Week in Review: Aussie Bookstores Beleaguered, Google Launch E-book Affiliates

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A quick cheat sheet of some notable publishing news from this week and last: Aussie Bookstores Beleaguered: On Monday, Federal Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry had predicted that online shopping would wipe out general bookstores within five years. What’s more, Angus & Robertson said it will close another 42 stores and another 19 A&R stores are being sold …

#PubNewsCheat Brazil: E-book Distribution to Libraries, Upcoming Events

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Check out the latest news from our sister site, PublishNews Brazil, which features the latest publisher and author news, trends and bestsellers from the Brazilian publishing industry. Subscribe to the free, bi-weekly newsletter. Textbook Consortium Launch “Minha Biblioteca” E-book Service for University Libraries Four major publishers — Grupo A, GEN, Saraiva and Atlas — with a strong …

Enhancing E-book Purchases: Consumer Driven Models From the Text Book Industry

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By John Konczal, Global Industry Executive, Sterling Commerce, an IBM Company When the mere act of delivering content digitally isn’t enough, textbook publishers are coming up with new sales models for digital content. Thanks to the emergence of the Kindle and other electronic reading devices, today’s consumer can choose from a multitude of ways to consume content with multiple delivery …

Brazilian Book Market Grows to Nearly $2bn, Led by Growth in Trade and STM

In Growth Markets by Maria Fernanda Rodrigues

For expanded coverage of the Brazilian book market, visit our new site and newsletter — PublishNews Brazil — powered by Publishing Perspectives. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues, PublishNew Brazil The Brazilian publishing market continues to exhibit modest growth. According to the most recent figures released by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Publishers Union (SNEL), the total market was …

The Future of Publishing is “Anywhere, Anytime, Anyhow”

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder NEW YORK: Founded seven years ago, MarkLogic is the maker of a database for “unstructured data” — which these days consists of 80% of the information on the Internet, including documents, emails, social media posts, tweets, pictures, video, blogs, and research data. Currently growing at an exponential rate, managing this type of information can be time-intensive and …

Do Real-time Digital Books Lack Intellectual Integrity?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Jason Monburg says that content needs to be agile, controllable and interactive. For the most part this depends on incorporating real-time data streams — whether originating from an author or third-parties, such as outside sources or readers themselves — into a book. This idea is compelling, particularly when talking about non-fiction. A textbook on …

What is Your Greatest Fear for the Future of Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Eric Frank, co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, describes the bizarre evolution of the contemporary textbook into “Frankentext,” — what he calls a “overstuffed, overpriced, and unloved” monster. To Frank, the current academic publishing scene is a horror story. Of course, Frank is not alone in looking across the book publishing landscape and seeing monsters. For some, it’s …

Behold, It Lives! Frankentext! (Or How Textbook Publishing Got So Scary)

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• The textbook, the revered embodiment of knowledge for more than 150 years, had turned into Frankentext, The Monster: overstuffed, overpriced, and unloved. • Eric Frank, co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, explains why and what might be done to thwart the monster. Editorial by Eric Frank, co-founder, Flat World Knowledge (with a little help from Mary Shelley and Mel Brooks) …