With 150,000 Daily Print Subscribers, France’s Children’s Newspapers Remain Popular Despite “Digital Distractions”

In Children's, Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije At least French kids are reading newspapers. There is always a business model that works against the odds. France’s book publisher Play Bac presse, which also publishes three newspapers for children, is simultaneously celebrating its 25th anniversary, and its founding paper, Mon Quotidien’s (My Daily) 15th birthday. At a time when newspapers worldwide are struggling, and in …

Best of Publishing Perspectives 2010: Digital

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

There is no doubt that most of the innovation in publishing in 2010 was related to digital issues and developments. This year, we saw a number of changes related to technology that have altered the way we think about and approach the business of publishing. Looking back, here are the best and most popular articles about digital topics from 2010: …

Share Your Strongest Publishing Memory from 2010 and Predictions for 2011

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story our editorial and publishing team shared their thoughts as to the most radical publishing events of 2010 and predictions for 2011. Looking back, much has changed in the business this year, partly because of digital advances and new business models, and partly because of shifting expectations from consumers. But each company has gone …

Is this Holiday Punch Spiked or Was 2010 a Year of Hope?

In Guest Contributors by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Looking back on 2010, I see a year of hope and success, enthusiasm and ingenuity, and a renewed vision for book publishing around the world. As a literary agent, this year has been challenging: books that would’ve sold three years ago are being roundly passed on (“I like it, I don’t love it”), the midlist is …

Is the UK Ahead of the US in Enhancing E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Enhanced e-books are a hot topic in publishing. So far, I think, our imagination has outpaced our ability to execute and there have been few steller examples of how publishers can harness recent technological change to advance books as they appear in digital formats. One of the few examples that has really worked is London-based Touch Press’s …

Making Open Access Pay

In Europe, Resources by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Last month’s annual German Book Office Editor’s Trip to Berlin and Munich brought six university press editors from the US together with an array of German scholarly and STM publishers. Participants included Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor, The MIT Press; Jean Black, Executive Editor, Yale University Press; Jennifer Crewe, Associate Director and Editorial Director, Columbia University …

What Business Models Will Work Best for Academic Publishing in the Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Yes, it’s a huge question. But the general consensus is the university and academic publishing models are broken. Under pressure from funding bodies to make enough money to be self-sustaining, many university presses have turned away from their core mission of publishing monographs and original research to publishing trade-oriented titles (with mixed results). Those that have stuck …

Who are the Top Digital Innovators of 2010?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story covers the FutureBook conference held in London this past Tuesday and highlights several projects — The Elements and The Solar System iPad apps — that manage to make the most of emerging digital platforms. In March, for the first time, the UK’s The Bookseller magazine will offer prizes for digital innovation during their annual …

Report from the UK’s FutureBook Conference: Bringing Great Writers into the Digital, Multimedia Mix

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Sophie Rochester LONDON: If there was a key lesson from the first FutureBook conference organized by The Bookseller magazine and held in London for the first time last year, it was “experiment, learn and adapt”. Back again for a second conference, held the past Tuesday, the UK publishing industry appears to be responding well to the challenges of digital …