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Exploring New Revenue Opportunities with Digital Printing
December 5, 2014

As is the case when any emerging technology is shaking up a market, there are facts and misconceptions that surround that technology. When book publishers think about digital printing, several associations-negative and positive-may come to mind: cost-savings, short-runs, low quality, flexible, amateur...

Penguin Random House Does Its Competitors a Favor by Walking Away from Subscription
November 20, 2014

I sometimes feel like I'm the only guy in town (NYC, but I'd include London too) contemplating out loud how Penguin Random House might use its position as by far the biggest commercial trade publisher to make life a bit more difficult for its competitors, which in the first instance means the Following Four: HarperCollins (which is much bigger than the other three), Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan. What I mean, of course, is that PRH could use its position to either improve its margins in relation to everybody else

Press Release: BookShout! Approaches 10M Codes Distributed for Special and Bulk Ebook Sales
September 30, 2014

BookShout!, the market leader in special and bulk ebook sales to corporations and organizations, announced that they have distributed 9.4M ebook codes in the past 12 months, and expects to double that number by early 2015. With more than 3,000 bulk ebook orders placed by major corporations and universities, BookShout! has experienced accelerated growth as more and more organizations request mass quantities of ebook for events, corporate rewards, and client retention.

Publishers Turn to the Crowd to Find the Next Best Seller
August 12, 2014

Swoon Reads, a young-adult imprint that is part of Macmillan Publishing, is upending the traditional discovery process by using crowdsourcing to select all its titles. By bringing a reality-television-style talent competition to its digital slush pile, the publisher is hoping to find potential best sellers that reflect not editors' tastes but the collective wisdom and whims of the crowd.

"The fans and the readers are more in touch with what can sell," said Jean Feiwel, senior vice president of the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and publisher of Swoon Reads

As Book Prices Drop, Big Publishers Push Into Software and EdTech
August 6, 2014

Don't look now, but textbook publishers are trying to become software companies. And tech startups are trying to outmaneuver these giants to win the future of educational content and tools. It's one of the big trends in edtech and digital media.

Indeed, digital publishing has "fundamentally changed every aspect of what we are doing with our content," says Michael Hansen, the CEO of Cengage Learning, an education publisher that recently moved headquarters from Connecticut to Boston, while also opening a new office in techie-rich San Francisco.

Judge 'Concerned' Apple's $450 Million Ebook Settlement Could Hurt Consumers
July 25, 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said she found "most troubling" a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings.

Macmillan Invests in “Google Docs for Researchers” Firm WriteLaTeX
July 23, 2014

Digital Science, a division of the Macmillan publishing giant, has invested an undisclosed amount in London startup called WriteLaTeX, which provides a collaborative paper-writing tool for researchers called Overleaf.

Overleaf is a WYSIWYG editor that allows researchers to work together on scientific documents that use the LaTeX markup language - ubiquitous in the physical sciences in particular - for displaying and typesetting formulae.

BEA Promotes Publishing Innovation at Startup Challenge
June 11, 2014

Although much of BookExpo America's discourse seemed colored by the ongoing Amazon-Hachette dispute, there were a number of events that exuded optimism and excitement for the future. Among these was the Startup Challenge, a competition that highlighted the innovation of 18 startups hoping to make their mark on the publishing industry.