The Latest Trends in Publishing

There’s a lot of interesting trends going on in the publishing industry, and some pretty cool new content. Below is a list that breaks it down: Continue reading

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BookStats, What Happened in the Publishing Industry in 2011

BookStats, the annual survey conducted by BISG that captures the size and scope of the publishing industry, was released today. See the press release below; there are some interesting factoids, particularly for anyone working with ebooks.  Continue reading

11/22/10: This Week in the Publishing World

Since it’s Thanksgiving in a couple days, thought I’d post the publishing news early this week.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m taking a Writing for Children’s class, but I keep noticing the topic of children’s books in my classes. Anyway, today the  Association of Booksellers for Children approved a merger with the American Booksellers Association. ABC executive director Kristen McLean said, “We are in a time of unprecedented industry evolution, and I believe the independent booksellers of the ABC are sending a message that they can also evolve to meet the demands of the changing industry positively.” It’s interesting, just last night (and in many of my classes this semester) I heard very similar phrases, that included the key words “evolution” and “evolve.” I guess everyone’s thinking the same way.

ABC Booksellers Overwhelmingly Approve Merger with ABA

Again, on the topic of children’s books–RosettaBooks (not to be confused with Rosetta Stone)  has an exclusive agreement to release the series, “Rainbow Magic” to Kindle. This is their first deal with children’s books. Rainbow Magic is a series for girls 4-9, and has sold 20 million copies worldwide.

RosettaBooks To Publish Kindle Editions of Magic Rainbow Series

And lastly, Sony is going to have reader apps for the iPhone and Android. So now the Sony e-book store is more accessible–though the Kindle and Nook already have this type of app.

Sony Announces Reader Apps for iPhone and Android

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Future of Publishing, According to Richard Nash

Today in my Interactive Media class, we had guest speaker Richard Nash. Nash, former publisher at Soft Skull, is now launching a start-up company, Cursor, which is a social approach to publishing.

Anyway, he was a very interesting speaker, so I’d like to share some of his thoughtful quotes.

“Of all the media, games and books have the most in common with one another because of the time spent engaging in them”

“The revolution currently transforming publishing is really desktop publishing”

“We’re really in the middle of a 2.0 revolution that has it’s 3.0 revolution yet to come”

“Not only can social media be used to sell books, but books can naturally be plugged into social media”

“There’s not one original thing that I’m suggesting. But the reality is no one is doing it (systematically)”

“What we want to own are the readers, but only if the readers are willing to be owned, because we’re giving them a sense of belongingness, challenging them in interesting ways”

“We’re not in a transition from one state of the industry to another state of the industry that is stable. Effectively the media business is shifting to a state of permanent self re-invention.”

“We [the publishing industry] are not going to find an answer, and that will be the answer for the next 15-20 years.”

Regarding the sort of post-partum depression writers feel after being published: “Being published is not the thing. Being read and loved and understood and engaged with was the real thing. Having your book published by a big publisher was a means to an end only.”

And lastly, my favorite, because I am a writer and so far all I’ve heard is about how lonely a professional writing life is: “Writers aren’t particularly asocial. And there is nothing in history that suggests writers could have been asocial.”