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Expo : Paris 1900, la Belle époque renaît au Petit Palais | Ohmyculture

Expo : Paris 1900, la Belle époque renaît au Petit Palais | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Le Petit Palais de Paris accueille du 2 avril au 17 août 2014 l'exposition Paris 1900 : La ville spectacle. Présentation, horaires, tarifs et programme c
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La photo de la semaine : la bibliochaise | Ohmyculture

La photo de la semaine : la bibliochaise | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Retrouvez chaque semaine une photo insolite en rapport avec le livre... Voici la bibliochaise, un concept étonnant de chaise-bibliothèque pouvant accueillir j
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J.-K. Rowling devrait-elle arrêter d'écrire ? | Ohmyculture

J.-K. Rowling devrait-elle arrêter d'écrire ? | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Dans une tribune publiée sur le site du HuffPost, l’écrivain britannique Lynn Shepherd n’y va pas par quatre chemins. Si J.-K. Rowling aime la litté
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Digital Comics Museum, le musée numérique des comics | Ohmyculture

Digital Comics Museum, le musée numérique des comics | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Le Digital Comics Museum s'est bien étoffé depuis et offre en téléchargement gratuit et légal plus de 15 000 œuvres de bande dessinée américaine (comics
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La Guerre invisible, les violences sexuelles dans l'armée française | Ohmyculture

La Guerre invisible, les violences sexuelles dans l'armée française | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Après deux ans d'investigations, Leila Minano et Julia Pascual publient La Guerre Invisible, enquête sur les violences sexuelles au sein de l’armée fran
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Wonder de R.J. Palacio en librairie en janvier 2013

Wonder de R.J. Palacio en librairie en janvier 2013 | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
La primo-romancière R.J. Palacio, de son vrai nom Raquel Jaramillo, part en croisade contre les préjugés Wonder, l’étonnante histoire d’un petit garçon qui ne ressemble pas à tout le monde.
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BD : Week end avec préméditation

BD : Week end avec préméditation | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Les Humanoïdes associés rééditent cet automne 2012 Week end avec préméditation, signé par le tandem Tom Tirabosco et Pierre Wazem. Un album sombre mais plaisant, sur le thème de l’absence, du deuil mais aussi de l’amitié indéfectible.
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Weird Science réédité chez Akileos

Weird Science réédité chez Akileos | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

Le "must have" de la BD S.F.! Weird Science fut un bimensuel publié par la maison d’édition de Comics EC entre 1950 et 1953. C’est aussi l’un des titres phares que l’éditeur abhorre avec fierté ! Au total, 22 numéros qui, s’ils paraissent aujourd’hui légèrement...

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Buzz : À auxerres, un libraire se spécialise dans le surgelé…

Buzz : À auxerres, un libraire se spécialise dans le surgelé… | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

Vendre des livres et du surgelé, ce n’est pas le même métier... Un libraire Auxerrois le prouve en vidéo !

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Exposition : Lascaux III s’installe au Cap Sciences de Bordeaux

Exposition : Lascaux III s’installe au Cap Sciences de Bordeaux | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

L’exposition internationale Lascaux III entame sa tournée mondiale au Cap Sciences, sur les quais de Bordeaux, du 13 octobre 2012 au 6 janvier 2013. Ne ratez pas les inédits de la Grotte de Lascaux !...

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Gallimard jeunesse a 40 ans… et une nouvelle collection

Gallimard jeunesse a 40 ans… et une nouvelle collection | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

Pour célébrer son quarantième anniversaire, Gallimard Jeunesse a décidé de lancer une nouvelle collection...

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Firmin, autobiographie d’un grignotteur de livres : une ratatouille littéraire

Firmin, autobiographie d’un grignotteur de livres : une ratatouille littéraire | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Pour tous les fans de Ratatouille et les amateurs de lecture, j’aimerais vous présenter un nouveau petit rongeur amical dont les aventures sont curieusement empreintes d’un humanisme touchant.
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Appli StreetMuseum, la réalité augmentée sur iPhone

Appli StreetMuseum, la réalité augmentée sur iPhone | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

Grâce à StreetMuseum, une application pour I-phone élaborée par le Musée de Londres (Museum of London), la réalité augmentée investit le monde de la culture et devient un outil de promotion du patrimoine formidablement

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Rowling avoue : Harry Potter aurait dû épouser Hermione | Ohmyculture

Rowling avoue : Harry Potter aurait dû épouser Hermione | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Les millions de fans déçus par l'union de Harry Potter et de Jenny, la soeur de Ron, dans les derniers tomes de la saga Harry Potter ont de quoi être rav
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The drinkable book : le livre qui se boit et sauve des vies | Ohmyculture

The drinkable book : le livre qui se boit et sauve des vies | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Soutenu par l'association WATERisLIFE, The Drinkable Book, le livre qui se boit est une invention révolutionnaire qui pourrait sauver des millions de vies.
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Pourquoi abandonne-t-on certains livres ? | Ohmyculture

Pourquoi abandonne-t-on certains livres ? | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Goodreads a publié cette semaine une infographie de "la psychologie de l'abandon des livres". Alors, pourquoi abandonnons-nous certains ouvrages ? Décryptage.
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Les éditions Chemin Vert proposent un nouveau concours littéraire | Ohmyculture

Les éditions Chemin Vert proposent un nouveau concours littéraire | Ohmyculture | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Grâce au concours Nos lecteurs ont du talent, Place des Éditeurs innove dans sa stratégie digitale et lance en mars 2014 les éditions Chemin Vert, 100% num
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What the Penguin-Random Merger Says About the Future of the Book Business

What the Penguin-Random Merger Says About the Future of the Book Business | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

When you see a merger between two giants in a declining industry, it can look like the financial version of a couple having a baby to save a marriage. At least that was my thought when Random House and Penguin, two of the world’s six largest publishers, announced that they were coming together last month. Ever since Amazon began ripping apart the book business, the largest houses have been looking for a way to fight back. If this merger is any indication, they have chosen an old-fashioned strategy: Size.

A combined Penguin-Random House, which would control a quarter of the global book market, is a conglomerate designed to take on another giant, though it’s not exactly a fair fight. Because the new entity will only have about a twelfth of Amazon’s annual sales, most observers expect that this is just the beginning of a series of mergers — like those in the music business — that will take the Big Six publishers down to the Big Three and perhaps one day even the Big One. As John Makinson, Penguin’s chief executive, told The Times, “We decided it was better to get in early rather than be a follower.” The question is whether this strategy will work.

There are two competing predictions about commerce in the digital age. One is that companies will get smaller and more disruptive as nimble entrepreneurs can take on giant corporations with little more than 3-D printers and Web sites. The other envisions a few massive companies — like Procter & Gamble, Apple and Nike — that design everything themselves, have it manufactured cheaply in Asia and use their e-commerce sites to gather information about their customers. Nearly the exact same conflict occurred more than a century ago in the decade that straddled 1900, which was also a period of rapid technological change. In just a few years, 1,800 small companies were swallowed up as the electrical-power, telephone, auto, steel and chemical industries grew from patchworks of tiny companies into conglomerates. In “The Great Merger Movement in American Business 1895-1904,” the Yale economist and historian Naomi Lamoreaux wrote that back then everyone worried about the same thing that authors, editors and book buyers worry about now: Are large companies good for the economy? Do they grow through efficiency and innovation or by abusing their leverage?

Lamoreaux found that they did both, and many turn-of-the-century examples suggest what might happen to Penguin-Random and others. On one end of the spectrum, Lamoreaux told me, was U.S. Steel. Its predecessor companies competed by finding new ways of making steel at ever-lower prices. But after J. P. Morgan merged three companies into one behemoth, he discovered a better way to profit. Because all steel producers bought iron ore from the Mesabi Range in Minnesota, U.S. Steel bought most of the range and locked much of the rest of it in long-term contracts. As a result, the company hardly worried about competition; it had little need to innovate or compete on price, which made everything from cars to soda cans more expensive. Worse, it left a massive industry unprepared for the growth of innovative Asian companies during the 1970s and 1980s. By then, U.S. Steel all but collapsed, and a chunk of the U.S. economy went down with it.

Sears & Roebuck, on the other end, “grew by solving market and technical problems,” Lamoreaux said, and, as it solved them, its market share increased. Unable to monopolize anything like iron ore, Sears needed to innovate to stay ahead. Through constant competition with Montgomery Ward and others, it adopted new strategies that ultimately benefited its customers. When the company got into trouble, closed stores and was bought in 2005 by a struggling competitor, Kmart, the retail industry was robust enough that the overall economy barely noticed.

The future of book publishing is somewhere between the two poles. Oddly enough, it seems to mirror what happened to the envelope business. In the early 1900s the envelope industry was large enough to support several big companies. Then the mergers started, and an industry of numerous small companies became two giants. Eventually, the envelope industry wasn’t large enough to sustain itself, and the companies became tiny divisions of larger conglomerates. U.S. Envelope still lives as a small part of the packaging manufacturer MeadWestvaco. American Envelope was bought by Cenveo, a business-stationery company whose chief executive, Robert G. Burton Sr., made clear that the century of mergers and buyouts is not over. “We’ve had people knocking on the door,” he told shareholders in August.

This kind of consolidation started in publishing long before the Penguin-Random merger. Random House, an arm of the media company Bertelsmann in Germany, is itself made up of former independents like Knopf and Pantheon. Penguin, a division of the education publisher Pearson, contains Dutton, Viking and others. If market forces were the only concern, it’s possible that there would soon be only one or two publishers and that they might be folded into some larger infotainment company like Time Warner Penguin or maybe Random Viacom. There would still be books — just not large book companies.

Every analysis I’ve read of the Penguin-Random House merger mentions the inevitable scrutiny of the antitrust lawyers at the Department of Justice, who are eager to prevent any potential monopoly in publishing. But it’s difficult to imagine how, in the digital world, publishers could ever monopolize the sale of written material. Even if there were only one house left, it would compete with every blogger and self-published e-book author. Eventually, it’s likely that book publishing will embody both conflicting visions of digital-age commerce — lots of small businesses and a few massive ones that handle big-ticket items.

History suggests that the antitrust lawyers should be more concerned about government-issued patents, which allow large corporations to buy up vaguely worded deeds that can be used to sue upstarts out of existence. This is the iron ore of the digital age and many large companies are gobbling up as many patents as they can. Reuters recently reported that Amazon (which somehow holds a patent for the “one-click shopping” button) was hiring several high-profile patent lawyers with the mandate to “identify and evaluate strategic I.P. acquisition and licensing opportunities.” The company has argued that it buys up patents to defend against the lawsuits of others. That may be partly true, but the worst fate for readers isn’t the merger of a few struggling companies in a diminishing business. It’s the threat of another U.S. Steel.

Adam Davidson is co-founder of NPR’s “Planet Money,” a podcast and blog.


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Les livres en grandes surfaces : non aux "espaces culturels Leclerc" - Le Nouvel Observateur

Les livres en grandes surfaces : non aux "espaces culturels Leclerc" - Le Nouvel Observateur | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
Le Nouvel ObservateurLes livres en grandes surfaces : non aux "espaces culturels Leclerc"Le Nouvel ObservateurEt je ne parle pas seulement de l'arrivée du livre numérique ni de la vente sur internet qui, au nom du progrès technologique, pourraient...

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Bref, le livre de la série

Bref, le livre de la série | Oh my culture | Scoop.it
De quoi ravir les fans de la mini série télé événement diffusée sur Canal + du 29 août 2011 au 12 juillet 2012 : Bref le livre sort dans les librairies le 21 novembre 2012. « Dans la...
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Oksa Pollock en livre de poche

Oksa Pollock en livre de poche | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

L’his­toire dela saga est aussi extra­or­di­naire que son contenu. Dans la lignée de Harry Potter, Oska Pollock et ses aventures magiques ont conquis la jeunesse et reviennent maintenant en livre de poche.

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BD : Billy Brouillard 3 – Le Chant des Sirènes, de Guillaume Bianco

BD : Billy Brouillard 3 – Le Chant des Sirènes, de Guillaume Bianco | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

D’année en année, ça s’impose un peu une tradition de Noël.  Presque chaque mois de novembre depuis 2008 voit naître un tome nouveau et attendu des aventures du petit...

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Je vais mieux de David Foenkinos en librairie le 10 janvier 2013

Je vais mieux de David Foenkinos en librairie le 10 janvier 2013 | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

Après un petit break littéraire et une incursion dans le cinéma avec le film inspiré de son roman La Délicatesse, David Foenkinos revient en librairie le 10 janvier 2013 avec un tout nouveau roman, Je vais mieux...

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Dracula version jeunesse aux éditions Auzou

Dracula version jeunesse aux éditions Auzou | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

L’album jeunesse Dracula de Dominique Marion et Jérémie Fleury, paru chez Auzou le 11 octobre 2012, va ravir les plus jeunes comme les adultes. Grand format, couleurs vives, illustrations douces et justes…...

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Zombies : la divine comédie, du nouveau chez les morts-vivants

Zombies : la divine comédie, du nouveau chez les morts-vivants | Oh my culture | Scoop.it

Voilà ici une excellente surprise des éditions Soleil qui s’éloignent de la fantasy et des couleurs vives. Premier opus du cycle prévu pour l’instant en...

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