Interesting News in Publishing, April 2016

Interesting News in Publishing, April 2016

Company News
A Virtual Trip Through Amazon’s Physical Store
From inside the store, he had an online chat with Alexandra Alter, who writes aboutpublishing for The Times. They discussed Amazon’s strategy and …
New York TimesThe Future of the Physical Bookstore: Amazon vs. The Independents
“Where there is confusion, there is profit,” goes an old adage of the greedy. But might it work the other way around? In publishing, few predicted the …

Hundreds of firms move on-premise databases into AWS cloud
Expedia, Thomas Publishing and Pegasystems have all migrated their … our plans to migrate more databases to Amazon Aurora in 2016,” said Wald.
Cloud Pro

Apple’s E-Book Court Loss Is a Win for Amazon
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has long worked to push digital book prices to no … of passing control over all e-book prices to a cartel of book publishers.
Motley Fool

Amazon to Open Seventh California Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino, Inc. (AMZN) today announced plans to open a seventh … Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire …
Yahoo Finance UK

What the Conclusion of the Apple Pricing-Fixing Case Means for Publishers and Consumers
After four years of litigation, Apple has run out of appeals in its e-book price-fixing case. At its March 4 conference, the Supreme Court declined to take …
Publishers Weekly

Apple strikes a deal with MLB to put iPads in dugouts
… that the NFL had when making the shift from paper to digital play books. In fact,Apple once said that most NFL teams still used iPads behind the …

Barnes & Noble unfazed by Amazon’s physical stores
Bookseller Barnes & Noble’s digital chief Fred Argir is unfazed by Amazon’s … Barnes & Noble itself recently said it will be opening “digital prototype …
Retail Dive

Bookticker, Inc., Announces Launch of its Data-Driven, eBook Deal Site
Bookticker, the industry’s only data-driven eBook deal site, launched today, as announced by founder, Greg Aden. Bookticker accepts metadata feeds …
PR Web (press release)

Google is Reimagining Writing and Publishing (if the Supreme Court Will Let It)
Google Books is the apotheosis of Stewart Brand’s claim that “information wants … Why isn’t this massive copying, storage, and re-publishing illegal?
JD Supra (press release)

Google lets you write your own ebooks with new Google Docs update
Google has updated its online office suite, Google Docs, with a new export option that will benefit owners of ebook readers. Documents can now be …
Digital Journal

Google Docs Exports EPUBs, But Not Well
Time was when creating an ebook in EPUB format required some high-end tools and knowledge of XHTML and XML coding. Today, however, EPUB …

James Patterson, Benevolent Overlord of Readers and Non-Readers Alike
Of course, if you trade books for candy, he’s just a 21st century Willy Wonka, albeit without the cadre of slaves. Instead he just employs writers, the …

Sale of Perseus, to Hachette and Ingram, Completed
Ingram, which acquired Perseus’ four distribution divisions through the deal–Perseus Distribution, Publishers Group West (PGW,) Consortium, Legato …
Publishers Weekly

HarperCollins Publishers Signs Digital Audio Distribution Agreement with hoopla digital
Library patrons will now have access to HarperCollins Publishers’ entire digital audiobook backlist catalog, including titles from HarperCollins …
PR Newswire (press release)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Appoints Joseph P. Abbott, Jr. as Chief Financial Officer
BOSTON, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ: HMHC) (HMH) today announced that …
PR Newswire (press release)

Ingram Content Group Acquires Perseus’ Distribution Businesses
Ingram Content Group announced today that it has completed the transaction to purchase Perseus’ distribution businesses. Ingram has acquired …

Kadaxis and Inkshares Partner to Improve Discoverability
Our goal is to use these insights to create better connections between readers and books. The number ofbooks published each day is increasing, and …
Digital Book World

LightSail Raises $11M Series B
LightSail, the adaptive literacy solution for K-12 education, raised $11 million in a Series B round of funding led by Scott Cook, the co-founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Intuit, with significant participation from the Bezos Family Foundation as well as new and existing investors
New York Citybizlist

OverDrive Debuts E-Book Service for Elementary Schools
OverDrive, a company that provides an e-book and audiobook platform for schools, has launched K-5 QuickStart, a collection of 200 e-books designed …
T.H.E. Journal

Penguin Random House Reports Record Profits In 2015
Revenue at Penguin Random House rose 11.8% in 2015 over 2014, parent company Bertelsmann reported this morning. The publisher’s revenue …

Penguin Random House Reports 25% of revenue comes from e-books
Penguin Random House has just reported a 23.7% increase in operating EBITDA in 2015 over 2014 and an 11.8% rise in revenue. The company also …
Good E-Reader (blog)

PRH Audio to become standalone division under Telfer
Penguin Random House UK Audio is set to be a standalone division to foster a “unified audio strategy” across the whole company. The division’s …
The Bookseller

Penguin Random House partners Tinder to promote book reading
*Publishing house Penguin Random House has partnered datingapp Tinder to promote book reading and literature. It has set up Tinder Nook at …

Penguin to publish Disney books in India
We are delighted to now be working with Disney India to bring their well-loved characters to readers with a specific range of Indian publishing,” Gaurav …

Penguin Random House UK Launches The Scheme To Find The Editors Of Tomorrow
A programme to reach and recruit future book editors from a wide range of backgrounds based on their potential is launching today in an effort to make …

ProQuest Launches Ebook Central
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ –After months of intensive testing with library beta partners and researchers from around the …
Consumer Electronics Net

James Patterson and Scholastic Renew Pledge to Help Save School Libraries
Scholastic Reading Club will administer funding applications to their … Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and …
Scholastic Media Room

Dominique Raccah: ‘The Surprise Transformation in Our Industry’
In the opening session at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, Sourcebooks CEO and Publisher Dominique Raccah spoke to …
Digital Book World

Trade Books

Trade Book Sales Reaches $6.6B Jan-Nov 2015: AAP
Publishers book sales for trade books were up 1.2 percent from January to November 2015, reaching $6.6 billion as compared to $6.5 billion in 2014.

Librarians Say Kids Prefer Physical Books
The talk was moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, president of The Book Report Network, and included Richard Watson of Baker & Taylor, literacy advocate …
Digital Book World


Behind the Scenes / Slumping publishing industry at crossroads
The Research Institute for Publications estimates that the 2015 sales total for booksand magazines, excluding digital books, was ¥1.52 trillion, after …
The Japan News

Have airport book stores become the new battleground?
Under the plan, the number of book stores at the airport will be cut to 10 … The disappearance of five men involved with a firm that published books …
EJ Insight

Tips from 5 Literary Agents Representing Latino Authors
While we hear of the need for diverse books and that Latinos are a growing demographic, getting a book published by a reputable press can be a …

Book club pumps up the volume
Teams work voluntarily, and while a single title can cost up to R50000 in commercial publishing, a Book Dash event produces about 10 high-quality …
Times LIVE

Czech publisher Albatros seals deal with Egmont
The biggest Czech publisher of children’s books has just agreed to acquire its nearest rival with an eye on the rights to international hits that should …
Radio Prague


Self-Published Ebooks Made Up 22 Percent Of Ebook Sales In 2015
Although self-publishing sometimes gets a bad rap, it seems that readers are really coming around to self-published books. In the UK, 22 percent of …

What Big Publishing Consolidation Means for Authors
Brooke Warner Publisher of She Writes Press; President of Warner Coaching Inc.; Author of ‘What’s Your Book?’ and ‘Green-Light Your Book’.
Huffington Post

How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Are Changing Publishing
Scott Galloway “It’s these guys’ worlds. We just post in it and shop in it,” said New York University Professor Scott Galloway of Amazon, Apple, …
Digital Book World

Michael Cader on a “Really, Really Complex Marketplace”
… framed it, “print is back,” “ebooks are dead,” “bookstores are back,” “Amazon’s publishing division failed” and “if only we could count self-publishing; …
Digital Book World

James Patterson wants to change book publishing—with $5 novellas that are like “reading movies”
A third of Americans didn’t even pick up a book last year. Can James Patterson change that? The bestselling US author, whose 156 books have sold ..

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