Is it Time for Publishers to Offer Advertising in Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature story considers the implications of implementing the “Spotify for books” model from the reader’s and author’s point-of-view. One of the key questions concerns the tolerance for advertising in books. While the publisher’s perspective on this question will be addressed in tomorrow’s issue, it will be interesting to hear your perspective today? What do you think …

B&N’s NOOKBooks en Español Gives US Retailer Unique Position in Global E-book Market

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

  By Emily Williams There has been a lot of talk about digital content in Spanish-language publishing over the past three years, and publishers have started the e-book ball rolling with major digitization and e-distribution initiatives, but one key link has still been missing: the final retail connection with the consumer. The booksellers in Spain seem to be dragging their heels, …

PP Weekly Poll: How Should Publishers Price Newly Released Ebooks?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson There is a price war going on in the UK. Apple, Amazon and customers are putting pressure on publishers to lower the price of ebooks. Authors and agents want higher royalty rates and higher ebook prices. Publishers need to cover the costs of using new technology and potentially losing hardcover sales to lower-priced ebooks. Ebook sales continue …

The “Big Money” Speaks: Publishing’s CEOs More Worried About E-Readers than Readers

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

By Ron Hogan It’s never a good idea for industry conference speakers to show up late for their own panels, but when the assigned topic is “Will the iPad Kill Off eReaders and Other Tablets?” — one of the more eagerly anticipated sessions at The Big Money’s “Untethered 2010: Profitable Media in the Tablet Era” — any panelist who can’t …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers: Nook Wi-Fi Priced at $149

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Barnes & Noble has a new Nook e-reader, the Nook Wi-Fi. Priced competitively at $149, the Nook Wi-Fi does not have 3G access, but still includes the eInk screen and color touch screen for navigation. B&N also announced that it will lower the price of the 3G Nook to $199. The Kobo eReader recently became available on …

Why French E-books Don’t Deserve Lower VAT

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the latest issue of ESPRIT magazine, Pascal Fouche, bibliographer and editor of the three-volume Dictionnaire encyclopedique du livre, discusses the changing definition of the book in the age of digitization, largely in favor of the argument that a lower rate of V.A.T. — 5.5.% in France — not be extended to e-books: “A book is an …

Is a Writer’s Expectation of Riches Now Unrealistic?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial, “We Are All Poets Now” author Nina de Gramont writes movingly about her experience of falling in-and-out of favor with a big New York publishing house and then finding contentment in moderating her expectations of financial rewards from her writing career. Writers like to dream of getting rich from their work. But as digitization …

London Book Fair Digital Conference Digest: “Take Risks, Fail, Learn and Try Again”

In English Language by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury The pre-show digital day at London Book Fair kicked off in good spirits on Sunday but regrettably, with numbers depleted due to the volcano eruption in Iceland. Slated speakers Susan Danziger from America’s DailyLit and Michael Tamblyn from Canada’s e-book store Kobo were absent, and about 20% of the seats at the sell-out conference were empty. The …

Should content licenses be less expensive for digital distribution?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article discusses the impact of digitization on copyright issues with Copyright Clearance Center’s CEO Tracey Armstrong. One of the issues raised is whether the cost of licensing content is ultimately too expensive for individuals who want to publish digitally. Armstrong believes there is something out there for everyone, from affordable all-you-can-use buffet buckets of content …