Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:31
What change a year can bring. At last year’s Book Expo America in New York, people put on a happy face, but Penguin and Macmillan were still fighting the Department of Justice alongside Apple. The fresh fallout cloud from the agency agreement debacle rained fear on traditional publishing. The latest annual statistics regarding the rate...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:25
The internet has replaced cultural product and other chains as the biggest driver of change engulfing independent booksellers, according to a French study on the book trades in six western countries.
The results of the survey of France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the US, entitled Booksellers Worldwide (...
Thu, 30/05/2013 - 16:02
What a difference a few months make. In January the German book industry was consumed by a collective feeling of gloom after book sales had fallen for the third year in a row. That the decline of 1.4% was much lower compared to 2011 (-2.6%) and 2010 (-3.3%) hardly mattered at the time. Instead, naysayers had a field day, predicting much worse...
Thu, 30/05/2013 - 15:45
Down the line from Melbourne, Henry Rosenbloom begins our chat with an overview of the state of the nation in that cheery pessimism Aussies often use when talking about their country in anything other than sport: the market is in a tailspin, the Labour government is self-immolating and the Bank of Australia is so worried about the economy it...
Tue, 28/05/2013 - 14:12
The publishing industry in the UK (and elsewhere) is subject to significant structural change, brought about by the emergence of both online retail and, over more recent years, e-books. At the heart of this is Amazon, which began online book retailing in the UK in 1998, opened the Kindle UK store in 2010, and most recently created its own...
Tue, 28/05/2013 - 14:06
This month's Book Industry Study Group Making Information Pay conference was first and foremost the curtain-raiser on the third edition of BookStats, a joint project between the Association of American Publishers and BISG which provides an overview of the size and shape of the US publishing industry and combines both physical and digital...
Mon, 20/05/2013 - 14:41
If last year’s erotica boom has taught the publishing industry anything it is that the old cliché is true—sex really does sell. Something that publishers will be hoping stays true for this year too, with New Adult the latest sexy genre getting publishers excited.
So, what is New Adult? Well it is often billed as...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:44
Scale. That is the buzzword du jour, or, rather de l’année—at least since the Penguin/Random House merger was announced last October. One of the underlying strategies of the Penguin/RH link-up—emphasised by their respective bosses, John Makinson and Markus Dohle, in emails to staff after the announcement—was...
Mon, 15/04/2013 - 14:33
This year’s instalment of The Bookseller Industry Awards will be the biggest to date, with 19 prizes given out on the night, plus the Booksellers Association’s Gerry Davies Award for lifetime services to bookselling. The awards will be presented during a gala ceremony on 13th May at the Hilton, Park Lane, London.
Fri, 05/04/2013 - 09:20
After last year’s E L James-led erotica boom, the market has understandably contracted. But with a raft of titles coming out in 2013, is the category being over-published, or is it evolving? Alison Flood investigates.
It’s not that erotica isn’t still hot. The books are still flying off shelves—11 erotic...