Publishing Futures

By Toby Mundy | News and analysis from book and magazine publishing

Book Reading 2016

Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number of formats and …

Publishing

The U.K.’s Biggest Bookstore Chain Is Thriving. What Could Barnes & Noble Learn From It?

You could say I have a sentimental attachment to the chain bookstore. Growing up in an intellectually impoverished American suburb, I spent much of …

Barnes & Noble

Industrial Scale Branded Content

<i>Medias invest heavily in branded content production. Leveraging their notoriety and brand power, the largest ones have set up full-fledged production</i> …

Advertising

More publishers fail as e-books rise

Readers shunning physical books for digital ones has contributed to a 58 per cent jump in the number of publishers failing, research has revealed.<p>In …

Publishing

Four Hong Kong publishers known for books critical of Chinese regime missing

Rights groups raise alarm for Gui Minhai, last seen travelling to Thailand, Lu Bo and Zhang Zhiping, who headed to China, and missing Lin Rongji<p>A group of Hong Kong booksellers specialising in books criticising China’s Communist elite have gone missing.<p>The four men work for Sage Communications, a …

Hong Kong

Secular publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh

Faisal Arefin Dipan, 43, the owner of Jagritee publishers, was killed in his third-floor office in central Dhaka<p>The publisher of an atheist writer killed earlier this year by suspected Islamists was hacked to death in Bangladesh on Saturday, hours after two secular bloggers and another publisher …

Bangladesh

Profile MD Andrew Franklin Eschews Publishing Mysticism

Andrew Franklin of London’s Profile Books doesn’t believe in publishing mysticism, just good business: "It always comes down to authors and their …

Publishing

The mystery of the woman who reviewed 30,000 books on Amazon

“Pleasant” was the worst a book could be in Harriet Klausner’s eyes. The former librarian and book reviewer, who more often judged books as “exciting,” “fabulous,” or “superb,” died on Oct. 15, leaving behind 31,014 effusive reviews on Amazon.<p>Klausner reviewed two or three books a day, usually …

Publishing

Do E-Books Earn More Money at Lower Prices?

At the very least, raising prices doesn't appear to be helping the bottom line at big publishers<p>As a writer, here’s a statement that I think is true …

London's latest Waterstones proves there's life in print

Those who believe that rumours of the book’s demise have been greatly exaggerated have received a substantial boost last week when with the …

Publishing

Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video

Facebook says it’s now streaming more video than YouTube. To be able to make that claim, all they had to do was cheat, lie, and steal.<p>I’m a …

Flipboard Has Filed To Raise Another $50M

Flipboard’s 75 percent jump in the last six months has it clocking in at over 70 million monthly active users. And it looks like that is not the only recent bump for the startup: It appears to have quietly raised another $50 million in funding.<p>[Update: Flipboard has confirmed our story.]<p>We were …

Venture Capital

New study shows Spain’s “Google tax” has been a disaster for publishers

Traffic to small publishers dropped 14, and some local news apps shut down.<p>A study commissioned by Spanish publishers has found that a new …

Google

The publishing world is changing, but there is one big dog that has not yet barked

Recent data seem to show that, for the publishers, the growth in the retail ebook market has slowed down or stopped (at least for the moment), while …

Publishing

The New York Times wisely blocks staff from viewing its desktop homepage

The Grey Lady is changing. She’s becoming a modern woman, one who enjoys a 4.7-inch retina display more than her 28-inch desktop monitor.<p>Over at The New York Times, staffers received an email letting them know the desktop site for The Times — you know, the site they all write for — would be …

Journalism

3 content pricing models from the future

The year is 2020 and I’m about to make a digital content purchase. It’s amazing how much the industry has evolved in the past five years. For …

Marketing

Douglas McCabe: Books and the second disruptive wave

<i>It's holiday for some in the beachy reaches of summertime, but Enders Analysis' new take on the UK consumer book market puts chilling stress on "how</i> …

Publishing
Mike McCue

Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually

Contrary to Sam Leith’s complaints last week, commercial publishers continue to take risks, and put out great and original work<p>In his article last week, Sam Leith deplored the state of mainstream trade publishing, saying it was “getting dumber by the day”, in contrast to the university presses …

Publishing

The crisis in non-fiction publishing

When it comes to high-calibre non-fiction, risk-averse trade publishing houses are producing too many copycat ‘smart thinking’ books that promise more than they deliver. But praise should be given to the university presses<p>Amid the ambient wails of doom about the publishing industry, I’d like to …

Publishing

The World's 57 Largest Book Publishers, 2015

<i>An updated version of this article based on more recent data is available here.</i><p>The growing complexity of international book publishing is reflected …

Publishing

Penguin Random House Now Selling Books on Twitter

Penguin Random House is a launch partner for a new initiative by Twitter to turn the social media platform into a shopping experience.When you click …

Drones

How to shop on Amazon.com purchase from an indie bookstore » MobyLives

Bookindy allows you to browse for books on Amazon and buy them from your local indie bookstore/<p>Want to browse on <b>Amazon</b> but buy locally? There’s a</b> …

Major Publishers Are Not Listening to Authors

The dream for many aspiring writers is to be picked up by a major publisher. This is often seen as the key to international distribution and being …

How to make the most of Youtubers and vloggers

Here at Vearsa, we often spend some of our break time watching and sharing viral videos on Youtube, or catching up with the exploits of our favourite …

The 5 Best Publishers on Instagram (And What You Can Learn From Them)

As my old boss (or perhaps more accurately, my old boss’s boss’s boss) Henry Blodget is fond of saying, “Digital is a visual medium.”<p>By this, the CEO …

Instagram

Is the self-publishing stigma fading?

For a long time, going the DIY route repelled critics, publishers - and readers. But as its successes accumulate, so the shame falls away<p>“Sorry – no self-published books accepted.” How many authors have been confronted with those words? I certainly have. It’s a prime example of what has been dubbed …

Publishing