Interesting News in Publishing, May 2016

Interesting News in Publishing, May 2016

Company News
Amazon inks $30 million deal with New York schools
SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon and the New York City public schools on … While a $30 million deal in the publishing industry is not huge, it’s large for …
USA TODAYAmazon’s New Kindle Could Boost E-Reader and E-Book Sales
Amazon recently announced the new Kindle Oasis e-book reader, with … for avid readers, could sell well despite its high price, like Apple’s devices.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds New Content Lineup for Kids Ages 9-12
Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire …
Business Wire (press release)

Amazon Expanding in New Jersey, Company to Open Two New Fulfillment Centers
“As Amazon continues to show its commitment to the towns of Florence and … The employees who will work with Amazon will form the fabric of their … Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, …
Business Wire (press release)

Amazon to Open New Pickup Location at California State University, Long Beach
Amazon@TheBeach offers the campus community a convenient location to pick up … Additionally, AmazonStudent and Prime members will receive Free … Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, …
Business Wire (press release)

Amazon brings three more international brands to India
Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfilment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets …

Apple trying to restore services after ban in China
“We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible.” Apple said in a statement. The suspension …

Apple Bullish on China Despite Low Quarterly Revenue
The news come on the heels of another setback for Apple in China. The company was recently ordered to shutdown its iTunes Books and iTunes …

Apple’s bitter lesson in China a warning to other U.S. tech titans eager to invest in the country …
Currently, the Chinese government considers Apple’s digital books as well as movies to be a potential threat to its continuing campaign to shut out the …
YIBADA English

Pioneering Barnes & Noble Leader to Step Down
Barnes & Noble, however, never duplicated its success with its online bookstore or its offering of Nook digital devices and e-books. Instead, rival …
Wall Street Journal

Follett Acquires Baker & Taylor
WESTCHESTER, Ill., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Follett Corporation today announced that it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading …
PR Newswire (press release)

GameStop launches full publishing division and signs Ready at Dawn, Insomniac, Frozenbyte and …
US retail giant GameStop has launched a publishing division called … The new publishing division acts more like a games label (think Curve, Koch, …

Hachette CEO Presses Chinese Publishers, Blasts EU Copyright Proposals
In his short keynote speech at the 2016 International Publishers Congress in London,Hachette CEO Arnaud Nourry opened on an optimistic note.
Publishers Weekly

London Book Fair 2016: Librarians Respond to Hachette CEO’s IPA Speech
The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has penned a response toHachette CEO Arnaud Nourry, who, in his April 10 Address to …
Publishers Weekly

Hachette Book Group CIO Seeks Reliable Sales Data from Retailers
When Michael Ballanco joined Hachette Book Group as chief information officer last year, the company lacked easy access to daily transaction data …
Wall Street Journal (blog)

How Hachette Livre Capitalizes on Digital Print
One of the executives I spoke with was Jean-François Lyet, technical director at Hachette Livre in Paris. Lyet noted that digital book printing is a …
Book Business

HC Forms HarperCollins France
To create the new subsidiary, HC bought out the interest of Hachette Livre SA in Harlequin SA. The two parties had operated Harlequin SA for 30 …
Publishers Weekly

Glenhill Advisors buys $125.3 Million stake in Houghton MifflinHarcourt Co (HMHC)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (HMHC) : Glenhill Advisors scooped up 2,989,350 additional shares in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co during the Q4 …
Everything HUDSON

Kirkus is still king of the grouchy book review
Alongside the vibrant, grassroots book review scene online, the editorial voices of Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Horn Book and School …
Lawrence Journal World (blog)

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner Launch ‘Lenny’ Publishing Imprint at Random House
Girls co-creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are expanding the Lenny media operation, and getting into the book business. The creative duo …

Quarto Debuts Quarto Innovation, Arab-Language Joint venture
In two announcements made at the London Book Fair, the Quarto Group, a global illustrated book publisher, unveiled plans for Quarto Innovation, …
Publishers Weekly

Rosen Publishing Gains Publishing Rights to Popular Gale Imprints
Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has been a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is …
PR Newswire (press release)

Sourcebooks Acquires First Book from Wattpad
Indie publisher Sourcebooks has acquired its first title from its page on the digital writing and reading community Wattpad. The publisher launched the …


Bologna 2016: Wrapping Up a Quietly Busy Fair
Some Bologna Book Fairs have a major book everyone is talking about, … Japanese children’s book publisher Kaisei-Sha was celebrating its 80th …
Publishers Weekly

Millennials, Diversity Big Topics at BookNet Canada’s Annual Tech Forum
… centered around e-book pricing, Millennials’ book buying habits, and howpublishers can use technology to more effectively market diverse books.
Publishers Weekly

Book Debate Raises Questions of Self-Censorship by Foreign Groups in China
“Now, some publishers in the United States are contacting me and saying they are interested in publishing my book,” Mr. Teng said in a telephone …
New York Times

Europe’s digging into Google’s contracts with phone makers and operators
The European Commission is still investigating whether Google’s Android operating system and Amazon’s contracts with ebook publishers have …

Britain’s GCHQ spies helped stop Harry Potter spoilers ending up online – publisher
Britain’s spy agency stopped Harry Potter spoilers from leaking to the internet in the lead-up to a book release, its publisher has told ABC Radio.
Taranaki Daily News

Kanhaiya’s book to be published by Juggernaut
New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar’sbook “From Bihar to Tihar” will be simultaneously published in …
The Siasat Daily


Despite slow holiday season, US book sales up slightly in 2015
Washington, DC – April 26, 2016 – Publishers’ book sales for trade (consumer) booksfrom Jan. to Dec. were up 0.8% to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 …
Talking New Media

Book publishing is a resilient business: CEO
Between 2011 and 2014, publishing revenue fell from $165 billion to $145 billion, according to statistics from Euromonitor. The global book market …

Technavio Announces Top Four Trends for the Global Content Authoring Tools Market Through 2020
“Educational institutions, especially in the higher education sector, are … The global e-learning market is anticipated to reach close to USD 126.1 …
Business Wire (press release)

Indie Stores Are Now Selling Digital Audiobooks
Prior to cofounding, Pearson was the publisher at Pear Press (distributed by Perseus Books Group) and published a half dozen titles, …
Digital Book World

When Star CEOs and Star Analysts Disagree, the Market Trusts the Analysts
So CEO reputation influenced the market reaction to downgrades only when … in many other contexts, from education markets to consumer products.
Harvard Business Review

Chill. It’s Not Books vs. Amazon. You Can Have Both!
‘Physical books are closer to perfect and affordable technology. … has hardly ceased to act as a force in dictating the direction of book publishing.

How Editors Can Help Publishers Sell More Books
However, the work flow in most publishing houses causes a problem in the book promotion process. Marketers are so busy launching new books that …
Book Business

Reports sees the same trend for magazines as eBooks: ending discounts cuts newsstand sales
“Many eBooks are being released at $14.99 and even $19.99,” Amazon said in 2014. “That is unjustifiably high for an eBook. With an eBook, there’s …
Talking New Media


E-book Market in the US 2016-2020 – Key Vendors are Amazon, Apple & Barnes & Noble …
The emerging trend of self-publishing is gaining popularity in the e-book market in the US owing to its advantages. Authors can approach vendors to …
Business Wire (press release)

Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth
AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers The AAP releases its latest sales numbers today, for January through December 2015. Overall sales were up …
Digital Book World

US Libraries on pace for a record year of e-book checkouts
Based on activities of top circulating public libraries, eBook, audiobook and digital magazine checkouts are on track to grow 30-40 percent for 2016 …
Good E-Reader (blog)

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