“India is a very promising market for all of our English-language publishers and authors,” BookBub CEO Josh Schanker says, explaining the start-up’s decision to launch in the country yesterday.
India is the third international market to which BookBub has recently expanded, after extending its program of custom, email-based recommendations for discounted ebooks to the UK and Canada.
Research suggests many of the preconditions for ebook adoption are swiftly falling into place in many emerging global markets, from rising Internet and smartphone use to online shopping.
Schanker sees India’s potential topping the list.
“Not only does the country have the second largest English-speaking population in the world, but it has a rapidly growing educated population that’s reading an increasing number of books.”
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Difference, Not Hegemony, in Global Ebook Markets (Futurebook)
“The evolution of ebooks in non-English language European book markets is highly diverse both in terms of market penetration, and by showing significant differences in policy debates, expectations by various stakeholders, and overall market contexts,” one analyst writes—and that’s just in Europe. In other words, global ebook growth means adapting strategically to a vast patchwork of local conditions. In other words, it probably won’t be easy.
Authors Might Gain Unevenly from Children’s Growth (The Bookseller)
Some UK children’s publishers worry that the changes taking hold in their sector of the industry as the category grows might not uniformly benefit authors. As imprints and literary agencies crop up to produce new children’s titles, uneven quality and a surfeit of titles relative to demand could leave many authors disappointed.
Related: How to Put Children’s Authors Back in the App Picture
Amazon Brings Ebooks to JetBlue (CNet)
JetBlue passengers who also happen to be Amazon Prime subscribers will get free, unlimited access to Prime’s video streaming catalog. But the airline partnership also lets all JetBlue customers (Prime members or not) buy or rent other digital content, including ebooks from the Kindle store. HarperCollins launched its own limited ebook program with JetBlue in November last year, and Penguin Random House brought some of its titles to Acela trains just last month.
Revenue up at HarperCollins (Pub Lunch)
HarperCollins sees its revenues jump 6% and sales grow 14% with the inclusion of Harlequin, according to parent company NewsCorp’s third-quarter earnings report for the period ending March 31st.
Google Retires Nexus Tablets (Teleread)
Google’s seven-inch tablet line, first launched in 2012, goes the way of all flesh—or at least the way of all devices that fail to keep up in the slowing tablet market. By way of eulogy, one observer points out that the Nexus tablet likely inspired Apple to roll out the iPad Mini.
Related: Smartphones Ascendant, Millennials Dependent
Follett Names New CEO (PW)
President and CEO Mary Lee Schneider departs Follett Corporation after less than three years in the role. She’ll be succeeded by Ray A. Griffith, former CEO of Ace Hardware.
STM Publishing a $35 Million Business (Pub Perspectives)
Recent research on the scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing sector estimates its global value at $35 billion as of 2014, about $10 billion of which are revenues from scholarly journals. Here’s a comprehensive report based on that research.
Related: What Trade Publishers Can Learn from the STM Sector
EU Delays Judgment on Apple, Amazon Tax Deals (WSJ)
Antitrust authorities in the European Union surpasses the deadline it had initially set for deciding whether four global corporations including Apple and Amazon had violated the community’s tax laws. Regulators say their investigations are being hampered by national governments’ unwillingness to promptly supply information.
Freelance Editors Thrive in Indie World (PBS Mediashift)
It’s no secret that the rise of self-publishing has spurred an array of professional publishing services for indie authors. Several self-publishing platforms have introduced features to make it easier for authors to locate the right help. Here’s a look at the other side of that world, where freelance editors—many of them with experience at the major houses—are collaborating with indie authors all on their own.