by The Japan Times
The use of audiobooks is increasing steadily in Japan, providing a boon to the publishing industry, which is facing declining sales of ordinary books.
Audiobooks already account for 10 percent of book sales in the United States and Europe. In the U.S., audiobooks, which started as cassette tapes to listen to while driving, currently form a market worth ¥160 billion.
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by Publishers Weekly
The New York Times has eliminated a number of bestsellers lists, although the exact number could not be confirmed Thursday morning. Cutting the various lists is part of an overall plan by the paper to revamp its coverage of publishing.
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via BBC News
Apple and Amazon have ended a deal that tied them into an exclusive contract for the supply and sale of audio books.
The deal was signed before 2008 when Amazon bought audio book supplier Audible, which had the Apple iBooks contract.
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by Mark Coker
If you could see into the future, what would you do to change it?
Each year I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and attempt to divine how the boiling crosscurrents of technology, competitive intrigue, author aspirations, and reader tastes will shape the opportunities facing authors, publishers and retailers for the year ahead.
As I caution each year, the prediction game is fraught with folly. No one really knows what will happen tomorrow, though there are plenty of clues.
Book publishing is in the grip of multiple long-term macro trends. Like strong trade winds, these forces will fill the sails of those who can harness them while swamping those who don’t.
Continue reading 2017 Book Industry Predictions: Intrigue and Angst Amid Boundless Opportunity
by Dan DeBaun at bizjournals
Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) opened a new prototype concept store in the Edina Galleria Shopping Center [Minnesota] on Tuesday, featuring a bar and restaurant.
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From Techcrunch and Brian Heater:
“Barnes & Noble spent a number of years going toe to toe with Amazon in the e-reader market and actually produced some pretty nice devices in the process. The last few years, however, have been pretty meager for the bookseller as far as hardware goes, with most of its announcements revolving around reading tablets co-branded with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab stamp.
Continue reading Barnes & Noble is Back With a $50 Nook Tablet
It’s ready! My new book The Idea Factory: 1,000 Story Ideas and Writing Prompts to Find Your Next Bestseller is live.
It’s been an interesting work in progress. I wrote this book specifically with writers, authors, creative writing enthusiasts, teachers, and poets in mind.
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