Top Publishing Links of the Week: January 4-8, 2016

In News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

Here’s a quick look at a few of this week’s new and big stories from the world of publishing and media. Happy Friday!

End of the Line for Google Books Lawsuit? (Inside Higher Ed)
Copyright experts say U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to take up the Authors Guild’s case against Google, a decision that likely would end more than a decade of litigation.

Disappearance of 5 Tied to Publisher Prompts Broader Worries in Hong Kong (NY Times)
Five booksellers in Hong Kong mysteriously vanished, and many fear that the Chinese government is behind the disappearances.

PRH Sells Author Solutions (PW)
Penguin Random House has sold its Author Solutions division to an affiliate of the Najafi Companies, a private investment firm that at one point owned Bookspan.

Libraries Lend More Ebooks & Audiobooks in 2015 (DBW)
Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported that, in 2015, American readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks.

Microsoft’s View of the Future of Edtech (PP)
David Langridge, Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Senior Partner Development Director, discusses the future of edtech.

The Evolution of Ebook Subscriptions in 2015 (Book Business Magazine)
The many and varied developments in ebook subscription in 2015 indicate that this market is still evolving and will continue to take shape in the coming years.

Fiction and Nonfiction Highlights for 2016 (Guardian)
The Guardian offers lists of the big books, fiction and nonfiction, that will be coming out in 2016.

International Bestsellers, December 2015 (Publishing Trends)
See December 2015’s best-selling books in Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain.

What Amazon Prime Is Like Around the World (Fast Company)
Amazon offers its Prime service in nine countries. Here’s how this service differs in each market.

Twitter Introduces New “Conversational” Ads (Engadget)
This new ad format will include “call to action buttons with customizable hashtags that encourage consumer engagement.”

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.