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Knight: Agents Need to Become Marketers (Video)

As the tectonic plates of publishing continue to shift in the e-book era, one common theme is marketing. How does it look today? Who is responsible for marketing? What results can be expected? Agents need to become marketers, at least according to one agent.

What Are You Reading and on What Platform?

When I first started at Digital Book World nearly seven months ago, Matt Mullin (our great community manager who has since moved on to Barnes & Noble) gave me a list of questions he liked to ask publishing people when he talked to them. To me, someone who had spent little time interacting with...

Publishers Were Ready for Pew E-Book Study

The latest study from the Pew Internet and American Life project about e-reading and e-books found that those who read e-books are more avid readers, buy more books and read more often. These results made a splash in the book world, resulting in an explosion of media coverage and blog posts and nearly a...

An Advocate for Author Boot Camp, Warrior Authors (Video)

When the cost of e-book conversion and distribution goes down, the prospect of making profit from a back-list of books goes up. But how do publishing companies, already taxed with promoting the front-list books that they are depending on to drive revenues for the year, advantageously allocate resources to promoting such books?

It’s Hard to Compete With the Economics of Amazon (Video)

Amazon’s focus on doing business with customers who buy everything from books to food to home goods from the online retailer puts those solely concerned with selling books at an economic disadvantage, said James McQuivey, Ph.D., vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research at the Digital Book World Conference in an exclusive video...

Are audiobooks books?

I have an ongoing debate with my wife…when I listen to a book, did I “read” it?  When book discussions come up and I comment that I’ve read something, she is quick to correct me.  “You mean you listened to it, right, babe?”  “Thank’s very much for clarifying  that, dear.”  Several discussions on this ...

M&A in Publishing Technology Heats up; More Acquisitions to Come

Just when you thought you had a handle on what’s going on in the world of e-book technology, everything changes. A spate of acquisitions have quietly re-shaped the e-book conversion and e-book distribution landscape and it’s just the beginning of widespread consolidation among technology vendors that serve the book industry, say industry executives, bankers...