Global Trade Talk: UK’s Bookseller is Safe; Nuances to E-Book Release Delays; Sherman Alexie Slams E-books

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Publishers Weekly reports that, in the wake of the demise of Kirkus Reviews, questions have been asked about The Bookseller, which like Kirkus, is owned by Nielsen. “The spokesperson said there are no plans to close that publication or to change the publication schedule of the magazine that covers the U.K. book market,” wrote PW.

The Wall Street Journal covers the developing news about US publishers announcing—en masse—they will be delaying the e-book release of some bestsellers. HarperCollins, along with Simon & Schuster and Hachette, have all made the plans public. The WSJ spoke to Brian Murray, chief executive of News Corp.’s HarperCollins Publishers, who said “beginning in January or February, HarperCollins will delay the e-book publication of five to ten new hardcover titles each month. The delays are expected to range from four weeks to six months, depending on the book.” He added “We’re going to experiment with this,” Mr. Murray said. “Each new e-book represents a potential new marketing opportunity at a time when we need every possible hook to get consumer attention.”

Of course, consumer demand is what will dictate what will really happen. The Hachette imprint Twelve had earlier said they would “indefinitely” delay the e-book, but with a surge of demand following Kennedy’s widow’s appearance on Oprah, the publisher has decided to release the e-book (on Christmas Day) and delay the paperback for at least a year.

Meanwhile, author Sherman Alexie discussed his reservations about e-books with TV comedian Stephen Colbert…

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.