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Publishers Launchpad at DBW

Over the three days of Digital Book World this week, 12 startup companies were given a chance to strut their stuff in a series of sessions called Publishers Launchpad, which had new companies pitch their business ventures in short presentations back-to-back.  The first session was part of Monday’s Publishers Launch Children’s Publishing Goes Digital conference,…Continue Reading

Pepsi? Coke? Who wins the taste test in this month’s ereader review roundup?

With the announcement of the new Nook Tablet, all the key ereader players appear to have entered the ring in time for the holiday season. And while it remains to be seen what effect Rakuten’s acquisition of Kobo will have on the device in the long run, quality-wise, all the ereaders appear to be in…Continue Reading

Rudolf? Blitzen? Who will go down in history in the holiday e-reader market?

Lest you think that last month’s announcement of Amazon’s new heavy-hitting team of Kindles means it has a monopoly on the market, Kobo has come out swinging with the news of its Vox tablet. Playing up the more social aspects of the ereader, Vox offers social media features that make sharing while reading all the…Continue Reading

People Roundup, October 2011

PEOPLE Rodale’s Publisher, Karen Rinaldi has left the company following a reorganization.  She may be reached at [email protected] David Zinczenko and Steve Perrine will take over the book group.  Top executives Ken Citron and Gregg Michaelson, along with Senior Director Operations Bill Siebert, will also leave the company. Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) has hired Michael…Continue Reading

The Agent-Publisher Business Model: New Approaches to ePublishing Solutions

Lately, it seems as if you can’t read a daily or a blog without some commentary or announcement about literary agents who are now offering epublishing services (including the recently announced Trident E-Book Operations). Many agencies are creating publishing arms, and the concept has long been an issue, ever since Richard Curtis was drummed out…Continue Reading

The Sleeping Giant Wakes—what does this mean for the war of the ereaders?

It was the press conference heard round the tech/publishing world last Wednesday when Jeff Bezos announced the Kindle Touch, a dedicated touch screen ereader, and Kindle Fire, the long awaited Amazon tablet. These new products, combined with surprisingly low price points, are enough to be a real game changer, causing Barnes & Noble’s stock to…Continue Reading

People Roundup, September 2011

PEOPLE Judy Hottensen is resigning as Publisher of Weinstein Books to return to Grove/Atlantic, where she worked from 1992 to 2005.  She will become Associate Publisher, taking over duties from Eric Price (whose departure was announced last month in PT). Elisabeth Schmitz has been promoted to VP, Editorial Director and Deb Seager has been promoted…Continue Reading

Flash-Sale Models and Publishers’ Place in the Changing Landscape of Online Retail

[This is an excerpt of an article, Not So Fast: Flash-Sale Models and Publishers’ Place in the Changing Landscape of Online Retail, which was published in the September issue of Publishing Trends. To receive our newsletter in full, find out how to purchase a subscription here.] Since Publishing Trends last covered them in December 2010, flash-sales have…Continue Reading

Muhammad Ali? George Foreman? Who are this month’s heavyweights in the e-reader market?

This past month in the e-reader market, Amazon has already set itself ahead of the pack with the launch of its HTML5 cloud-based e-reader system in response to Apple’s new in-app subscription rules. While the Kindle Cloud Reader definitely wags its finger at Apple, asserting Amazon’s refusal to give Apple 30% of its revenue, many…Continue Reading

People Roundup, August 2011

PEOPLE Carrie Kania, Publisher of Harper Perennial, Harper Paperbacks, and It Books, will be leaving HarperCollins at the end of August to become an agent in London with Conville & Walsh. (See Promotions and Internal Changes.) Meanwhile, Leah Wasielewski announced that Katie O’Callaghan has joined the Harper imprint as Associate Director, Marketing. She was at…Continue Reading