Category Archives: Ideas from around the world

The Publishing Ecosystem – Rogues and Benefactors

The community surrounding most publishers consists of an orbiting constellation of writers, translators, illustrators, publicists, agents, reviewers and other influential folk who all depend on the success of the publisher they surround. Publishers are a natural hub in their ecosystem, … Continue reading

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Darwinian Evolution at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair days are the best of days, and also the worst of days. Within several huge halls are assembled a good segment of the global publishing community, and if you stand above the hubbub and watch carefully, you … Continue reading

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Old Wisdom for the New Digital

Penguin was a small start-up publisher, which became an instant success in the publishing world. If we look at the reasons they were so successful, we can see they adopted many new concepts that added up to an explosive package. … Continue reading

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Lessons from an older format revolution

For many of us, the wave of digital change driven by e-books causes turmoil. “How can I succeed in this new world when I am a literary person, not a technology person?” “Should I acquire, market or distribute e-books in … Continue reading

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Finding Best-sellers in the Digital Age

A bestseller is unique. A buyer cannot substitute a Harry Potter title for any other book. In economic terms, a best-seller provides a mini global monopoly, and therefore, the ability to maximise profits. Over the last decade, mega-publishers have made … Continue reading

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How Publishers can flourish in the Digital Age, Part 3: Money for Nothing.

At the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference earlier this year, Kevin Kelly defined the term “generatives” as a way to generate value even when the copy is free. So when is paid better than free? Consider the days of radio … Continue reading

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How to make a profit when books are 99 cents. Part 1: Book entertainment is a service.

Industry commentators in the USA are warning that the e-book tipping point is already here. The latest NYT bestseller lists are showing 99 cent e-books in the rankings.  If e-book pricing declines, and more books are sold as e-books, how … Continue reading

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