Content, Copyright & (Global) Commerce

Across the world of publishing, change is underway. Book publishing and distribution are fundamentally different than even a few years ago – and opportunity at a global scale is available to all sizes of publishers. With a combination of digitally-driven...

BookExpo Has A Word for 2015: Subscriptions

For a business with a global, contemporary outlook like book publishing, BookExpo America is full of small ironies. Print has regained some of its lost luster quite recently, while educational programming remains focused on the digital. And though China has  prominent...

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”...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...