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Study: Book Publishers' 'Optimism Waning' As Digital Transition Continues
Depressing new research by Forrester indicates that book publishers are becoming increasingly disheartened about the state of the industry: Only 28 percent of publishing executives think their company will be better off because of the transition to ...

Children's Book Publishing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now ...
Children's Book Publishing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now ...

50 New Publishers Adopt MetaMetrics' Lexile Measure in 2011
"Find a Book" includes more than 125000 fiction and nonfiction titles from more than 200 publishers. The Lexile Framework is a unique tool for accurately matching readers with text. Unlike other measurement systems, the Lexile Framework evaluates ...

Amazon Boosts E-Book Design, Expands Content for Devices
Amazon unveiled new publishing tools for developers, as the capabilities of the Kindle Fire and other tablets inspire publishers to bring e-books to a whole new level. The online retail giant released a new suite of tools called KF8 that will allow ...

German state says publication of 'Mein Kampf' excerpts might violate its ...
German state says publication of 'Mein Kampf' excerpts might violate its ...

Everything you need to know about e-textbooks before Apple gets involved
Nature Publishing - In 2011, 135-year old Nature Publishing wrote its first textbook, the "born digital" text called Principles of Biology. At just $45 dollars, Nature completely rebuilt the business of publishing textbooks to cater to the e-book ...

Amazon Touts Lending Library Growth, Claims It Boosts Sales
KDP Select is a bonus program that pays authors an additional percentage of a special bonus fund depending on how often their book was checked out per month. Book publishers, unsurprisingly, are less than thrilled at Amazon's recent activities. ...

Star-News editor signs deal to write book about Clark Rockefeller
Star Creek Entertainment announced Tuesday it has signed Pasadena Star-News editor, columnist and investigative reporter Frank C. Girardot to a book publishing deal. Girardot is penning his first real-life whodunit, "Name Dropper: Investigating the ...

Uproar over first German post-war reprint of 'Mein Kampf'
"Holocaust survivors are appalled at the insensitivity and crass commercialism that would motivate the publication of Hitler's hate-filled book in the historic cradle of the Nazi terror regime," said Elan Steinberg of the American Gathering of ...

USC begins partnership with Kaya Press publishers
Chris Roman | Daily Trojan Kaya Press, which only prints books from Asian and Pacific Island diasporas, plans to give USC students a hands-on experience in book publishing. Sunyoung Lee, the company's editor and publisher, said one of the reasons Kaya ...

E-textbook publishers still on learning curve
And publishers and book resellers are spending millions wooing students to their online stores and e-reader platforms as mobile technology improves the readability of the material on devices such as tablet computers. Silicon Valley start-ups, ...

Apple Said to Plan Digital-Textbook Push to Bolster IPad Use in Schools
Scientists, historians and other authors could publish professional-looking content without a deal with a publisher. Apple is likely to promote a modified version of the ePub standard, the format used by many e-book publishers, said the people familiar ...

Why Amazon's Plagiarism Problem Is More Than A Public Relations Issue
“We've found that the folks spreading PLR are also more likely to be plagiarists of real book content” as well, says Mark Coker, the CEO of e-book publishing platform Smashwords (a competitor of Amazon's self-publishing platform). ...

Second Lady Jill Biden to Release Children's Book DON'T FORGET, NANA, GOD ...
Second Lady Jill Biden to Release Children's Book DON'T FORGET, NANA, GOD ...

Penguin's DK: Goodbye Books, Hello 'Flat' Content. Make Once, Use Anywhere
E-books, he said, are taking on more and more functionality, and they, rather than apps, have become the go-to place for paying customers looking for publishers' works. “It's not as sophisticated as an app to publish something in, for example, ...

Publishing Stocks: Will Apple Lead the Textbook Digital Revolution?
To follow the trend of the textbook industry we identified the six largest book publishers trading on the US stock exchange. How do you think Apple's plan will affect their futures? Interactive Chart: Use the Compar-O-Matic to compare analyst ratings ...

Second Lady Jill Biden to Release Children's Book DON'T FORGET, NANA, GOD ...
Second Lady Jill Biden to Release Children's Book DON'T FORGET, NANA, GOD ...

Rumor Roundup: What to Expect from Apple's Education Event
Apple currently has a process to facilitate self-publishing of books for inclusion in its “iBookstore” but it entails meeting a list of requirements such as having an ISBN (International Standard Book Number – basically a globally-recognized serial ...

When a Web Community Becomes a Book Publisher
This is the new publishing economy in action: fast and flexible and revolving around products whose logic is responsive, rather than predictive. As an industry, publishing has traditionally relied on a book-then-audience framework, ...

Apple's Rumored Plan To Get Publishers and Students To Use Digital Textbooks
Supposedly, the new software will allow individual authors to publish educational content as an iPad-friendly e-book, and Apple will work with publishers to digitize print textbooks. Multiple publishers already produce interactive digital content, ...

You'll soon be able to print a book on the fly at Powell's
Portland's biggest bookstore will soon be launching on-demand book publishing where folks can go online, select a book they're interested in and then have it printed right then and there in just minutes. Powell's Books announced Wednesday they will be ...

Apple Hopes To Deliver Crippling Blow To Kindle Fire At Tomorrow's Event
But the future of books — self-published authors selling electronic books to be read on digital devices. Well, that's an Apple business. In other words, Apple won't compete with Amazon for the present of book publishing, but for the future. ...

Wishing on an ePub: Five hopes for Apple's rumored e-publishing software
And what if I want to tweak the book's CSS? Sigil saves the day again. While technically capable, Sigil lacks a lot of the finesse publishers need to create captivating books. Its WYSIWYG “Book View” is buggy, and adding images or styling can be much ...

Publishing houses like Penguin, HarperCollins' plan to release a slew of e-books
Not just Penguin, other Indian book publishers are taking the risk to launch e-books to try out the potential of this virgin market at a local level. Top publishing houses like Harper Collins and Amar Chitra Katha are all expected to release their ...

The future of book publishing | Editorial
Compact, light, it carries around dozens of books within the space necessary for a small notepad.But, more importantly, it has changed the way people look at book publishing. Many authors who once spent years trying to convince a literary agent to ...

Jewish groups split over reprinting of 'Mein Kampf' excerpts in Germany
While some historians expressed few qualms with the announcement that parts of the book would be reprinted in Germany, a group representing Holocaust survivors and their families is questioning the value of publishing the excerpts. ...

First Comprehensive e-Book Publishing and Conversion Tool Hits the Web
Folium Partners, Inc. announces the "live beta" launch of an innovative breakthrough in e-book self-publishing tools that instantly converts word processing manuscripts into nicely designed digital book layouts in formats required for electronic books ...

Apple Isn't The Only Disruptor: How Amazon Is Killing Publishers
We can't pay $1 million for books anymore. Amazon could probably afford to lose $20 million/year in their publishing arm just to put the other publishers out of business. I think that's what they're trying to do–throw money around in an industry that ...

Apple debuts e-book publishing
By John D. Sutter, CNN Apple's e-book and textbook announcement took place at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. (CNN) -- Apple on Thursday announced a new platform for creating and reading digital textbooks. A free app called iBooks Author lets anyone ...

What's behind the grumbling at Rodale?
In an era where family control of once-lucrative publishing empires has come under pressure, Rodale has managed to remain the largest independent book publisher in the country. It also produces some of the best-known health and wellness titles on ...

Lulu.com Helps Apple Authors Extend Their Reach; Sell Even More Books - Free
They offer their service for free and authors keep up to 90 percent of the profits when their works sell. Lulu provides anyone with the ability to publish books, eBooks, mini-books, photo books, calendars, cookbooks, and travel books. ...

Romance Titles Get a New Imprint, E-Books Only
In a move to cater to that quickly growing group of voracious readers, Grand Central Publishing said on Thursday it would create an imprint for romance titles that would publish only e-books, not print. Called Forever Yours, the imprint will release ...

Really Strategies to Unveil DocZone Book Publisher™ at Digital Book World ...
Really Strategies to Unveil DocZone Book Publisher™ at Digital Book World ...

Jewish groups split over reprinting of 'Mein Kampf' excerpts in Germany
While some historians expressed few qualms with the announcement that parts of the book would be reprinted in Germany, a group representing Holocaust survivors and their families is questioning the value of publishing the excerpts. ...

Apple Goes By The Book, Will Work With Big Textbook Publishers
Books from the three publishers will begin appearing in a new version of Apple's iBooks software for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch available Thursday. Apple's move into the textbook is reminiscent of its move into music sales, with the launch of ...

First Do No Harm: Publishing and Antitrust Policy in the Digital Age
Full Disclosure: I have published books with several publishing houses and worked as a paid consultant to several book and magazine companies. This article was originally published as part of the Restoring Capitalism series of the New Deal 2.0 blog, ...

Why Education Publishing Is Big Business
The biggest publishers in the world today are education publishers. It's not even close. In 2009, Pearson's Education division alone brought in more revenue than any other book publisher besides number two, Reed Elsevier, whose biggest businesses are ...

Blowing Up the Book
Others note that publishers have tried this before, and failed miserably. Remember the CD-ROM? "The consumer is not asking for this," said Jane Friedman, CEO of Open Road Media, an e-book publisher that is experimenting with enhanced titles. ...

Why iBooks Author is a big deal for publishers
What's the barrier to having more stuff like The Elements, rather than plain-text books that might as well be on a Kindle? Development costs. If the desktop-publishing revolution had required every newspaper, magazine, and book publisher to write their ...

Kickstart Leebre to Get the Social Book Publishing Movement Going
Writers can put their bios and book previews up online, place “donation” buttons on their works so readers can show their appreciation or even contribute to charities. For now, the Beta site is focused on publishing fiction, but there's no reason why ...

Savage sees start of new publishing wave
by Nathan Warner Savage launched Staccato Publishing in March of 2011, reaching out to authors worldwide that share her vision of what independent, local, grassroots book publishing looks like. “We're writers that don't need to sell a million copies of ...

St. Mary's County Library adjusts to digital demand
While library systems are trying to navigate the growing digital world and balance this new demand, the publishing world is white-knuckled over potential problems digital books could raise. What is the role of book publishers if books are available ...

Children's Book about Tuskegee Airmen Delights 'Red Tails' Movie Fans
Released by Guardian Angel Publishing, the book is an educational resource for parents, teachers, and history enthusiasts who wish to share the inspirational story of America's first African American pilots in World War II with young readers. ...

ComiXology Names Ron Perazza as VP - General Manager of Publisher and Creator ...
ComiXology Names Ron Perazza as VP - General Manager of Publisher and Creator ...

Publisher Patrick Crean leaves Thomas Allen
“It has become so difficult to publish in English Canada that it does seem like a good time to take a pause and re-examine the fundamentals of book publishing, and then get back into it,” Crean told book-trade magazine Quill and Quire. ...

Ammo Books: Publishing in Small, Medium, and Large
By Wendy Werris For an indie publisher to launch its first line with a $300 art book takes guts and vision, but that's what Ammo Books' founders Paul Norton and Steve Crist did in 2006 when they published 3000 copies of Gonzo by Hunter S. Thompson and ...

Apple's iBooks Author Designed to Streamline E-Book Publishing
(EndPlay Staff Reports) - Budding authors, designers and publishers: Apple has launched a new app just for you. iBooks Author, a free, downloadable Mac OS X application, enables users to create e-books using a simple drag-and-drop mechanism, ...

Amended class-action complaint alleges Apple, publishers engaged in 'price ...
Amended class-action complaint alleges Apple, publishers engaged in 'price ...

What Apple Is Wading Into: A Snapshot Of The K-12 Textbook Business
(The rest of that core market is made up of books from niche publishers on subjects like foreign languages, art and music, and books for technical and vocational schools.) With the whole market estimated at $8 billion, though, there is still about $5 ...

Best-sellers lists: How they work and who they (mostly) work for
"It can influence them to try one book over another." As mighty as the national lists can be, the regional lists created by independent booksellers are closely monitored by the publishing industry. They're where many eventual national best- sellers ...


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