Interesting News in Publishing, February 2016

Interesting News in Publishing, February 2016

Company News
AMAZON
Amazon allegedly planning to open up to 400 physical bookstores
Amazon.com Inc plans to open up to 400 physical bookstores, an executive of a … On the call, Mathrani compared Amazon’s plans to similar moves by … It has since revolutionized the publishing industry by introducing its popular …
Raw StoryWhy Amazon switched to the pay per page model for Kindle
Amazon’s Neal Thompson explains the company’s controversial model and why self-publishing has a bright future. Masoom Gupte | ET Bureau | 03 …
ETRetail.com

Amazon India launches test preparation & info portal Exam Central
Amazon India launches test preparation & info portal Exam Central …Amazon India has launched Exam Central, under the books department on the … Group, a significant publisher of Hindi literature, said at the Publishing Next …
MediaNama.com

Amazon steps up Australian book sales through The Book Depository
Amazon steps up Australian book sales through The Book Depository … acquisition in 2015 of Bookworld from publishing house Penguin Random House. Amazon and The Book Depository are the largest players in the Australian …
Sydney Morning Herald

APPLE
Apple Again Urges High Court To Hear E-Books Antitrust Case
Apple Inc. has once again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its efforts to overturn a victory the U.S. Department of Justice and several states won …
LexisNexis

Judge Tosses Retailers’ Suit Against Apple, Publishers
A Supreme Court decision still looms, but Apple and the Big Five publishers have won a minor legal battle stemming from their 2012 e-book …
Publishers Weekly

BARNES & NOBLE
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) announced its trade-in/trade-up promotion
It provides access to books, magazines, newspapers, and other content through its multi-channel distribution platform. The company sells trade books, …
Inside Trade

HARPERCOLLINS
HarperCollins‘ profits tripled in financial year 2014-15
HarperCollins attributed the growth to the success of its Children’s and Collins Learning divisions: David Walliams’ Awful Auntie outsold any other title …
The Bookseller

NewsCorp’s revenues suffer from poor ad return and book publishing decline
The corporation’s book publishing sector suffered a heavy blow. The popularity of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, along with News Corp’s …
The Drum

HarperCollins partners with Whizz-Kidz
HarperCollins UK is to partner with disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz to provide work experience and fundraising support. The year-long …
The Bookseller

INGRAM
Ingram deal to reflect in revenue from FY17: Repro India
In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Pramod Khera, ED of Repro India spoke about the tie-up with Ingram Content Group and his outlook for the company.
Moneycontrol.com

Ingram Content Group and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Announce 1440 Accelerator Cohort
NASHVILLE, Tenn – Seven book tech startups from around the world have been selected to participate in Ingram Content Group’s and the Nashville …
Ingram Content Group

PINTER & MARTIN
Independent Book Publisher Pinter & Martin Announce New Partnership With Parenting Podcast 
London based publisher Pinter & Martin, who specialises in pregnancy, birth and parenting titles, has joined forces with Sprogcast, a popular …
Booktrade.info

RANDOM HOUSE
ALA, Penguin Random House Team Up On #Readathon2016
The American Library Association has joined forces with Penguin Random House to support the second annual National Readathon Day on Saturday, …
Publishers Weekly

Penguin Random House UK removes degree requirements in recruiting
Penguin Random House UK today announced it was removing any requirementfor a university degree for all new jobs to open up opportunities in …
Random House

Penguin Random House Gave Away 50K Books This Holiday
Penguin Random House have away almost 50,000 books this past holiday season to kids in need. The donation was made through the nonprofit First …
GalleyCat

SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster Canada spotlights homegrown authors with free ebook sampler
Simon & Schuster is promoting its Canadian publishing program with The Look Book, a new “seasonal sampler” offering free excerpts from a curated …
Quill & Quire
 
SOURCEBOOKS
Barnes & Noble to sell personalized kids’ books by Naperville publisher
Barnes & Noble has partnered with Put Me in the Story, a division of Naperville-based publisher Sourcebooks that creates personalized books which …
Chicago Tribune

Here is what the B&N Put Me in the Story Looks Like
The bookseller has partnered with Sourcebooks for this initiative and people have been wondering what the final product looks like. Sourcebooks was ..
Good E-Reader (blog)

THE NEW YORK TIMES
New York Times Sues Publisher Over War Photos, Fair Use At Issue
The book is titled War is Beautiful, and is written by author David Shields. It surveys a decade of war photographs that appeared on the front of the …
Fortune

QUARTO
WPW to Manage Quarto’s Remainder Biz
… partnered with Quarto Publishing Group USA to become the exclusive sales force for Quarto’s remainders, overstock, and hurts (damaged books).
Publishers Weekly

International

The Bookseller launches British Book Industry Awards
Nigel Roby, chief executive and publisher of The Bookseller, said: “The British book trade is an astonishing creative industry which fuels other
The Bookseller
Canadian Indies Report Strong 2015
Despite all the positivity, many stores said the delayed shipping times fromHarperCollins‘ new distributor R.R. Donnelley, in Indiana, remains a …
Publishers Weekly

McDonald’s Canada to give away books in Happy Meals
Over the next two weeks McDonald’s will be giving away 1.5 million books in … in Canada are ordered with milk and four per cent choose apple slices.
Yahoo Canada Finance – Insight (blog)

Havana book fair offers glimpse into modern Cuba
The delegation will have an exhibit at the fair showcasing more than 500 books from some 40publishing companies and will take part in a two-day …
TBO.com

India’s publishing sector: the present and future
The latest edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2016, inaugurated on … Other challenges include the fragmented nature of publishing and …
Business Standard

Pope Book’s Sole India Publisher A Kerala FIRM
KOCHI: When Pope Francis’s new book ‘The Name of God is Mercy’, is released on Tuesday in the Vatican, 21 publishing houses all over the world …
The New Indian Express

India-China relations remain the highlight on Day 4 of New Delhi World Book Fair
China is the guest of honour country at this year’s New Delhi World BookFair. Its delegation includes more than 80 publishing houses and groups.
I am in dna of India

Hong Kong Publisher ‘Cancels Politically Sensitive Book‘ As Anxiety Over Missing Booksellers 
A Hong Kong publishing house has allegedly suspended its plans to print a book critical of Chinese president Xi Jinping, fearing retribution from …
TIME

HK political publisher’s staffer detained in mainland last year; grilled to elicit company secrets – report
A staff member of a Hong Kong political book publisher was reportedly detained in the mainland last year for questioning in order to obtain company’s …
Hong Kong Free Press

Chinese lap up ‘spicy books‘ in Hong Kong
People hold placards showing some of the missing booksellers from Hong Kong’s Mighty Current publishing house, which is known for books critical …
AsiaOne

Small publishing houses dominate annual Egyptian book fair in 2016
Dar Al-Shorouk, Noon, Diwan, and the Egyptian Lebanese house were at the top of the publishing houses, and will participate with a large numbers of …
Daily News Egypt

Romania probes hundreds of books written by prisoners
Romania probes hundreds of books written by prisoners … Prisoners paypublishing houses to print their works – though they won’t be found in any …
Washington Times

Iran bans use of the word ‘wine’ and foreign animal names in books
Mohammad Selgi, head of book publishing at the ministry, said: “When new books are registered with us, our staff first has to read them page by page …
Times of India

Top 10 Mobile Application Every Nigerian Student Should Have
Since some smartphones and tablets may not possess the Kindle or eBookreading functionality, the Kindle reading app was created to help replicate …
Nigerian Bulletin

Trends

How publishing startups use tech tactics to thrive in the digital era
Book publishing startups have picked apart every piece of the publishing stack and reimagined it for a digital world. Hackathons and crowdsourcing …
TechRepublic

Will Google, Apple, and SCOTUS Decide the Future of Book Publishing This Year?
Will Google, Apple, and SCOTUS Decide the Future of Book Publishing This … Purity, for example, currently sells for $9.99 at both Apple and Amazon.
Flavorwire

Self-Publishing Preview: 2016
Amazon’s Kindle Singles program has capitalized on offering authors the ability to publish shorter texts. The program added 200 new titles by both …
Publishers Weekly

Outskirts Press Reveals Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing from 2015
Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company today announced its top ten titles from 2015.
PR Web (press release)

‘Plain’ reading: Demand for Amish books growing
“You’d be surprised how many people read Amish books,” Orris says. … Sometimes we trade books or you hear about a book and want to read it.”.
Tribune-Review

eBooks

AAP report shows book sales down 2% in first 9 months of 2015; eBook sales down 11%
It also reported that eBook sales continue to decline, 11 percent, a trend that has gotten a tremendous amount of attention in the media each time the …
Talking New Media

Australia Ebook Dilemma?
Okay, so I really did want to use Createspace to publish my book as both a paperback and ebookbut the whole US tax, recieving checks as payment, …
CreateSpace

Amazon’s other physical retail test: A mini bookstore for Kindle ebooks
Amazon has long offered general gift cards in many retail locations, like other digital merchants, but the move to offer cards for specific ebooks is a …
GeekWire

Amazon sets up Kindle ebook gift card kiosks
Looking for the perfect gift for the ebook fan in your life, but don’t want to go the general gift card route? Amazon is working on title-specific ebook gift …
Geek

Amazon.in offers flat Rs. 1000 discount on Amazon KindleeBook Reader
As part of the 67th Republic Day celebrations, Amazon India is currently offering a flat discount of Rs. 1,000 on its Kindle eBook Reader. Equipped …
Pc-Tablet Media

Kobo will tell you how long it will take to read an eBook
Good E-Reader (blog)
Kobo is developing a new system on their website that will estimate how long it would take to read an e-book. There is also plenty of other features …

e-books open a new chapter at Marathi Sahitya Sammelan
Reports suggest that ebooks account for around two per cent of the market of Marathi publishing industry, which is of the size of around Rs 100 crore.
The Indian Express

Follett, EBSCO Announce eBook Partnership
Follett announced it is partnering with EBSCO Information Services to make approximately 600000 EBSCO-hosted eBooks available for ordering …
EBSCO Information Services

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