Until very recently, the core business model of publishing was in a steady state. Indeed, it was so for a couple of hundred years – Publishers acquired copyrights, sometime risking cash to do so by paying in advance; they printed books; and they sold them.
Yet in 2014, new models roll out regularly. Publishers in topical verticals are creating subscription offers, and others are even selling memberships. They’ve organized special live events, and they sell tickets to readers to meet their authors.
Recorded at this month’s Digital Book World 2014 Conference, a panel of innovative publishers tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally how their new approaches move beyond simply selling books one at a time.