*+-Direct-to-consumer bookselling is growing and innovative thinking is helping. Two solutions that are appealing: BitLit ebook bundling and Penguin Hotline.
*+-Richard Mollet, CEO of the Publishers Association, reports that 2014 UK publishing revenues were £4.3 billion, with 44% coming from export markets.
*+-Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai has won the £60,000 Man Booker International Prize for his ‘achievement in fiction on the world stage.’
*+-Strong leadership in publishing is welcome, but as new publishing leaders step forward, one realizes all are mere ‘temporary custodians.’
*+-The UK PA is ‘not taking lessons from any freedom foundation people who say publishers are locking stuff up in this digital age,’ says CEO Richard Mollet.
*+-PP’s latest column for the Italy’s Giornale della Libreria is a translation of our article “Amazon is a More ‘Modest Beast,’ says UK Tech Expert.”
*+-Jordanian online bookseller Jamalon solves distribution and delivery in the Arab world by offering cash-on-delivery services.
*+-The Publishers Association released statistics about the UK book publishing industry that show a stable market and increased digital and export sales.
*+-In the UK, the Green Party has proposed reducing copyright to 14 years. It’s a move that devalues authorship even further, laments writer John Dougherty.
*+-Roger Tagholm considers whether authors pulling out of the PEN ceremony honoring Charlie Hebdo was the appropriate reaction.