Germany’s Bookwire buys Bok2 for added print-on-demand capacity, while Ingram sells edtech company VitalSource 15 years after acquiring it.
Again, Simon & Schuster’s zeal for expanding its strong political books list in nonfiction finds the Big Five house under fire.
A ‘sea change in trade book publishing,’ writes Richard Charkin, accelerate as Brexit puts the UK industry’s EU exclusivity into a new light.
The digital distributor reports a rise in audiobook titles of 123 percent in 2020 over the previous year. Print-on-demand advanced 18 percent.
The controversial book of a right-wing senator–cancelled by Simon & Schuster–is now to be published by a conservative press S&S distributes.
The Chinese market’s bookselling patterns remain in flux, many Tier 1 and Tier 2 city stores still not fully open and digital retail accelerating since Q1.
Industry Notes: The bestseller by Donald Trump’s niece is going into its 14th printing. And Penguin Random House India inks deals with US, UK independents.
A first assessment of the Chinese market, January to March, shows physical bookstore sales plunging 60+ percent, printing stalled, supply chain disrupted.
‘Concerned about future solvency as a consequence of supply chain interruption,’ British publishers appeal to the UK government for swift financial aid.
Brexit is here: today’s separation from Europe for the UK market comes with little certainty for book publishing and other creative industries in Britain.