In the past, publishing books usually involved a traditional brick-and-mortar publishing house, an elite team of authors and publishers, and many high slush piles. Thankfully, that picture has evolved.
There are now more independent publishers than ever, which gives more authors a chance to get their work known and potentially realize their dreams of becoming bestselling authors. This is great news for both the author and the publisher, as it gives them opportunities to grow professionally and reach more people.
Clean & Quality Metadata
Much of how today’s books sell depends on book metadata. Metadata sounds like a big technological word, but in reality, you’ll know it once you see it. Book metadata is the information that authors, publishers and readers use to interact with a book. It helps authors determine what they want their books to say, publishers determine whether they want to represent the book, and readers determine whether they want to buy it.
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DBW Returns to NYC Jan. 17–19 with a Reimagined Program
Digital Book World, the premier event for publishers and their partners, is scheduled for Jan. 17 – 19 at the New York Hilton Midtown in N.Y.C. The 2017 conference will present a reimagined program featuring publishing leaders, industry professionals and experts from top companies who will share valuable strategies, solutions and insights. Registration and program details will be available this summer at digitalbookworldconference.com.
Letter of Recommendation: Audiobooks Read by the Author (NYT)
The vast majority of audiobooks are read by actors, something I find not just disappointing but appalling. Though I love being read to and believe that you gain insight into a piece of writing when you hear it read, I cannot bear listening to fiction read by anyone other than its author.
Be Sure Your Author Website Has a Press Kit (IngramSpark)
Although we use the word “kit,” an author’s press kit is as simple as any other page on an author’s website. If you create one, however, use the phrase “Press Kit” for it on your site navigation tabs: that’s how media members will know it’s what they’re looking for.
Nielsen’s Co-Location with Romance Writers of America (Pub Perspectives)
With analysis of a “slow erosion” of sales and much more, Nielsen’s Romance Book Summit is a mix of research analysis and thematic exploration at the Romance Writers of America’s gathering.
Senate Confirms Hayden as Librarian of Congress (Pub Lunch)
In a turnabout from the reported delay we wrote about Wednesday morning, by a substantial vote of at 73 to 19, on Wednesday afternoon the US Senate confirmed Carla Hayden for a 10-year term as Librarian of Congress in a roll call vote. She is the fourteenth person to hold the post.
North American Comics Market Reaches $1.03 Billion (PW)
Led by continuing sales growth in the book trade, the 2015 comics periodical and graphic novel market in North America is estimated to be about $1.03 billion, according to a joint report by pop culture trade news sites ICv2 and Comichron. The figure represents a 10-percent increase over the $935 million in sales reported in 2014.
Thomson Reuters Sells Intellectual Property & Science Biz (Library Journal)
Thomson Reuters announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Intellectual Property & Science business to private equity funds affiliated with Onex Corporation (“Onex”) and Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”) for $3.55 billion in cash.
IPR License Signs Up The Mark Allen Group (DBW)
IPR License announced that it has signed up The Mark Allen Group, a media company that delivers content to specialist publications.
IPG to Buy Ebook Distributor INscribe Digital (Pub Lunch)
Ebook distribution company INscribe Digital is being sold by parent company Isolation Network to book publishing distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG), with staff and clients having been informed of the news.
Hachette to Close LBS and Build ‘World Class’ Distribution Center (Bookseller)
Hachette is consolidating its distribution operations and building a new “world-class” centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire, resulting in the closure of its Littlehampton warehouse and office in 2019.
Bloomsbury Revenues Up 9% Last Quarter (Bookseller)
Bloomsbury’s total revenues have increased by 9 percent year-on-year in the three months ended May 31, 2016, driven by the children’s publishing sector within its consumer division, the publisher revealed in a trading update this morning (July 13). Meanwhile, the company anticipates an increase of £500,000 in profit from its Australian market from March 2017.