Reading the Age of Screens, Continued

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Publishing Perspectives contributor and publisher of Open Letter Press, Chad W. Post, wrote a piece called “Reading in the Age of Screens” in which he discussed how book discovery works in the digital age. He asked how readers can find the “pattern-breaking” books, the truly revolutionary literature that is unlike anything they’ve read before, in an age …

How German Booksellers Are Responding to the Digital Challenge

In German Buch News by Guest Contributor

This article originally appeared in Über:blick — German Book Industry Insight, a publication produced by the Frankfurt Book Fair. DOWNLOAD: the complete Über:blick issue (PDF). By Tamara Weise The Internet has changed everything — from the way people use media to their buying habits. For many Germans, finding out more about a book online and also buying it on the …

Is Borders Guilty as Charged?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

In this exclusive essay for Publishing Perspectives, Philip Downer, the former CEO of Borders UK, discusses whether Borders’ management really is to blame for the company’s bankruptcy. By Philip Downer The dust is quickly settling on the story of Borders bookstores bankruptcy in the United States, and, for the commentariat, Borders is now a business that was always bound to …

Who Gets Hurt Most By Borders’ Bankruptcy?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Thousands of out-of-work booksellers, indebted publishers, smaller mid-list print-runs, fewer book reviews . . . the long-term repercussions of Borders’ bankruptcy are unpleasant to contemplate. By Edward Nawotka In today’s story, Philip Downer, former CEO of Borders UK examines why Borders went bankrupt. As someone who grew up outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, I was always a little proud to point …

In Order to Compete in the Future, We Must Look Back

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Bookselling is an art. When we talk about the business of publishing, sometimes we lose sight of the fact that what compels a lot of readers is the love of a book. To get to the heart of that relationship is how writers reach their audience and the conduit is more often than not a bookseller.  As we …

Borders Bookstores Bankruptcy News Roundup

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Borders Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and will receive $505 million in Debtor-in Possession (DIP) financing. According to the press release, Borders will continue “serve customers in the normal course” but will close approximately 30% of its retail locations under its Store Reduction Program. Publishers Weekly reports that Borders owes millions of dollars …

Is Monetizing the Used E-book Market the Next Big Opportunity?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A little more than ten years ago a furor arose in the book world when Amazon.com announced that it planned to sell both new and used editions of the same book on the same Web page. Publisher vehemently opposed what they saw as a move that could cannibalize new book sales and benefit the retailer. Previously, you …

Amazon Kindle Launches Singles with TED E-books

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, Amazon began selling its Kindle Singles online. Singles are e-books between 5,000 and 30,000 words long. According to the press release, these e-books are meant to “allow a single killer idea — well researched, well argued and well illustrated — to be expressed at its natural length.” Singles are priced between $0.99 and $4.99 (though at …