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The Researcher’s Dilemma

Say the word research, and what do most people think of?  Well, teenagers, at least, and many, many older people who should know better think of Google, of course – or maybe Wikipedia.  But if your idea of research is a key word search online and a tap of the return key, then you probably […]

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How To Tame Internet Dragons

Like it or not we exist in a world dominated by the Internet, which once promised to be a democratizing force, but is now dominated by sprawling corporate gatekeepers such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. What are the dangers to artistic freedom and a diverse culture when global conglomerates and monopolies like Amazon determine […]

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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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Open Access: Who Holds the Power?

Frankfurt is the birthplace of book fairs, and of sturm und drang –  or at least, it is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in Frankfurt in 1749. Goethe embodied German Romanticism, which enobled sturm und drang – storm and stress – as the iron-hard forge of human character. In 2014, sturm und […]

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The Right Place for Rights

Deal or no deal? That’s always the most common — and the most important — question at the Frankfurt Book Fair. For the hundreds of publishers, agents and organizations who will attend the world’s largest gathering of executives in the book industry, successful deal-making hangs on the fortunes of local markets and the future direction […]

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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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Hey, Author: You’re Promoted to CEO

As the independent publishing boom swells further, more authors are seizing the opportunity to take control of their writing careers. And while that move may offer potential for greater financial reward and even greater personal satisfaction, it means more work, too. Plenty, in fact! An author today is a one-person publishing start-up, serving as his […]

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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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Indie Filmmakers Hear Distribution Tips

Sooner or later, independent filmmakers realize that a thoughtful distribution strategy is as important as an engaging script. At last week’s Digital Hollywood conference in Los Angeles, a panel of distribution experts urged their largely “indie” audience to be mindful, however, that “do it yourself” does not mean “do it alone.” They offered insights on partnering strategies […]

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STM Future Lab Predicts

At last week’s STM Innovations Seminar, the STM Future Lab Committee launched its 2014 edition of the annual report on STM Tech Trends. This yearly exercise highlights the most prominent technology trends that committee members believe will have significant impact on scholarly and scientific publishing in the coming three years. For 2014, three main trends stand out in the […]

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