Today’s Rights Roundup brings together work from Bogota, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Norway, emphasizing fiction.
Economist Amartya Sen Wins 2020 German Trade Peace Prize
For seeing society’s wealth as reflecting ‘the opportunities for development available to all individuals,’ the German book trade’s Peace Prize goes to Amartya Sen.
Report: Nigerian Publishing in Crisis of Mistrust, Economic Challenges
Publishers, distributors, booksellers, and authors find themselves pointing at each other in a reported ‘vicious circle’ for Nigeria’s market.
For a World in Economic Crisis, Could Spanish Be a Lifeline?
A new report says that Spanish speakers around the world could be a key market to bet on in these times of global financial crisis
Greek Bookseller Fights on Despite Austerity, Riots in Athens
Athenian bookseller Foteini Tsigarida discusses bringing her family business into the 21st century amid a disastrous economy in Greece.
Will a Collapse of the Euro Slow European E-book Adoption?
If the Euro collapses and multinational companies at the vanguard of e-book distribution have to retool their systems, will it set Europe behind?
What Publishers Look For When They Buy a Company
In the era of e-readers and digital publishing, large publishers in the US, UK and Europe have changed their criteria for selecting companies to acquire
Swiss to Reinstate Fixed Book Prices
The debate over fixed book pricing remains a complicated and volatile one in Europe. By Amanda DeMarco On March 18 the Swiss parliament approved a fixed price system for books in German-speaking Switzerland, both for online and in-store sales as of next year. The debate over fixed book pricing is a complicated and volatile one in Europe. Various degrees of …
Forrester’s James McQuivey Says Digital Publishing is About Economics, Not Format
By Hannah Johnson Last week, James McQuivey of Forrester Research wrote a blog post summarizing Forrester’s new five-year forecast for e-books in the USA, which predicts that digital book sales would reach $3 billion by 2015, thus drastically altering the publishing industry. In this post, McQuivey also predicted that digitization will happen “faster in book publishing than in any other …
The 1% Windfall: Why Publishers Need to Implement “Dynamic Pricing”
• A 1% increase in book prices could lead to significant change in the operating profits of many companies, argues pricing expert Rafi Mohammed. But, contrary to this fact, the publishing industry is under pressure to lower prices rather than raise them. • The answer is to implement “dynamic pricing,” which will enable publishers to respond to the demands of …
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