Category Archives: publishing news

As Booksellers Become Publishers, History Repeats Itself

360505392_69557c287d_o[1]Late last week Publishers Weekly posted an article on the growing trend of indie bookstores expanding into publishing. Some are acquiring an Espresso Book Machine, but not all.

This article caught my eye both for the innovating booksellers and because their innovations were once quite common.

Here’s an excerpt: Continue reading

Publishers (Again) Object to Apple Antitrust Ruling

481654727_978e2e9dd3_b[1]Last week US publishers demonstrated that old adage that insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result.

Publishers Weekly reports that the agency publishers which were part of the 2010 price fixing conspiracy and then settled the antitrust lawsuit out of court are once again objecting to the agreement between Apple and the DOJ. Continue reading

New List Reveals the World’s Largest Publishers in 2013

There’s a common misconception that the group which everyone calls the Big 6/5 US publishers are the largest publishers in the world. That’s simply not true, and as you can see in the list which PW released last week there are many publishers larger than the US publishers which get the most press. Continue reading

Amazon Introduces Four New Kindle Worlds from Romance Novelists

Amazon-Kindle-Worlds[1]Amazon expanded their publishing empire today with the launch of 4 new Kindle Worlds.

The tech company announced today that they were opening up new opportunities for writers to contribute stories set in series created leading authors. Four romance authors are now inviting submissions from writers, including Barbara Freethy, Bella Andre, H.M. Ward, and Lucy Kevin. Continue reading

Hachette to Acquire Perseus Book Group, Will Split it with Ingram

Hachette-Book-Group-LARGE11[1]Last week I jokingly said that the 5 major US trade publishers were trying to acquire their way out of a decline in revenues, and darned if one didn’t prove me right today. Continue reading

New Rumors Say Amazon is Pushing for Contract Revisions in the UK

13932227313_10e69a802d_o[1]In the midst of an ongoing contract dispute with Hachette here in the US, new rumors are circulating today that Amazon is pushing for similar changes to their contracts with UK book publishers.

Citing unnamed sources, The Bookseller reports: Continue reading

Christina Brashear Returns as Publisher at Samhain Publishing

Samhain-Logo[1]Dogged by reports of conflicts with authors, struggling digita- first publisher Samhain Publishing announced today that owner Christina Brashear is returning to the company and taking up the role of Publisher. Continue reading

After 47 Years, ComputerWorld is Going Out of Print

photo[1]In a time when print circulation is dropping and ad revenue is falling, Computerworld announced on Thursday that they were abandoning their print edition.

On June 23, we will publish the last print issue of Computerworld. Continue reading

The US Trade Publishing Industry: By the Numbers

5Wide[1]Ever wonder just how much revenue the 6 (five, now) major US publishers generate each year?

The leaked Legardere briefing doc last week (including the revenue chart which PL posted but I did not) generated so much attention among readers that Publishers Lunch dug in to their bag and pulled out some numbers magic. Continue reading

Tor Books to Launch New DRM-free Imprint on Tor.com

imprint_logo_option1a copyTor Books surprised us all when they announced plans two years ago to go DRM free, and Tom Doherty, the founder of Tor Books took the stage at the IDPF conference today to share a few details on the perils of going DRM-free. Continue reading