Amazon Fear

It’s a sunny afternoon, but no yet summertime as The Kinks sang – it’s April, of course – and publishers are hardly complaining about the nice weather. The London Book Fair opened on Monday under blue skies, and even as the sunlight streamed through the arcaded windows at Olympia Hall, all was not sunny for the […]

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Indie Publishing: Who Holds the Power?

Once upon a time, authors and publishers – along with readers and booksellers – knew their separate places in the book world, and stuck to them. The distribution of power was uneven, maybe even unfair, but the pecking order seemed to make sense. Then, the revolution erupted and the digital transformation of books and publishing […]

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The Case For Libraries

Publishers bemoan the dwindling of retail space, but they could just be looking in the wrong place for shelves to display their titles. An abundant supply of shelfspace exists in the 16,000 public library branches in America, according to David Vinjamuri who teaches branding and social media at New York University and writes the Brand […]

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On Double Duty: Open Standards & Open Access

In laboratories and universities, Open Access can make for a two-headed menace.  Funding mandates for publishers and authors that require Open Access policies feed one head of this double dragon. Compliance reporting obligations for institutions feed the other. “We can minimize these problems and overcome many of these issues by identifying and describing our shared data […]

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Rights On The Money

In the book world, the shoeboxes are legendary. They are where so many authors’ contracts and other legal instruments often ended up – an ad hoc filing system that worked reliably well, at least in the days before digital. Rights and permissions staff long struggled with cast-off cartons because they had little choice. Other areas […]

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Amazon V. Books, Round 2

In one corner, the publisher – a world champion, and over nearly two centuries of existence, the original house for Mark Twain, the Bronte Sisters, and Agatha Christie, among many others. In the other corner, the online Leviathan that dominates the digital environment. This week, Amazon returned to the ring to fight over business terms […]

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Best of BTB: They Know What You Read

Earlier this month, Rakuten — Japan’s e-commerce giant, akin to Amazon in the US – announced it would acquire Cleveland-based Overdrive, a supplier of digital content to libraries. In January at the Digital Book World Conference, Overdrive’s David Burleigh and Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn (Rakuten purchased the Canadian-based e-book publishers and device maker in 2011) told […]

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Book Buying By The Numbers

What’s black and white and read all over? A survey of consumer book-buying habit just out from the Nielsen Market Research. This week, the book world began poring over the findings, covering everything from shares of print and digital sales, to preferences for digital platforms. The two most intriguing findings confirm suspicions that the drive […]

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IBPA Pub-U Is On A Mission

Once upon a time, authors and publishers, along with readers and booksellers, knew their separate places in the book world and they stuck to them.  The distribution of power was uneven, maybe even unfair, but the pecking order seemed to make sense. Once upon a time is no longer in the book world, for better […]

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Salinger And the Public Domain

The legal definition of “public domain” is property that is available or accessible to the public, such as a National Park. In copyright, “P.D.” refers to inventions, writings, recordings or photographs not protected by intellectual property law. Often enough, the public domain can often seem to lie just beyond the horizon – like a mirage in […]

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