In a continuing effort to build its digital business, Random House has promoted four digital executives to senior executive positions. Milena Alberti, Amanda Close, Nihar Malaviya and Nina von Moltke have all been promoted to digital senior vice president positions roles at the company.
In the e-book era, everyone in publishing needs to be able to think digitally. When Simon & Schuster first began producing digital book products, it created separate departments that handled all the digital operations. Today, digital is in every department.
In December 2011, we spoke to a panel of book industry and media experts to hear their bold predictions for the book publishing industry in 2012. Six months later, we're checking in to see how many have come true, are on their way, or are looking unlikely to happen in 2012 or ever.
As business cycles in the publishing industry accelerate and more new books are being brought to market faster, does that mean that publishers can’t afford to take risks anymore? According to Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, they can and they still do.
It might just take a publishing industry outsider to solve the current marketing challenges facing publishers. We spoke with Angela Tribelli, the new HarperCollins chief marketing officer who comes from outside the industry, about marketing analytics, the recent sales reorganization at HarperCollins, and why publishers need to think more like direct marketers.
When asked which factors limit their ability to develop digital products, 91% of 366 publishers surveyed by Innodata and Digital Book World named lack of financial resources. Some 82% said lack of a defined process and 81% said lack of internal expertise. Click through to see charts.
Responding to the new digital nature of the book business, HarperCollins has restructured its sale organization, moving analytics into the sales department, making several promotions and letting go of about half a dozen employees.
"We need a diverse e-book market and not just a best-seller e-book market," said Hachette's new chief marketing and sales officer Evan Schnittman to Digital Book World at Book Expo America in New York in early June. Part of cultivating that diverse e-book market is helping bookstores get involved in the e-book marketplace.
Nicholas Callaway has changed titles at the company he founded and majority owns to chief creative adviser from chief creative officer following the company's closing of its New York office two weeks ago, signalling a step back from day-to-day operations at the children's book app publisher.
Random House president of sales, operations and digital Madeline McIntosh to the position of chief operating officer, effective immediately.
For the first time ever, more than half of Americans 65 and older are on the Internet, according to a new report -- and this could mean a whole new growing market for e-book publishers and retailers.
E-book subscription services have gained traction in the past few months as several publishers have adopted the alternative access model. Safari Books Online, which allows users to stream e-books for a subscription fee (think Netflix for e-books), has been using the model for ten years. But the sudden and recent rise of e-book subscription...
We spoke with Perseus chief marketing officer Rick Joyce about discoverability, the most innovative marketing publishers are doing right now and what type of marketing just isn't working anymore for books.
By partnering with Amazon to sell Kindle devices and e-books in its bricks-and-mortar bookstores, Waterstones, the UK’s largest bookstore chain, could be sacrificing its digital future for a short-term gain, say industry observers.
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.
F+W Media chairman and CEO David Nussbaum attended Digital Book World in January and, like "every other company here," was searching for solutions. The problems requiring solutions, according to Nussbaum? Discoverability and data.
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...
A mini-wave of middling news has hit the e-book world in the past several weeks in contrast to the usual positive narrative about explosive growth and boundless opportunity. Is it a dark cloud on the horizon or just a blip on the radar?
A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable for an author to self-publish their own work and distribute it to half a dozen of the leading bookstores. Today, tens of thousands of people are doing it. How things have changed. One of the people responsible for this revolution in publishing is Mark Coker, the...
Google is taking a bite out of Apple among consumers who read e-books. Two out of five e-book readers who choose a tablet as their primary reading device use an iPad; at the end of 2011, two-thirds of those e-book readers were using an iPad, according to a new study from the Book Industry...
The opportunity to digitize and start selling back-list titles has given rise to an interesting trend: authors taking a second pass at old works, essentially creating something new.
As consumers increasingly choose tablet computers over e-readers for e-book reading, the e-book business will be adversely affected, according to a new survey.
Now that the Microsoft, Barnes & Noble deal that created a new entity valued at $1.7 billion is done, what are some of the possibilities for the new partnership?
The c-suite at Sourcebooks just got a little more crowded. For the first time ever, the Naperville, IL-based publisher will have a chief operating officer. Barbara Briel has been promoted to the role of COO from her position as vice president and director of administration and finance.
Sourcebooks has been growing at a healthy clip in the past few years and has gotten a reputation as a cutting-edge publisher. We spoke with Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah about using data in book publishing, Sourcebooks’s approach to e-book pricing and why it’s important to sell books directly to readers.
When asked about "bookstore showroom," which implies that readers like to browse at local bookstores but not buy, Mitchell Kaplan, owner of the Books and Books bookstore chain in South Florida, has an interesting suggestion of how publishers should interact with booksellers to the benefit of both.
Publishers are making a killing on e-books because they cost nothing to produce, distribute and sell and are almost 100% pure profit. At least, that’s what many consumers think. But how much does it really cost to produce an e-book?
According to OverDrive CEO Steve Potash, each month, library patrons interact with Web pages that display publishers' books "hundreds of millions" of times.
Barnes & Noble and other booksellers will have a tough time competing with Amazon following the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Apple and some of the largest U.S. publishers, say some in the publishing industry. With the renewed ability to set prices on more e-books that it sells, Amazon will resume discounting of e-books...
Consumers looking forward to never paying more than $9.99 for an e-book may have to wait longer than anticipated. Now that Amazon has the power to control more of its Kindle e-books’ prices, it will lower them slowly and strategically, according to a books-industry analyst from Forrester Research, Inc.
By most reports, the vast majority of print- and e-books in the U.S. are sold by two retailers: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you're a book publisher, this makes your life both easy and hard.
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...
More publishing executives are using social media this year than last year and more of them are being careful about what they say on Twitter and in blogs, according to a recent survey. Publishing professionals who want to use social media but are worried about the consequences if they type an errant Tweet should...