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How to Invent Your Future in 2017

Back in 2001, I had the good fortune to work for a software startup where I gained a valuable insight into how different levels of working professionals view the future. I was receiving some intensive sales training from the CEO, who had spent many years leading B2B sales for one of America’s largest software...

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Nielsen’s Kempton Mooney Talks Analysis and Reporting

Kempton Mooney is the senior director of research and analytics at Nielsen Book, where he provides market information and research expertise for companies with strategic initiatives in the book market. Prior to Nielsen, he held positions at Abrams, Random House and Hachette, working in sales, inventory, operations, and strategic planning. Kempton holds a masters...

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Why SEO Is Critical for Publishing’s Editorial Teams

Search engines typically represent one of the largest—if not the largest—traffic sources for websites and online publishers, in particular. And publishing houses’ editorial teams hold the keys to this traffic, so it only makes sense to align their efforts with a content strategy that is backed by keyword and topic search volume data. For...

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Ted Hill Discusses the Revamped DBW Conference

Your recent article “The Best Way to Keep Your Job in Book Publishing” drew a lot of interest and highlighted the importance of the publishing industry conference, saying it’s the one opportunity for busy professionals to put aside the day-to-day grind and open up their minds to new ideas. With all the websites and...

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Hachette Partners with Tapas in Push for Mobile Reading

Tapas Media announced today that it has partnered with Hachette Book Group and will release several of the publisher’s titles, including Ben Winters’s Underground Airlines, Dan Lyons’s Disrupted: My Misadventures in the Start-Up Bubble, and Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot. Tapas’s mobile platform offers bite-size content, featuring a mix of free comics and paid...

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How Indexing Could Evolve with Ebooks

Earlier this year I shared some thoughts about how indexes seem to be a thing of the past, at least when it comes to ebooks. I’ve given more consideration to the topic and would like to offer a possible vision for the future. Long ago I learned the value an exceptional indexer can bring...

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Booktrack Partners with Little, Brown on YA Novellas

Booktrack announced today that it has partnered with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to bring soundtracks to young adult novellas. Booktrack, which syncs text with movie-style soundtracks, will use its platform to offer YA readers a new way to read such authors as Libba Bray, Laini Taylor, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Jennifer...

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Can Authors Sell More Books with Less Social Media?

A mind-boggling 78 percent of Americans have a social media profile. According to Statista, 2.72 billion people will be social media users worldwide by 2019. It is a given that authors can develop loyal audiences and sell more books with the help of social media. But as numbers of users rise, the pressure to...

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Hachette UK Acquires Mobile Game Studio Neon Play

Hachette UK announced today that it has acquired the British mobile game development studio Neon Play, which will operate as a standalone business under the Hachette umbrella. The move allows Hachette to publish authors on new platforms and the publisher to “pursue more generally our aim to generate rapid growth” on other platforms. Neon...

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Hachette Opens New Warehouse to Accommodate Acquisitions

Hachette announced today that it has opened a new warehouse in Lebanon Business Park—25 miles from Indianapolis—a space that the publisher has occupied for 20 years. Since that time, Hachette has continued expanding its footprint and will now occupy more than 2 million square feet spread over three facilities. The newest addition was built...

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Hachette and Kadokawa Close Deal to Create Yen Press

Hachette and Kadokawa have closed their previously announced deal to create a joint venture, Yen Press LLC. Effective May 1, Kadokawa, a Japanese publisher of manga and light novels, is the majority owner of the new stand-alone company, and Hachette is its minority shareholder. With the completion of this deal, Yen Press will become...

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Hachette’s Yen Press and Kadokawa Form Joint Venture

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA form Joint Venture Monday, April 11, 2016 (New York) – Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA Corporation announced today that they have entered into an agreement to create a new venture, joining HBG’s Yen Press imprint, a leader in the US publication of Japanese manga and light novels,...

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Hachette Signs Distribution Deal with Phoenix International

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group Signs Distribution Deal With Phoenix International Publications, Inc. February 17, 2016 – Hachette Book Group (HBG) has signed a distribution agreement with Phoenix International Publications, Inc., also known as pikids (http://www.pikidsmedia.com/). Beginning May 1, 2016, HBG will provide North American distribution, fulfillment, customer service and billing/collection services to pikids....

Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch on the Future of Publishing

Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch on the Future of Publishing

I’ve been hearing about the demise of book publishing since the first day I stepped through the doors of a publisher back in 1978. But here we are still, publishers like Little, Brown, with histories going back 100 and 200 years. What other American industry has companies still in existence after two centuries, evolving...

The Show Must Go On – More Opportunities Than Ever for Publishers at MIPJunior

Opportunities for Publishers in the Television Landscape

“MIPJunior, the world’s largest showcase for children’s television rights, was both inspiring and invigorating this year,” writes Jacks Thomas in a blog post for Digital Book World. “It saw authors and TV producers, digital players and licensing gurus, all rubbing shoulders as they showcased the very latest content and debated the challenges and opportunities...

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Hachette to Use Syncrofy for Data Solutions

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group (HBG) Selects Syncrofy™ by CoEnterprise to Gain Visibility into B2B Data and Streamline Operations New York, NY – October 14, 2015 – CoEnterprise, a B2B software and professional services company based in New York City, announced today that Hachette Book Group (HBG) has chosen Syncrofy to help them gain...

Social Media Marketing Must Be Relevant

How to Reach the Right Audience on Social Media

In her fourth post in a five-part series for Digital Book World on social media marketing, Chris Syme stresses the importance of delivering relevant content in order to drive sales. “Relevance is not about being cutting edge or participating in the latest fad,” Syme writes. “When it comes to social media, relevance is about...

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More Publishers Selling Ebooks Direct

For the first time, the majority of Canadian publishers now sell ebooks directly to readers, a new study by BookNet Canada finds. 66% of the publishers surveyed have direct sales programs in place, a figure that’s shot up from 42% in 2013. Publishing ebooks is now the norm, with most publishers releasing print and...

Lego and Little, Brown Launch Publishing Partnership

[Press Release] LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS ANNOUNCES A CREATIVE NEW PUBLISHING PROGRAM BASED ON POWERHOUSE LEGO® BRANDS Multi-Book Deal Begins with Graphic Novels and Launches in Fall 2015 New York, NY [Monday, March 16, 2015] — Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will launch a new publishing program based on internationally popular...

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Lagardère Profits Shrink

Sales at Hachette Book Group fell 4.9% in 2014 from the previous year, according to the publisher’s parent company Lagardère, which finds its full-year profits down 11.7% during the period. In the U.S. Hachette weathered a difficult 2014, which included an acrimonious dispute with Amazon over ebook margins. The publisher attributes the 3% drop...

Hachette Sales Down Nearly 5% in 2014

Full-year revenue dropped 4.9% in 2014, a year marked by Hachette Book Group’s bruising standoff with Amazon over ebook profit margins, which ended in November with a new distribution contract restoring a version of agency ebook pricing to the publisher. Digital sales shrunk to 30%, down 3% since 2013, when ebooks and digital audiobooks together made up...

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Looking Beyond Ebooks, Scribd Bulks up

Scribd has doubled its content offering over the past six months, hitting the 1 million mark after adding 10,000 digital comics yesterday. In the course of that expansion, the label typically used to describe Scribd’s main program–“ebook subscription service”–has become a bit of a misnomer. Scribd expanded into audiobooks last November, adding 30,000 titles...

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Three Steps to Direct-to-Consumer Publishing

Many publishers tend to think of direct-to-consumer publishing as being about either e-commerce or marketing. In fact, it’s about both ingredients–plus one more. Earlier this week Biztegra co-founder Murray Izenwasser argued that establishing a direct-to-consumer strategy is achievable for every publisher regardless of its size and that doing so is more important than ever. Now he...

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Gumroad Takes Ebooks to Android Users

The e-commerce platform that recently helped Hachette sell ebooks on Twitter launches a mobile app for Android. Gumroad says its December pilot program with Hachette was a success, in one case allowing author and musician Amanda Palmer to sell 100 copies of her book within twenty minutes of tweeting a ‘buy’ button to her...

Doors Open at Digital Book World 2015

Kicking off three days of insights, debate and conversation at the most jam-packed Digital Book World ever, Simon & Schuster launches online video series, why going direct is such tough going, the return of agency ebook pricing and much more.