Publishing Perspectives Editor-in-Chief Ed Nawotka Interviewed

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This past summer I spoke to Jason Allen-Ashlock of the Movable Type Literary Group for Galleycat’s “The Book Futurists” series of video interviews. I spoke about our mission here at PP (“Don’t repeat what everyone else is doing and be interesting.”) and shared my thoughts on the impact of digization on publishing (I use the words “exponential” …

Publishing on the iPad: “Like Playing 3-D Checkers”

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sports Illustrated magazine was among the first major magazines to release a demo for tablets and the iPad. Their original offered some gee-whiz features – but was a prototype. The magazine has had an app available for the iPad since April, but this week it releases its first issue designed specifically for the iPad and it’s interesting …

Santillana Launches Interactive eTextbook Platform in Catalonia

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Tuesday at the Seville Book Fair, leading Spanish educational publisher Santillana announced the launch of a new “web-book” model of textbooks.  The online textbooks are enhanced with images and links and interactive features, and are designed to display on electronic blackboards and laptops in the classroom.  Students will be able to access the web-books online from home …

Will E-books Kill the Remainder Book Business?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Larry May, director of the Spring Book Show, explains the ins-and-outs of the bargain book business, a lucrative secondary market that most publisher would rather not acknowledge. The business deals in hurts, returns, overruns and books that have been published but gone unsold. But as the industry moves closer and closer to digital …

SXSW Digerati: Publishing Assassins or Saviors?

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Q: What do Israeli Mossad agents on a not-so-secret mission to Dubai and the digerati at SXSW have in common? A: Both groups are assassins disguised as geeks wearing thick black plastic glasses. SXSW: I think saw the future in Austin: It was wearing black plastic glasses. This year’s SXSWi — short for South-by-Southwest Interactive — gave …

So Many Book Conferences, So Little Time

In Guest Contributors by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This week, while my colleagues were at O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference in New York, I was doing something more prosaic: serving jury duty in Houston. As it turns out, you’re not allowed to drive a drag racer on US federal highways. Who knew? The one thing about jury duty is that even though you …

Analysing the Global Ranking of Publishers

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Rüdiger Wischenbart Editor’s Note: For the past three years publishing consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart has released a “Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry,” which looks at companies with revenues over $US250 million. Here is his analysis of the latest ranking, focusing on how the changing dynamics between the professional/science, education and trade sectors have have affected this year’s ranking. It …

German Buch News: Bertelsmann Sheds 20% of Workforce; Arvato adds Digital Services Portal

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Big news from Gütersloh this week: the Neue Westfälische reports that Bertelsmann is letting go of 130 of its 692 employees. This comes after several months of targeted cost-cutting measures in the face of losses that hit TV division RTL and Gruner + Jahr’s periodicals (both subsidiaries shrank by 10% in the first half of 2009.) Meanwhile, Buchreport …

German Buch News: Frankfurt’s Digital Survey Results Are In

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Frankfurt Book Fair has released the results of its annual survey on the digital future of the publishing industry and the good news is that, of the 840 international industry insiders who participated in the survey, 80% see the radical change sweeping the industry as an opportunity, rather than as a crisis. Teaming up with the German …