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. …

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 …

81m Strong Germany Downloaded 900 Million Phone Apps in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The mobile research firm research2guidance reports that German mobile users downloaded around 900 million apps to their mobile telephones in 2010 — more than double the number of apps downloaded in 2009 (458 million) and nearly 150 million more than were forecasted in September. But does or will this eventually spell big revenues for app developers? Paid …

Do Real-time Digital Books Lack Intellectual Integrity?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Jason Monburg says that content needs to be agile, controllable and interactive. For the most part this depends on incorporating real-time data streams — whether originating from an author or third-parties, such as outside sources or readers themselves — into a book. This idea is compelling, particularly when talking about non-fiction. A textbook on …

What Is the Next Publishing Conference Buzzword?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This year, TOC was all about content outside the boundaries of format and how publishers can develop content that will fit into a number of different “containers” including text, apps, print books, and interactive online content. At Digital Book World, the focus was also on creating enhanced content before thinking about format. Conferences like TOC and Digital …

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 …