Publishers Are Optimistic About Digital Transition, Say E-Readers Will Soon Be Irrelevant
This is based on the James McQuivey presentation of Wednesday January 16 at Digital Book World in New York.
Most publishers are optimistic about the book industry’s transition to digital, according to a new survey from Digital Book World and Forrester.
Some 85% of publishers representing three-quarters of U.S. trade publishing revenues said they were optimistic about the digital transition. This is up just a few percentage points from a year ago — though the comparison isn’t exactly fair because of different sample sizes.
Publishing Senior Executives Come to Grips With Post-Bookstore World
January 16, 2013 9:05p
With the closure of Borders, shrinking library budgets and the pressure independent bookstores and Barnes & Noble are under due to the rise of ebooks and online book sales, bookstore and library shelf space has been shrinking markedly in the U.S. for several years. With less shelf space comes fewer opportunities for publishers to display their wares to consumers — and publishers are starting to come to grips with that future.
Three Obstacles to Global Ebook Sales
January 16, 2013 8:58p
(This story doesn't say so, but it's from a session at DBW 2013 called Clearing the Path: Eliminating Obstacles to Global Ebook Sales, held on Wednesday afternoon, January 16.)
Pricing, the intersection of rights and metadata, and publicity are the three primary obstacles to global sales, according to Kobo’s director of content management Ashleigh Gardner and her colleague Nathan Maharaj, the company’s director of merchandising.
January 16, 2013 8:57p