Product Launches

What’s Your Annual Book Budget?: Poll Results
June 12, 2014

In our latest community poll, we asked you to share your annual book buying budget. Ready to crunch some numbers? As with all self-report surveys, the data is only as accurate as the respondents are truthful and knowledgeable. We have no way to confirm the amount of money participants actually spend, and it's reasonable to guess that some of the clustering around round-number responses (25, 50, 100, etc.) might be due to participants who do not track their spending closely making guesstimates about their totals instead.

Amazon Is NOT the Vladimir Putin of the Publishing World
June 12, 2014

Can you believe those...those...those...sons of bitches at Amazon? After launching almost 20 years ago and making virtually every book-new, used, dead-tree, electronic, audio, and I'm guessing any day now, olfactory-available to everyone in America at good-to-great prices, the company's true character now stands revealed. It's not pretty, folks. Despite a huge market share, Amazon apparentlystill wants books, especially the e-books that everyone agrees are the future of the medium, to be cheaper than what publishers and big-name authors want you to pay for them.

Amazon’s June 18 Event Hints at Long-Awaited Smartphone
June 5, 2014

Amazon.com is holding an event in Seattle later this month where it could reveal its long-awaited smartphone, possibly with a 3D interface.

The e-commerce giant is inviting press and customers to an event June 18 in its hometown of Seattle for a "new device unveiling." In a video on its site, actors are seen surprisingly reacting to something held off-screen in their hands.

The IDPF Digital Book 2014 – In Pictures
May 30, 2014

The BookExpo America event is the largest North American publishing industry conference, and it has grown to include a wide variety of incorporated events that address nearly every aspect of the book industry.

Amazon v Hachette: Don’t Believe The Spin
May 29, 2014

The internet is seething over Amazon's reported hardball tactics in negotiations with Hachette. Newspapers and blogs are filled with heated opinion pieces, decrying Amazon's domination of the book business. Actual facts are thinner on the ground, however, and if history is any guide, we haven't heard the full story. Here's how it started.

A Guide to Maya Angelou’s Most Beloved Books
May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at the age of 86, was known for many things throughout her life: her wisdom, her acting, her indefatigable civil rights activism. But more than anything else, Angelou was famous for her writing. Both a prolific poet and memorist, Angelou penned more than two dozens books and collections throughout her life (including two cookbooks).

Diversity An Issue As Annual BookExpo America Convention Opens
May 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Three years ago, guest speaker Mindy Kaling joked that publishing's annual national convention, BookExpo America, resembled "a high school reunion where all the jocks were killed in a plane crash, and all the minorities, too."

Little seems to have changed.

From Wednesday to Saturday, tens of thousands of publishers, authors, agents and librarians will meet at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York for a convention predominantly organized by whites, spotlighting books predominantly written, edited and published by whites.

BookExpo Keeps It Breezy
May 28, 2014

BookExpo America, which starts on Wednesday morning at the Javits Center in Manhattan, is taking a page from other entertainment conventions as it seeks to promote itself as more welcoming and fun, and less inclined to look inward.

It will be business as usual, in one sense, with the standard lineup of publishers and distinguished authors promoting books for the fall. It also opens under a cloud of concerns - one about Amazon.com, the giant online bookseller, which is battling over pricing with a leading publisher

Harlequin Publishing Company Sold to HarperCollins for $455M
May 2, 2014

TORONTO -- Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, is selling the Harlequin book publishing company for $455 million to global media company News Corp. and it will be run as a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Torstar (TSX:TS.B) says the sale will strengthen its financial position and a portion of the net proceeds will be used for debt reduction.

Harlequin, known for its romance books, has been part of Torstar for 39 years.

 

Pearson Confirms Guidance With Stronger Second Half
April 29, 2014

Pearson Plc (PSON), the publisher of the Financial Times newspaper, reiterated its full-year earnings forecast and said its restructuring and investment program is on schedule to speed growth next year.

The shares rose as much as 4.1 percent. Adjusted earnings per share will be 62 pence to 67 pence in 2014, London-based Pearson said in a statement today. Profit will be heavily weighted to the second half, it said. First-quarter sales dropped 6 percent on a stronger British pound versus the U.S. dollar, according to the statement.