Should Publishers See Themselves as Service Providers?

Should Publishers See Themselves as Service Providers?Today’s publishers have it pretty rough compared to previous generations: they’ve seen the sequential rise of the Internet and ebook software upend their traditional business models, and in many cases have risen to the challenge admirably. Despite this shift, though, the last thing they want to hear is that more change is coming.

Data management technologies have been maturing over the past few years and are now at the stage where they are ready to be used widely in the publishing world. However, there’s still a widespread lack of understanding of what those technologies are, and what their implications are for publishers’ business models.

Textbooks: A Matter of Localization

The educational publishing sector has much to gain by using technology to innovate business models. Let’s think about what companies selling textbooks actually do: they have a bank of educational content, and sell that content in the medium of textbooks to various territories. The problem is that each country has a different educational syllabus, so each textbook must be created in a bespoke fashion to match those requirements.

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Playster Partners with StreetLib and Launches Affiliate Program (DBW)
Playster announced today that it has partnered with StreetLib, the largest independent multi-language publishing distributor. The partnership will bring 90,000 ebooks to Playster’s platform, including titles from indie and self-published authors. In addition, the subscription service announced the launch of the Playster Affiliate Program, which allows authors and publishers to earn additional revenue by promoting their available titles on the service.

Company Snapshots: Bibblio (DBW)
In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Bibblio.

INscribe Digital Launches POD and Distribution Services (DBW)
Ebook distributor INscribe Digital announced today the launch of INdemand, a new on demand book printing and distribution service that will allow indie and small publishers to be more flexible with their print distribution plans. The company has partnered with Edwards Brothers Malloy for printing services, and Independent Publishers Group for print distribution services.

BEA Shrinks, As ABA Continues Growth (Pub Lunch)
As Book Expo America heads to Chicago, with the show opening this Wednesday, the convention will be considerably smaller. Event director Brien McDonald confirms for the AP that the show will occupy almost twenty percent less floor space than last year, taking up just over 126,000 square feet at McCormick Place. (Last year China occupied approximately 25,000 square feet of space on its own, as the country was the featured guest.) The big New York-based publishers are sending fewer people this year to save on the expense of an out of town show, which will likely have an effect on attendance figures as well.

The Trendsetter BEA 2016 Session Wish List (Pub Trendsetter)
We here at Publishing Trendsetter are feeling some serious FOMO about not being able to go to BEA and BookCon in Chicago this year. To make up for it, we decided to make a list of sessions we wish existed at BEA 2016.

Translated Fiction ‘5% of UK Fiction Sales Last Year’ (Bookseller)
UK sales of translated fiction represented 5 percent of all print fiction sales in 2015, a 96-percent rise in volume from the translated market’s 2001 sales figures, according to statistics from Nielsen Book. A report into the translated fiction market was commissioned by the Man Booker International Prize, with Nielsen Book examining and coding data on physical book sales between 2001 and April 2016.

BISG’s ‘Making Information Pay’: Amplifying a Brand’s Reputation (Pub Perspectives)
A preview of BISG’s upcoming “Making Information Pay: Publishers Making a Profit By Making a Difference” conference on May 26 focusing on the benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility in publishing.

Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair’s ‘Ambitious Plans’ (DBW)
The Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair announced today that it hopes to attract 30,000 visitors to its November fair, and that entries are now open for two awards.

At IDPF, ‘Japan and the World’ (Pub Perspectives)
“The population of Japan is about a third of the US, but the [size of the] book market is comparable,” says Kodansha’s Alvin Lu, who speaks at IDPF’s DigiCon on the eve of BookExpo America.


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