London Book Fair 2017 Preview

At London Book Fair throughout the week of March 13, Copyright Clearance Center is presenting a variety of programs on publishing, rights and technology. On Monday, March 13, Carl Robinson of UK-based Ixxus, a CCC subsidiary, will urge publishers to promote a positive...

Reading and re-reading Obama

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama delivered a farewell address from the same stage where he celebrated his election victory in 2008. As the world reflects on the Obama presidency, Beyond the Book takes another listen to a podcast from 2010, recorded at...

2016 Global Book News In Review

The United States has by far the largest publishing industry of any nation in the world, followed by China and Germany. Some of the fastest growth is seen in national markets across Asia and the Middle East. Young populations with access to the Internet on smartphones...

2016 Book Business News In Review

The word of the year for publishing in 2016 was data. It was such a big year for data, in fact, that it’s always called, “Big Data.” As publishers remake themselves into information providers for the digital age, they will likely need to abandon the old notion of...

Best of BTB: Publishers Find Doing Good Also Pays

“Making Information Pay” is an annual occasion for the Book Industry Study Group to explore the latest issues in publishing, and for attendees to learn how the latest technologies can drive success. For 2016, the program looked beyond “Making a Profit” to address the...

American Immigrant Stories

This fall, Beyond the Book marks its tenth year as podcast series. On the occasion of the Independence Day holiday in the United States, we reach into the BTB archives for a 2006 Miami Book Fair panel discussion, “Family Secrets, Family Truths: American Immigrant...

Best of BTB: The Good, The Bad & The Monopoly

At Digital Book World 2016 in March, antitrust attorney Jonathan Kanter laid out the basic principles of anti-trust law and how it might apply to the large tech companies that dominate the paths to sales and to marketing of books. Among other issues, Kanter addressed...

At PubWest 2011, Riggio Celebrated His Industry

After more than a half century of bookselling, over a time when the book trade has seen several transformations, Len Riggio has announced his plans to retire. Earlier today (April 27, 2016), the founder and chairman of Barnes & Noble told staff, “No one in...

Best of BTB: Elements of Blogging

Where it comes to media, as digital diva Clay Shirky once noted, consumers are now producers, and that is the big story. The once-great wall separating reporters from readers has crumbled like sand. High culture and low culture have pretty much found the same level on...

Best of BTB: Europe’s E-books Challenge

Let’s face it, says Rüdiger Wischenbart, not one prediction about the future direction of eBooks has been proven right, no matter where you look around the world. According to the Vienna-based publishing consultant and author of the annual Global eBook Report, the...