One complaint some authors have against publishing houses is how quickly they get books to market – or how slowly, as the complaint often goes.
From signing a contract to seeing a book in stores can take a year or two or more, depending on a number of factors. Ebooks and self-publishing have shown that it doesn’t have to take that long to bring a product to market. Speed isn’t one of big publishers’ skills, perhaps until now.
Just 36 hours after announcing Dimmi Sene Vale La Pena by Stefania Balotelli as the winner of the BigJump self-publishing contest from Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and Italy’s Rizzoli, the publisher had the book on store shelves.
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When Buying Book Companies Gets Cheaper Than Investing in Authors (DBW)
There has been a tremendous amount of financial activity at book publishing companies in the past several months. It might be because right now it’s cheaper for them to source content by buying other publishers rather than investing in authors.
New Zealand Still Prefers Print (Stuff.co.nz)
According to a new survey, New Zealanders, or Kiwis as they are affectionately known, read a lot – at least more than U.S. adults. While many of them read digitally (about a fifth own dedicated e-reading devices), those who read both print and ebooks still prefer print.
The Case for Bookstores (The Motley Fool)
Digital delivery hasn’t cratered the physical book business yet and this is good news long-term for stores like Barnes & Noble.
Librarians in Vegas (PW)
A higher than expected number of librarians made the trip out to sweltering Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s 2014 conference.
Dueling Author Petitions (Pub Lunch)
A group of high-profile authors has created a petition decrying Amazon’s negotiating tactics in its dispute with Hachette. Meanwhile, a group of self-published authors, some of them also high-profile, have put out a petition thanking Amazon.
FREE Webcast: Amazon, Hachette and the Future of Book Publishing (DBW)
Join DBW and reporters from The New York Times and GigaOm this week to discuss what’s really going on between Amazon and Hachette and how it might impact the future of bookselling.
FREE Webcast: Discovering Innovation in Digital Books (DBW)
Take a look at some of the most innovating digital publishing projects so far this year.
Webcast: How to Use Data to Make Publishing Decisions (DBW)
Data is all the talk at book publishing conferences, but people sitting on panels rarely discuss what data they have and how they use it. In this hands-on webcast, we’ll hear from two different kind of data experts (one who uses social listening and the other who uses sales and marketing data) about how they use the data they have to make publishing decisions.