Much of the change we are living through in publishing is plain as day to see. The shift from print to digital, like the shift from stores to online purchasing, is evident to all of us, inside the industry and out.
But there’s another aspect of the change that is not nearly as visible and that’s around systems and workflows. Publishing, even in the pre-digital age, was a systems-driven business.
June 18th marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, making books on the subject a growing trend, according to Bowker’s Books In Print®, a leading and reliable source of information on books and publishing metrics. One hundred thirteen books — in print and e-book versions — have been brought to market in 2012, a record amount for the conflict, which is often referred to as the “forgotten war.”
NEW YORK, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group has named the best indie books of 2012. The books are winners of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a non-profit awards program judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry to identify indie books that deserve to reach a wider audience.
Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information, released its annual report on U. S. print book publishing for 2011, compiled from its Books In Print® database. Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew six percent in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market.
In April and March, nearly a quarter of Americans tried reading an e-book, up from about 20% in February, according to new data from Bowker.
In a presentation at the Publishers Launch conference in New York mostly focused on international adoption of e-books and e-reading, Bowker’s president of publishing services Kelly Gallagher announced the new figure. While the U.S. is still growing in terms of e-book use, the rest of the world is catching up.
Integrated Learning Systems are edging out both print and e-textbooks in popularity with students, says new research from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)'s ongoing study of Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. The second installment in Volume Two of the study, which is powered by Bowker Market Research, shows that nearly 48 percent of students feel Integrated Learning Systems help with their studying; compare that with 45 percent for the core physical textbook and just 37 percent for the e-textbook. Further, nearly half of student respondents feel that Integrated Learning Systems help them improve their grade, compared with 40 percent for print texts and 33 percent for e-texts.
British children aged 10 and under are reading e-books, but on laptops rather than designated devices like the Amazon Kindle. Once they turn 11, they embrace the Kindle as their most widely used device for e-book consumption (Figure 1). These insights are courtesy of Bowker® Market Research’s Understanding the Digital Consumer project, an ongoing study of the use of e-books by British consumers. The latest wave of research, completed in March 2012, included an extended set of questions around children and their use of digital content.
Print Vs. E: No verdict yet: Of the 14 percent of Americans who read both print and ebooks, an April 2012 study by the Pew Research Center found that 36 percent prefer ebooks, while just 24 percent prefer print—leaving some 40 percent without a preference.
E-book consumers’ preference for tablets is accelerating rapidly as dedicated e-readers drop in popularity, according to the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s closely watched Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey. The second installment in Volume Three of the study shows that, over the course of just six months, consumers’ “first choice” preference for dedicated e-readers such as those from Amazon and Barnes & Noble declined from 72 percent to 58 percent.
A first ever survey of college faculty perceptions toward classroom materials found that professors continue to equate their own and their students’ successes in the classroom to the use of materials such as textbooks and most prefer print formats.