British publishing needs more working class stories, more diversity and more colouring books. Apparently.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, blogs this week on the British Christmas trade. I stress British, because despite the many similarities between the US and UK book trades there are also significant differences. While romance dominates the US bestseller lists, mystery and thriller is the top genre in the UK. While Barnes & Noble Read More …

Never mind the US elections. Anobii hacked by the Russians

This might be a job for Robert Mueller. Or maybe not. Anobii (aka aNobii) has had an eventful history, from innovative start-up in 2006, just pre-dating Goodreads, to victim of Russian hackers in 2017. But who knew it even still existed? While Goodreads became popular enough to be bought by Amazon, aNobii (which I’ll hereon Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed (first November 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 twice-monthly 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 …

Out of Africa comes great fantasy, but a dark undercurrent of racism responds

With the current vogue for diversity in publishing comes, inevitably, cries of foul as author achievements are dismissed as concessions to ethnic origins and diversity quotas. One would think that award-winning Nigerian-American fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor (World Fantasy Award, Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa, Children’s Africana Book Award, Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa) had established Read More …

Trad published author caught in KU scam. Amazon pulls her book and leaves fakes up

It seems rarely a month passes without David Gaughran exposing how scammers are milking Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, at the expense mainly of indie authors. Here, for example. Or here. And as often as not it’s indie authors who are getting penalised But it’s not just indie authors getting scammed. Or penalised for something they haven’t 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 …

Publishing Brief – 3 October 2017

There’s so much happening in publishing right now it’s impossible to keep on top of it all, but some stories are too good to pass by without at least a quick mention here at The New Publishing Standard. Here’s three of the best from my last browsing session.   “Can anyone teach me how to make Read More …

Publishing Brief – 28 September 2017

There’s so much happening in publishing right now it’s impossible to keep on top of it all, but some stories are too good to pass by without at least a quick mention here at The New Publishing Standard. Here’s three of the best from my last browsing session.   Hey, Amazon. Where’s the new Kindle? Read More …

Digital Change – Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

“Digitalization will fundamentally change society and economy as we know it,” says Alexander Markowetz in a post on Buch.de titled Digital Change. “In order to survive this change and to thrive in a fair and competitive market without depending on single big companies, retailers and publishers as well as other companies not only have to Read More …

“Why Do Girls Have Breasts?” Redux

  The Bookseller Children’s Conference is underway in London today and the CEO of Hachette Children’s Group, Murray Hill, has called on publishers to “act as agents of social change more than ever before.” It’s an interesting debate with an interesting argument to juggle. Murray talks about “overuse of social media and time online” and Read More …