TOC 2011: Toward an All-digital Workflow

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The publishing industry is often criticized for slow adoption of digital tools and processes, but Steve Kotrch, Director of Publishing Technology at Simon & Schuster, had fantastic examples at TOC today of the strides that big publishers have already made in this area and how these changes are not always visible to those outside the organization. Kotrch …

France’s Feedbooks: Three Million E-books Served Monthly

In Europe, Resources by Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije PARIS: Though just 27 years old, Hadrien Gardeur is a veteran of the war to win e-book readers. Gardeur co-founded his company Feedbooks -– a cloud publishing and distribution service for e-books -– during the summer of 2007 when he was in his last year of computer science engineering school. Three and a half years later, Feedbooks distributes …

Publishing Intel from RAND Corporation

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder SANTA MONICA: For over 60 years now the RAND Corporation has carried out research and analysis for governments, organizations, and institutions around the world. Famously, it was the work of Dr. Herman Kahn — a RAND employee –- that provided the seed for the military doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (Kahn was lampooned by Peter Sellers in …

Is the Print-and-Pray Model of Book Publishing Dead?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Publishers typically can’t predict bestsellers. Wouldn’t a better model be to bring the customers to them first? Today’s lead story looks at F+W Media’s development of vertical market communities. The traditional model of book publishing has been “horizontal”: print, distribute (usually through intermediaries), publicize and hope for the best. The “vertical” model is predicated to a large …

With 150,000 Daily Print Subscribers, France’s Children’s Newspapers Remain Popular Despite “Digital Distractions”

In Children's, Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije At least French kids are reading newspapers. There is always a business model that works against the odds. France’s book publisher Play Bac presse, which also publishes three newspapers for children, is simultaneously celebrating its 25th anniversary, and its founding paper, Mon Quotidien’s (My Daily) 15th birthday. At a time when newspapers worldwide are struggling, and in …

Best of Publishing Perspectives 2010: Digital

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

There is no doubt that most of the innovation in publishing in 2010 was related to digital issues and developments. This year, we saw a number of changes related to technology that have altered the way we think about and approach the business of publishing. Looking back, here are the best and most popular articles about digital topics from 2010: …

Share Your Strongest Publishing Memory from 2010 and Predictions for 2011

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story our editorial and publishing team shared their thoughts as to the most radical publishing events of 2010 and predictions for 2011. Looking back, much has changed in the business this year, partly because of digital advances and new business models, and partly because of shifting expectations from consumers. But each company has gone …

Is this Holiday Punch Spiked or Was 2010 a Year of Hope?

In Editorial & Opinion by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Looking back on 2010, I see a year of hope and success, enthusiasm and ingenuity, and a renewed vision for book publishing around the world. As a literary agent, this year has been challenging: books that would’ve sold three years ago are being roundly passed on (“I like it, I don’t love it”), the midlist is …

Is the UK Ahead of the US in Enhancing E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Enhanced e-books are a hot topic in publishing. So far, I think, our imagination has outpaced our ability to execute and there have been few steller examples of how publishers can harness recent technological change to advance books as they appear in digital formats. One of the few examples that has really worked is London-based Touch Press’s …