Licensing in China: A Two-Way Street

Tom Chalmers

As I come to the end of a very busy and productive Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), there have been many lessons to reflect on in what has been a fascinating week. As part of IPR License’s full launch in …

New Ebook Production Tools Heighten Focus on Quality

Rich Bellis

Changes in ebook production and conversion technologies are opening up new opportunities when it comes to digital content. But that expansion is also creating a handful of challenges for those who use such tools, and quality assurance methods will need to adapt to keep …

Digital Apps For Early Learning: A Glimpse At Kumon Publishing

Beth Bacon

Can digital tablets help children learn skills like penmanship? Can interactive apps foster appreciation for the sounds of language? Kumon Publishing North America is exploring these questions. The company that’s known for its educational learning centers has introduced two digital apps …

Audiobook CDs in MP3: No More Switching Discs

Beth Bacon

Do you listen to audiobook CDs in the car? I do. They’re a great way to get through all those new titles (I’ve heard 3,500 new books are introduced every day) and it makes the commute more bearable. My only pet peeve is …

Man Booker Prize: Disappointing and Disappearing

Tom Chalmers

Book prizes have become an increasingly key route through which to discover and champion the best writers, to elevate and highlight the brilliant above the masses of books now being published every year. That’s why over the last few years …

For Subscription Ebooks, Great Expectations But Few Guarantees

Rich Bellis

A report released today by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) finds that 80% of publishers believe subscription ebooks becoming a major part of the publishing business is “inevitable.” The launch last week of Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, would appear to …

Empowering Writers with Data

Dana Beth Weinberg

A close writer friend called last week with a dilemma. She needs some extra money in her pocket within the next year and has a book project ready to go: Should she sign with a traditional publisher or go indie? …

BigJump Rizzoli Winner already published in print

Marcello Vena

Only 4 months from the submission of the draft manuscript to the availability in bookshops of the final print edition. During a public event on June 23rd, Rizzoli unveiled the final winner of BigJump, the first literary award in Italy …

Sourcing Books on Wall Street

Andrew Rhomberg

A company can grow organically (investing in new product, developing new channels to market, improving customer service, in other words innovating) or it can grow by mergers and acquisition (M&A). The oil industry has a name for this — “drilling …

The Written Word in Transition: An Interview With Lisa Gitelman

Beth Bacon

These days, it often feels like the publishing industry is at the crossroads where old technologies meet the new. But this transitional phase is not unique to our times. Over the years, writing formats have been in constant flux, from letterpress, to mimeograph, to PDFs and, …