Digital Distribution Means Global, Not Local

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Andrew Savikas, vice-president, O’Reilly Media Within a few years (or sooner) more people will read the books we publish at O’Reilly Media in digital form than in print. While it won’t happen that quickly for other publishers, it will happen. That doesn’t mean that print books will go away — it just means that publishing will be about digital …

Falling In and Out of Love, with E-books

In Children's, Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka Prior to having a child, I loved e-books. After she was born, I appreciated them even more because when I would cradle my newborn daughter in one arm, I loved that I could hold my Kindle in the other arm and flip a page with my thumb, one handed. It was convenient, it was handy. Now …

How “Cons” Challenge the Status of Industry Insiders

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Lance Fensterman My friend and blogger Heidi McDonald describes San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) as the Nerd Prom, and I cannot imagine a more apt description.  SDCC started in a hotel basement as a modest gathering of comic lovers some forty years ago and has grown into the epicenter of the entire pop culture world or, at the very least, …

Translation Nation: A State of the Union

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

Editorial by Chad W. Post ROCHESTER, NEW YORK: For years, people have speculated that the number of literary works in translation being published in the United States has been in decline. I say “speculate,” because the publishing industry — which is notoriously poor at market research and data gathering — didn’t really keep track of how many translations were being …

The Database Dilemma: Managing the Publicity “List”

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Chris Artis A book publicist is only as good as his or her Rolodex. That was one of the first things I learned nearly two decades ago, when I was an assistant in a two-person publicity department in a small New York publishing house. My boss’s Rolodex was large and overstuffed with the business cards of editors, reporters, and …

UK’s Book Depository takes Global Ambitions to US

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “In the UK, retailers have been very introverted. That’s what we’re trying to change by working with international customers,” says Kieron Smith, managing director of BookDepository.co.uk, an online bookseller best known for its free shipping to more than 90 countries around the world. “More than half of our customers are overseas and it’s fascinating to watch the …

Bookselling in a Pacific Island Paradise

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins NUKU’ALOFA. TONGA: With an economy based on farming, fishing and some tourism, there’s not a huge demand for consumer books in Tonga, although the country has the highest literacy rate in the Pacific (over 98%) and a good primary and secondary education system. Still, it’s enough to support a handful of small publishers and a bookstore chain …