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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...

Gen Con, other businesses displeased with new Indiana religious freedom law
March 26, 2015 | 2:36 pm

protestAs I’ve said before, Gen Con’s reputation as the largest gaming convention in North America eclipses its status as one of the largest writing conventions in North America, offering guidance on all aspects of writing and publishing. On Monday, March 23, Gen Con’s CEO sent a letter (PDF) to Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence, warning that a controversial religious freedom bill he was about to sign into law would affect Gen Con’s decision whether to stay in Indianapolis past the expiration of its contract in 2020. This morning, Governor Pence signed that bill. I covered the particulars in a post...

Morning Links: Magazine subscription services say why not doomed. Story of Lorem Ipsum
March 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

magazine subscription services'Netflix for Magazines' Services Explain Why They Are Not Doomed (Media Shift) It must be depressing to hear so many people say that your company’s business model has no future. *** The Story of Lorem Ipsum: How Scrambled Text by Cicero Became the Standard For Typesetters Everywhere (Open Culture) And so you might imagine how pleased I was to discover what looked like classical Latin in the real world: the text known to designers around the globe as “Lorem Ipsum,” also called “filler text” and (erroneously) “Greek copy.” *** Goodreads Has Decided That There is No Friendzone for Authors and People (Ink, Bits & Pixels) The...

Weekend Links: Harper Lee’s agent disputes elder abuse claim. Publishers posted solid 2014 gains
March 15, 2015 | 11:18 am

harper leePublishers Posted Solid 2014 Sales Gains (PW) Driven by gains in the children’s/young adult and K–12 instructional materials segments, publishers’ sales hit $15.72 billion in 2014, up 4.9% over the previous year, according to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program. *** Self-Publishing Erotica: If You Write It, There is an Audience for It (GoodeReader) Yes, this is the world of self-published erotica, and in the race to garner readers’ attention (and their money), authors are writing more and more fantastical tales starring some of the most bizarre main characters ever written. *** Harper Lee's Agent Disputes Claims of Elder Abuse (GalleyCat) Alabama state officials opened...

Morning Links: Lessons learned while writing. Publishers left behind on mobile
March 11, 2015 | 9:00 am

writing10 Things I Learned While Writing my Last Book (Austin Kleon) My third book Show Your Work! came out a year ago. I kept a diary while writing the book, but it’s too painful and embarrassing to share in full. So here’s a list of lessons I learned while writing it, adapted from a series of tweets… *** Publishers Getting Left Behind on Mobile (Digital Book World) The change I’m talking took place just a few weeks ago, on February 26, when Google announced that on April 21 it will be rolling out a new version of its search algorithm, which determines what shows...

Weekend Links: Konrath on the Amazon debate. What do we want in a smartwatch?
February 22, 2015 | 10:40 am

smartwatchAcademy Awards 2015: Top 10 Works in WorldCat By Oscar Nominees in Five Categories (InfoDocket) More interesting (and fun) “WorldCat Mining” from the team at OCLC Research in a new “What in the WorldCat” post. *** Have We Figured Out What We Want in a Smartwatch Yet? (GigaOM) Next month will be the one-year anniversary of Google’s smartwatch platform introduction. And the month after that will see the Apple Watch ship to its first buyers. *** My Thoughts on Amazon Debate (Joe Konrath) According to those voting in the audience, my side (Amazon is for readers) lost 43% to 50%. According to the online poll, we...

Morning Links: SEO for book publishers. Top 100 biographies to read in a lifetime
February 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

seo for book publishersThe Two Sides of SEO for Book Publishers (Digital Book World) Here’s a scenario: A reader hears about a book you publish from someone they trust. They decide they want to buy it and read it. So how do they find it? *** Toy Fair 2015: Toy Stores Add More Books to the Mix (PW) Publishers represent a small slice of the landscape at the New York International Toy Fair, accounting for less than 30 out of the 1,000-plus exhibitors in the 2015 edition. *** How to Compete with Cheap Freelancing Sites When You're a Professional (Lifehacker) Thanks to online talent platforms like Fiverr, it's...

Weekend Links: Snow day reading. A day in the life of a devoted Apple user
February 15, 2015 | 10:43 am

snow day reading10 Strategies for Snow Day Reading (Book Riot) A snow day may mean working from home, wrangling restless kids, or a long binge-watching session on Netflix. But if you decide to go the reading route for your snow day, here are 10 ways to make it work and keep cabin fever at bay. *** Digital Publishers Turning Away from Replica Magazines (GoodeReader) Digital magazines and newspapers have long fallen victim to the replica syndrome that once plagued ebooks. As mere digital copies of the print original, these versions simply weren’t taking advantage of all that the technology had to offer. *** Librivox Wants You to...

Morning Links: Used eBook sales coming? In defense of self publishing
February 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

used ebook salesSecondhand Downloads: Are Used eBook Sales Coming? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) I know that's not the fiery response some might expect, but after watching the ebook market for the past 5 years I've come to believe that there's little or no market pressure for the resale of digital content. *** Why Publishers Are Obligated to Make Content Available Globally (Digital Book World) And while worldwide distribution is an often misunderstood yet market-changing feature of today’s bookselling world, doing it well is actually far more important than it sometimes needs. *** In Defense of Self-Publishing (Media Shift) There are so many op-eds these days on when or if...

Weekend Links: eBook and print sales cycles different? Cheap Windows tablet as desktop?
February 8, 2015 | 11:22 am

windows tabletAre e-Book and Print Sales Cycles Different? (GoodeReader) Nielsen BookScan is likely the best source for garnering meaningful data on the traditional publishing industry and e-books. The company gleans its e-books data from companies such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million. *** Five Sites to Help You Find Your Next Read (Ink, Bits & Pixels) It's long been said that readers don't have a problem with finding their next book, but given the number of sites that have set out to solve that problem I'm not so sure that's true. *** Can a Cheap Windows Tablet Replace Your Desktop? (Gizmodo) I have no idea how...

Morning Links: eBooks that are better than print versions. More on reading diversely
February 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThree Direct-to-Consumer Steps Every Publisher Can Take (Digital Book World) In this post I’ll break down the components of a direct-to-consumer operation that gives readers a clear, compelling reason to buy directly from you as well as the means to do so: discovery; e-commerce and fulfillment; and engagement. *** Reading Diversely FAQ, Part 4 (Book Riot) I don’t want to start this out on a sour note, but I’m going to say this so we all understand: This-is-not-political. *** Where Libraries Are Sited Is As Important As What They Do? (Brave New World) So what has the changing retail habits and property mix got to do with...

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