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Jack W Perry

About Jack W Perry

Jack W Perry is VP-Sales, Print & Ebook for Highlights for Children. Prior to that, Perry ran his own consulting firm, 38enso, for five years. He consulted for a variety of publishers, tech start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and independent authors. Previously he was an executive at Random House, Scholastic and Sourcebooks. All opinions in this column are his own. Twitter - @38enso

Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point?

The Amazon-Hachette feud has been on going for over a month. Everyone has an opinion. Most of the press and book industry pundits take Hachette’s side; even Stephen Colbert has weighed in. The usual Amazon defenders have stepped up with their commentary. I see both sides of the argument. This discussion reminds me of...

Revamping the Traditional Ebook Retailer

Over the past few weeks, three traditional content providers opened up category bookstores online.  Penguin-Random House launched a cookbook store TasteBook; the Chicago Tribune launched TribBooks to focus on Chicago-related titles and Simon & Schuster launched 250 Words focused on business books. Although they will compete with general on-line bookstores like Amazon, Apple iBookstore and...

Lessons Publishers Can Learn From Harlequin’s Annual Results

Harlequin announced their annual results last week and it was another disappointing year for the world’s leading romance book publisher. Harlequin is an interesting case study review about how the disruption of digital has affected traditional publishing. Harlequin has sold direct to consumer (D2C) for decades and has one of the few publishing brands that...

Common Ground in the Debate of Self v. Traditional Publishing

A storm was created last week in response to Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings post. It was widely criticized by many but also praised. It started a lot of discussion. Having read most of the back and forth, I did notice a few commonalities. Some issues all sides generally agree upon: 1)    Digital has demolished the...

Time for Ebook Subscriptions for Children’s Titles

Another ebook subscription service was announced last week and this one is aimed at children.  Epic! launched with 2,000 titles in an “all-you-can-read” model for $9.99 a month. There are a couple of other kids’ subscription services, Bookboard with 400 titles and Amazon’s Kindle Free Time Unlimited with ebooks, apps, games and videos. Plus there...

Video Gamers: A Vertical to Go After?

Sony recently announced they sold 1-million PlayStation 4 game consoles at $399 retail in the first 24 hours. This was US sales only. A week later, Microsoft announced they had sold 1-million XBOX ONE consoles at $499 in the first 24 hours of going on sale. Their number was world-wide. There are many factors...

BISG Report – A Few More Ebook Stats

The BISG just released their latest report, Consumer Attitudes Towards Ebook Reading. It is a 41-page document chocked full of fascinating stats and information. There are major sections devoted to ebook market trends; pricing issues and eReading devices. As with any survey and report, the numbers are never absolute. But there is still a...

“The Best of Both Worlds?” – Not So Sure…

Amazon made the headlines once again with the introduction of Amazon Source. This is an outreach to independent bookstores to sell Amazon Kindles. The headline on their site states, “The Best of Both Worlds.” Needless to say, many bookstore owners and others in the publishing industry have coldly responded to this offer. Dustin Kurtz...

BookBub Builds a Book Marketing Platform

I first heard about eBook direct marketing company BookBub in February 2013. I was introduced to founder Josh Schanker at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference. We had an excellent talk and I remember walking away from the meeting impressed and that his company would be successful. Then a month later, BookBub hit 1-million...

Exploring the Murky Waters of Unreliable Consumer Book Reviews:

There has been a lot of noise recently about fake book reviews, paid book reviews and just outright mean reviews. Goodreads recently created a storm when they announced the deletion and controlling of reader reviews. They want to focus the reviews on the book and eliminate the trolls who attack authors. I applaud them...

The Amazon Timeline

Amazon made two announcements this week that continues their ongoing commitment to innovating and solidifying their lead in book retailing and customer service. The first announcement was the latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite. The news overshadowed others and kept Amazon ahead of their competition on devices. Plus this is the first Kindle to...

Barnes and Noble’s Disappointing Quarter

B&N released their Q1 Fiscal 2014 (May, June and July 2013) sales yesterday. The numbers were disappointing although not altogether surprising. Superstores revenues decreased 9.9% but still made $65-million. College stores sales were actually up 2.4% but lost $19-million. Nook revenues were down a stunning 20.2% and lost $55-million. The results were not much...

No Dog Days of Summer for Publishing this July

Typically July is one of the slowest months in book publishing. Summer is the time for vacations and the store traffic is traditionally slowest in July.  Kids are out of school and not reading as much. But this July has been full of major news and events and each will have a long-lasting effect...

Don’t Count Out Barnes & Noble

B&N released their 2012 results and it was worse than expected. B&N’s stock was hammered and fell 17% immediately. Their store sales are down; they are hemorrhaging money; they are losing market share in the explosive growth eBook arena and management announced another shift in strategy by ending the Nook tablets. The company is...

Apple, Amazon and B&N: Adds up to 125%?

The DOJ suit against Apple has been a lot of fun to watch. The coverage is complete and being able to see ‘behind the scenes’ of it all is very cool. Most of the time discussions at this level are not public. Apple and Amazon are so secretive. They almost live in their own universes. Most of...

It’s an Apple and Amazon World…

The DOJ suit against Apple wrapped up its first week of testimony yesterday. It has been fascinating to see the internal emails and discussions. The verdict of the trial will have little impact for the effects have already been seen. There are many opinions as to who is right and who is wrong in this...

Barefoot Books Leaves Amazon

Barefoot Books made some noise last week when they announced they were pulling out of Amazon.  In her note, CEO Nancy Traversy writes: “We are committed to cultural and economic diversity; and this is reflected in both our publishing program and in our business model. With this philosophy at the heart of our company,...

CHEF PAD – Addressing the Cooking Vertical?

Last week, tablet maker Archos announced the ChefPad, a tablet designed specifically for Foodies. The tablet curates apps so that only Cooking ones come up. It has a waterproof protective cover, built-in stand and front & back dual cameras. There have been quite a few articles about it. Two of the better descriptions are...

Guccifer Hacks Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell, creator of Sex and the City, had her email account hacked yesterday. The hacker Guccifer (who exposed George W. Bush – the painter) broke in and posted the first 50 pages of the book.  Max Read at Gawker broke the story and has links to the pages plus emails between the author...

The Essential C’s of eBook Retail Start-up Success:

The current eBook market has been in place over five years. Amazon basically created it with the introduction of Kindle in Fall 2007.  Others have followed but Amazon continues to hold over 65% of the US market. B&N Nook; Apple iBooks; Kobo; Sony and Google are all usually mentioned as competition. But over the...

Public Libraries, Corporate Publishers and eBooks

Last week Simon & Schuster signed a deal with 3M and the NYPL to distribute eBooks into libraries. Now all of the “Big6” corporate publishers have some type of agreement selling eBooks into public libraries. Libraries are indispensable. Publishers agree on this. Eventually the business models will all align and every publisher will make...

Workman Legacy

Publishing legend Peter Workman passed away over the weekend. There have been many wonderful profiles and articles about him. I am a huge fan of the company he created and the care in which the books and products were produced. He left quite a legacy. Workman is a publisher with a unique perspective and...

Amazon Absorbs Goodreads

I was in a meeting yesterday from 4-5 pm.  I wasn’t looking at my email during that hour. Once the meeting ended, I glanced at my iPhone and noticed I had received 48 emails in the past hour. Something had happened. Goodreads had been sold to Amazon. This is big news in the publishing...

Don’t Blame B&N…

Barnes & Noble is pushing publishers for better terms, higher marketing funds and cutting back on their initial orders of books. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times both recently reported that B&N and corporate publisher Simon & Schuster are feuding. A couple of thoughts: This is really nothing new — Ever since Len...