Archive | December, 2013

Best of BTB: New World of Books

The arrival of the iPad in 2010 is hailed as the dawn of the “tablet era.” It’s also the genesis of a federal price-fixing lawsuit that has entangled Apple, and many of the country’s largest book publishers. That case, and its aftermath, holds serious implications for readers, as well as authors and publishers, whether or […]

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Best of BTB: Global E-Book Market Report Returns

In time for the recently-concluded 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair, Vienna-based publishing consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart has released yet another update for The Global eBook Report: Current Conditions & Future Projections, documenting and analyzing how e-book markets have emerged in the US, UK, continental Europe, Brazil, China, India, Russia and the Arab world. “Over the last few years, we have seen […]

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Publishing Year 2013 Recalled

From Edward Snowden to Pope Francis, from the Syrian War to the Bitcoin Bubble, 2013 supplied reporters and the public with a hefty share of memorable stories, both ridiculous and sublime. In publishing, eyes were fixed throughout the year not on bookstore shelves but on courtroom benches. Decisions rendered in recent weeks have left coal […]

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Education and Innovation

At the annual Publishers Advisory Group meeting hosted by Copyright Clearance Center, CCC’s Chris Kenneally explored the promise and the pitfalls of digital disruption in education and related publishing with a panel of publishers, educators, and journalists. Commenting on the issues were Kyle Courtney, manager of faculty research and scholarship at Harvard Law School; John Marcus, higher education reporter for the Hechinger […]

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Book Business Payback

For book publishers at holiday time, mailboxes just keep filling up – not with festive season’s greetings, but with attorney’s bills.  In various courtrooms around Manhattan this week, rulings from the bench approved class action settlements in the Apple e-book price-fixing case; dismissed a quizzical suit over online e-book sales; and gently defused arguments from […]

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Book Spelled With I

In an age of Twitter and Facebook, the personal is indisputably public. We read about and see ourselves online throughout the day and night. But will we pay to see our family members and their stories in published books, whether print or digital? From Chicago-based Sourcebooks, a publisher never short on innovation, comes a new twist […]

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Object Value in an Electronic Age

Can Physical Trump Digital? As digital technologies evolve, certain changes are not necessarily good or bad, just inevitable. Publishers are in the process of transitioning to digital for most trade books, but are there any publications that can sustain their object value in physical, printed form? In a keynote address for the 2013 PubWest Conference last month, Knock […]

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No War Yet Over Royalties

Once a quiet corner of the media world, the book business today has a warlike cast. Court battles over copyright questions can rage for years, while clashes over price-fixing and antitrust violations flare then fade. Of all the battles to come to Bookland, however, one conflict has long loomed, yet never erupted: authors and their […]

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Canada Copyright Update

When they speak about copyright law, politicians frequently cite the impact on innovation and job creation. They also use terms like “modernization” and “balancing act” to describe the goals of copyright reform. In 2012, the Canadian parliament passed The Copyright Modernization Act. Whether you supported or opposed the legislation depended on your perspective – the […]

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