Author Archives: Gareth Cuddy

Gareth Cuddy

About Gareth Cuddy

Gareth Cuddy is the founder and CEO of Vearsa, an ebook distributor and data company, as well as one of the leading experts on ebooks and digital publishing. Follow him on Twitter @garethcuddy.

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Four Digital Publishing Questions for Gareth Cuddy

BookExpo America 2015, held in New York City last month, served as focal point for questions about digital discovery, authors’ roles and outcomes in the publishing ecosystem, publishers’ relationships with readers and the speed of innovation. Conversations on those and other issues are ongoing within the industry, but which ones are publishers most in need of...

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Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

Imperceptible, invisible almost, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing. I’m being a little facetious, of course. But this year’s trade...

Amazon Gambles on the Kids

Amazon’s announcement of their Kindle Kids’ publishing software platform probably caught very few in the industry off-guard. It’s been clear that Amazon’s ambition is to become both the publisher and the retailer, which, irrespective of what the industry feels, lines up perfectly with Amazon’s stated goal of delivering better value to their customers. I...

Romance Ebook Sales Stats From Europe: Dominance and Submission

In a genre full of dominance and submission, we rip away the bodices and lift the masks to reveal the truth behind the sales figures. Figures from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) in this report from late last year highlight that romance/erotica is the top selling ebook genre and has the largest gap in digital...

Children’s Ebook Sales Stats From Europe

Digital was the focus for many children’s publishers attending this year’s London Book Fair, and we saw a significant increase in the number of walk-ups enquiring about the Children’s ebook market with questions primarily around the size of the market, channels, formats and devices. With the explosion of tablet computers and other robust mobile...

Ebook Strategy for Publishers: China

Join ePubDirect for a free webcast discussing ebook in China on April 29 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.  One of the most difficult challenges any CEO faces is deciding to enter a new market. Where, when, how? Yet it’s a challenge virtually every publishing house will have to face as the print market continues...

What Can Publishers Learn From a VC?

Having been through two funding rounds with a company in publishing, I actually think publishers and venture capitalists (VCs) have more in common than you would think: Both find a project (book/company) that they believe they can add value to and agree on appropriate terms. Often this is at a very early stage in...

Five Reasons the Worldwide Ebook Market Saw Huge Growth in 2013

Probably the biggest takeaway from US media in 2013 was that ebook growth rates are levelling off, with reports anywhere from flat sales to more optimistic 30% to 40% growth rates. That’s still a lot of dollars, but significantly less growth than previous years. Here in Europe though, the picture looks a little bit...