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Book publishers have long been playing into Amazon's hands

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The proposed merger of Penguin and Random House might be too late for a publishing industry seemingly set on self-destructionThere's something quaintly touching about the spectacle of two publishing conglomerates - Bertelsmann and Pearson - arranging for their book-publishing arms (Random House and Penguin respectively) to huddle together for warmth...
Book publishers have long been playing into Amazon's hands
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The Big Roundtable Rethinks The Editorial Model For Long-Form Journalism, Hits Its Kickstarter Goal

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Michael Shapiro isn’t the sort of person I’d expect to look for ways to circumvent the gatekeepers of traditional journalism. He’s a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, and he said he’s been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and Sports Illustrated — in...
The Big Roundtable Rethinks The Editorial Model For Long-Form Journalism, Hits Its Kickstarter Goal

Inkling Habitat interactive e-book publishing platform rolls out to select publishers

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It's not another alternative for individual authors looking to self-publish (at least for now), but professional publishers looking to create and distribute interactive e-books now have a new option to consider in the form of Inkling Habitat. Initially available to select publishers in an early adopter program (a broader...
Inkling Habitat interactive e-book publishing platform rolls out to select publishers

Penguin Random House aims to attack digital, emerging ebooks markets

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A deal sealed over a weekend – Pearson and Bertelsmann are combining their consumer book publishers Penguin and Random House in a joint venture to save money that can be invested in the future of digital content. Key facts: The players Random House: world’s largest book publisher, around 10,000 books...
Penguin Random House aims to attack digital, emerging ebooks markets

Newcastle hotel replaces guest Bibles with Kindles

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A U.K. hotel is stocking its rooms with electronic versions of the Good Book as a contemporary nod to the area's book publishing history. [Read more]...
Newcastle hotel replaces guest Bibles with Kindles

Once More unto the Breach: The Future of Book Publishing Business Models

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Once More unto the Breach: The Future of Book Publishing Business Models

Inkling will sell iPad textbooks in over 900 college bookstores

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iPad textbook publisher Inkling is partnering with college bookstore provider Follett. Starting this fall, Follett will sell “hundreds of Inkling titles” in its over 900 college bookstores — including Stanford and UC Berkeley — and on its website. Titles include popular undergraduate textbooks as well as specialized MBA, medical and...
Inkling will sell iPad textbooks in over 900 college bookstores

Pay-As-You-Read E-Bookselling Won't Make It Off The Shelves

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Entrepreneurs have often used technology to bring us services we didn't even know we needed. Who would have thought a billion people would be willing to share their lives on Facebook and hundreds of millions more would change the news industry by microblogging on Twitter? But oftentimes entrepreneurs get it...
Pay-As-You-Read E-Bookselling Won't Make It Off The Shelves
Indie book publishing platform PressBooks goes open source, embraces print

Open Air is Out to Remake Publishing, Now with Cash from SV Angel

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“They are slow, and we are fast. They have bloat and drag; we are lean and scrappy.” That’s how Jon Feldman, founder of Open Air Publishing, describes his startup’s relationship to traditional publishers. He believes his interactive e-books (available on iPad, and as of today, iPhone and iPod Touch) are...
Open Air is Out to Remake Publishing, Now with Cash from SV Angel

UK Consumer Ebook Sales Increase by 366%: Publishers Association Calls For Digital Piracy To Be 'Tackled'

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One of the beloved tropes of the copyright industries is that they are being destroyed by online piracy. Superficially, it's a plausible claim, not least because of the false equation of copyright infringement with "theft", and the lingering suggestion that every time something is shared online, a sale is lost....
UK Consumer Ebook Sales Increase by 366%: Publishers Association Calls For Digital Piracy To Be 'Tackled'
The Simplicity Thesis

New Stats: 2011 Was Good For E-Books, Not So Good For Print

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The Association of American Publishers closes out calendar year 2011 today with a round of new stats on print and digital books. Publishers’ e-book revenues were up 117.3 percent in 2011, with hardcover, paperback and mass market sales declining sharply and affected in part by Borders’ closing. Here’s how...
New Stats: 2011 Was Good For E-Books, Not So Good For Print

The art of important work, of making a ruckus and of inventing the future

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Entrepreneurs teach VCs, not the other way around. And I was lucky early in my career to back Seth Godin, who taught me a lot. When I met Seth, he was writing books and building a web company. I backed that web company, Yoyodyne, which exited to Yahoo! a few...
The art of important work, of making a ruckus and of inventing the future

A Modest (and Admittedly Ill-Thought Out) Proposal For Saving Traditional Book Publishing

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Let’s all agree: Publishing is screwed, and it’s Amazon’s fault. The book giant has hired a veteran commissioning editor to dole out shovel-fulls of cash to the world’s best selling authors. Even the “big six” publishers have no way to compete. Cash-cow authors are turning their backs on the traditional...
A Modest (and Admittedly Ill-Thought Out) Proposal For Saving Traditional Book Publishing

With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferris Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book

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Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and a stalemate between Amazon and big retailers, including Barnes & Noble, over the sale of books from the online giant’s publishing imprint is giving a fillip to BitTorrent — once a hotbed of piracy, and now a straight-laced and legal content...
With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferris Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book

DoJ warning means one thing: E-book prices are going down

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The rumblings about Apple and the possible anti-competitive nature of its deal with book publishers over “agency model” pricing have turned into an all-out roar, with the news that the Department of Justice has warned the various parties about an impending antitrust lawsuit. According to a report in the...
DoJ warning means one thing: E-book prices are going down

2012 Taught Amazon It Can't Have It All Its Way

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Amazon tackled 2012 with its usual expansion into new businesses and market domination. But it also learned it isn't unbeatable. Amazon, like its namesake river, does just keep on going and going, and 2012 was no different than recent years for Jeff Bezos' company. As ever it's flooding the...
2012 Taught Amazon It Can't Have It All Its Way

New Book Startups Actually Focus On The Buying And Selling Part

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Two new book-related startups that launched in beta this week seek to redefine the book buying, browsing and selling experience. A host of reading-related startups to launch recently—Subtext, Readmill, Findings—focus on social and sharing but don’t touch on the down-and-dirty, selling-more-books part. Bilbary and Jellybooks are different. Both have...
New Book Startups Actually Focus On The Buying And Selling Part
Here's the problem with book publishers' discovery problem

How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social Media

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In the fifth and final part of our series, Social Books, we explore how the "big six" book publishers use social media. So far in the series we've looked at the largest social network for book lovers (Goodreads), a new social network for book writers (Writer's Bloq), how public libraries...
How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social Media

News Corp. Board Approves Split in Principle

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News Corp.’s board approved a plan to split the media conglomerate in two pieces, separating its lucrative entertainment operations from its publishing business, said a person familiar with the situation. The split is expected to be formally announced early Thursday morning. One company will house entertainment businesses like 20th Century...
News Corp. Board Approves Split in Principle

News Corp. Mulls Splitting in Two

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News Corp. is considering splitting into two companies, separating its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses, say people familiar with the situation. The split would carve off News Corp.’s film and television businesses, including 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox broadcast network and Fox News channel from its newspapers, book...
News Corp. Mulls Splitting in Two

iPad book publisher Inkling does its own free e-book platform

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Almost a month after Apple introduced its own interactive e-book publishing platform, iBooks Author, iPad publishing startup Inkling is introducing its own version, called Inkling Habitat. Habitat is free and cloud-based and is aimed at professional publishing houses — not just anyone who wants to try their hand at e-book...
iPad book publisher Inkling does its own free e-book platform

Amazon's 2012 bestseller list shows publishers and indie authors need each other

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Amazon released its list of the bestselling books of 2012 on Friday morning. The list is a great summary of one of the key themes in book publishing in 2012: Self-published authors and traditional publishers need each other. In October, Publishing Perspectives editor-in-chief Ed Nawotka wrote a story that’s stuck...
Amazon's 2012 bestseller list shows publishers and indie authors need each other
Inkling makes its Google-friendly digital publishing tools free to everyone

Carr: Book Publishing's Real Nemesis

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An antitrust suit may provide short-term price reductions on e-books, but once the competition is flattened, Amazon is likely to resume its monopolistic ways....
Carr: Book Publishing's Real Nemesis
Ebooks made up 20% of the U.S. consumer book industry in 2012, up from 15% in 2011

Free Publishers Lunch e-book offers excerpts from hot fall titles

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Book publishing industry newsletter and website Publishers Lunch is previewing hot fall titles in a free e-book, “BEA Buzz Books,” ahead of major publishing fair BookExpo America in June in New York. The e-book contains excerpts from over 30 fall titles across publishers and genres — including “This Is How...
Free Publishers Lunch e-book offers excerpts from hot fall titles
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