Is the Focus on Devices and Not Readers a Big Mistake?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The publishing media cloud has been obsessed with the introduction of new reading devices. For example, just yesterday, a flurry of posts announced the news of price drops for the Kindle and the Nook (Yes, naturally, we too reported on it). As our lead story today outlines, this same enthusiasm for gadgets seems to have infected publishing …

The “Big Money” Speaks: Publishing’s CEOs More Worried About E-Readers than Readers

In Guest Contributors & Editorial, Resources by Guest Contributor

By Ron Hogan It’s never a good idea for industry conference speakers to show up late for their own panels, but when the assigned topic is “Will the iPad Kill Off eReaders and Other Tablets?” — one of the more eagerly anticipated sessions at The Big Money’s “Untethered 2010: Profitable Media in the Tablet Era” — any panelist who can’t …

Disruptive Innovation: What Health Care Teaches Us About the Future of Publishing

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Todd Sattersten In the March 4th, 2010 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen wrote an op-ed about his views on the then-active debate over health care. The essay was written from his unique vantage point having studied companies and industries faced with the challenges of innovation. Christensen has authored or co-authored five books and countless …

Report from the Virginia Festival of the Book

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox This weekend, I’ve traveled down to Charlottesville, Virginia for their annual literary festival, The Virginia Festival of the Book.  It seems only natural for Charlottesville to host a literary festival since it was the home to many great writers, including Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner. I am here to speak on a panel called “Agents …

A Year Without Work and I’ve Never Felt Better

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday, Larry Hughes, former HarperCollins USA publicist, published a post on his blog “Book Flack at Large” looking back at his year without work. While he does lament not having a “day job” that he loves, his list of personal achievements seems extraordinary and something of which to be quite proud. Next week marks my own one-year …

Is B2B the Real Market for E-books?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Dev Ganesan FALLS CHURCH, VA: You might not realize it yet, but there’s an unexpected change occurring in the digital publishing space. We can’t help but notice it ourselves—many of our new clients aren’t who you’d suspect. In fact, they aren’t even publishers, in the traditional sense. They are business-to-business (B2B) corporations of all sorts, and they’re asking us to …

STM Publishers Face Some Old, Some New Challenges, Especially the Bugaboo of “Free”

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Richard Lampert At first glance, STM publishing (Scientific Technical Medical publishing) resembles most other segments of the book publishing industry. It’s still dominated by commercial publishing companies plus a few scholarly houses, and new titles still appear at regular intervals supported by marketing to the book trade, individuals, and institutions. And the familiar challenges are there as well — …

If New Media is a Giant Killer, Will Independent Publishing Get the Golden Eggs?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Andy Hunter In these stormy times, large publishers are jettisoning everything they can in order to lighten their sinking ships. What are they tossing overboard? Among other things, promising authors who haven’t found an audience, as well as anything too literary, difficult, or narrow in appeal. As Random House clings to the desperately inflated Dan Brown, hoping a …

Digital Distribution Means Global, Not Local

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Andrew Savikas, vice-president, O’Reilly Media Within a few years (or sooner) more people will read the books we publish at O’Reilly Media in digital form than in print. While it won’t happen that quickly for other publishers, it will happen. That doesn’t mean that print books will go away — it just means that publishing will be about digital …