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Editor shares some publisher love
January 12, 2015 | 4:28 pm

Daniel Menaker, "longtime book editor," has shared a paean in Slate "In praise of the publishers who move units and readers." And after the "15 years I was at Random House, almost five of them as editor-in-chief," he's naturally in a position to know whereof he speaks. Intimately. Cosily. Among many objections that Menaker has to the zeitgeist is the opinion Barry Eisler, who told the Guardian that the signatories of the Authors United letter to Amazon were in “the top 1 percent” who "have no interest at all in improving publishing for everyone. Only in preserving it for themselves." Menaker insists...

IQ2 heralds non-controversial debate in NYC: Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend
January 12, 2015 | 2:26 pm

New York-based debating circle with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), bringing you "Oxford-style debates live from New York City," has put up an alert for a soporific and unprovocative little debate to open 2015, on the topic of: "Amazon Is The Reader's Friend." That ought to elicit absolutely no controversy or attention whatsoever ... The IQ2 introduction to the proposition reads: In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon’s view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book...

Morning Links: Publish and they will come? Industries ripe for disruption
January 9, 2015 | 9:00 am

disruptionPublish and They Will Come...Right? (Digital Book World) Creating awareness is the most fundamental and crucial step in the book discovery process–and it is a process; discoverability does not end there. *** How Middle School Reading Lists Have Evolved Since 100 Years Ago (GalleyCat) Annie Holmquist over at BetterEd.org dug up the curriculum manual from a 1908 middle school reading list to compare it with modern reading lists. *** Libraries Loan Out 105 Million eBooks in 2014 (GoodeReader) Libraries that do business with Overdrive loaned out 137 million digital assets in 2014, which is a 33% increase from 2013. *** Industries That Are Ripe for Disruption (The...

Industry Growing Pains and the ‘Content Glut’ Problem
January 3, 2015 | 10:25 am

industry growing painsA half-dozen articles on the publishing industry's 'growing pains' crossed my RSS feed this morning. I guess the new year has everyone feeling introspective, and the short version is that people are tired. Too many shifts in the business model. Too many trends coming and going, and authors try g to cash in on those trends with a glut of books. There are authors who are trying to reach new readers via bargain-priced subscription services. There are others who try and reach existing audiences through programs like Kindle Worlds, which publish within existing fictional universes. Some authors claim that quality is,...

Morning Links: Several articles on the future of publishing in 2015
January 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

future of publishingSimply Producing More Books Isn't the Answer (Brave New World) It was simple when we only had the physical book. The market was controlled by the shelf space available, the cost of the inventory and the rate of purchases. *** What's Next for B&N Nook in 2015? (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble have been bringing in a number of people from outside the traditional book-selling industry, such as former Zinio executives Doug Carlson and Jeanniey Mullen. *** eBooks in 2015: Dull New World (GigaOM) Ebooks are feeling a bit hungover heading into the new year. The 50 Shades of Grey exuberance of 2011 and 2012 feels long...

Your handy all-in-one guide to the publishing process
December 29, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Just in case any readers out there still needed to be walked through the intricacies of how books get published in the old-fashioned way, here's a handy step-by-misstep guide to how it all happens pre-digital disruption, courtesy of Mariah Bear and publisher Weldon Owen. And although I do wonder why the marketing and distribution departments are mostly left out of the equation, I'm not surprised to see that Big Publishing is effectively one of the world's biggest ultimate producers of cheese. I knew there had to be a rational explanation for that strong smell wafting out of the remainder stores ... Read....

What was the battle of the books really about?
December 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

A very depressing article in the UK Guardian sees out the old year - depressing because it suggests that many intelligent and cultured journalists and pundits have still not got their heads around what ebooks are about and are swallowing the dumb headlines that serve Big Media. Recounting "A heart-warming twist in the tale of the books industry," Peter Preston declares that: "The most fascinating and, in many ways, cheering story of 2014 is almost wholly counterintuitive: the survival of the printed book. Turning pages back from digital grave shock! Legacy longform wins fight for life!" I'm sorry, but who here...

Osprey captured by Bloomsbury
December 28, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Any Brit kid who grew up with a love of toy soldiers, model making, war stories, military history, roleplaying games, or wildlife - which probably accounts for most of the now-adult population - will probably have encountered Osprey Books somewhere in their development. These marvelous illustrated folio-style slim volumes with their beautifully detailed paintings of soldiers and materiel of all periods were a staple of my childhood. And now Osprey Publishing, the independent press behind the series, has been snapped up by Bloomsbury Publishing. According to Bloomsbury's announcement: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc ("Bloomsbury") announces that it has today completed the acquisition of the...

Macmillan CEO pens interesting letter on publishing state of play
December 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

john-sargent.jpgJohn Sargent is CEO of Macmillan, itself one of the Big Five publishers, although perhaps lower key and less controversial than the other four. And he penned an end-of-year message to the company's "Authors, Illustrators, and Agents" which has appeared in full on the blog of Macmillan imprint Tor. It makes for some interesting reading. Sargent's choice of date is significant. "Today a portion of our agreement with the Department of Justice (called a consent decree) expires, and we will no longer be required to allow retailers to discount e-books." In principle, at least. Although, as Sargent explains, the verdict in...

Morning Links: Walmart buying Nook? Maybe not. Digital rights
December 18, 2014 | 9:01 am

nook mediaI Wouldn’t Pay Any Attention to the Rumor About Walmart Buying Nook (The Digital Reader) A juicy rumor crossed my desk this evening which is bound to get a lot of attention in the next few days. After looking into its provenance I am reasonably convinced that this rumor is completely bogus, but its origin is interesting enough that I wanted to share it. *** Dear The Toast and The Butter: Please Fix Your Rights Grab (UPDATE: They Did) (John Scalzi) Writer Beware has posted a heads up for writers with regard to Web sites The Toast and The Butter, and the rights they...

Morning Links: Pseudonymous comments just as trusted. Book Riot Read Harder challenge
December 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

book riotReaders Say Comments Posted by Pseudonyms Are Just as Trustworthy (GigaOM) The value of having reader comments on news stories has taken a bit of a beating, with sites like Re/code and Reuters being the latest to do away with them because they are seen as a troll-filled wasteland. *** Six Hacks to Improve Diversity in Book Publishing (PW) In many ways, this year’s annual survey of African-American publishing is a response to a series of events in 2014 that directly focused on diversity. *** The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge (Book Riot) I’ve included 24 tasks, averaging out to two per month, that...

Morning Links: Bezos thinks ebooks make industry healthier. Nook trade in program
December 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

nookFour Ways Publishers Should Rethink Author Partnerships (Digital Book World) It’s an argument we’ve heard before: publishers must take a fresh look at their partnerships with authors, lest they lose them the proliferating number of self-publishing services and platforms. *** Amazon's Bezos Thinks eBooks Make the Book Industry Healthier (GigaOK) “The book industry is in better shape than it ever has been and it’s due to ebooks,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told an audience on Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview that addressed the company’s drone plans, its campus culture and its indifference to pain of short-term shareholders. *** Gifting Books? Expert Tips from a Children's Book...