Poll: Who is Driving the Digital Transition in Publishing?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director of Publishers’ Association of South Africa, told Publishing Perspectives: I do not think that the e-book shift is being proactively driven by publishers, but by consumer demand. The shift to or inclusion of e-books is still something publishers begrudge. Publishers are comfortable with the analog book and would like to continue that way. …

SURVEY: Have You Ever Bought A Book Because of Twitter?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Evidence that Twitter and social media can sell books is largely anecdotal, so we want the facts. Take our survey! By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-chief Scroll down to take the survey! Using social media to promote books, as discussed in today’s lead story, is less a novelty and more the norm. Naturally, the strategic application of twitter and social media can …

Following Recent Events, Will You Explore the Mid-East and North Africa for Opportunities in 2011?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

The landscape for publishers to explore the Middle East and North Africa for opportunities has never been better. By Edward Nawotka Earlier this month on Publishing Perspectives Egyptian e-book publisher Ramy Habeeb argued that Western publishers had a responsibility to bring “pluralism” to the Middle East publishing community, something they can do by participating in the rebirth of the free and open …

Survey: E-book Usage in Publishing

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Inspired by the presentations and discussions at Digital Book World, Publishing Perspectives has created a short survey on e-books for the folks who work in publishing. Please take a minute to answer the questions below. We’ll post the results shortly! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

Which Gadget is on Your Holiday Wishlist?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The holidays are upon us! We are all eyeing up that growing pile of presents and wondering what is inside each box. Are you hoping for a new digital camera or a sleek iPod nano, the one with a touch screen? Perhaps you’ve hinted to your family that the price of e-readers has gone down and reminded …

Take our Enhanced E-book Survey

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Inspired by today’s discussion question, “Which E-book Enhancements Do You Prefer?” (and some interesting comments about integrating Google Earth into e-books), we have set up a new, two-part survey. We’re asking you to tell us which e-book enhancements you think are the best. If you don’t see your favorite enhancement on this list, leave a comment! The …

Poll Results: Libraries Should Lend E-books, But Few Have Borrowed

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Shortly after the UK Publishers Association announced stricter guidelines for library lending (geographic restrictions and a ban on remote lending), we asked our readers what they thought of library e-book lending. Should libraries loan e-books? The large majority of poll-takers, 81%, said that libraries should loan e-books, despite arguments that lending e-books could lead to more piracy. …