Thu, 12/05/2011 - 15:36
Publishers need to diversify and compete head-on with other media in order to deflect the 'one-screen' effect of tablet devices, a panel discussion at the World e-Reading Congress declared.
The session sought to answer the question: "Can e-reading win the war against Angry Birds?" Jonathan Glasspool, managing...
Fri, 17/05/2013 - 15:38
How active should authors be in the business side of their books? It’s an intriguing question, and one raised by writer Ann Patchett’s comments, made this week’s The Bookseller, that authors need to take better care of the publishing...
Thu, 16/05/2013 - 10:30
The Do Book Company, a new independent publishing house based in Shoreditch, has launched its first five titles, in print and digital format. The books are written by speakers from the Do Lectures, an annual four-day ideas conference held in West Wales, whose speakers have included Tim Berners-Lee and Kickstarter chief executive, Perry Chen...
Tue, 14/05/2013 - 09:10
Lagardère Publishing, Hachette's parent, reported sales growth of 6.6% in its first quarter, driven by strong performances in its French and US businesses and "brisk" e-book sales.
Hachette UK was described as "virtually stable", down 0.2%, with "ongoing difficulties internationally (Australia and...
Mon, 13/05/2013 - 15:32
The Bookseller Industry Awards are a testament to the dedication, creativity and sheer hard work of the trade.
There were 19 awards in total and, including the winner of the Booksellers Association-run Gerry Davies Award, 21 winners this year (the library award is shared). Last year we expanded to include an academic publishing prize...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:45
In his speech at the Publishers Association a.g.m. writer Bill Thompson suggested that publishing was three different industries operating as one, and that as the core technology—the book—changes, these industries could develop into something that won’t collectively be known as publishing, and won’t exist in one...
Tue, 07/05/2013 - 15:46
The second was the orchestration of the announcement. In previous years the focus has been on “e” or “p” books, leading to the polarising view that one was supplanting the other: but this year the message was clear, the market for published books grew.
On a more granular level, the e-book growth (particularly...
Tue, 30/04/2013 - 11:06
Judging the pace of digital change will be one of the key challenges facing publishing executives in the months and years to come.
As we now realise, different parts of the publishing and bookselling business are moving in differing directions at different rates, making for an interesting, if slightly unnerving, journey. The...
Thu, 18/04/2013 - 14:55
This year’s London Book Fair was back to its ebullient and buzzy best with great displays of confidence from the likes of Hachette, Random House, Granta, Canongate and Kobo.
Yet, behind the plumage this was also a fair wracked with nerves; one at which Amazon was a looming presence despite its almost complete absence from the...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 09:45
UK trade publishers are becoming increasingly concerned about how Amazon.co.uk is policing territorial rights on its website, with some publishers claiming that US print editions of certain titles are being preferred in the retailer's online listings and supplied to UK customers direct.
The issue, believed to have become an...