Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/27-5/1

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

Can pay what you want work as a sales model for ebooks?

Audiobook sales have doubled over the last five years in the UK, according to the Publishers Association.

Is editorial independence hurting publishers by preventing cohesion between publishers and editors?

Are ebook sales in a slump because four of the Big Five are using agency pricing?

Is marketing to fans instead of consumers the best way to increase book sales?

International Bestsellers, April 2015

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Argentina and Greece. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original. Where applicable, the US publisher is listed after the local publisher, separated by a “/”. The lists are taken from major newspapers or national retailers, which are noted at the bottom of each list.

BestsellerApr2015.France

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BestsellerApr2015 Italy

BestsellerApr2015.Spain

BestsellerArgentinaApr2015

BestsellerApr2015Greece

People Round-Up, Late April 2015

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Allison Devlin will join Time Inc. Books on May 4th as Associate Publisher.  She was most recently Marketing Director and Acting Publisher at Running PressSusan Weinberg will serve as Acting Publisher of Running Press on an interim basis when Devlin leaves.

Simon Tasker has joined Readerlink as VP Publisher juvenile proprietary and Silver Dolphin, in its Printers Row Publishing Group. He was most recently VP, Product Development at Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Mary Faria is now VP, Mass Merchandising Sales at Perseus Books Group. She was previously Director of Sales at Becker and Mayer.

Peter Brantley will become Director of Online Strategy at University of California, Davis, University Library.  He was Director of Digital Library Applications at the New York Public Library.

At university presses: David Goldberg will join MIT Press as Sales Manager in May.  Previously, he was Sales and Marketing Director at David R. Godine, Publisher. . . Scot Kuehn is now Associate Director and CFO at Princeton University Press. Formerly, he was CFO at Mars International. . . Clay Farr is now Executive Director of Publishing Services for University of North Carolina Press affiliate Longleaf PressLisa Stallings has also joined Longleaf as Editorial, Design, and Production Manager.  Farr was previously Associate Editor at Basic Books and Stallings was most recently a Production Consultant.

Dallas Middaugh is now Head of Brand and Community at anime digital platform Crunchyroll.  He was Senior Director at Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

Michael Yeon joined Open Road Integrated Media as VP, Marketing.  He was previously VP, Marketing at Grooveshark.

Christina Hu is now Associate Marketing Director at Blue Rider Press. Formerly, she was Senior Marketing Manager at Atavist Books.

Gabrielle Gantz joined Palgrave as Associate Director of Publicity. She was previously Director of Publicity at McSweeney’s.

Elias Altman joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as Agent. He was previously Senior Editor at Lapham’s Quarterly.

In children’s, Morgan Parker joined Little A as Editor, acquiring fiction and poetry. Formerly, she was Education Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and Poetry Editor of Coconut Magazine and The Offing. . . Siena Koncsol is now Publicity Manager at Harlequin Teen. She was Publicist at S&S Children’s.

Liz Ridout joined Booktrack as Chief Marketing Officer.  Previously, she was VP, Marketing at Kobo.  Cameron Drew is now VP, Publishing.  He formerly was Head of Content at BitLit and Director of Global Content Acquisition at Kobo.

Mia Amato joined Start Publishing as Marketing Director, where she will oversee the print and digital marketing for the Cleis Press and Viva Editions imprints.  She was previously Commercial Manager, Digital at Parragon.

Kait Neese is now Midwest Account Manager at Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.  She was most recently VP of Publish on Demand Global and Director of Best Selling Books Rights Agency.

Bridget Kinsella joined New Harbinger Publications as Publicist.  Previously, she was a book industry Journalist for several publications.

Irv Myers left his position as President at New Leaf Distributing Co. He can be reached at [email protected].

Jon M. Sweeney will join Catholic multimedia and book publisher Franciscan Media in August as Editorial Director, Franciscan Media Books.  Formerly, he was Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at Paraclete Press.

Kevin Watt joined Business Development Director at Kortext.  He was previously Head of Sales for the UK, Ireland, Northern Europe, and South Africa at McGraw-Hill Education.

BookBrunch Co-Founder Liz Thomson has left the company to pursue musical interests.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/20-4/24

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

International Publishers created an infographic for World Book Day highlighting children’s reading habits.

Bookwire predicts that digital sales in Latin America will rise 10-15% of digital purchases globally by 2020.

American Education Research Association released several studies this week on digital reading in the classroom.

According to a recent study of adults in China, reading digitally is more popular than reading print books.

Will selling direct-to-consumer actually drive profits for publishers?

Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2015

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Annual Contact Sheet 2015

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/13-4/17

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

Why do readers love the serial novel?

The ALA released an infographic about the most challenged books in public institutions in 2014.

Has publishing become a civil war between self-publishers and traditional?

Does Penguin Random House’s audiobook deals with Scribd and Mofibo signify its first step toward embracing subscription services for its ebooks?

Why are some audio stories so compelling?

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/6-4/10

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

What changes could be made to print books to ease digitization?

Does the average reader notice when Amazon gets into a dispute with a major publisher?

The 2014 Vida Count shows that literary criticism continues to be dominated by males.

Should publishers limit the amount of translated fiction they publish?

Ebook sales have evened out for now, but will they stay that way?

Editor’s note: An update was added to the promotions section of our People Round-Up, Early April 2015 post.

People Round-Up, Early April 2015

An update was added to the promotions section of the original post on 4/10/15.

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Jeannie Mun joined Oyster as CFO.  She was previously CFO at the technology company MediaMath.  Additionally, Barry McCarthy joined as Advisor.  He was previously CFO at Netflix.

The Book Industry Study Group Executive Director Len Vlahos resigned, effective June 12th.  He and his wife Kristen Gilligan will join the Senior Management Team of the Tattered Cover bookstores, acquiring controlling interest of the business over the next two years from current Owner Joyce Meskis¸ who plans to retire when Vlahos and Gilligan take over.

Tom Reale is now COO at Brown Books Publishing Group. Most recently, he was VP, Special Projects at Academic Partnerships.

Alex Merrill joined Skyhorse Publishing in the newly created role of COO. Most recently, he was Group Publisher at Morris Media Network.

Jeanne-Marie Hudson is now VP, Director of Marketing at Berkley/NAL.  She was previously Senior Director, Marketing Communications and Audience Development at St. Martin’s Press.

Lynn Cully returned to Kensington as Director of Sales.  She previously held the positions of Sales Director and Publisher at the company from 1990-2000.

Luke Dempsey is now Executive Editor at HarperOne.  Previously, he was Nonfiction Editorial Director at Ballantine.

Yulia Borodyanskaya is now Rights Director, Subsidiary and Foreign at Abrams Books. Previously, she was Director, International Rights at McGraw-Hill Education.

Susan Reich retired from her position as President at Publishers Group West on March 31st.  She can be reached at [email protected].

At literary agencies, Eric Myers joined Dystel & Goderich Literary Management as Agent.  Previously, he was Agent at Spieler Agency.  He will be bringing his client list with him. . . Maria Ribas joined Stonesong as Agent for Nonfiction.  She was previously Agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. Leila Campoli also joined Stonesong as an Agent, specializing in nonfiction.  She was previously Editor at Palgrave Macmillan. . . Alli Brydon joined Bright Group Inc. as Managing Agent.  Previously, she was Senior Editor at Sterling Children’s Books. . . Stephanie Abou joined Lippincott Massie McQuilkin as Agent.  She was formerly at Foundry.

Christine Foltzer joined Tor.com as Associate Art Director.  Previously, she was Assistant Art Director at Hachette.

In children’s publishing, Jennifer Besel joined Black Rabbit Books as Associate Publisher.  She was previously Senior Editor at Capstone. . . Alix Reid is now Executive Editor at Carolrhoda Books and Carolrhoda Lab, overseeing a list of titles acquired from Egmont USA.  Reid was Interim Editor-at-Large at Lerner. . .Kristin Carder joined Klutz as Editor.  She was Designer and Illustrator at Braid CreativeVicky Eva has also joined Klutz as Senior Sourcing Specialist.  Formerly, Eva was Senior Vendor Account Manager at One Kings Lane.

Nadea Mina joined Open Road Integrated Media as Senior Publicist.  She was formerly Senior Publicist at St. Martin’s Press.

Faith Black Ross joined Severn House as Acquiring Editor.  She was formerly an Editor at Berkley.

Kyle Duncan is now VP, Publisher of Books and Media at David C Cook.  Most recently, he was Principal of the publishing consulting firm Scriptorium.

Emily Williams is now Manager, Publisher Relations at educational non-profit Expeditionary Learning.  She was previously Manager, Digital Content at Nook.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/30-4/3

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

We Need Diverse Books released its annual report.

A new Nielsen survey about consumers’ buying habits found that ebook sales increased slightly in 2014, but sales through online retailers and bookstore chains decreased.

Is the Clean Reader application a form of censorship?

Why is crowdfunding gaining popularity and what are the different platforms using it?

Publishing Perspectives and Publishing Technology released a white paper about how Millennials consume content.

International Bestsellers, March 2015

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Austria and Israel. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original. Where applicable, the US publisher is listed after the local publisher, separated by a “/”. The lists are taken from major newspapers or national retailers, which are noted at the bottom of each list.

BestsellerMar2015.France

 

 

BestsellerMar2015Germany2

 

 

BestsellerMar2015 Italy

 

BestsellerMar2015.Spain

 

 

BestsellerAustriaMar20152

BestsellerMar2015Israel