The sound of silence

The continuing negotiations between Amazon and Hachette show how much heat can be generated from so little information. The known facts are these: Amazon has downgraded some Hachette Book Group USA titles as the duo tussle over new terms agreements. The assumption is that Hachette’s revised agency contract, as dictated to by the Department of Justice, and put in place two years ago, is now up for re-negotiation. Read more »

The Frustrations of Being an Independent Publisher or Why Amazon is Actually Saving Independent Publishing

I have read a heck of a lot of posts talking about the evil entity that is Amazon and how Amazon is destroying publishing. From my perspective this couldn't be further from the truth. Sure Amazon has been allowed to gain a strong foothold on publishing. I choose my words carefully - it has been allowed - allowed by publishers and authors.  Read more »

Being a Part of It: Report from BEA in New York - @Tom_Chalmers

Having just returned from New York, where I attended BookExpo America (BEA) for the first time, including speaking at the Author Hub and participating in uPublishU, I thought I would put down what I learnt. I could talk about what an amazing city New York is, but sadly will stick to work-related thoughts: Read more »

Welcome to the new boring.

What will happen when Amazon grows up? At the moment the Seattle Godzilla is still firmly entrenched in adolescence. Revenues may be massive but profit remains a shaky concept and too much emphasis is still placed on disruption. Even if it no longer seems all that disruptive any more. Read more »

BEA on Ice!

Huffing, puffing, and whose house is blow-down-able?

It’s natural, of course, for things to heat up around BookExpo America (BEA). The US cousin to the London Book Fair is another trade show in which the industry! the industry! gathers annually to show off to itself. Read more »

Publishing's noisy neighbours

Publishing is a business built on the talent of authors, but not one where authors have always played the lead role. In a twitter exchange with the writer Jeff Norton recently, Norton said he had once heard a publisher refer to an author as a “necessary evil”. Perhaps that was true once, but I suspect that time has gone. Read more »

Let's all go on a book hunt

The real challenge in the book publishing industry is finding a way to build new strategies that take changing patterns of content consumption into account whilst leveraging the advantages of traditional print publishing in an effective way.

The past five years has seen changing patterns of content consumption from consumers radically alter many industries; the emergence of iTunes and Netflix stands as testament to this. Read more »

Romantic intentions

In my head at least, book readers fall into two distinct groups. 

1) Those with a To Be Read pile

2) Everyone Else.

I’ll be honest, the first time I came across the letters TBR on my Twitter feed I had to Google it. People with a TBR pile are heavy book-buyers; they often work - or aspire to work - in the publishing industry. They take ‘shelfies’ and post them on Instagram, they catalogue and review their books online. Read more »

An industry rising from the flames | @Tom_Chalmers

I temporarily postponed my non-attendance of award nights this week and arrived at The Bookseller Industry Awards in London (as a guest of the Frankfurt Book Fair – thanks for the invite and hospitality!). And it was interesting to compare the atmosphere to the last BIAs (only three letters away from the BAFTAs) that I went to in 2011. Read more »

Digital awards winners: fit for the future

Faber was last night awarded the Digital Strategy of The Year gong at The Bookseller’s Industry Awards; E-books by Sainsbury’s was named e-bookseller of the year; and NetGalley won the Supply Chain Innovation Award, this final award sponsored by BIC. Read more »

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