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Author Services In The Light Of Penguin’s Purchase
July 20, 2012 | 8:54 am

I started this post back in April, I REALLY wish I’d published it then! Following Penguin’s acquisition of Author Solutions (DBW, The Bookseller) I’ve reworked it somewhat and added a few ideas around that move. It all started at the London Book Fair this year, an event which brought to the fore for me questions over what will happen to publishers during this radical digital shift? A number of times, either as part of a conversation or in response to questions about the publisher role in the future, I spoke about Author Services or as I prefer to think of it, changing the editorial department from...

Moving Up The Value Chain: How Digital Publishing Disrupts
July 13, 2012 | 8:51 am

Demand ebook cover A good while ago now (nearly 2 and half years I think) I wrote a piece called Whither Publishing In The Twenty Teens? It looked at the changes in publishing which I argued were being driven by digital publishing over the internet. I made a prediction in that post: 3) Quality and curation will deliver rewards (so firing editors may be self-defeating) in the long-term, if you survive the shakeout. Given the proliferation of poorly written/created content, acknowledged quality will be a valuable feature as will good filtering capabilities (as we can already see). The point here was that value could be created through curation of...

Go Read This | The Quarto Group Chairman’s Statement
June 28, 2012 | 8:31 am

Eoin There are so many reasons to read the chairman’s* statement in The Quarto Group’s latest update. For starters it is well written and as a result, is a pleasure to read. It is also full of gems like this one: Contrary to popular mythology, most people in the developing world are not time-deprived. Indeed, there is much greater scope now to fill one’s non-working time (and, perhaps even one’s working time!) with elective personal activities, ranging from engaging in the chit-chat of social media, exercising, playing sport, indulging in hobbies and pastimes, cooking classes, book clubs, playing videogames, watching television, and...

The Future Of Publishing In Microcosm | The Increasing Internationalization Of Irish Publishing
May 24, 2012 | 9:26 am

Eoin Yesterday I was a little unfair to Easons for the pronouncements of the company’s spokesperson and the tone of the article on its ebook strategy which suggested the company was about to embark on a  mission to build a rival platform to B&N and Amazon, something that would surely have been a valiant, if doomed, effort. When I thought about it for the rest of the day though it got me thinking about just how much ebooks are changing the profile of book publishing and bookselling and how quickly that is happening. For instance I am almost certain of two things...

Further Thoughts On Waterstones And Amazon
May 22, 2012 | 9:12 am

Eoin Yesterday I wrote a post that was generally favourable to the deal between Amazon and Waterstones: If I was to think of one single reason for the move being a good though I would say it is this, it allows Waterstones to stand still and observe for a little longer. The value of inaction is often underestimated and right now when the ebook retail and distribution space is changing rapidly and requires such a huge investment, this move brings revenue, options but most crucially of all, time to just see what happens while rebuilding the core bookselling business. I still think the above holds true. One major issue...

Go Read This | Serious Nonfiction in the Digital Age
May 10, 2012 | 9:38 am

Eoin Great piece. And one that warrants a solid response, which I will think on before I write anything else: So when digital evangelists prognosticate about the future of publishing, as they love to do, and about what ‘needs’ to go away, serious nonfiction is now one of the first things I think about. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and want to read more of it and notice twentysomethings have little perceived patience for weighty tomes. Maybe it’s because I’d rather have pragmatic conversations about what categories are best suited to digital — genre fiction obviously, certain commercial strains of literary...

On THE Platform And What That Means
May 2, 2012 | 8:17 am

Eoin When you look at this ebook game from a distance it seems to make a little sense: 1) Microsoft & NewCo. = Content, Device, Apps + possible future Mobile play via Nokia & Windows 8 2) Apple = Content+ Device, Apps + Mobile play 3) Amazon = Content, Device, Apps + Whispersync making Mobile already a significant play in my book but an actual partnership not yet to hand 4) Google = Content (-ish), Apps + Mobile (with Motorola) and a Device neutral stance Leaving Sony and Kobo somewhat on the sidelines missing some element of the game. Of course those two, like the previous four...

I Think Publishers Have Lost The Battle & The War
April 14, 2012 | 10:46 am

Eoin The thing about the end of Agency is that it’s not over. That is to say that the rearguard action by the legacy publishing establishment isn’t finished. And make no mistake, Agency Pricing and the rules and agreements that supported it were an attempt to stop the clock and buy the established players a breather against the tide of innovation. That the establishment chose to work with one of the greatest innovators in another sphere doesn’t make the move any less defensive, Apple certainly didn’t break too much new ground in the digital book world (though the game is a long one and they may yet). For the record,...

Go Read This | Exclusive: How Much Do Kindle Singles Authors Make? | paidContent
March 13, 2012 | 8:55 am

Eoin One of two absolute MUST READ pieces on PaidContent today about Amazon’s Kindle Singles program. A complete coup for Laura Hazard Owen and the rest of the crew over there. The pieces are filled with gold of which the below is only a small amount: When I got my first royalty check from Amazon, I went to my boss at the bar and was like, “Mike, I quit, dude,” and he was like why, and I was like “Look at this check, man,” and he said, “I’d quit too.” This is what I’m doing now. My three stories that are out have now sold in excess...

This Scares Me: Amazon plans to launch 2 tablet PCs in 2H12
March 8, 2012 | 9:52 am

Eoin It’s a slightly unsettling and sinking feeling I get whenever I hear discussion about booksellers and others moving away from E-Ink based ereaders towards tablets. It’s not a hatred of backlit screens and the like, in fact I like them quite a bit. Rather it’s that such a move is an implicit acceptance that the stand-alone ereader device is moving from a top priority to a secondary one. The concern for me is that as apps, movies, tv shows, music and games become bigger and better businesses for these players, books become less and less important. With such a shift, books become simply...

Why Storia Is Important
March 7, 2012 | 8:53 am

8266 v1 150x You may have read this piece (or one of the several pieces on the topic) yesterday or this morning: Storia is in beta now and available for Windows PC through the website; an iPad version is coming later this month. The app itself is free and comes with five free e-books. A store contains over 1,000 other children’s e-books—many available in digital format for the first time—that can be sorted by grade level, reading level, age and character/series. When the app officially launches in the fall, it will contain over 2,000 titles, reports the AP, “that can be bought directly from the...

Gill & Macmillan Start Releasing Ebooks
March 5, 2012 | 8:24 am

9780717149728 20110718171204 1 199x300 One of Ireland top trade publishers has started releasing ebooks. Gill & Macmillan has begun releasing its immediate front list and popular backlist titles on Amazon’s Kindle platform. Beginning with a  batch of eight released in December 2011, the publisher has now released 19 titles in total including Dying To Survive the memoir of former heroin addict Rachel Keogh, Paul Bew’s new biography of Charles Stewart Parnell, Enigma and Pádraig Yeates, A City in Wartime. Gill & Macmillan has priced all titles at $9.99 or less so far. The move comes as Mercier Press confirms by tweet and further commentary that the publisher’s ebooks success over the Christmas...