Now more than ever, Amazon is the center of attention in the publishing world – and considering how important Amazon has been to publishers and books over the past decade or more, that’s saying a lot.
If you ever wanted an inside look into what the company is thinking when it comes to books and the publishing industry, you may never have a better chance than January 2015.
Amazon’s head of Kindle Russ Grandinetti will participate in a first-of-its-kind open and candid conversation about key issues with Michael Cader of Publishers Lunch and DBW conference chair Mike Shatzkin. Grandinetti will provide Amazon’s perspective on growing the market, pricing and its own publishing program, and market innovations (including subscriptions, lending, bundling, fan fiction, and more).
This lengthy exchange promises to be one of the most fascinating conversations ever about Amazon and its evolving position as the most important company in the global book business.
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Inside Hachette (Pub Lunch)
At the end of May, while we were all preoccupied with Book Expo America, Hachette parent company Lagardere released detailed information about its Hachette books business. Click for charts on the company’s distribution, financials and more.
Four Ways to Diversify Sales Channels (DBW)
There’s no easy answer for publishers looking to diversify their sales channels. But there are things publishers can do now that should benefit them in the future. More.
More Amazon Suppliers Feeling the Heat (NYT)
Earlier this week it came out that Amazon is in negotiations with another content distributor. Amazon customers who want to pre-order the upcoming The Lego Movie DVD from Warner Home Video will find the pre-order option removed.
Buy a Kindle on Installments (The Digital Reader)
Amazon is “eating its own dog food,” as the business idiom goes, and allowing users to pay for new Kindle devices on an installment plan.
Ebook Subscription Debate Results (DBW)
Four eminently qualified debaters battled over whether the success of subscription ebook services would be good for publishers, authors and reader. While both teams debated well, only one could be the winner. Find out who won.
How Much Do Avid Readers Spend on Books Every Year (Book Riot)
According to an online poll from Book Riot, its readers spend between $700 and $800 a year on books, on average.
Thinner, Larger iPhone (The Digital Reader)
With an even larger screen, the iPhone 6 is poised to be the best one for reading books yet.
Google Play Books Expands (Android Authority)
Thirteen more countries are now part of the Google Play Books universe, bringing the total to 58.
French Agent: Tech Still Evolving on Digital Graphic Novels (Pub Perspectives)
French agent Lora Fontain points out reasons why graphic ebooks haven’t taken off: technology, gift-giving and autographs.