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Morning Links: Writing by Committee. Gmail on Android Watch With Wear Mail
May 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

wear mail clientBusiness Musings: Writing by Committee (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I had a shudder moment yesterday. While researching something else, I read a New York Times interview on leadership with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Publishing Group. (No, she’s not the head of Random House. Just a section of it.) She mentions the importance of teamwork in the publishing industry. She’s running a huge section of a major company. Of course there needs to be a team, and of course, the team needs to work toward a common goal. *** Do...

Morning Links: Vook to relaunch as Pronoun. Change to MacBook Pro
May 20, 2015 | 8:26 am

pronounMy Personal List of What Should be Top-of-Mind for Publishers Around Digital Change Today (Mike Shatzkin) To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. *** Vook to Relaunch as Free Self-Publishing Platform Pronoun (Digital Book World) The strategy shift comes eight months after acquiring the short-form ebook publisher Byliner and more than a year after buying Booklr, a data and analytics start-up. *** Apple Gives New 15-Inch MacBook Pro a ‘Force Touch’ Trackpad (Plus Other Stuff) (Re/Code) Apple has updated its 15-inch, Retina-display MacBook Pro laptop...

Morning Links: Social media failing creative women. Literary pilgrimage
May 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

Social mediaOn the Literary Pilgrimage (Book Riot) If there were a passport for literary pilgrims, PEI’s stamp would still dominate mine. *** Compromise and Expectations — A Clash in the Making (An American Editor) I am finding that client demands are increasingly impossible. I try to be politic when responding to clients, but sometimes I just want to scream in frustration. *** How Social Media is Failing Creative Women (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instead of these companies thinking about what it means for them to offer a service to everyone when their model of the world is so deeply inaccurate, we keep hearing the equivalent of “It...

Morning Links: Myth of consumer tech globalization. Canadians selling ebooks direct
May 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThe Myth of Globalization in Consumer Tech (Re/Code) As he recounted this story, what stood out to him was not that these young Chinese tourists didn’t use Facebook or Instagram, but that they clearly had no idea what they were. *** Companies Join Forces to Provide Free eBooks in Airport (GoodeReader) Most travelers don’t count the airport as the best part of their trip, but thanks to a joint effort by BookShout, HarperCollins, and American Express Canada, the wait time might be a little more pleasant. *** Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling eBooks Direct (DBW) 66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according...

Morning Links: Cheerios ebook code. Goodreads spam?
April 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebook codePublishers Finally Taking the Reins on Web Marketing (Digital Book World) I’ve noticed that for the first time there is nearly universal agreement on the following five things... *** Cheerios Box Prize: An eBook Code (GalleyCat) General Mills is bringing the cereal box prize into the 21st century by giving away eBooks through breakfast cereal packaging. *** Goodreads Now Filling Your Update Feed With Spam, Er “Sponsored Posts” (Ink, Bits & Pixels) When Goodreads restructured their social network late last month I predicted that they would shortly use author pages for marketing purposes, and now it looks like I was about half right. *** Tory Chairman Accused of Smearing...

Do bookshops, publishers cheat readers?
April 16, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Author David Nicholls's keynote speech at the London Book Fair Digital Minds Conference appears to have been garnering quite a bit of ridicule, as well as attention, for his claim that showrooming is just a “genteel form of shoplifting.” And far be it from me to hold back. So here's an equally infantile but just as provocative counter-claim: Publishers, and to a lesser extent bookshops, are in a conspiracy to systematically cheat their customers. How? By repackaging their own legitimate birthright and selling it back to them, at a level of profit dictated only by production costs and how much...

London Book Fair Excellence Awards showcase industriousness of an industrious industry
April 16, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The London Book Fair has just issued a press release detailing its London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, given in association with The Publishers Association. And despite some very worthwhile and well-deserved commemorations, there was plenty of industry-focused industrious talking up of what an industrial industry publishing is in the UK. That's In Da Dust Try, just in case the current government's ears didn't happen to catch the loud soundbites of the chief dignitaries. In fact, Jack Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “In the last few years, we have seen the rise and rise of international publishing and it...

Morning Links: Author and publisher marketing collaboration. Hybrid publishing
April 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

hybrid publishingMore Thinking About how Author and Publisher Marketing Collaboration Should Change (The Shatzkin Files) I did a couple of recent posts, the basic thrust of which was that publishers needed to rethink marketing and the author interaction around it. *** 10 Children’s Bookseller Challenges—And How Stores Solved Them: Children's Institute 2015 (PW) Every bookstore faces obstacles, but the way that it overcomes them can make the difference between being a so-so store and being a great one. *** Reading More Translated Books Will Make You a Better Person (Book Riot) One of my literary New Year’s resolutions was to read more works in translation, and so far,...

Morning Links: Does agency pricing hurt consumer? Video marketing for publishers
April 10, 2015 | 9:00 am

agency pricingGoogle Brings Google Play for Education to Canada (Canadian Reviewer) Serving as an extension of Google Play, the educational tools and content will be delivered through Android tablets. *** Video Marketing for Publishers: How, Whether, When? (Digital Book World) Video may have killed the radio star, but its impact on the book world is still buffering. *** Does Agency Pricing Hurt Reading Consumers? (GoodeReader) The current dog in the fight is HarperCollins, who according to some sources has demanded that all retailers move to an agency pricing model as early as next week while it still works to resolve its terms with Amazon. *** Ancestry.com Employees Caught Throwing Away...

Morning Links: Critics sound off on Clean Reader. Best books lists outdated?
April 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

clean readerThe Outdated Concept of a 'Best Books' List (GoodeReader) It doesn’t really matter what the list is or what it’s measuring, there’s bound to be a critic and there’s guaranteed to be a sore spot for a book, film, song, or other content that didn’t make the cut. *** Critics Sound Off on 'Clean Reader' App (School Library Journal) A survey, thus far, of some responses to “Clean Reader.” The application, for IOS and Android, is an ereading platform that removes profanity, references to anatomical features, and language deemed offensive from titles available in an online bookstore. *** Removing Import Restrictions Would Harm Australian Authors,...

Morning Links: New stats about Canadian book market. DMCA lawsuit explores “user”
April 3, 2015 | 9:00 am

dmcaNew Stats About the Canadian Book Market in 2014 (Infodocket) Three items to pass along with Canadian publishing statistics provided by BookNet Canada. *** Lawsuit Finally Explores What Counts As A 'User' Under The DMCA (Techdirt) You would think, with the DMCA rapidly approaching its 20th anniversary of becoming law, that nearly every idea, word, phrase and concept of the law would have been tested in some court case or another. You'd be wrong. *** Publishing Industry Antics on April Fools (PW) Books are a serious business, but the publishing industry had a little fun on April 1, to commemorate April Fools' Day. We rounded up the...

Morning Links: Pretending piracy doesn’t exist. Changing roles of bookstores and libraries
March 31, 2015 | 9:00 am

piracyWhen Analyzing Cord Cutting Options, Most TV Analysts Continue To Pretend Piracy Simply Doesn't Exist (Techdirt) One gets the sense that media outlets feel like if they so much as even acknowledge that piracy is a real thing -- they'll somehow be taken as advocates for piracy. It's as if piracy is some kind of angry and strange Lovecraftian god, and even mentioning its name will invite unspeakable terror upon the local village. *** On the Changing Roles of U.S. Bookstores and Libraries (Dear Author) When I first started this series on how people read and buy books, I was surprised by how many...

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