The 1% Windfall: Why Publishers Need to Implement “Dynamic Pricing”

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• A 1% increase in book prices could lead to significant change in the operating profits of many companies, argues pricing expert Rafi Mohammed. But, contrary to this fact, the publishing industry is under pressure to lower prices rather than raise them. • The answer is to implement “dynamic pricing,” which will enable publishers to respond to the demands of …

B.O.B., University of Texas’ $150,000 Book Machine, Readies for Freshman Year

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• The University of Texas Co-op — the most profitable independent college bookstore in the United States — has purchased an Espresso Book Machine. The aim is to revolutionize how the store does business and interacts with the local community. • The store has launched an independent press, is looking at POD textbook solutions, working with local writers, and has plans …

International Buyers Flock to Remaindered Books

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

• Overseas book buyers are finding bargains at American remainder book shows and boosting a business that might otherwise be threatened by the steady decrease in the number independent booksellers and adoption of digital books. • Asian markets — in Japan, Korea and China — have proven especially robust as buyers demand more and more affordable English-language reading materials. By …

Publishing People We Admire: Lauren Cerand and Girls Write Now

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• Those of you in the publishing world know, the business of printing and selling books is trying. At times, just surviving can be a feat.  So when we come across someone who thrives in the world of publishing, we take notice. And when that same person takes on greater responsibilities carrying their passion and vision into selfless projects of altruism, …

The Forthcoming Argentinean E-book Market

In Growth Markets by Octavio Kulesz

• At this time, very few people in Argentina own e-readers, and suppliers have yet to develop a formal electronic market. • Success in the e-book market is most likely to come from new companies with business models that are distinct from their U.S. and European counterparts. By Octavio Kulesz The Argentinean publishing sector experienced an impressive boost in the …

Coming Soon to Your iPad: An Interactive Graphic Novel on the CIA and Iran

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

• Cognito Comics is launching an immersive digital graphic novel called Operation Ajax, specifically for the iPad. Inspired by journalist Stephen Kinzer and his bestselling account of the 1953 CIA-sponsored coup in Iran, Ajax will combine elements of video games and graphic novels. • Dan Burwen, founder and CEO of Cognito, sees digital graphic novels as the future of digital …

Stephenie Meyer Tells All!

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Ok, not true, but this is an interview with an author from Arizona who writes about teen age vampires and is also really, really cool. Adam Rex is the author, illustrator or both of more than a dozen books for children. His first YA novel, Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story, out today by HarperCollins …

China Publishing Group Launches Digital Subsidiary, Preps for the Future

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …