TOC 2011: Toward an All-digital Workflow

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The publishing industry is often criticized for slow adoption of digital tools and processes, but Steve Kotrch, Director of Publishing Technology at Simon & Schuster, had fantastic examples at TOC today of the strides that big publishers have already made in this area and how these changes are not always visible to those outside the organization. Kotrch …

Just 7% of Publishers Enhancing E-books, Among Findings in New Aptara E-book Survey

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Digital service provider Aptara released the second in a series of surveys tracking the development of the e-book market. This new survey covered some 600 publishers across trade, professional and education markets. Dev Ganesan, Aptara’s President and CEO, noted in the press release about the survey, “With a desire to meet the growing expectations of digitally-savvy readers, …

In-house v. Offshore Book Production: Now You Don’t Have to Choose

In Global Trade Talk by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco At the Frankfurt seminar “Book Publishing in the Cloud,” Dan Dube, Senior Vice President of Really Strategies, a consulting service for publishers, discussed “an ever more dramatic need to reduce expenses and costs,” mainly due to the emergence of online providers like Amazon and Google Books. As a result, many publishers have transferred their composition processes to …

Poll Results: Hot Digital Topics in Publishing

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last week, we asked you to choose three digital topics you would like to know more about. 55 percent of you chose digital book rights and royalty rates. I guess pricing and e-book sales through Amazon and Apple have everyone stirred up. And with both companies under investigation over the agency model, digital rights and royalty rates …

PP Weekly Poll: Going Digital

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This is our second weekly poll where we ask what you think and how you are shaping the publishing industry. We report the results of every poll on Friday. This week’s edition asks what digital topics you would like to learn more about. What kinds of problems do you need to solve during your regular work day …

Is B2B the Real Market for E-books?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Dev Ganesan FALLS CHURCH, VA: You might not realize it yet, but there’s an unexpected change occurring in the digital publishing space. We can’t help but notice it ourselves—many of our new clients aren’t who you’d suspect. In fact, they aren’t even publishers, in the traditional sense. They are business-to-business (B2B) corporations of all sorts, and they’re asking us to …