A new announcement for the the 31st International Publishers Congress, due to take place in London on April 9-12, 2016, in conjunction with the London Book Fair, highlights how keen the copyright pundits are to grab the limelight.
Publishers who sell ebooks direct to consumers typically do so in EPUB format. That’s because most publishers are still wedded to the false sense of security DRM provides and EPUB offers a popular DRM solution. Contrast that with Amazon’s format, mobi, where Amazon is the only company who can apply and manage mobi’s DRM’d files …
I was first turned on to FlightDeck by their very helpful – and free – guide to the differences between EPUB and Amazon’s KF8 standard, and the formatting choices that can ensure a good handoff from one format to the other.
It seems too obvious to point out that publishing is a cultural activity, not just a process for corporations to make money. That being said, we rarely talk or write about publishing without talking about money, about book sales.
The AAP released its monthly Statshot report on Wednesday, and reported that the collected revenues of the 1,200 odd publishers in the survey group had declined 2% in the first nine months of 2015. The adult category was up, while both religious presses and YA/kids categories were down. In terms of formats, audiobooks continued to grow at a double digit rate, and paperbacks showed a surprising resurgence while both hardback and ebook revenues declined (6.4% and 11.1%, respectively). The AAP reports that the total trade revenues remained flat at $5 billion, which means that the fluctuations reflect a shift, and not a growth or decline. image by oatsy40 Here's the press release: Publishers’ book sales for the first three quarters of the year (Jan. – Sept. 2015) were down 2.0% at $11.9 billion compared to $12.1 billion for the first nine months in 2014. These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (Trade - fiction/non-fiction/religious, K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses). Revenue for trade books was flat. Publishers net revenue is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes sales data from more than 1,200 publishers (#AAPStats). Some of the trends noted [...]
Bouree Lam of The Atlantic aptly described the Tuesday earnings call with General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani as “the call that launched a hundred articles.” In that call, the mall developer Mathrani revealed that Amazon is planning to launch 300 to 400 physical bookstores, massively expanding on the single physical bookstore it currently operates …
The European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab), the Paris-based non-profit hub for digital reading and publishing development, has announced that it is partnering with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and the Readium...
The support for National Libraries Day, which took place on Saturday and saw communities across the UK participate in more than 850 events, was "truly inspirational" and featured endorsements from authors and illustrators Sir Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen and Sarah McIntyre.
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