If you wait long enough, any idea, no matter how old, will become new again. Joseph Esposito proved that point with what he calls "inclusive access": I have been involved with a number of projects over the years to reduce the cost of textbooks, most of which focused on open educational resources (OER), which may be the topic of a future post. The more promising approach, however, may be what is being termed “inclusive access,” a terrible phrase because it brings in a whiff of a political agenda for what is essentially a matter of business. In inclusive access, publishers work directly with institutions to come up with discounted digital versions of core texts. The institutions then license the books on behalf of the students, sometimes collecting money from the students, sometimes not. We are going to be seeing more of this, though the ultimate form of the model is not yet clear. But happen it will, as there are too many incentives for it to fail to move forward. Yeah, that's not a new idea. When I wrote about this topic five years ago the practice was known as site licenses, a system where institutions negotiate a reduced license fee based on [...]
There is data to show indie bookstores making a comeback in the US (for certain meanings of the words "indie" and "bookstore") but the news isn't so upbeat in the UK. According to The Bookseller: The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen for the 11th year in a row, according to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, but the rate of closure has slowed. Indie bookshop numbers have almost halved in the past 11 years, according to the figures: in 2005 there were 1,535 independents and in 2017 there were 867, down from 894 in 2016. Thirty-two independents closed in 2016 and a further 16 did not renew their BA membership. However, 21 new indies opened, bringing the year’s net loss to 27. A cocktail of pressures are responsible for the closure of indie bookshops, including rising business rates and rent (recently cited as the reason for the closure of The Theatre Bookshop in central London, which said its rent had risen 200%), competition from e-books and online retailers, and the rising popularity of other entertainment forms, such as Netflix and gaming. In citing membership count, The Bookseller is relying on data which is as flawed as the ABA's [...]
Sales of adult trade books fell 13.1% in October 2016 compared to the same month in 2015, while sales in the children’s/young adult segment rose 1.9%, according to figures released by the AAP as part of its StatShot program.
The pseudonymous Data Guy was interviewed on the Self-Publishing formula podcast last Friday. If you haven't met with DG or heard how he got into confounding the legacy industry with stats that even Mike Shatzkin has been forced to accept, this is well worth your time to listen. And for those who need or prefer to read the podcast (there's an annoying buzz in DG's voice), you can find a transcript over on the SPF website. Check These Out!
With a busy schedule of events primed to take place during this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the sheer range of seminars, talks and panels can be overwhelming for first-time visitors—and some more seasoned attendees, too. Tom Tivnan picks out 10 agenda-setting events from this year’s fair that are not to be missed.
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