In an effort to increase its international sales, Sourcebooks has signed agreements with four distribution partners. The independent publisher is one of four houses to sign on with Baker & Taylor’s new Global Publishers Services that provides publishers with international sales and marketing services. GPS will be representing Sourcebooks in all territories outside of North…
Yoav Lorch explains how Total Boox’s pay-as-you-read model is intended to meet the digital age expectations of ease and immediacy.
Wednesday's BookExpo panel on the future of bricks-and-mortar retailing couldn't have been scheduled at a more auspicious time for indies: the day after the American Booksellers Association announced a resurgence in the number of independent bookstores.
For the first time since 2005, there are more than 2,000 independent outlets in the U.S. Although ABA CEO Oren Teicher reiterated that statistic at the panel, the line that brought the largest applause
Wattpad announced a massive $46 million third round of financing this morning, saying it would use the cash to expand its team and boost product development.
The social reading platform already has 25 million users who spend six billion minutes a month on the platform, the company said, which means Wattpad has doubled in size over the past year. All content on the system is contributed for free by writers looking to build their audience.
On the surface, it looked like business as usual at this year's Digital Book World conference in New York City earlier this week, with no groundbreaking announcements, no radical plans hatched to transform the book business as we know it. But as always, when publishers convene to discuss the state of the industry, a few ideas emerge.
Teens Not Reading for Fun
Of the news repeated over-and-over again in private conversation, it was that a recent Nielsen Books survey revealed 41% of teenagers aged 13-17 said that they do not read books for fun.
Yesterday I posted a blog discussing one point addressed during the CEO Roundtable at the Digital Book World Conference-namely, book discoverability. The larger discussion of that panel focused on the future of the ebook, for which the CEOs (Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks, Carolyn Reidy of Simon & Schuster, and David Nussbaum of F+W Media) seemed to have more questions than answers.
The future of book publishing is changing rapidly and now, more than ever, book publishers are asking, "What's next?" This question was top-of-mind in day two of the Digital Book World Conference and Expo. Yesterday's headline event, the CEO Roundtable, delved into this head on, discussing the future of the ebook. Book discovery is a huge part of that future, and the road forward, the panelists asserted, is not an easy one.
Today readers have more power than ever. Not only are publishers turning to their audiences to fund major projects, but they also look to consumers for feedback and help in creating the next bestseller. It's called crowdsourcing, and it has been growing in popularity as social publishing sites continue to thrive. For example, on Scribd, readers discover and discuss books from a massive digital library of bestsellers and self-published works, while on Medium, shorter articles are published by users, collaboratively edited, and ranked by popularity. Both platforms allow users to make comments on the work. Crowdsourcing gives readers a voice, but it also creates a buzz for the author's work and an audience ready to receive it.
Book Business congratulates the winners of the 2013 Publishing Innovator of the Year Award, which recognizes the most innovative publishers of the past year.
Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines have announced the winners of the 2013 Publishing Innovator of the Year Awards. Active Interest Media, Sourcebooks, and the American Physical Society have been selected as this year's winners. This award recognizes publishing companies who have demonstrated significant innovation in the past year. A winner is chosen from each of the following three categories: book, magazine, and scientific, technical & medical (STM) publishers.