‘The pressure on books and the industry is huge,’ says author-campaigner Nikesh Shukla, a rising star in diversity awareness. ‘Once they can get wi-fi on all public transport, that’s probably it for books.’
‘We will have to strengthen our voice,’ says a panelist from the UK’s Publishers Association on the implications of Brexit for the book industry there.
On a wrenching day, we learned that UK voted to leave the European Union. Despite Brexit, the book publishing industry remains internationally engaged.
Just as “a settling down rather than a reversal” of digital publishing arrives in the UK, this market—one of seven to be featured at Frankfurt Book Fair’s conference on October 18—faces the question of a European Union membership referendum.
‘There never really seemed to be a change,’ says one player in a new network aiming to provide support for UK publishing workers of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
The architecture of the publishing industry today continues to transform as The Bookseller’s Philip Jones and Publishers Weekly’s Andrew Albanese discussed in a special journalists’ session at London Book Fair.
General Growth Properties states that its CEO’s comment about Amazon bookstore expansion “was not intended to represent Amazon’s plans” after widespread speculation about hundreds of new stores sweeps industry.
The US publishing workforce is 79% Caucasian and 78% women, according to a study by publisher Lee and Low.
Has book production outpaced readership and what can publishers do about it? Porter Anderson’s opening editorial for Publishing Perspectives explores this.
The UK’s Futurebook conference showcased numerous new digital publishing initiatives, including a OwnIt! and a new app featuring Agatha Christie’s iconic characters.