Man Booker Prize: Disappointing and Disappearing

Tom Chalmers

Book prizes have become an increasingly key route through which to discover and champion the best writers, to elevate and highlight the brilliant above the masses of books now being published every year. That’s why over the last few years …

For Subscription Ebooks, Great Expectations But Few Guarantees

Rich Bellis

A report released today by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) finds that 80% of publishers believe subscription ebooks becoming a major part of the publishing business is “inevitable.” The launch last week of Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, would appear to …

Empowering Writers with Data

Dana Beth Weinberg

A close writer friend called last week with a dilemma. She needs some extra money in her pocket within the next year and has a book project ready to go: Should she sign with a traditional publisher or go indie? …

BigJump Rizzoli Winner already published in print

Marcello Vena

Only 4 months from the submission of the draft manuscript to the availability in bookshops of the final print edition. During a public event on June 23rd, Rizzoli unveiled the final winner of BigJump, the first literary award in Italy …

Sourcing Books on Wall Street

Andrew Rhomberg

A company can grow organically (investing in new product, developing new channels to market, improving customer service, in other words innovating) or it can grow by mergers and acquisition (M&A). The oil industry has a name for this — “drilling …

The Written Word in Transition: An Interview With Lisa Gitelman

Beth Bacon

These days, it often feels like the publishing industry is at the crossroads where old technologies meet the new. But this transitional phase is not unique to our times. Over the years, writing formats have been in constant flux, from letterpress, to mimeograph, to PDFs and, …

Discovery, User Experience and the Long Tail

Andrew Rhomberg

There has recently been some debate as to whether the long tail for ebooks exists: – “Dispelling the Ebook Long Tail Myth” by Marceloa Vena, head of the digital trade book business at Italian publisher RCS Libri – “New Data …

Thank You, Simon & Schuster

Alan S. Inouye

As reported earlier today, Simon & Schuster announced that it is converting its pilot on library ebook lending to a national program. Frankly, for some time I thought this day would never come. Flash back to a wintry day in …

New Canadian Start-Up Nonvella Aims to Be an Atavist or Byliner

Trena White

Last night marked the official launch of Canadian digital publisher Nonvella. Nonvella publishes non-fiction pieces of 5,000 to 20,000 words, in the areas of literary journalism, memoir, and essays. It was founded by two Vancouver-based freelance writers, Tyee Bridge and Anne …

Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point?

Jack W Perry

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 …

China In Your Hand

Tom Chalmers

I’ll start with statements of Fact. UK boybands want to break the US. Publishers, outside of China, want to break China. What was a murmur while running my publishing businesses has become a near scream since launching our global rights …

Four Ways to Rock Goodread’s New “Ask the Author” Feature

Beth Bacon

Building relationships with readers is a valuable way for an author to grow book sales. The Goodreads book recommendation site has recently extended its author tools with a new feature called “Ask The Author” that allows authors to answer fans’ questions. The way …

Common Core Standards: Politics versus Reality

Neal Goff

Press coverage of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been increased in recent months. The political rhetoric surrounding them makes it difficult to understand what they actually entail but publishers that can cut through it will find opportunity for …

Authors Getting Screwed by Amazon-Hachette Showdown

Rob Eagar

When I was in middle school, I remember being on the playground during kickball games and hearing the words that got everyone’s attention: “Fight! Fight!”  Those words would spread like wildfire and soon all the kids were standing in a …

IBPA Announces Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Awards

Beth Bacon

Independent publishers make big things happen with small staffs and marketing budgets. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) supports independent publishers by offering marketing guidance, deals and discounts, as well as progressional development training. They also sponsor the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards that honor excellence …