In 2014, publishers dealt with shrinking bookstores shelves, opaque sourcing, Amazon v. Hachette and the continuing rise of self-publishing.
Browsing by topic: self publishing
IPR License reports that Europe and the US remain key markets for rights sales, but Turkey, the Arab World and China are increasingly active, as are self-publishers.
Brazil’s Bookcase Literary Agency has made a name for itself after just one year in business by connecting talented, independent authors with international publishers.
Founded by two publishing veterans, Librinova provides ebook creation and distribution services for self-published authors in France.
Over the past two years Blurb has transitioned from small-scale custom publishing to a high-end, full service self-publishing operation.
Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb, says that even as the digital transformation takes hold, a series interest in high quality print remains.
The Women’s Writing Festival in Matera, Italy was a showcase for the growing importance of women’s fiction and self-publishing in Europe.
Literary agent Andrew Lownie believes that in 5-10 years, 75% of books will be self-published, 20% assisted by agents, and only 5% traditionally published.
The total number of books in print hit 28 million in English in 2013, but are there enough readers to justify so much publishing?
Self-publishing pros observed that the self-publishing vs. traditional publishing debate may be moot: it’s all publishing. But what you want from it depends on you.