My Love for Ron Charles or Reviewing in a Digital Age

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox What is the difference between literary criticism and recommending a book? Is there a difference between a book blogger and a book critic? Do they mean the same thing? Do they carry the same weight? And, which sells more books? I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer any of these questions, but as a publicist who …

In Order to Compete in the Future, We Must Look Back

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Bookselling is an art. When we talk about the business of publishing, sometimes we lose sight of the fact that what compels a lot of readers is the love of a book. To get to the heart of that relationship is how writers reach their audience and the conduit is more often than not a bookseller.  As we …

English E-books Are In Demand Worldwide, Though Primarily as a Stopgap

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “I believe there is significant potential for English language e-books on the international markets,” David Steinberger, president and publisher of Perseus Book Group, told us last month during an interview at the Digital Book World publishing conference. “What you have to understand is there has always been demand, even in non-English speaking countries. The publishers have tried …

From Pages Read to Minutes Spent: Rethinking How We Quantify Reading

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Todd Sattersten Amazon launched Kindle Singles last week. These original works of 10,000 to 30,000 words are designed to fill the space between an essay and book. At the same time, TED, the popular conference organization, launched TED Books as a publishing imprint using the Singles program. Director Chris Anderson stated what he sees as the problem: “Busy people …

Amazon Kindle Launches Singles with TED E-books

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, Amazon began selling its Kindle Singles online. Singles are e-books between 5,000 and 30,000 words long. According to the press release, these e-books are meant to “allow a single killer idea — well researched, well argued and well illustrated — to be expressed at its natural length.” Singles are priced between $0.99 and $4.99 (though at …

Are Publishers Underestimating the Desirability of Print?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, research by Forrester revealed that more than half of publishing executives in the USA anticipate e-books will be the dominant format by 2014. While the exact meaning of the word “dominant” can be debated, it nevertheless suggests a radical shift in consumer habits away from print to digital. It also anticipates widespread use …

Bold Predictions: Half of US Publishers Expect E-books to Be Dominant Format by 2014

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: Facts and figures about the e-book business remain elusive. So anyone who can provide some concrete data is a welcome guest at any publishing conference. On Tuesday, James McQuivey, a research analyst at Forrester, served up several intriguing data points as part of the Digital Book World conference taking place in New York this week. Forrester’s …

Barnes & Noble: From Thug to Love

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka For a long time Barnes & Noble, the United States’ largest bookstore chain, was the bully of bookselling. B&N was the bookseller whose massive expansion into superstores in the ’80s and ’90s was seen as the catalyst for the closure of numerous independent booksellers across the country. They were the booksellers who absorbed much beloved small …