PRH’s Markus Dohle says audiobooks are the future, not the ebook, as Storytel Arabia ramps up production. But is Dohle missing the bigger picture?

“Audiobooks are the future, not ebooks,” said Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle last week at Spain’s Forum Edita at the Barcelona School of Management of the Pompeu Fabra University. Talking about book publishing in general, Dohle said, The sector is experiencing the best moment of the last fifty years … and maybe of the last five Read More …

Poland’s printing industry prospering as Poles read more books. Digital printing helps ease cashflow problems. Ebooks slowly rising despite Amazon’s indifference

The printing industry in Poland is prospering. The problem does not lie in low reading rates but in payment deadlines and the financial condition of publishers. So runs a headline in Poland’s Investor this week in a post that conveniently leaves ebooks out of the equation as it addresses the fate of Poland’s book printers. Nearly Read More …

GDPR. The Facebook scandal. Amid mounting privacy concerns, Data Guy continues to sell author’s private sales data to Big Pub. But is it even accurate?

It’s now several months since the January 2018 Author Earnings Report arrived. You can still find some of it on the Author Earnings site. But only some of it. Because within hours of the report going live Data Guy was redacting information, and soon after removing entire sections of the report as anger rose in Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 7 May 2018

It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of the best publishing stories from the past 48 hours or so. Apologies if some are behind Read More …

9 out of 10 Norwegians read books. 3 out of 4 buy from physical book stores. 7 out of 10 ebooks read in Norway are English language

Norwegians are buying more books than two years ago, according to a new survey released this week by the country’s Publishers’ Association and Bookstores Association. Some 74% of the respondents buy from bricks and mortar stores, up 3% on the 2015 figures. But 44% have bought online, up 5%. Audiobooks are of course up too, Read More …

ADIBF PAY app sets the scene for a digital books explosion in the Arab markets

Digital debates are nothing new at the Arab book fairs, but 2018 may prove the tipping point in which digital books start to become mainstream in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and other parts of the world hitherto considered indifferent to ebooks. The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which starts today in the Read More …

Romania on-line book market to grow 15%-20% in 2018

With Romania’s overall book market valued at around EUR 100 million ($124 million), on-line book buying is expected to grow as much as 20% this year, with books the third most popular online purchase. In an interview with Business Review, Laura Teposu, director of business development at Libros.ro, one of Romania’s leading online booksellers, estimated Read More …

“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 …