The Week in Publishing

by J Tanner

Catch up on the industry news and opinion you may have missed this week.

Trade Publishing

  • Wired brings some pretty insightful commentary to the Justice Department probe of big publishing, and posits that it’s more about Apple and collusion than about agency pricing.
  • The January AAP numbers are out using their revised survey of over 1000 publishers. Mass market still seems to be suffering the most.
  • Marcus Leaver, former president of Sterling Publishing, says publishers’ biggest challenge is proving they’re necessary.
  • Not even close to new, but new to me and not something typically available to outsiders. An author shares her first and second royalty reports for a bestselling book and comments on what it all means. (SPOILER!) Bestselling Author != Rich Author and (DOUBLE SPOILER!) publishing uses some seriously arcane royalty payment methodology.

The New World of Publishing

  • Pottermore, one of the bigger new ideas in the wild west that is digital publishing, launched its ebook store and despite the early claims of Harry Potter exclusives, the books can be purchased (sort of) through Amazon. Pottermore has some critics, and may have even overwhelmed Amazon?
  • A Bowker study determines India loves ebooks the most, while France loves them, er, slighty less.


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