Poll: Who is Driving the Digital Transition in Publishing?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director of Publishers’ Association of South Africa, told Publishing Perspectives: I do not think that the e-book shift is being proactively driven by publishers, but by consumer demand. The shift to or inclusion of e-books is still something publishers begrudge. Publishers are comfortable with the analog book and would like to continue that way. …

UNESCO Focus 2011: South Africa Pubs Still Begrudge E-books; In US, Digital Caters to the Public Interest

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Interviews with Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director of Publishers’ Association of South Africa, and Peter Brantley, director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive in the USA By Nicholas Gary, editor of ActuaLitté On the occasion of UNESCO’s World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, being held in Monza, Italy this week, Nicholas Gary of ActuaLitté interviewed participants about the most …

What Is Most Needed to Develop the Global E-book Market?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

For much of the world the biggest issue is simple: lack of legally available content. By Edward Nawotka As many of the top global publishing professionals gather for UNESCO’s Focus 2011 conference in Monza, Italy, we want to know what you think is the single most pressing issue for developing the global e-book market. For much of the world the …

#BEA11: The “New Era” of the Author is Imminent

In What's the Buzz by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt BookExpo is nothing if not obsessed this year with the challenges of digital book publishing. The panel “New and Evolving Publishing Models: What Works,” offered a variety of perspectives from an esteemed group of boldfaced names including moderator: Brian O’Leary, Principal, Magellan Media Consulting Partners, overseen by Jeff Sharp, President, Open Road Media; Lou Aronica, Co-founder, The Story …

#BEA11: The Inertia of Possibility and Decisions for the Future

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

Publishers, editors, agents and freelancers are free to trail-blaze their way through a changing publishing industry. By Erin L. Cox For the last few years, as publishers go from print to e-publishing and so many people leave traditional publishing or trail-blaze into new sectors — technology, entertainment, social networking — and discover how those intersect with book publishing, it creates …

BEA Video Interviews: Ted Hill, Publishing Consultant

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The question I’m trying to answer is the same everyone is trying to answer: what does the shift from print to digital publishing mean in terms of sales and marketing infrastructure and the systems you need to support it. What I’m telling my clients is they need to figure out what to do when retailers cut down …

Week in Review: Trio of “Big Six” US Pubs Launch Bookish.com; French Sue Google Over Scanned Books

In News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A brief round-up of some of the top global industry trade news… Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Group have teamed up to launch Bookish.com, a new consumer-oriented Web site that will market and promote books. The model is something of a hybrid online bookstore and a community-oriented book promotion site. Industry reaction has been …

Tweets, Blogs and Books: How Online Writers and Publishers Still Rely on Each Other for a Payday

In English Language, Resources by Rachel Aydt

Tweeters and bloggers are teaching publishers new tricks, and each continues to profit from collaboration with the other. By Rachel Aydt Blogger. Vlogger. Tweeter. Author. Journalist. These words aren’t synonymous, and yet they all have one thing in common: behind these terms are people who are jockeying in the media world for your attention. They could be selling something (whether …

Orbit Publisher Talks About UK/UK Pub of PERFECT SHADOW

In News, What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Two weeks ago, SF and Fantasy imprint Orbit announced that they would be publishing writer Brent Weeks’ novella simultaneously in the US and UK in both e-book and audio formats. As publishers examine digital/global publishing and test out what works for their books and readers, Publishing Perspectives sat down with Orbit Publisher Tim Holman to ask about …