At a panel about the lack of diversity in the book publishing industry, hosted by PW, a number of publishing warned that the overwhlemingly white makeup of the industry threatens its longterm viability.
The UK publishing market led the world in terms of the number of new titles published relative to population size in 2013, as well as in 2013 export revenue, according to new figures from the International Publishing Association (IPA).
The IPA's annual report shows that UK publishers released 2,875 new titles per million inhabitants, more than 1,000 titles ahead of the nearest nation, Taiwan. In absolute figures, 2013 saw the UK publish 184,000 new titles and re-editions, the highest figure in Europe, with only the US and China publishing more, with 304,912 and 444,000 titles respectively.
Publishing in the UK also performed well when compared to rest of the world in terms of overall revenue, with a net revenue in 2013 of £4.7bn, remaining the same size as in 2012, without any overall decline. It joins the US and Germany as a market which did not shrink, while other nations such as France (-3%), Italy (-6%) and Spain (-10%) all saw their values drop. Some markets, especially in Asia, saw growth, with South Korea (up 2%), China (9%) and Indonesia (16%) all seeing a rise, as well as New Zealand (6%), Mexico (3%) and Brazil (8%).
The UK also has the largest exports market, despite a decline since the previous year of 4%. Export revenues for UK publishing were €1.5bn, ahead of the US at €1bn (a rise of 7.2%) and Spain at €331m (a fall of 5%).
Vook releases the first of the short-form ebooks it acquired from Byliner after purchasing the digital publishing start-up last month. Like enhanced ebooks, short-form digital content hasn’t always fared well. Atavist Books, which published both since launching in 2012, confirmed this week it’s closing its doors, even though the independently operated digital magazine The Atavist–which also publishes ebooks–continues to thrive.
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The mantra of the moment, in every field from retail to healthcare, is “Big Data” – defined as being data sets that are too large and complex to manipulate with standard methods or tools. Analyzing these data sets is quickly becoming the basis for competition, productivity and innovation; in fact, some predict Big Data will be as important to business and society as the Internet has become, and it is being used to predict where and when crimes will occur, flus will strike, where traffic will snarl – all very useful for deploying limited resources like police forces, health care professionals or traffic lights.
Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.
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In pre-digital days, vanity publishing was at the shadiest end of the industry. But now, with the barriers to publishing being lowered by the month, there are many opportunities for authors to get into print - or at least into digital files.
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Adobe has made it extremely easy for unwanted eyes to read over the shoulders of library patrons. Last week reports surfaced about how Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book software collects and transmits information about readers in plain text.