*+-BlueInk Review, a service which reviews self-published books, reviews its top books for October 2014.
*+-In 2014, publishers dealt with shrinking bookstores shelves, opaque sourcing, Amazon v. Hachette and the continuing rise of 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?