8 Lessons from the UK’s World E-Reading Congress

In Resources by Roger Tagholm

Some things bear repeating, and repeating and repeating… By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Dedicated e-readers could die out within five years, killed off by the rise of smartphones at the lower end of the market, and by tablets at the top. That’s the view of Benedict Evans, digital media guru at London-based consultancy Enders Analysis and Chair of the final day of …

Germany’s Big Publishers Yet To Sign on with Apple’s iPad

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Germany’s largest publishers have not been as quick to embrace the iPad as their American counterparts. As reported in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Apple has not signed on any of the largest German book publishers to its iBookstore just three weeks before the launch of the device in Germany (though they had already landed Penguin, Hachette, Macmillan, S&S …

Amazon May “Capitulate” to Macmillan’s Demands

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The battle may already be over in the burgeoning saga of Amazon v. Macmillan (standing in for the rest of the publishing world) which saw Amazon stop sales of Macmillan titles after the publisher told Amazon it wanted to change it’s terms of business, moving to an agency model. On Sunday Amazon posted a letter to its …

Author Cory Doctorow on Amazon vs. Macmillan

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox According to an article in The New York Times, Amazon has pulled all Macmillan books from their site (or removed the buy buttons) in response to Macmillan’s request to raise the cost of ebooks on Amazon from $10 to $15. Macmillan author Cory Doctorow wrote a piece on BoingBoing.net sees a bleak future in this fight: “[I]f one …

By Turning Authors into Speakers, Publishers Profit, Even in Recession

In Feature Articles by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt NEW YORK: US publishers’ in-house speakers bureaus, essentially nonexistent just five years ago, are turning out to be surprisingly recession-resilient — one of the few upbeat notes in this overall gloomy time for the book industry. Publishers are splitting appearance fees of between $5,000 and $20,000 (sometimes more) with their authors, representing a welcome source of found …

Macmillan’s Caribbean Dream

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD: “I visited a library in Cedros on the southern most part of our island,” said writer and editor Joanne Gail Johnson,”from the outside it looked like an old hut, one with all the filigreed carving on the eaves. You stand there and you can see the sea through the palm trees. It looks almost dilapidated. …

Bonus Material: How to Sell Island Fiction to Islanders

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-AbxwkE2TQ The above video is a book trailer for Michael Holgate’s Night of the Indigo. The dreadlocked man in the video is the author. As series editor, Joanne Gail Johnson is eager to see the Island Fiction Series sell out their 2,000 copy first printings. Originally, Macmillan had planned ten titles for the series, but scaled back …