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Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns
November 23, 2014 | 11:04 am

kickstarterNew Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating book piracy in schools and on the consumer level. They are doing this to attract major publishers from Europe and the United States. *** The Four Fatal Flaws of Failed Kickstarter Campaigns (GigaOM) But launching a crowdfunding campaign is no guarantee of success. I want to focus on the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, examine why promising startups...

Digital Book World conducting author survey
November 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Digital Book World logo DBWDigital Book World has conducted two previous surveys of authors, and now they are doing a third. Their previous surveys have been criticized as drawing from too narrow a field, i.e. readers of Writer's Digest. The criticism is that many, if not most, indie authors don't read Writer's Digest, leading the survey to under represent that section of the population. I'm not offering an opinion on prior surveys one way or the other because honestly, I haven't taken the time to dig into the methodology. But if the criticism is fair, then it seems obvious that a good fix is to...

Bertelsmann confirms how bogus anti-Amazon animus is, hits seven-year revenue high
November 14, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Bertelsmann has provided yet more irrefutable evidence of how hollow, fake, and self-serving the whole Hachette/Authors United anti-Amazon spat was, as the post-Penguin/Random House-merger, post-digital disruption Big Five giant delivers its highest year-to-date revenue results for the past seven years. "Revenues at September 30, 2014 were up 4.3 percent year-on-year to €11.82 billion [$14.74 billion] (previous year: €11.33 billion [$14.1 billion]), reaching their highest level in seven years," the Bertelsmann press release stated. "The strategic transactions of the past 18 months contributed significantly to these increases – including the combination of Penguin and Random House, Arvato’s takeover of the financial...

News Corp results show how badly those poor disrupted publishers are hurting …
November 6, 2014 | 4:38 pm

News Corp logoNews Corporation, that big bouncy Murdoch baby, demonstrated just how badly the Big Five publishers really need rescuing from Bezos's brutal bullying bugbear Amazon - by delivering quarterly results well above expectations, buoyed in part by strong performance at publishing unit HarperCollins. According to the results release, News Corp's performance for the first quarter of its 2015 financial year included "revenues of $2.15 billion compared to $2.07 billion in the prior year," and "the majority of the revenue increase reflects strength in the Book Publishing, Digital Real Estate Services and Digital Education segments and the inclusion of the results of Harlequin...

MADHOUSE comfortably clears Indiegogo fundraising goals
November 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Following TeleRead's coverage of the Indiegogo fundraising campaign by Dark Regions Press to fund its illustrated shared world psychological horror anthology MADHOUSE, I'm glad to report that the project has cleared its base target and several stretch fundraising goals, raising $3962 in just the two days after our article ran. The project is now sitting pretty on $18,572 of funds raised by the cutoff time of 11:59pm PT, November 2nd, 2014, against its original target of $15,000. The extra money secured three out of the four stretch goals for the project, with by artist Aaron Alfrey now due to fully illustrate ten chapters...

Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption
October 30, 2014 | 8:54 pm

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for certain restricted purposes. We’ve reported on this procedure a few times over the last few years. The way it goes is that various people or organizations make proposals and the copyright office considers whether to grant them for the next three years. The exemptions then have to be requested again at the next session if they are to continue. Public Knowledge will be submitting requests to legalize...

Hugh Howey corrects just about every assumption you ever had about the book trade
October 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Hugh HoweyWhat could change just about every aspect of the current disputes about digital disruption in the book trade? The revelation that the key traditional businesses are not being disrupted at all, right? Well, that may be overstating the case, but not too far - at least according to Hugh Howey. Under the headline "Two Important Publishing Facts Everyone Gets Wrong," he's put together an analysis, with a lot of its data drawn, interestingly, from the New Republic, to demonstrate that: "Almost everything being said about publishing today is predicated on two facts that are dead wrong. The first is that publishers...

Morning Links: Apple introduces new iPads. Are publisher advances critical?
October 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

ipad mini vs ipad airApple Introduces New iPads, Macs (USA Today) Apple offered few surprises but plenty of new hardware and software on Thursday. *** iOS or OS X? It Doesn't Matter... (GigaOM) Apple signaled this change a few years ago and now you can see the fruits of its labor: It matters less if you use a low-cost phone, mid-priced tablet or expensive computer to get things done thanks to hardware, software and the cloud. *** Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical? (The Digital Reader) The argument against Amazon seems to rest on the proposition that if trad-pubs aren’t awarded excess returns, over and above the actual free-market value of their...

Laura Fredericks on the future of publishing
October 12, 2014 | 3:30 pm

Laura Fredericks, founder and CEO of the writing community Describli, has put up a very interesting guest post on the future of publishing at the Independent Publishing Magazine - the same platform that had the good taste to commend me and Chris Meadows as shakers in the evolution of the industry. And she is not exactly recommending the status quo ante disruption. In fact, her call - and warning - for both publishers and writers is: connect (or be damned). Fredericks's take is that although "the future of publishing remains uncertain," the "even more direct connection between writers, readers, publishers, and publicity"...

Morning Roundup: Apple family or Amazon family? Best literary TED Talks
October 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

apple vs amazonAre You an Apple Family or an Amazon Family? (GigaOM) Both Amazon and Apple have new programs that let family members share downloaded content. Which one makes more sense for your family? *** Publishing Battle Should be Covered, Not Joined (NYT) Many readers have complained to me that The Times is demonizing Amazon and siding with publishers and those authors who support them. A pro-Amazon author charges that the paper is spewing propaganda and, on Twitter, asks for a public editor “intervention.” *** Ten Best Literary TED Talks of the Year (Book Riot) Every year on Book Riot we’ve put together a round-up of our favorite...

David Gaughran catches the stench wafting from the publishing industry
September 23, 2014 | 6:00 pm

David GaughranNo one could accuse David Gaughran of being afraid to take a stand, or of supine impartiality in his readiness to listen to every side. And the author of Let's Get Digital and Let's Get Visible doesn't leave much room for ambiguity in his latest title: "Publishing Is Rotten To The Core." Admittedly, this is a post as much about media bias as about the publishing industry itself - or rather, the partiality of mainstream media to anti-Amazon, pro-trad publishing stories - as it is about conditions where print meets paper. But there's plenty to go around nonetheless. Gaughran doesn't mince words...

Morning Roundup: Publishing is rotten. Are Amazon exclusives the next big challenge?
September 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

Amazon exclusivesPublishing is Rotten to the Core (David Gaughran) The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets. *** Are Amazon Exclusives the Next Big Challenge for Everybody Else in Publishing? (The Shatzkin Files) Somebody smarter (or more patient about wading through data) than I am could probably figure out how far along this bifurcation is already, but Amazon is doing its very best to build a body of content that is desirable and available from nobody else but them. *** Evernote for Mac Rebuilds the Notes Editor, Improves Tables, and More (Lifehacker) Evernote released an update to...