Catch up on the industry news and opinion you may have missed this week.
- Hyperion CEO Ellen Archer describes big publishing’s business model as “broken.”
- Nielsen Bookscan reports 2011 print sales were down 9% compared to 2010. (Given the growth in digital sales, I’m not sure if that’s consided particularly bad news or not…)
The New World of Publishing
- Mike Shatzkin on publishers’ difficulties migrating certain types of books–illustrated children’s books for one–to digital.
- Barnes & Noble considering spinning off the Nook into its own company. (Wasn’t it the savior of the existing company last week?)
- …and they’re trying to sell the publishing wing, Sterling Publishing, they bought in 2003 as well.
- Indie brick & mortar bookstores becoming publishers to compete with Amazon?
- Kris Rusch discusses writers undervaluing their contribution to the publishing business.