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...

Best of BTB: Open Access: Who Holds the Power?

Copyright Clearance Center welcomes you to join us for another Frankfurt Book Fair Town Meeting on Open Access, on Thursday, October 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Hall 4.C – Alliance Function Room. For 2015, CCC is asking what the “Next Wave” of Open Access will bring to...

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...

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...

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...

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....