Book 2014. I encourage you to look for our associate editor Ellen Harvey and myself as we cruise the exhibit halls and educational sessions. Please stop us and say hello. (Or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.)
Last week when I attended the London Book Fair, I sought out sessions that spoke to the technological shifts affecting the industry. Some of best content came from The Digital Hub sessions at the Tech Theater. Ostensibly paid-to-play sessions, they were short but sweet bursts of knowledge that beat out some of the more trudging sessions elsewhere.