“Publishers Are Right to Be Afraid,” says Publishing Technology’s Randy Petway

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

A leading publishing technology service provider believes too many publishers may have their “head in the sand” when it comes to the impact of technology on the future of the industry. By Daniel Kalder As Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at Publishing Technology, a digital publishing services company, Randy Petway leads the firm in its strategic development to ensure continued …

Editing Enters the Digital Age in Germany

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 Jörg Sundermeier A survey of ten German editors looks at how the responsibilities of editors have changed, how e-books are influencing the editorial process, and how the very concept of the book is evolving. …

E-Publishing in the UK: The Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Knowns

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

Despite the digital wave sweeping over publishing, some publishers are surprised at how seldom e-books are talked about at this year’s London Book Fair LONDON: As former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said (and I paraphrase) “there are known knowns, known unknowns and there are unknown unknowns.” London has been rife with news about e-publishing, oddly, much of it …

Enhancing E-book Purchases: Consumer Driven Models From the Text Book Industry

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By John Konczal, Global Industry Executive, Sterling Commerce, an IBM Company When the mere act of delivering content digitally isn’t enough, textbook publishers are coming up with new sales models for digital content. Thanks to the emergence of the Kindle and other electronic reading devices, today’s consumer can choose from a multitude of ways to consume content with multiple delivery …

Could E-book Rentals Ever Be Viable for Trade Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature story looks at some of the consumer driven e-book models being implemented by text book publishers. One of those is book rental, where a student can rent a textbook at the fraction of the cost of buying the book. In textbook publishing, where books can run to the hundreds of dollars for a single specialized …

Is Pamphleteering and “Long Form” Publishing the Hot New Trend?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature discusses Stéphane Hessel, France’s 93-year old publishing phenomenon and the success of his 14-page political essay, Indignez vous! (Time for Outrage!). The book is just one example of a larger trends toward publishing short — in fact much shorter — works and selling them online. You might call it the resurrection of pamphleteering. Ironically, online, …

What is the Key Problem for Publishing to Solve by 2020?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Publishing will look very different in ten years time, but there are problems we can anticipate — and solve — in advance. By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature story discusses how the Book Industry Study Group works to improve the professional lives of those in the publishing industry and establish a set of standards and best practices. This Thursday, BISG is …

Announcing PublishersLaunch, A New Global Conference Series from Cader and Shatzkin

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Michael Cader (founder of Publishers Lunch and PublishersMarketplace.com) and Mike Shatzkin (publishing industry consultant and founder of The Idea Logical Company) announced today their new joint venture called Publishers Launch, a global conference series that will “help publishers, agents, authors, retailers and other channel partners with the transition to prosperity in the new era, and will help …

Essential Reading: The Future of the Book from O’Reilly’s Mike Hendrickson

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson ESSENTIAL READING: The future of the book by Mike Hendrickson In the wake of the opportunities and challenges discussed at the Tools of Change conference, O’Reilly’s VP of Content Strategy Mike Hendrickson urges the publishing industry, “Let’s change the The Book of the Future before we have to.” What a great and, in my opinion, important message. …