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Hot Button Issues for English-Language Publishers in 2014

Mike Abbott, European Sales Director for Random House UK

In 2014, publishers dealt with shrinking bookstores shelves, opaque sourcing, Amazon v. Hachette and the continuing rise of self-publishing.

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Hachette UK Sees Flux in Global Rights Markets

Jason Bartholomew is Director of Subsidiary Rights for Hachette UK, and serves as Rights Director for Hodder & Stoughton, Headline Publishing Group, and John Murray Press.

Jason Bartholomew reports on international rights markets for Hachette books. Germany is a stalwart, southern Europe suffers and emerging markets are rising.

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Print Continues to Outsell Digital During First Half of 2014

Ebook bundling

New numbers from Nielsen Books & Consumer show that ebook sales were outsold by both hardcovers and paperbacks in the first half of 2014.

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The Invisible Growth in the Industry…or WYSIATI

Judith Appelbaum

BISG award-winner Judith Appelbaum reflects on changes in the industry and explains why the lack of statistics on self-publishing is misleading us all.

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The Publisher Who Said “No” to Amazon

Randall White

Randall White, CEO of the Educational Development Corp, an Oklahoma-based book distributor, explains why he pulled all his company’s 2,000 titles from Amazon.com.

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UK Readers Fall in Love With Translations

The Collini Case, a translated mystery from Germany, has been especially popular in the UK.

The Observer notes that British readers appear to be buying more translated fiction than in the past, and not just Scandinavian thrillers. Could this be the start of something bigger?

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Russian Book Sales Plummet in Ukraine, Imports to Be Cut

A map of the Ukraine which does not depict the annexation of the Crimea by Russia.

Sales of Russian books in the Ukraine have plummeted in 2014 and the Ukrainian government is looking at passing legislation to curtail imports further.

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Chinese Book Market Snapshot: Bestsellers, E-publishing, Translation

Chai Jing, one of China's best known TV interviewers, has sold 3 million copies of her book Kanjian (Insight).

Xiaoying Chu at Charlesworth (Beijing) Information Services details the booming Chinese digital publishing market and the strides being make by online booksellers.

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Polish Book Chains Re-imagine Stores, Expand to Small Cities

Matras Store

Poland’s two largest bookstore chains, Matras and Empik, are adding new services and plan vast expansions amid a shrinking number of independent bookstores.

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Lit Fest in London Builds Buzz for Aussie and Kiwi Authors

Haka performer

The inaugural Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts brought 130 authors and performers to London, showcasing the two nations’ talents.

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