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Earlier this month, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) announced that it had acquired the Seattle-based digital comic retailer ComiXology. While this news may have been overlooked as minor by some, this acquisition could mean big things for Amazon moving forward. Not only does ComiXology bring with it a lot of connections in the comic industry, but the potential synergies between it and other Amazon platforms like the Kindle could be significant.
Can it really be done? Can you take a brand that's well established in the print world and move it to digital?
You might think that's a silly question as it's already been done many times. I'll bet you can rattle off quite a few print brands that have made the jump to digital. But have these print-to-digital brands really been successful? Have they truly maximized their reach and revenue potential? Or have they actually diluted the original print brand? Would they have been better off doing something else instead of stretching the original brand from print to digital?
Sometimes living in Maine has unexpected advantages beyond lobster, seaside air, and friendly people, as I discovered yesterday when learning one of the newest beta sites for the Espresso Print-on-Demand system was being unveiled at a South Portland Books-a-Million store. Publerati is located in nearby Portland.
Marvel Entertainment is to actively support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).The US House Of Representatives has released a list of organisations in favour of the anti-piracy bill, which includes the publisher and its parent company Disney.No other comic book firms appeared on the document, though DC Entertainment's parent company Time Warner did feature. Book publishers such as Hachette, Macmillan, Harper Collins, Penguin and Random House are also in favour of the controversial legislation.SOPA aims to allow service providers to tackle websites deemed to be in violation of copyright infringement. Opponents of the bill warn that it could be
Laurence J. Kirshbaum, a literary agent and former publisher, will return to publishing to lead a new imprint for Amazon, he said on Sunday night.
In an e-mail to agents sent Sunday evening, Jeff Belle, an Amazon executive, said that Mr. Kirshbaum would begin immediately.
Lagardere Publishing, which includes Hachette Book Group, delivered an all-time record performance in 2009, parent company Lagardere SCA reported. The publishing group's total earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) increased 24 percent to approximately 455 million dollars.
"Open Book," a new national television and multimedia program, will premiere May 13 on LinkTV. The half-hour weekly television program about books and writers—which will be hosted by book publicist and editor Ina Howard-Parker, who also created the show—will focus on contemporary and historical literary production in a different location each week.
With its new Web site, HBG has established an infrastructure for digital development, says COO Beth Ford. With close to one year on the job, Hachette Book Group (HBG) Chief Operating Officer Beth Ford continues to work toward increasing efficiencies—and profits—for owner Hachette Livre, who purchased the publishing company from Time Warner in March 2006. Ford, who joined HBG last September after serving seven years as Scholastic’s senior vice president of global operations and information technology, dove right in by reviewing the publisher’s processes and identifying “gaps” that needed to be filled. It’s a full plate of responsibilities—one Ford relishes, she says.
Despite economic concerns highlighted by a slowdown in the housing market, merger and acquisition activity in the media and information industry remained steady through the first three quarters of 2006. Book publishers in the directory, reference, educational, professional and consumer books sectors have been especially busy, according to M&A firm The Jordan Edmiston Group Inc. (JEGI), recording 30 transactions through September of this year. For publishers looking to acquire other companies or positions themselves to be bought out, Book Business sought advice from several M&A advisers on maximizing the value of your next transaction. Tips for Sellers “There are several factors that drive
With a resume filled with shining examples of how to successfully combine traditional media with digital savvy-- from helping to launch Disney Interactive (now Buena Vista Games) to most recently serving as a media and entertainment expert for L.E.K. Consulting--Brian Napack seemed like a natural fit to help steer Holtzbrinck Publishers into the digital era. After month in his new role as president of the company, Napack, 44, spoke with Book Business to discuss what he has in store for the publishing giant during his tenure. Book Business: You have a long history working with both digital and traditional formats. How do you see those