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Best of BTB: India’s Publishing Show Is Globalocal

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

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

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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Best of BTB: What Students Can Teach Textbook Authors

Best of BTB: What Students Can Teach Textbook Authors

On June 21 -22, CCC joins the Text & Academic Authors Association (TAA) for its annual conference with an educational presentation on copyright. This week’s CCC podcast features textbook editor Michael Greer, whose research has found that students have a lot to teach publishers when it comes to textbooks. Today’s readers – students especially – […]

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Best of BTB: Self-Publishing Gets Respect

Best of BTB: Self-Publishing Gets Respect

As the success of 50 Shades of Grey makes clear, the book business has made piece with the self-published author. Now one of the best-selling authors in history, E.L. James first made her work available to readers via non-traditional, self-publishing routes. James is hardly alone, however, as not a week goes by without word of […]

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Best of BTB: Winning Publishing Strategies

Best of BTB: Winning Publishing Strategies

There’s no business like show business to serve as a model for book publishing, according to industry veteran Bruce Harris, who spoke this summer at the Yale Publishing Course. “When you’re doing a show, a group of talented people come together. They focus on a particular task. And they get very involved, and very intense […]

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Best of BTB: “50 Shades” and More of Self-Publishing

Best of BTB: “50 Shades” and More of Self-Publishing

Recorded this summer at uPublishU, the day-long self-publishing pre-conference program of BookExpo. Featuring Jenny Pedroza, co-founder of the Writers Coffee Shop; Mark Coker, Founder, Smashwords; Sandra (Sandy) Poirier-Diaz, President, Smith Publicity, Incorporated; and Bob Young, CEO & Founder, Lulu.com. This panel’s industry insiders know how to ensure that a book will stand out in the […]

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Best of BTB: Not Sharing, Not Stealing – Infringement

Best of BTB: Not Sharing, Not Stealing – Infringement

At the recent OnCopyright 2012 conference, Robert Levine explained for the audience in a keynote speech how the commonly used language of copyright shapes the debate and makes for confusion on the fundamentals “I don’t think copyright infringement is stealing,” he told the Columbia Law School audience. “The idea that this is stealing, I think, […]

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Best of BTB: ‘Obama Book Club’ Meets At BookExpo

Best of BTB: ‘Obama Book Club’ Meets At BookExpo

White House administrations generate books like leaves grow on trees. This video was recorded only 18 months into the Barack Obama presidency, and already the titles were flourishing in publishers’ catalogs. Two of the most anticipated such books – THE PROMISE: President Obama, Year One, from Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, and OVERHAUL: Inside the Obama […]

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Best of BTB: “50 Shades” and More of Self-Publishing

Best of BTB: “50 Shades” and More of Self-Publishing

Recorded earlier this summer at uPublishU, the day-long self-publishing pre-conference program of BookExpo. Featuring Jenny Pedroza, co-founder of the Writers Coffee Shop; Mark Coker, Founder, Smashwords; Sandra (Sandy) Poirier-Diaz, President, Smith Publicity, Incorporated; and Bob Young, CEO & Founder, Lulu.com. This panel’s industry insiders know how to ensure that a book will stand out in […]

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