What Advantages Can Traditional Publishing Still Offer to Established Authors?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Editorial and design services? Sales and marketing? Distribution? Prestige? None of the above? By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story by Alisa Valdes the bestselling author describes her journey from working with a Big Six publishing house to self-publishing. In the piece, she notes that after she’d made the decision to self publish: “The next step in my evolution was …

Back to the Future: In Brazil, Door-to-door Book Sales are Booming

In Growth Markets by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa and Maria Fernanda, PublishNews Imagine a single country spreading across 50% of South America. A country with 27 states where there are 190 million people living in different conditions. Some of them are very poor while others are far too rich. This is Brazil. And a nation with such enormous magnitude offers serious opportunities -– the book …

Could Door-to-door Book Sales Be Revived in the US?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the success of door-to-door book sales in Brazil. It wasn’t that long ago when it wasn’t uncommon to see an encyclopedia salesperson walking the streets of your neighborhood going door-to-door with his or her sample case. Of course, that sales channel has disappeared in the US . . . whether whether this is …

Are Publishers Becoming Technology Companies?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson There’s no doubt that technology is now an integral part of creating and delivering content. Media companies are not only working with technology solutions providers and experts, but also building the necessary applications and hardware themselves in order to deliver their content to consumers. In today’s feature story, Publishing Perspectives reported on the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show …

Ho Ho Humbug: Weather Delays German Overnight Book Deliveries

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary Next day delivery nationwide is standard among German book wholesalers, giving small and large brick and mortar stores alike a chance to compete with the speediness and broad selection of online retailers. In fact, medications are the only other product that German consumers can expect to receive in as short a time span. But as anyone who …

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Independent Publishing in the Netherlands

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Marleen Reimer When I think of American indie publishing, I think of Akashic Books, Graywolf Press, Grove, Melville House, Other Press, Seven Stories, the former Soft Skull Press. They might be different in scope and focus, but what they have in common is that they publish what big mainstream publishers don’t publish: books in translation, short story collections, poetry, …

Do Conglomerates Still Have Advantages Over Independent Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the state of independent publishing in the Netherlands. One of the conclusions of the article is that, at least where Dutch publishing is concerned, bigger isn’t necessarily better. The changes at the conglomerates — perhaps most significantly, the general reduction of sales teams — have started leveling the playing field the big …

Poll: Do You Assign Individual ISBNs to Each E-book Format?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Erik Christopher looks at the various issues publishers have to face when considering whether or not to assign individual ISBNs to each and every e-book format that they publish. No consensus answer to the question has emerged, so for this week’s Publishing Perspectives poll, we wanted to know how you handle e-books and …

Is the Internet Africa’s “Gutenberg Moment?”

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the pivotal role Farafina Books is playing in the changing landscape of Nigerian and African publishing. Last November, as part of African Literature Week in Oslo, Norway, Farafina owner Muhtar Bakare (pictured on the right) gave a speech in which he stated that the Internet represented Africa’s “Gutenberg Moment.” (You can read …

Introducing Libranda: Spain’s Big Three Finalize Their Push into Ebooks

In Digital by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The long-awaited e-book platform from Spain’s big three publishers now has a name. At a meeting with booksellers in Madrid on Tuesday, representatives of the new company announced it will be called Libranda, and will offer the biggest selection of e-books in Spanish and Catalán in the world. Libranda will act as a digital distributor with no …