The New Publishing Standard is an e-magazine that helps readers remain informed on all the latest book publishing news and events from around the world.
Its aim is to provide an unbiased, detailed account of the industry’s newest developments and trends in a way that both insiders and outsiders can understand. From the emerging markets of sub-Saharan Africa to the mighty powerhouses of America, stay up to date on the biggest announcements and predictions for international book publishing.
Launched in September 2017, the magazine is edited by Mark Williams, and published by Antonio Tombolini. Here are their thoughts and reasons for launching this new online resource for book publishing news:
Antonio Tombolini (founder of Antonio Tombolini Editore):
The publishing industry has been going through a revolution over the past decade, and it struggles to transform into an industry that is truly integrated with our global digital age.
It’s a change I’ve been working towards in many ways, and I feel we are still lacking an information source and a debate catalyst that understands this Publishing Renaissance. A medium that would consider publishing as it is today: worldwide, multifaceted and versatile.
This is why I’m proud to be the publisher of The New Publishing Standard, and am sure that with the savvy guide of its Editor in Chief Mark Williams it will soon become an integral part of your healthy information diet.”
Mark Williams (Editor-in-Chief):
As we launch The New Publishing Standard, just before the tenth anniversary of the Amazon US Kindle store, the publishing world has already evolved in ways few could have imagined back in the tail end of 2007, when ebooks were a geek novelty and self-publishing the equivalent of vanity publishing.
Fast forward ten years and in the US and UK ebooks are not only standard fare for readers but even outselling print in some key genres by unit sale numbers.
But of course the publishing world is not just the US and UK, and the evolution of publishing in other countries around the globe is not necessarily following the US / UK pattern. Other countries and regions are finding their own way, and this is at the heart of The New Publishing Standard‘s agenda: That we are living through what publisher Antonio Tombolini, above, called a Publishing Renaissance and what I, in my own ramblings in other venues, call the Global New Renaissance.
By choice I live and work in one of the poorest countries on the planet, yet even here, where most people have no electric or running water, the impact of digital on publishing and on the wider “infotainment” industry is being felt.
In stark contrast to 2007, when analogue publishing and analogue infotainment prevailed, today there are very few places in the world where publishers cannot reach consumers, engage with consumers, and yes, make money, if they are willing to go the extra mile.
Which means that, even as a question mark hangs over the future of the US and UK publishing industries, where Amazon plays a pivotal role in both digital and print sales, elsewhere it is a very different story.
Wherever we may be, publishing does not happen in isolation, either territorially (most of the so-called Big 5 are neither American nor British owned) or in terms of content creation, supply and delivery.
The New Publishing Standard‘s agenda is to look at the publishing industry globally and holistically and to fully explore the Global New Renaissance we are all witnesses to and participants in.
Antonio Tombolini, as well as publisher of Antonio Tombolini Editore, is CEO of StreetLib, the Italy-based digital content aggregator. While the tech team behind The New Publishing Standard is the same team that run StreetLib, The New Publishing Standard is entirely independent editorially.