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 …

Publishers Talking Innovation, Few New Ideas

Rich Bellis

When it comes to the question of digital innovation, publishers seem keen to do it but short on new ideas for how. At least so they say. Panelists at the International Digital Publishing Forum at Book Expo America in New York …

Byte the Book Surveys the Latest Publishing Innovations

Justine Solomons

Re-posted here with permission from Justine Solomons. See the original post, with pictures, here. The piece was written by Byte the Book’s writer-in-residence Chris Russell.  The following describes what was discussed at a Byte the Book event in London and has been …

Publishing Rule Number One: Customer is Key

Tom Chalmers

We all know publishing is a club that has somehow lasted several centuries and often defied the odds to produce works that have changed history. We also know that as an industry we don’t like outsiders, preferring to speak with …

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, …

Book Blurb as Salesperson

Beth Bacon

Your book blurb is a salesperson. The “book description” area of your online sales page (commonly called a blurb) must sell your book for you. In an online store, there’s no knowledgeable store clerk ready to offer a verbal book recommendation …

Ancient Marginalia: Theseus and the Dramaturge

Corey Pressman (@exprima)

The future is hiring: Digiturge Wanted Publisher seeking experienced digiturge to craft relevant and creative in-line links for backlog titles and new digital-fist works of fiction, nonfiction, and ludic narratives.  Applicants must have an advanced degree in either Library Science …

Authors’ Views on the Value of Agents

Dana Beth Weinberg

Do I need an agent? The longstanding advice to new writers was that if they had any hope of a successful career in publishing, they absolutely needed an agent. Myriad books and blogs have been devoted to the topics of …

Revamping the Traditional Ebook Retailer

Jack W Perry

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 …

UNESCO Sees Mobile’s Potential to Boost Global Literacy

Rich Bellis

Not only is the spread of mobile devices around the world creating new access to content and boosting literacy, according to a new UNESCO report, it’s being done largely without the latest in digital reading technology. It’s happening on pre-smartphone …

A Plea: Let Some Ebook Data Flow

Pavan Arora

This content was provided by Aptara.  Historically, when all others are concentrating on lowering costs, quality wins. Publishers with a laser focus on improving the reader experience win over those focused on saving pennies per page. There is an appetite for …

Digital Adolescence: Reflections on LBF

Growing up as an industry can be painful, but LBF gave signs that we’re getting there. It’s nearly two weeks now since the London Book Fair, and many words have been spilled about people’s experiences. Looking back, though, I’ve been …

Innovative Publishing Out of Italy’s Rizzoli

Jeremy Greenfield

Italy isn’t known as a hotbed of digital publishing innovation or activity. In fact, ebooks only account for somewhere around 4% of publisher revenue in the country, according to Marcello Vena, director of digital business at RCS Libri, which owns …