The publisher was down in revenue and in profit this quarter versus last.
Slower-than-expected educational technology and trade publishing sales were to blame.
Bright spots were the company’s school book club businesses, which saw a 9% increase in revenues.
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Publisher Branding (The Shatzkin Files)
According to publishing consultant and Digital Book World partner Mike Shatzkin, publishing houses should pick one name (rather than dozens of imprints) and relate to consumers under that name. It’s what we’ve been saying at DBW for years. And it’s why our ebook best-seller list doesn’t recognize imprints – we only use parent company names. Check it out.
Asking the Right Questions About Ebook Subscription Services (Scholarly Kitchen)
When considering a “Netflix for ebooks,” there are a few obvious questions that few people are asking. One good one is, which Netflix are we talking about?
Kindle Phone? (The Digital Reader)
An analyst with a 50% accuracy rate in predictions says that the Amazon phone is imminent.
Lulu Expands Distribution to Kindle, Kobo (MarketWired.com)
Indie authors who use Lulu can now seamlessly distribute to the Kindle and Kobo platforms through a new deal with Ingram.
Choose Your Own E-Adventure (Kidscreen.com)
A new kids ebook lets readers influence the plot by making decisions as they read.
India Tops in Reading Time (Times of India)
Looking for a new, fertile ebook market? India may be your best best. The country’s rapid modernization, adoption of technology and massive English-speaking population all make it an enticing prospect. Perhaps more enticing: According to a new report, Indians read more than anyone else.
Arabic Android Ebook App Solves Problems (Telecompaper.com)
Jordan-based iKitab has launched a new Arabic-language ebook app for Android that solves some common technical difficulties around displaying Arabic on devices of all sizes.
Germany’s Small Press Scene (Pub Perspectives)
A trip to the Leipzig Book Fair – a far more intimate affair than its counterpart in Frankfurt – shows a vibrant German indie publisher scene.
Webcast Next Week: New E-Production Workflows (DBW)
Certain kinds of highly advanced ebook production workflows used to only make sense financially for the largest publishers. That’s no longer true. Even small and mid-size publishers can take advantage of the latest workflow advances. Learn more.