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How Did Google Screw Up Book Discovery?

Even though you probably never stray from Amazon’s Kindle reader app, I’d like to encourage you to expand your horizons. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on Apple iBooks and Google Play, for example, to explore other platforms and keep Amazon honest. After all, Amazon’s need to innovate diminishes...

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How Big Data Can Improve Content and Reader Engagement

Consumption habits across industries, spanning different products and services, are evolving dramatically in the digital era. And the book publishing sector is not immune to these winds of change. Like film, music and other forms of content, books, too, are undergoing a major transformation in terms of both development and distribution,...

BISG Research Shows Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education

[Press Release] BISG Announces the Publication of New Research into Student and Faculty Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education New findings show significant traction for interactive learning tools and other forms of active learning (New York, NY: August 18, 2015) The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) has just released new...

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What’s Next for Digital? What Matters? Why?

Publishers, authors and their business partners converge on BookExpo America in New York City today at a time arguably marked by equal parts stability and uncertainty. Now that the high-octane days of rapid ebook adoption have given way to a more stable hybrid market, the industry faces a new set of...

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How Not to Innovate

One thing standing in the way of innovation at most big publishers? Finance departments. That’s according to Matt MacInnis, Founder and CEO of the digital content platform Inkling. In larger organizations, finance departments strive to optimize businesses in ways that aren’t typically conducive to seeding innovations. Nevertheless, MacInnis believes publishers are...

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What Drives Innovation in Education Publishing (and What Doesn’t)

Big companies aren’t always great innovators. But how come? Clancy Marshall, VP of Global Core Platforms at Pearson, posed that question to Inkling founder and CEO Matt MacInnis at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s “Adapt, Innovate, Learn” conference on higher education in New York City this morning and received this...

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Students Value Efficiency and Effectiveness in Digital Content

52% of higher education students who responded to a recent Book Industry Study Group (BISG) survey agreed with this statement: “I would rather pay $100 for a learning solution that improves my result by one letter grade and reduces my study time by 25% than $50 for my current textbook.” According to...

Book Industry Study Group’s Executive Director Departs

[Press Release] BISG Executive Director to Resign Vlahos to Tattered Cover; New Executive Sought (New York, NY: March 26, 2015) The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced today that Executive Director Len Vlahos will resign his position effective June 12, and will relocate to Denver, Colorado where he and his wife...

Mix of New and Familiar Players, Challenges at BISG Annual Meeting

New entrants and challenges are joining–but not necessarily upending–the old ones in today’s publishing landscape, according to speakers at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s annual meeting in New York City today. The list of new initiatives BISG’s Executive Director Len Vlahos outlined for the coming year reflect that mix of new and familiar terrain: new,...

Study: Student Content Consumption Shifts to Cheap and Digital

Students are using core textbooks less and online study guides more, according to the latest Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education report from the Book Industry Study Group. At the same time, students are getting better at acquiring course materials very cheaply or for three through illicit methods. They also...

Subscription Ebooks ‘Inevitable’?

Why the biggest questions for subscription services remain unanswered, Kindle Unlimited encourages authors to go exclusive, this week's best-selling ebooks, Stephen Colbert endorses another Hachette book, big authors band together and much more.

For Subscription Ebooks, Great Expectations But Few Guarantees

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 corroborate that finding — but are they? Professionals within the trade, scholarly,...

BookStats: Ebooks Flat in 2013

Ebook revenue in the U.S. leveled off at $3 billion, according to a new report released today. The BookStats report, from the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group, confirmed earlier reports from the AAP and anecdotal evidence. Ebook revenue in 2012 was about $3 billion as well,...

BISG Pulls Out of Deal With AAP on BookStats Annual Report

[Press Releases] AAP Statement on BISG Withdrawal from BookStats Joint Venture On June 19, the Book Industry Study Group Board voted not to renew its joint agreement with the Association of American Publishers to continue as co-producers of the annual BookStats survey capturing the estimated size and scope of the publishing...

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...

BISG Details Making Information Pay Program at Digital Book World 2014

[Press Release] BISG Details Making Information Pay Program at Digital Book World 2014 NEW YORK – November 6, 2013 – In collaboration with the Digital Book World Conference & EXPO 2014, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) will host their popular annual conference Making Information Pay for Higher Education on January 13...

Readers Want More Value for Ebooks, New Study Suggests

Readers are “very” interested in bundling print products with ebooks and would pay more for ebooks if they could re-sell them or give them away, according to a new study. Report Two of Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, Volume 4 from the Book Industry Study Group suggests that readers are interested...

McGraw-Hill Partners on Professional Development for Professors to Teach New Classroom Technology

Related: Learn more about the dynamic, changing higher-education publishing industry at Making Information Pay for Higher Education at Digital Book World this year. Your all-access pass to the conference gets you in! Register today! [Press Release] McGraw-Hill Education and Magna Publications Launch Magna Campus to Assist in the Professional Development of...

BISG: Student Pirating on the Rise

Related: Students, Professors Still Not Yet Ready for E-Textbooks [Press Release] Students increasingly look for alternatives to traditional texts; downloading of unauthorized content on the rise, says new BISG research Student use of alternative and illicit course materials is on the rise, according to new research from the Book Industry Study...

Students Still Not Taking to E-Textbooks, New Data Show

Despite the benefits of lower costs, lighter backpacks, added features and convenience, students just aren't taking to e-textbooks, a new study shows. About 6% of students are using a "core digital textbook" as their main course material, according to a new study from the Book Industry Study Group, which surveyed a...