“The ebook is a stupid product. Our business consists of saying no to three thousand manuscripts and saying yes to one.” – Hachette CEO

Arnaud Nourry has been CEO of Hachette Livre since 2003, so has overseen Hachette’s response to the digital revolution and to the rise of Amazon’s dominance of the Anglophone print and digital markets. For Nourry, that dominance is less a problem than to some publishing houses, as France-based Hachette derives fully 33% of its business Read More …

KDP Print now offers author copies. Expanded distribution coming. How long left for CreateSpace?

This week Amazon has told indie authors they can buy “author copies” of POD paperbacks from KDP Print, a feature previously only available through CreateSpace. Amazon further states expanded distribution, also available only through CreateSpace, will soon be a KDP Print feature. At which point, we have to ask, why will Amazon need to keep Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second January 2018 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Booksellers Association and the Society of Authors advise indie authors on how to get into bookstores

In what must be the definitive acknowledgement that self-publishing is mainstream in the UK, Britain’s Booksellers Association has teamed up with the Society of Authors to produce a guide for indie authors showing them how to get books into bricks & mortar bookstore. Placement in bookstores is, for most indie authors, a challenge too far, Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – first January 2018 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Amazon shutters LoveFilm, Amazon Wine, Heera and Anime Strike. Kicks ebooks out of AbeBooks. Will AbeBooks be next to go?

Amazon this week announced its anime service Anime Strike, acquired just a year ago, is being shuttered as an independent entity and rolled into Prime. Great news for those already subscribed to Prime, who will now get the service for free. Not so good for those who were subscribing to the Anime service but not Read More …

Retail apocalypse or retail evolution? Publishers need to help Barnes & Noble evolve – or join it in extinction

As the USA’s Book World chain shutters its 45 bookstores the media is having the usual Retail Apocalypse party that accompanies every such incident. “Bookstore Chains, Long in Decline, Are Undergoing a Final Shakeout,” ran the New York Times headline, anxious to draw in the retail apocalypse rubberneckers. But even here, tucked away in the Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – first December 2017 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Print sales down 43%. Ebooks sale up 60%. Will the 2017 Christmas Book Flood be good news for Iceland’s publishers?

Come Christmas, and thoughts turn to northern climes. And in Iceland, thoughts turn to books, and the Jólabókaflóð, which monoglots like me will be pleased to know translates to the more  pronounceable Christmas Book Flood. The Christmas Book Flood began in 1944. Iceland had just gained independence from Denmark, and as paper was not rationed Read More …

Waterstones to open five new bookstores in time for Christmas. Barnes & Noble, please take notes

As Barnes & Noble continues to struggle, management will be looking on enviously as its British counterpart, Waterstones, defies the odds to rebuild a national bookstore chain that not long ago seemed a hopeless cause. As reported here last month, Waterstones is being lined up for re-sale. Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years Read More …

Argentina’s publishers prepare for Amazon’s arrival

Time was, when Amazon targetted a new country to launch in, it used the Kindle store as a spearhead – Mexico, Brazil and Australia being recent examples. Nowadays AWS is more likely to be the first sign of interest, and it’s always possible a non-books move might be on the cards next, as we saw Read More …

Half of Belgium gets fixed-price book law

From January 1st 2018 a new fixed-price law comes into effect in the French-speaking part of Belgium, putting the region on par with France, Germany and the Netherlands in limiting the discounting options of retailers. The “other half” of Belgium is likely to follow suit in 2018. The restriction applies equally to print and ebooks Read More …

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Analogue Publishing

The Harry Potter books have been translated into 68 languages and have sold 400 million.  Or so says Pakistan Today, reporting on the new Harry Potter exhibition in London. That number is echoed by Rowling’s publisher Scholastic, although Britain’s The Guardian earlier this year was asserting the eightieth Potter translation was under way and sales Read More …

CreateSpace e-store closing. CreateSpace unaffected. For now.

A few rumours have been circulating that Amazon has finally shuttered its CreateSpace POD operation. That’s not the case. It’s the CreateSpace e-store that is being closed. Given Amazon has for some while now been ushering its indie author CreateSpace clients into KDP Print, offering the convenience of having both POD and ebooks in the Read More …

Print sales up. A swing from mass merchandiser to retail and club

While some industry commentators believe print is dead the print sales numbers continue to suggest otherwise, and publishers continue to defy the odds and report profits. Just this week Simon & Schuster UK inconsiderately announced it was “really strong financially”  and Walkers also reported soaring sales. Publishers Weekly this week reported print sales for the US for Read More …