Publishers Weekly

10 Million Shades of Green: Erotic Trilogy Dominates Book Sales
May 22, 2012

"The sales velocity for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing," Anthony Chirico, the president of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, said in a statement. "As we head into the heart of the summer reading season, sales are likely to continue exceeding even our most optimistic forecasts." The erotic novels were released by Vintage Books, part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, beginning in March in e-book format and in April in trade paperback. They were originally published by a small independent press in Australia and difficult to find in paperback form in the United

The Reinvention of the Bookseller
May 10, 2012

If you're a brick-and-mortar bookseller, does your blood pressure rise when you think about e-retailers and their deep discounts? Do you look at ebooks as a threat or an opportunity? Depending on how you answered those questions, you might need to ask yourself another one: What business are you really in?

If you're simply in the business of "selling books," I believe you're thinking too narrowly. Think of the story of the successful tools salesman who explained why he was able to sell so many drills:

Publisher predicts e-book boom for Taiwan by 2015
May 6, 2012

Taiwan's e-book market will grow dramatically in the next three years as large numbers of e-book readers and tablets are expected to be available in the region by then, a local publisher said recently.

By 2015, the number of e-book readers and tablets is expected to exceed two million units in Taiwan, a figure that is big enough to drive forward the e-book industry faster,” Yu Kuo-ting, chairman of the Taipei-based Taiwan E-book Association, told CNA in an interview.

IDPF Unveils Program, Speakers for Digital Book 2012 at BEA
April 10, 2012

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced today the preliminary program and speakers for Digital Book 2012 at BEA ( The conference, held in partnership with BookExpo America (BEA), will be held June 4-5, 2012, in New York City's Javits Center, and is expected to draw global leaders in the publishing industry, including technologists, marketers, retailers, solution providers, publishers, authors, and agents.

Featured speakers at Digital Book 2012 will include best-selling authors Seth Godin and Bella Andre, as well as publishing CEOs and senior executives including Jane Friedman (Open Road Media), Madeline McIntosh (Random House), Otis Chandler (Goodreads) and more.

‘PW,’ Vook Team Up for Self-Publishing Package
April 6, 2012

Publishers Weekly and Vook have reached a deal that will let self-published authors get access to Vook’s new e-book creation tool as well as participate in PW Select’s listing and review service. Under PW Select+, authors will receive all the benefits of...

R.J. Julia Bookstore to Install an Espresso Book Machine
February 6, 2012

R.J. Julia, widely considered to be one of the most vibrant and successful small independent bookstores in the country, is installing an Espresso Book Machine (EBM)  on March 1. The EBM brings a revolutionary book-publishing technology to one of the most respected independent booksellers in the world.

The EBM is the only digital-to-print at retail solution on the market. Within minutes, the EBM can produce a bookstore quality paperback with color cover, in any standard trim size, at point of sale.

NBC News Launches Interactive E-Book Publishing Venture
January 24, 2012

First came the independent authors, then came the newspapers and magazines, and now broadcast television networks are looking to join the burgeoning e-book marketplace. NBC News plans to launch NBC Publishing, a venture dedicated to releasing interactive e-books for tablets and e-readers.

Publishers Weekly revealed details of the new venture citing an email exchange with NBC vice president Michael Fabiano. The initiative will be spearheaded by NBC News and will leverage NBC's existing content assets from shows like Dateline, NBC Nightly News, Today, Peacock Productions, and NBC's archives as well as network and film properties including Telemundo, NBC Sports, and Universal...

Look Beyond the Bookstore to Sell More Books
January 6, 2012

“Total unit sales of print books sold through the outlets whose sales are captured by Nielsen BookScan dropped 10.2% in the six month period ended July 3, 2011." This is an ongoing trend that will continue, according to most publishing experts.