When on-demand systems for bookselling, such as patron-driven acquisitions, are set up, they create an unexpected problem: How do you know the book will still be available when you finally get around to ordering it? The bookstore of last resort is a preservation-based commercial venture to ensure that books are always available.
Being an early adopter of an Espresso Book Machine has its price and rewards.
Business models for publishers fall into four broad categories, defined by how revenue is generated. Some classes of content lend themselves to one model over another.
New publishers today are all Born Digital in their outlook, eschewing print strategies as expensive and difficult to break into.
The self-publishing adventure that began here two years ago winds down. What worked? What didn’t?
As bookstores and books in general meet the fate of physical media everywhere, maybe we should celebrate.
Using POD (print on demand) as a means to support open access is not a viable business model.
Another German publisher tries to profit off printed Wikipedia entries, this time by flooding Amazon with POD compilations.
O’Reilly launches the “live book,” a way to extend the useful life of a book by turning hardware into software.
How custom is custom publishing? Will custom publishing ever move fully into the user’s hands?
Two fiction publishers decide to delay release of their e-books, further marginalizing their books. Meanwhile, an STM book publisher gets it right.
A writer for “Fast Company” accidentally reveals that there may be no respite for publishers as pure digital invaders come to plunder them.
Books made the traditional way accounted for less than 50% of US book production in 2008. Has the sea change come?
While university presses shrink and go digital, are they trying to preserve a structural memory in the face of a modern reality?
Image via CrunchBase Part of the reason I wanted to self-publish my first mystery novel was to learn what modern self-publishing could accomplish on a shoestring budget. And I was particularly interested in Amazon‘s role in the world of booksellers. […]