Open Access Market Report

For scholarly publishing, the future is wide open. Across a wide range of journals and houses, Open Access business models have grown common in recent years. Heated debate on the merits of OA has cooled, while publishers accepted the inevitability of choosing “green” or “gold” roads for the journey ahead. In April, Outsell – a […]

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Author Solutions Case May Go Class Action

A class action lawsuit … Or a series of gripes? That’s the question before a familiar name in a Manhattan federal court. In the same courtroom that once heard arguments about the Apple e-book price-fixing case, Judge Denise Cote is now hearing charges that Author Solutions – a Penguin Random House company – deceived authors […]

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Media in A Time of Change

In a recent visit to the Massachusetts headquarters of Copyright Clearance Center, Matt Turner, CTO, Media & Publishing, MarkLogic, reflected on a decade of change in media and publishing – and found cause for reassurance, even praise. “A lot of people might look back on the last ten years and say, ‘All my print revenue’s gone.  […]

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E-Books Back To Earth

Be careful what you wish for, book people. In recent years, Big Five publishers have fought to keep e-book prices out of the bargain basement, just where Amazon wanted them. With the return of so-called “agency” pricing, though, the battle may be won, but the war is not going so well. Once high-climbing e-book sales […]

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Maximizing TV/Film Revenue, Old and New

At the Spring 2015 Digital Hollywood conference, many sessions explored aspects of new media, though the question of what we mean by “new” was often overlooked. Distinctions between “new” and “old” distribution platforms and formats are increasingly meaningless. When seeking to maximize distribution revenues , producers understand they must approach the challenges with two mindsets […]

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Amazon A Book Publisher Too

Amazon and publishing are stuck together like peanut butter and jelly. The e-commerce giant built its customer base as a virtual bookshop, and for a number of years, it has even played the role of publisher. Established in 2009, Amazon Publishing is the umbrella brand for several dozen imprints, from Montlake Romance to Jet City Comics. […]

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The Enormous School Library

The explosive growth of the e-books marketplace has made available entire libraries of literature from around the world to anyone with a laptop computer, tablet or smartphone. As ever younger children bring digital devices into classrooms, though, the last frontier for e-reading is proving to be their teachers’ lesson plans. Education, technology, and entrepreneurship intersect […]

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A BookExpo For Trade and Consumers

On May Day 2015, the workers of the book publishing business in this country face an uncertain future. Of one thing only can they sure: That just like so many May flowers, BookExpo America will soon open its colorful show in New York. Running from May 27 through May 29, the trade book show elements […]

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What’s Next For OA?

Open Access publishing models are a business reality in 2015 for an ever-growing number of scientific and scholarly publishers. Article Processing Charges (APCs) are making OA possible, but the revolutionary changes propelled by Open Access business models touch every aspect of publishing. New customers. New operations. New compliance requirements. New problems. The OA Challenge in […]

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From STM, Tech Trends for 2015

At its annual spring conference in Washington last week, the STM Association launched Technology Trends for 2015. Members of STM’s Future Lab Committee earlier had met to identify issues and challenges in scholarly and scientific publishing, then forecast areas of highest concern. Three areas specifically were cited: The rise of data as first-class research object; […]

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