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French publishing report shows slow e-book uptake, slower adaptation in France
July 11, 2013 | 1:54 pm

French publishing reportThe latest Activity Report "L'édition en perspective" ("Publishing in Perspective") from France's Syndicat national de l'édition (French Publishers Association) shows relatively modest market share growth for e-books, rising from one percent of the French book market in 2011 to three percent in 2012. It also betrays exactly the kind of conservatism and sclerotic rate of change that is probably responsible for those poor figures in the first place. Looking back on the past year, Vincent Montagne, President of the SNE, declares that: "The main highlight has been the agreement signed on 21 March 2013 with the Writers' Permanent Council. Three and a half years...

Ink Monkey Launches UK Independent Digital Imprint
July 8, 2013 | 2:56 pm

Former UK music journalist, literary agent, and latterly publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson Neil Taylor has just launched his own new digital imprint, Ink Monkey, hailing 2013 as "The Year of the Monkey." From the company's launch release come this: "A former Cabinet minister, a PhD from the creative writing programme at Newcastle University, a cultural historian and Demos associate and a founding father of the 1960s underground movement are amongst those authors whose work is published under the digital imprint Ink Monkey." Ink Monkey titles are available direct from the company's website, and through the major UK digital channels—"Apple, Amazon, Kobo,...

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King’s compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch
July 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

Morning RoundupSix Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction (The Atlantic) Emily Keeler, editor of Toronto-based zine Little Brother, reads a lot of literature for a living. But for the past six weeks, she confesses she's found the news stories coming out of Toronto City Hall more entertaining than most of the novels she's read...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 kicks off program of e-book-related events
June 24, 2013 | 6:55 pm

Edinburgh International Book FestivalPreparations have begun in Scotland for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is the literary component of the Edinburgh Festival, the UK’s biggest annual cultural jamboree, and which this year runs from August 10th to 26th, and showcases 800 authors in over 700 events. Many of the discussions and appearances this year will be either dealing with issues raised by the digital disruption of publishing and book production, or presenting authors in the context of their e-books and digital media work. “It’s our 30th birthday this year and we celebrate with a programme of events looking back over three astonishing decades...

Profile Books founder Andrew Franklin lays into self-publishing
June 11, 2013 | 7:01 pm

Andrew Franklin UK independent publisher Andrew Franklin, founder and managing director of Profile Books, delivered a virulent assault on the current self-publishing environment at the Literary Consultancy conference Writing in a Digital Age in London, as reported in The Guardian. "The overwhelming majority [of self-published books] are terrible—unutterable rubbish," Franklin said. "They don't enhance anything in the world." There are "now unmeasurable numbers" of books being self-published, according to Franklin, and "these books come out and are met with a deathly silence, so the principal experience of self-publishing is one of disappointment." This outburst is especially surprising as Profile Books is clearly no stranger...

A Conversation with Ray Russell of Tartarus Press
May 24, 2013 | 2:09 pm

Tartarus Press Tartarus Press is "a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also publish paperbacks and ebooks. We have been the recipient of three World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 received a Stoker from the Horror Writers Association." TeleRead recently spoke to Tartarus co-editor and co-publisher Ray Russell about the press's e-publishing program, and how it fits with the rest of its business. TeleRead: You sell your e-books off your own site, in EPUB and Kindle/Mobi format, without DRM. What decided you on that policy? Ray Russell: Tartarus has always been about publishing...

Pottermore’s Winning Digital Publishing Strategy
May 14, 2013 | 2:23 pm

Pottermore Futurebook is reporting that Pottermore, JK Rowling's portal for all things Harry Potter, was a big winner at The Bookseller Industry Awards. As author Philip Jones explains, the thrust of the message they are hearing now is that there is no longer such a thing as 'digital strategy.' It's all just strategy now. So, what do they think Pottermore is doing right? They identify four things Pottermore did incredibly well "for which the words 'game changer'" apply: 1. They created a commercial e-book platform that was at least as good as Amazon's 2. They set their own prices, and sustained them in the face...

Reports of the Bookstore’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
May 13, 2013 | 8:50 pm

Reports of the bookstore's death are greatly exaggeratedBy Michael Weinstein There’s been a great deal of conjecture lately about the future of the bookstore: What will happen to the B&N stores (especially if they do plan to reduce the number of stores)? What about independent bookstores? Will Amazon crush bricks-and-mortar stores out of existence? Oh, lordy, will there even be such a thing as a bookstore!?!? Not surprisingly, this all made me think of a song. Under time pressure to have a song for the first Earth Day concert in 1970, the great Tom Paxton created the gold standard for songs about ecology when he wrote “Whose Garden Was...

David Gaughran on traditional media exposure for self-publishers
May 13, 2013 | 5:00 pm

David GaughranAfter reading my review of David Gaughran's self-help guide to visibility-raising for self-publishers, Let’s Get Visible: How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books, Gaughran himself got in touch with me and outlined some of his views on traditional media exposure and self-publishing. As I noted in the review, traditional publicity venues didn't feature much in his book, and Gaughran explained to me why. With his permission, I'm reproducing his remarks, which may help other self-published authors still further with their marketing choices. “Right now ... there are very, very few paths to success outside Amazon, and I felt the book had...

Adobe Sees Steady Growth in Digital Magazines
May 8, 2013 | 3:29 pm

Magazines have taken a hit over the years on sales in the marketplace. But we’re talking about physical magazines, the ones where you leaf through actual pages. Companies have moved toward digital magazines as a way to get consumers back, and even find new ones. According to research by Adobe, which produces the software that most professional print and digital magazines are created with, the outlook is positive. “The momentum we’re seeing in digital publishing is that publishers are actually able to make money off these magazines,” Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Adobe’s group product marketing manager for digital publishing, told TabTimes. “They are coming...

Draft2Digital Converts Word Documents Into E-Books: How well does it work?
May 2, 2013 | 11:48 pm

A couple of weeks ago I read about Draft2Digital, an e-book distributor still in beta mode. They got my attention with their claim to be able to turn a Word doc into a functional EPUB or Mobi (Kindle) file. Naturally I had to check them out, so I asked for a beta code, and I've been playing around with their conversions ever since, to see if they're any good. The results so far have been fair. I threw them a Word doc of my nonfiction book, which had previously given Barnes & Noble fits. Amazon had handled it well, but the...

BREAKING: O’Reilly Media Retiring the Tools of Change Conference and TOC Blog
May 2, 2013 | 10:15 pm

O'Reilly MediaEarlier today, O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly announced in a blog post that after seven years of hosting the Tools of Change for Publishing conference, a digital publishing event attended annually by many of the biggest names and most important members of the industry, the conference is being officially retired. Also folding along with the conference is the popular TOC blog, which, like its namesake series of events, is considered a crucial portion of most every digital publishing professional's media diet. The rationale behind the cancellation of Tools of Change seems largely to be one of financial priority. In the aforementioned blog...