Sources of Publishing Innovation

shutterstock_140576308Sometimes, innovative ideas can come from places where they’re least expected.

One place you might not expect to find innovative digital publishing ideas is Italy. The European country’s publishing industry derives less than 5% of its income from digital publishing and, according to folks we spoke to while in London for the book fair earlier this year, it’s not one of the markets publishers are watching for its promise.

Yet, some of the most innovative publishing ideas are coming out of Italy’s Rizzoli, where head of digital Marcello Vena has an innovation lab that is pumping out new projects at a fast clip, some of which should get other publishers’ wheels turning.


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Publishing Layoffs Mean Opportunity (DBW)
With mergers and acquisitions in publishing heating up, there are a lot more talented publishing professionals without jobs than usual out looking for work. The loss of merging companies is the gain of smaller competitors.

Ebook Slowdown Boon to Bookstores (WSJ)
A slowdown in the ultra-fast growth of ebooks has left an opening for indie bookstores.

A History of Amazon’s Ascendance (Investors Business Daily)
How did Amazon go from yet another “dotcom” about to go under to the Wall St. powerhouse it is today?

Ebooks Fight Censorship? (Saudi Gazette)
In places where citizens don’t enjoy the right of free speech, the spread of ebooks could help readers circumvent censors and read more. The problem is that publishers in the Arabic-language world haven’t converted enough of their titles into digital form.

Slowly – But, Surely? (Daily Campus)
At the University of Connecticut, more professors are offering e-textbooks in their courses.

Women the Problem for Boys in Publishing? (
According to an incredibly misguided UK author, the reason younger boys don’t read is because the children’s book market is run by women. This notion is just ridiculous.

Best-Seller Scam Firm Gone? (Good E Reader)
Result Source, the company that helped authors and publishers game well-respected best-seller lists, has seemed to disappear.

Barnes & Noble’s E-Textbook App (The Digital Reader)
More on Yuzu, which replaces other now-defunct Nook products.

ComiXology: What’s Next for Submit? (The Digital Reader)
At least one commentator believes that Amazon will keep Submit, ComiXology’s digital comic self-publishing engine, rather than get rid of it as the acquisition closes and gets integrated into Amazon.


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