Nigerian e-book distribution startup Okadabooks, which allows users to bypass traditional publishers and publish their stories, has seen tremendous uptake since launching, which chief executive officer (CEO) Okechukwu Ofili says dispels the myth that Nigerians are not big readers.
In the future, the leading, ‘original’ format in many cases will be an electronic version. Print renditions will then be imperfect replicas of the ‘real’ ebooks, featuring some, but probably not all, of the functionality of the electronic source. Once authors and publishers have adopted this change, this will provide the opportunity to offer a great variety of different ebooks for different purposes.
I often consider how fortunate I am to be working at the Press' Bookshop and showroom in the centre of Cambridge. The shop is located in one of the best retail spaces in Cambridge and boasts a stunning view across to the University Senate House and King's College Chapel. Not only that but we can claim to be continuing a noble tradition in being the latest in a long line of booksellers that have operated continuously from this site since around 1581, making it the oldest bookshop site in the country. Thus it is the ideal location from which to sell the publications of the oldest publisher. However that heritage can seem at risk in the face of new technologies and the dawning digital age.
Microsoft is going to be unveiling their first large scale digital bookstore sometime in the next few months. They are going to be populating it with over one million titles and will have a dedicated editorial staff to curate seasonal themes. Instead of developing an e-reading app, Microsoft is going to upgrade the EDGE internet browser with full support for EPUB.
The European Commission (EC) has confirmed that Amazon has offered to remove controversial Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clauses in e-book contracts and is asking publishers for feedback on the pledges.
The EC has given publishers in Europe one month to respond to the e-commerce giant’s offer not to enforce any clause requiring publishers to give Amazon similar terms and conditions as those given to its competitors, known as MFN clauses.
With the end of a pretty rough year behind us and the first few weeks of 2017 under our belts, it’s a good time to take a deep breathe and take stock of the state of publishing. There’s perhaps no more comprehensive analysis of the current trends than the annual Smashwords Book Industry Predictions, written each year by founder and CEO Mark Coker.
Companies such as Doubleday and Scribner once led the way in combining bookselling and publishing. Now, a new generation of booksellers is getting in touch with its publishing side, including such booksellers-cum-publishers as Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur, which publishes marginalized writers, and Las Vegas’s the Writer’s Block, which is about to launch a literary journal.
Kobo Rakuten, the company that produces the Kobo e-reader, has announced that it has acquired Shelfie, an app that allowed users to catalog their personal libraries, and purchase discounted ebook editions based on the physical copies they already own.
Of course, publishing has always mattered, but in the recent past it has been all too easy - whether you're an agent, bookseller, author or publisher - to convey a vague sense of apology that you don't have a proper job, like a bin man or a doctor or a climate change scientist. The idea that publishing is full of white middle class people lounging in isolated garretts and cosy little shops and Bloomsbury offices, pondering where to put a semi-colon or what whisky to order with lunch, has exercised a tenacious hold over the collective imagination.
For most Asian publishers at Bologna, the fair is predominantly an opportunity to reaffirm their market presence, promote select titles and authors, and (re)connect with clients. It is a soft selling approach that sees many country’s pavilions coalescing under a specific slogan or design that make them stand out from the crowd.
I am not a time traveller and I do not wear jeggings, but I can try to explain why we got to a place where paperbacks are fighting back (and winning) and what we need to focus on if we're going to get it right by 2020.
We've tested all the latest e-readers to find out which ones are best for all kinds of buyers. Whether you love page-turning buttons, enjoy reading in the bath, or just want a nice cheap e-reader, there's an e-reader for you in our buying guide.
This week the books podcast takes a physical turn, shifting away from the intangible business of writing to consider the hunks of wood we haul around for our reading pleasure. With sales of printed books on the rise, there’s little sign the reading experience will go entirely digital any time soon. So how does a novel make the jump from manuscript to bookshop, and what happens next?
Citing especially strong response to its Literary Agents and Scouts Center and to the Business Club offering, Frankfurt Book Fair found 90 percent of its exhibitors to be players in purchasing decisions.
Before the digital age, information consumption via mobile devices was considered an optional trend among print content creators and publishers. Now it is practically a professional imperative. In fact, recent studies show that several major traditional print publications regained significant growth by introducing mobile content to their digitally focused audiences.
Since 2005, multiple business models have been flourishing in the Scandinavian ebook market. With Storytel’s acquisition of its Danish rival subscription service provider Mofibo earlier this year, the large Northern European player is leading the way for the next generation of subscription services in the book industry.
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