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The Ubiquitous Bookstore

There is much discussion now about creating new online bookstores, especially for academic publishers. Some of these discussions, however, are not aligned with overarching trends on the Internet and risk creating something that appears to be out of date the moment it is launched. Continue reading

How to Shoot the Moon with D2C Sales

In order to build direct-to-consumer sales, university presses should consider streamlining their publishing programs and focus on a small number of subject areas, even just a single area. Continue reading

Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct?

University presses cite a number of reasons to sell books directly to end-users. The principal reason is to establish a relationship with the customer. But once that relationship has been initiated, what business purpose does it serve? Continue reading

Data Detectives: Investigating What is, and What is Not, Measured

Businesses are using more data than ever to inform decision making. While the truly large Big Data may be limited to the likes of Google, Amazon, and Facebook, publishers are nonetheless managing more data than ever before. While the technical challenges may be less daunting with smaller data sets, there remain challenges in interpreting data and in using it to make informed decisions. Perhaps the most daunting challenge is in understanding the limitations of the dataset: What is being measured and, just as importantly, what is not being measured? What inferences and conclusions can be drawn and what is mere conjecture? Where are the bricks and mortar solid and where does the foundation give way beneath our feet? Continue reading

Tell Us About the Old Days Grandpa: Video Rental Stores

A nostalgic look back in the wake of the shutdown of Blockbuster Video. Continue reading

Why the Apple Ebook Ruling is a Loss for Publishers, Authors, and Readers

Yesterday federal judge Denise L. Cote, of United States District Court in Manhattan, ruled against Apple in the United States vs. Apple Inc., et. al. ebook case. Anyone who thinks this isn’t a terrible outcome for publishers, authors, and readers, isn’t paying attention. Continue reading

What Scholarly Publishers Can Learn from Bookish

Bookish is a new online bookstore and discovery service. It is a joint venture of three publishers and presents a useful model for what scholarly publishers could do in building their own online bookstore.
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A New Publishing Ecosystem Emerges

A new publishing ecosystem is emerging that includes among its participants O’Reilly Media, Pearson, Safari Books, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, and Liberty Media. This new ecosystem may come to challenge the proprietary ebook networks of Amazon and Apple. Continue reading

The Outside Context Effect and Book Publishing Dominance

Is the Internet simply an irresistible “outside context” event for traditional book publishers? Two interesting articles make it clear that it may be, if wielded aggressively. The “outside context problem” was described in Iain M. Bank’s book “Excession,” in which a perfect black orb (the Excession) appears suddenly. It is judged to be older than … Continue reading

Predicting the Present

The text of a presentation delivered at the recent NFAIS national conference, covering various scenarios for the future of publishing. The argument is that these future scenarios are already evident in the world of the present day, though in embryonic form, and that by studying the “embryos,” we can make reasonable predictions as to where things are headed. Continue reading

The Bookstore in the Library

PDA programs set up a kind of bookstore within library OPACs. It is possible to expand the range of these programs to enable the purchase of books by individuals on their own account–a new service for patrons and an income stream for libraries and publishers alike. Continue reading

A Newfangled Online Bookstore

There are compelling reasons to create an online bookstore specializing in academic titles. Such a bookstore could be linked to physical community spaces and may even have a life as a component of library catalogs. Continue reading

How Barnes & Noble Can Take a Bite Out of Amazon

Barnes & Noble can compete more effectively with Amazon by moving to a strategy of making its infrastructure available to numerous companies, many of which formerly saw B&N as a rival. Continue reading

What We Should Learn from the Collapse of Borders

The collapse of Borders should be a wake-up call to publishers that assume that the core infrastructure of their legacy businesses will always be there to provide essential services. Continue reading

The Google Books Settlement: Where Things Stand, and Some Suggestions for What’s Next

The Google Books Settlement actually hit its second roadblock this week. Here’s why, and where matter might go from here. Continue reading

It’s the End of the Book As We Know It — and I Feel Fine

As bookstores and books in general meet the fate of physical media everywhere, maybe we should celebrate. Continue reading

E-book Sales Beat Hardcover Sales at Amazon: Tipping Point or Fluke?

Amazon’s Kindle and e-book sales take off, and the overall trend is for a huge shake-up in the retail book space. Continue reading

Apple’s iPhone 4 and iOS4: What Do They Mean for Publishers?

Apple announces a new model iPhone and an updated operating system for all iPhones/iPads/iPod Touch devices. What impact will these new technologies have on publishers? Continue reading

Trade Publishing and Ebooks: W(h)ither the Supply Chain?

The supply chain around trade publishing is “broken,” according to publishers. But are they what has broken? Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen to Launch New Electronic Tablet: The briSKet

I am pleased to announce that the Scholarly Kitchen will soon be offering our very own electronic tablet. The briSKet, or binary roaming integrated Scholarly Kitchen electronic tablet, is a purpose-built device, designed to support all of the scholarly publishing needs of our readers. The Scholarly Kitchen’s business development team has spent the better part of the last year designing the device and its array of scholarly functions and applications. Continue reading

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