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Best of BTB: Altmetrics Under The Microscope

Scientific research seeks answers to questions large and small – from the composition of atoms to the age of the universe. While scientists, funders and institutions may value research for its own sake, they are practical, too. The answers that research yields can lead to professional advancement, and sometimes, to commercial success. In addition, scholarly […]

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Best of BTB: 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 print-on-demand and e-commerce services, as well as innovation in shipping and delivery, publishers are reaching […]

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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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Best of BTB: Global E-Book Report Update

National e-book markets are like snowflakes.  No two are alike.  Emerging markets particularly engage in approaches of their own.  In India, domestic platforms lead the way; while in Brazil, Apple shows a surprising lead in eBook distribution over the usual suspect. First published in 2011, the Global eBook Report follows international market evolution in e-books, […]

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Best of BTB: Recycle, Remix, Resell

From the title, you might think we attended an environmental conference for a session looking at waste management as a strategy to drive incremental profitability. Instead, the program was a part of CONTEC 2014, held just before the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair. How can publishers efficiently and affordably monetize their backlist content?  What […]

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Best of BTB: Ending World War Copyright

The creative industries – and the technology companies that carry their content – may share a common customer, but little else. Where it comes to copyright law, their differences have often flared into open war. Technology companies dream of rewriting copyright law to free up content; and content creators search for ways to employ technology […]

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Best of BTB: The “New” Agents

For the book business in 2014, everything is new – for proof, turn to the news media, which breathlessly covers the breaking stories as if filing dispatches from a war. Self-publishing particularly receives attention, and is often pitched as a David and Goliath tale. Once the dirty word of the book world, “self-publishing” is transforming […]

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Best of BTB: India’s Publishing Show Is Globalocal

With the seventh-largest national book publishing industry on earth, India annually produces nearly 100,000 books – its English-language book production places third, only behind the US and the UK. In New Delhi this coming February, the German Book Office’s five-year-old GLOBALOCAL industry conference welcomes Indian publishers, their colleagues from Asia and the Pacific, as well as publishers […]

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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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