Why Cell Phones Will Dominate the E-Book Market in China

In Editorial & Opinion by Edward Nawotka

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group (CPG) -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …

Will Chinese Publishers Ever Become a Force on the Global Stage?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our lead article today looks at China Publishing Group’s recent commitment to digital publishing. China is without a doubt a huge market, one catered to by huge publishers. But the consensus seems to be that because of the immense opportunities for growth at home, few Chinese publishers will ever truly become players on the global stage — …

China Publishing Group Launches Digital Subsidiary, Preps for the Future

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …

What are Digital Publishing’s “Durable Goods”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story explains that for publishers to survive and thrive, they must focus their effort on producing content people are willing to pay for — by and large this means products that offer “sustainable value.” The term can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. My car, for example, offers me sustainable …

Want to Cash In on Digital Publishing? Focus on “Sustainable Value”

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Chris Rechtsteiner, Page Foundry, Inc. Some decisions are really easy. The decision to tweet, for instance is simple. It’s only 140 characters. The same is true with commenting on a website, writing a letter to the editor or crafting your own blog post. These content creation decisions can be easily weighed and acted upon (without repercussion) any time, day …

Is the Focus on Devices and Not Readers a Big Mistake?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The publishing media cloud has been obsessed with the introduction of new reading devices. For example, just yesterday, a flurry of posts announced the news of price drops for the Kindle and the Nook (Yes, naturally, we too reported on it). As our lead story today outlines, this same enthusiasm for gadgets seems to have infected publishing …

The “Big Money” Speaks: Publishing’s CEOs More Worried About E-Readers than Readers

In Growth Markets, Resources by Guest Contributor

By Ron Hogan It’s never a good idea for industry conference speakers to show up late for their own panels, but when the assigned topic is “Will the iPad Kill Off eReaders and Other Tablets?” — one of the more eagerly anticipated sessions at The Big Money’s “Untethered 2010: Profitable Media in the Tablet Era” — any panelist who can’t …

Disruptive Innovation: What Health Care Teaches Us About the Future of Publishing

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Todd Sattersten In the March 4th, 2010 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen wrote an op-ed about his views on the then-active debate over health care. The essay was written from his unique vantage point having studied companies and industries faced with the challenges of innovation. Christensen has authored or co-authored five books and countless …

Report from the Virginia Festival of the Book

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox This weekend, I’ve traveled down to Charlottesville, Virginia for their annual literary festival, The Virginia Festival of the Book.  It seems only natural for Charlottesville to host a literary festival since it was the home to many great writers, including Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner. I am here to speak on a panel called “Agents …

A Year Without Work and I’ve Never Felt Better

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday, Larry Hughes, former HarperCollins USA publicist, published a post on his blog “Book Flack at Large” looking back at his year without work. While he does lament not having a “day job” that he loves, his list of personal achievements seems extraordinary and something of which to be quite proud. Next week marks my own one-year …