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Comic Book Publishers, Faced With Flagging Sales, Look to Streaming -
July 22, 2018 | The New York Times | By Gregory Schmidt

Comic book publishers are facing a growing crisis: Flagging interest from readers and competition from digital entertainment are dragging down sales.

Hoping to reverse the trend, publishers are creating their own digital platforms to directly connect with readers and encourage more engagement from fans.

The goal is to reach readers who may not live near a comic book shop but want to keep up with the Avengers and the Justice League. Experts say the direct-to-consumer model also helps compete with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video.
publishing  comic_books  streaming  platforms  direct-to-consumer 
july 2018 by jerryking
With Sale, Essence Is Once Again a Fully Black-Owned Magazine
JAN. 3, 2018 | The New York Times | By SANDRA E. GARCIA.

Essence magazine is once again a fully black-owned publication.

The magazine, a mainstay of black culture for almost half a century, was bought by Richelieu Dennis, the founder of Sundial Brands, a large personal-care products company, from Time Inc.,
black-owned  magazines  digital_media  African-Americans  Essence  owners  publishing 
january 2018 by jerryking
The Not-So-Glossy Future of Magazines -
SEPT. 23, 2017 | The New York Times | By SYDNEY EMBER and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM.

Suddenly, it seemed, longstanding predictions about the collapse of magazines had come to pass.

Magazines have sputtered for years, their monopoly on readers and advertising erased by Facebook, Google and more nimble online competitors. But editors and executives said the abrupt churn in the senior leadership ranks signaled that the romance of the business was now yielding to financial realities.

As publishers grasp for new revenue streams, a ‘‘try-anything’’ approach has taken hold. Time Inc. has a new streaming TV show, “Paws & Claws,” that features viral videos of animals. Hearst started a magazine with the online rental service Airbnb. Increasingly, the longtime core of the business — the print product — is an afterthought, overshadowed by investments in live events, podcasts, video, and partnerships with outside brands.

The changes represent one of the most fundamental shifts in decades for a business that long relied on a simple formula: glossy volumes thick with high-priced ads.

“Sentimentality is probably the biggest enemy for the magazine business,” David Carey, the president of Hearst Magazines, said in an interview. “You have to embrace the future.”.......experiments are part of an industrywide race to find some way — any way — to make up for the hemorrhaging of revenue.

Hearst recently introduced The Pioneer Woman Magazine, a partnership with the Food Network host Ree Drummond that was initially sold only at Walmart. Its new travel publication, Airbnbmag, is geared toward customers of the do-it-yourself online rental site, with distribution at newsstands, airports and supermarkets. Meredith has started a magazine called The Magnolia Journal with the HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Even Condé Nast, the glitzy purveyor of luxury titles, has recognized the advantages of outside partnerships....debuting a quarterly print title for Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, with a cover featuring a topless Ms. Paltrow submerged in mud from France.
magazines  generational_change  brands  Vanity_Fair  print_journalism  churn  events  partnerships  sentimentality  digital_media  journalism  Hearst  Meredith  publishing  advertising  decline  experimentation  trends  Condé_Nast  resignations  exits  popular_culture 
september 2017 by jerryking
Digital endurance runner picks up pace with Penguin deal
July 15/16, 2017 | Financial Times | Guy Chazan

Bertelsmann's latest big investment, in Penguin Randon House (PRH), a traditional ink-on-paper publisher. .The German group, which already owns 53% of PRH, will pay $780m to buy an additional 22% from its partner, Pearson......The deal seems at odds with Bertelsmann's digital-first strategy. Rabe sees no contradiction....Bertelsmann must maintain a balance between high-growth investments and stable, cash-generative businesses like PRH....It margins are high,[and it] contributes to the cash flows Bertelsmann needs to invest in new businesses with higher growth potential than book publishing.....Mr. Rabe has responded by diversifying Bertelsmann out of Europe, investing in digital start-ups in China, India and Brazil and branching into online education in the US. The bright digital-first future is still far off. But Rabe , an endurance runner, relishes a long and winding road.
CEOs  digital_media  Bertelsmann  online_education  high-growth  Pearson  publishing  digital_first  cash-generative  cash_flows  privately_held_companies  Germany  German  cash_cows 
july 2017 by jerryking
Virtual beauty parade; Publishers
Technology has put the squeeze on publishers in online advertising

BREAKFAST CEREALS ARE usually harmless enough, but Kellogg's, which makes a lot of them, has become many publishers' worst nightma...
Kelloggs  publishing  Google  Facebook  behavioural_targeting  programmatic 
february 2017 by jerryking
Pillars of Black Media, Once Vibrant, Now Fighting for Survival - The New York Times
JULY 2, 2016 | NYT | By SYDNEY EMBER and NICHOLAS FANDOS.

As racial issues have once again become a prominent topic in the national conversation, the influence of black-owned media companies on black culture is diminishing.

“Ebony used to be the only thing black folks had and read,” Ms. Spann-Cooper said. “As we became more integrated into society, we had other options.”

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To that end, Time Inc. now owns the magazine Essence and Viacom owns Black Entertainment Television. The Oprah Winfrey Network, a partnership between Ms. Winfrey and Discovery Communications, has been around since 2011. The Undefeated, ESPN’s site covering the intersection of race and sports, debuted in May. The emergence of Black Twitter has also given African-Americans a powerful voice on social media.

Johnson Publishing stressed that the Clear View Group, the private equity firm that bought Jet and Ebony, was an African-American-led company and positioned the sale more as a partnership. “...Traditional media companies have struggled for years to adapt to a digital world, but the pressure on black-owned media has been even more acute. Many are smaller and lack the financial resources to compete in an increasingly consolidated media landscape. Advertisers have turned away from black-oriented media, owners say, under the belief that they can now reach minorities in other ways.

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See my Pinboard reference to [Carol Williams' concern] that agencies catering to multicultural audiences employ mass marketing strategies that look to target such consumers simply by casting minorities in ads, or making assumptions based on social media data.

“It becomes an issue of, ‘If they see themselves in a commercial, they’ll buy the product,’ rather than it being about the messaging and how that messaging is delivered to them,” she said.

Some companies are also using digital technology to “withdraw what they perceive as insights out of these communities,” she added, instead of “developing research techniques to really get to know this culture.”
African-Americans  owners  digital_media  mass_media  FCC  broadcasting  publishing  consolidation  television  culture  magazines  radio  black-owned  Carol_Williams  Essence  Ebony  print_journalism 
july 2016 by jerryking
An Old-Media Empire, Axel Springer Reboots for the Digital Age - The New York Times
DEC. 20, 2015 | NYT | By NICOLA CLARK.

When Axel Springer CEO, Mathias Döpfner, and a handful of his top managers first set their sights on the US three years ago, it was with notebooks in hand, rather than checkbooks.

A decade after taking the helm in 2002, Mr. Döpfner had already made significant strides in revamping Germany’s largest print publishing group for the digital age. ...Still, Mr. Döpfner, 52, worried that the company’s management culture was too hierarchical and risk-averse, leaving it vulnerable to challenges from nimbler American technology companies like Google and Facebook, as well as rising digital media brands like BuzzFeed and Vice....“It was very clear to me that we needed to accelerate our cultural transformation"...instead of enlisting an army of high-priced consultants, Mr. Döpfner opted for the corporate equivalent of electroshock therapy. In the summer of 2012, he sent three of Axel Springer’s most senior managers to California (Silicon Valley) for nine months. ...Digital activities now generate more than 60% of Axel Springer’s revenues and just over 70% of its operating profit. Mr. Döpfner’s boldest pursuit in the last year was one that ultimately failed. Over the summer, Axel Springer lost out in a bid to acquire The Financial Times, beaten in the final stages by a $1.3 billion offer from the Japanese publisher Nikkei.... the recent scramble among the world’s big media groups for new — and in many cases, unproven — digital companies has driven up valuations, and some analysts warn that Axel Springer’s investment-led strategy represents a potentially high-cost gamble....“Digital companies today are selling for huge multiples, but they also have a high failure rate. Many are literally fireflies.”...
digital_media  Axel_Springer  Silicon_Valley  publishing  newspapers  failure  sclerotic  Airbnb  experimentation  organizational_culture  Germany  German  digital_disruption 
december 2015 by jerryking
Axel Springer CEO Döpfner Keeps Digital Dreams in Check - WSJ
By WILLIAM BOSTON
Updated Feb. 10, 2014

Mr. Döpfner said content once again will be king. "That's why it is interesting now to invest in content businesses that are still undervalued." He described last year's purchase of the Washington Post by Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos as a watershed event that drew the battle lines between the traditional publishing industry and technology companies such as Amazon, Google Inc. and Apple Inc.

"The question is whether traditional content companies will win the game because they have learned how to use technology or whether the technology companies win because they learn how to create content," Mr. Döpfner said. "That is the great game today." [the great game]
Forbes  mergers_&_acquisitions  Germany  German  publishing  digital_media  Axel_Springer  CEOs  content  undervalued  WaPo  Jeff_Bezos  digital_disruption  seminal_moments  big_bets  content_creators  the_great_game  turning_points 
february 2015 by jerryking
Are book publishers blockbustering themselves into oblivion? - The Globe and Mail
RUSSELL SMITH
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Nov. 28 2014

Whatever they mean, they certainly cannot mean a shrinking talent pool.

So they must mean that they are not, in fact, interested in the real talent pool, or in a wide variety of literature. What they are looking for are bestsellers, which tend to be particularly narrow kinds of books. Most of the gargantuan advances that have made headlines in the U.S. recently are for science-fiction and fantasy books. Every publisher is looking for exactly the same book – basically, they are looking for The Hunger Games again and again. When they say “quality,” they mean “mass appeal.”...But in concentrating on bestsellers to the detriment of other literature, the publishers are simply following the model of all the entertainment industries. Providing an eclectic variety of entertainments to please a diverse audience, as the free Internet can do, just hasn’t been lucrative for the conglomerates that own film studios and recording labels. They are in constant search of blockbusters.

As they grow larger and concentrate their efforts and investments on massive, sure-fire hits – the next Marvel movie, the next Taylor Swift album – the cultural landscape seems paradoxically smaller. It becomes even more difficult to get an indie film made – the huge projects suck the oxygen (financing, distribution, media coverage) out of the biosphere.

In following this larger trend, book publishers are shortsighted. By reducing their involvement in original and challenging art, they relinquish literary fiction to the tiny presses and online magazines, and so become artistically irrelevant and, in the long run, uninteresting even as suppliers of entertainment. Pursuing mainstream popularity with ever-larger sums of money is ultimately self-destructive....Yes, such high-mindedness is all very well for someone who doesn’t have to keep a money-losing, employment-providing company afloat. And Le Guin’s vague rejection of capitalism is not a solution to the immediate problems facing publishers. But her point about taking the long view – about concentrating on valuable literature for the sake of the industry’s general health – is surely a practical one as well.
books  publishing  Russell_Smith  literature  blockbusters  art  short-sightedness  conglomerates  indie  winner-take-all  Amazon  writers  long-term  self-destructive  talent_pools 
november 2014 by jerryking
Digital dilemma: Amazon pushes to package up more profit
May. 24 2014 |The Globe and Mail | OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER.

But if investor patience has in fact run out, as the reaction to the company’s last quarterly earnings may suggest, then Amazon will find itself under even more pressure to squeeze better margins from its content partners. And for a company as notoriously combative as Amazon, that process can sometimes get ugly.

Messy disputes

Earlier this month, Hachette Book Group (HBG), one of the smaller of the major publishing houses in North America, found that its books were taking an unusually long time to ship through Amazon.

Normally, customers could expect the retail giant to have many of Hachette’s titles on their doorstep within a couple of days. Instead, the wait times were closer to four weeks – and in the meantime, Amazon suggested they purchase similar titles from other publishers, which would be delivered much quicker.

“We are satisfying all of Amazon’s orders promptly, and notifying them constantly of forthcoming publicity events and of out-of-stock situations on their website,” a Hachette spokesperson said in a statement. “Amazon is holding minimal stock and restocking some of HBG’s books slowly, causing ‘available 2-4 weeks’ messages, for reasons of their own.”

Amazon’s disputes with book publishers have been well-documented and often messy. Four years ago, during a dispute with the publishing house Macmillan over e-book prices, the online retailer simply removed a user’s ability to purchase Macmillan titles from the Amazon website – a tactic that can have immediate and profound financial repercussions for the publisher, especially given that Amazon controls somewhere between a third and half of the book market in the U.S.

At stake in the Hachette dispute is not only the publisher’s own sales, but also Amazon’s ability to muscle better terms out of its publishing partners. Both companies are caught up in a bitter fight over e-book pricing terms, with Amazon trying to get the lowest prices possible from the publisher to boost its anemic profit margins. An Amazon spokeswoman refused to comment on the matter.

According to some observers, part of the acrimony between Amazon and some of its content partners is likely a result of culture.
Omar_el_Akkad  Amazon  e-books  digital_media  publishing  Hachette  Macmillan  e-commerce 
june 2014 by jerryking
Amazon Absorbing Price Fight Punches - NYTimes.com
JUNE 1, 2014 | NYT | David Carr.

Hachette Book Group, one of the big Manhattan publishers, has taken on Amazon in a bitter dispute over pricing. Hachette is suffering big losses because Amazon is delaying delivery of Hachette titles while also eliminating discounts. (Its authors are getting clobbered in the process.) Amazon is taking a reputational hit for not putting its customers first, which has long been its guiding philosophy.
David_Carr  Amazon  books  publishing  Hachette  pricing  contra-Amazon 
june 2014 by jerryking
Artists struggle to survive in age of the blockbuster
Nov. 28 2013 | The Globe and Mail | RUSSELL SMITH.
In the artistic economy, the Internet has not lived up to its hype. For years, the cybergurus liked to tell us about the “long tail”....People in publishing bought this, too....In fact, the blockbuster artistic product is dominating cultural consumption as at no other time in history....The book Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment, by business writer Anita Elberse, argues that the days of the long tail are over in the United States. It makes more sense, she claims, for entertainment giants to plow as much money as they can into guaranteed hits than to cultivate new talent...There are big winners and there are losers – the middle ground is eroding. Publishers are publishing less, not more. Everybody awaits the fall’s big literary-prize nominations with a make-us-or-break-us terror. Every second-tier author spends an hour every day in the dismal abjection of self-promotion – on Facebook, to an audience of 50 fellow authors who couldn’t care less who just got a nice review in the Raccoonville Sentinel....What does any artist do in the age of the blockbuster? Nothing, absolutely nothing, except keep on doing what you like to do. Global economic changes are not your problem (and are nothing you can change with a despairing tweet). Think instead, as you always have, about whether or not you like semicolons and how to describe the black winter sky. There is something romantic about being underground, no?
Russell_Smith  winner-take-all  The_Long_Tail  artists  publishing  niches  hits  books  entertainment  entertainment_industry  blockbusters  creative_economy  Anita_Elberse  creative_class  piracy  copyright 
december 2013 by jerryking
Life Lessons: Walk on the Wild Side Along Path to Top
| WSJ | by Hal Lancaster.

1. Adapt to the culture you're in.
2. After a fast rise, you may need to take time out for reflection.
3. Hire talented people who aren't like you.
4. Find someone who believes in you and trust their judgement.
5. If there isn't a possibility of falling on your face, you're probably not scare enough to do a good job.
lessons_learned  Managing_Your_Career  Hal_Lancaster  hiring  movingonup  publishing  women  digital_media  life_lessons 
february 2013 by jerryking
Apollo Group's Leon Black Buys Art-Book Publisher Phaidon - WSJ.com
October 8, 2012 | WSJ | By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
Art of the Deal: Leon Black Dabbles in Works on Paper.

Leon Black, the chief executive of private-equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC, is paying an undisclosed price for Phaidon, a London-based company that publishes about 60 new books a year, including cookbooks, and has a backlist of nearly 1,900 titles.

Phaidon was started in 1923 in Vienna as an art book house; the owners later moved to London to escape the Nazis. It has been owned since the early 1990s by British entrepreneur Richard Schlagman.

Digital technology is transforming the publishing industry, even for art books, which account for a small segment of the publishing industry. Robert Abrams, publisher of independent art book publishing house Abbeville Press, described the art book publishing business today as "very challenging."
Wall_Street  moguls  publishing  art  Leon_Black 
february 2013 by jerryking
Profile of the Data Journalist: The Storyteller and The Teacher
Around the globe, the bond between data and journalism is growing stronger. In an age of big data, the growing importance of data journalism lies in the ability of its practitioners to provide context, clarity and, perhaps most important, find truth in the expanding amount of digital content in the world. In that context, data journalism has profound importance for society.

To learn more about the people who are doing this work and, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, I conducted in-person and email interviews during the 2012 NICAR Conference and published a series of data journalist profiles here at Radar.

Sarah Cohen (@sarahduke), the Knight professor of the practice of journalism and public policy at Duke University, and Anthony DeBarros (@AnthonyDB), the senior database editor at USA Today, were both important sources of historical perspective for my feature on how data journalism is evolving from "computer-assisted reporting" (CAR) to a powerful Web-enabled practice that uses cloud computing, machine learning and algorithms to make sense of unstructured data.

The latter halves of our interviews, which focused upon their personal and professional experience, follow.

What data journalism project are you the most proud of working on or creating?

DeBarros: "In 2006, my USA TODAY colleague Robert Davis and I built a database of 620 students killed on or near college campuses and mined it to show how freshmen were uniquely vulnerable. It was a heart-breaking but vitally important story to tell. We won the 2007 Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards for the piece, and followed it with an equally wrenching look at student deaths from fires."

Cohen: "I'd have to say the Pulitzer-winning series on child deaths in DC, in which we documented that children were dying in predictable circumstances after key mistakes by people who knew that their
agencies had specific flaws that could let them fall through the cracks.

I liked working on the Post's POTUS Tracker and Head Count. Those were Web projects that were geared at accumulating lots of little bits about Obama's schedule and his appointees, respectively, that we could share with our readers while simultaneously building an important dataset for use down the road. Some of the Post's Solyndra and related stories, I have heard, came partly from studying the president's trips in POTUS Tracker.

There was one story, called "Misplaced Trust," on DC's guardianship
system, that created immediate change in Superior Court, which was
gratifying. "Harvesting Cash," our 18-month project on farm subsidies, also helped point out important problems in that system.

The last one, I'll note, is a piece of a project I worked on,
in which the DC water authority refused to release the results of a
massive lead testing effort, which in turn had shown widespread
contamination. We got the survey from a source, but it was on paper.

After scanning, parsing, and geocoding, we sent out a team of reporters to
neighborhoods to spot check the data, and also do some reporting on the
neighborhoods. We ended up with a story about people who didn't know what
was near them.

We also had an interesting experience: the water
authority called our editor to complain that we were going to put all of
the addresses online -- they felt that it was violating peoples' privacy,
even though we weren't identifyng the owners or the residents. It was more
important to them that we keep people in the dark about their blocks. Our
editor at the time, Len Downie, said, "you're right. We shouldn't just put
it on the Web." He also ordered up a special section to put them all in
print.

Where do you turn to keep your skills updated or learn new things?

Cohen: "It's actually a little harder now that I'm out of the newsroom,
surprisingly. Before, I would just dive into learning something when I'd
heard it was possible and I wanted to use it to get to a story. Now I'm
less driven, and I have to force myself a little more. I'm hoping to start
doing more reporting again soon, and that the Reporters' Lab will help
there too.

Lately, I've been spending more time with people from other
disciplines to understand better what's possible, like machine learning
and speech recognition at Carnegie Mellon and MIT, or natural language
processing at Stanford. I can't DO them, but getting a chance to
understand what's out there is useful. NewsFoo, SparkCamp and NICAR are
the three places that had the best bang this year. I wish I could have
gone to Strata, even if I didn't understand it all."

DeBarros: For surveillance, I follow really smart people on Twitter and have several key Google Reader subscriptions.

To learn, I spend a lot of time training after work hours. I've really been pushing myself in the last couple of years to up my game and stay relevant, particularly by learning Python, Linux and web development. Then I bring it back to the office and use it for web scraping and app building.

Why are data journalism and "news apps" important, in the context of the contemporary digital environment for information?

Cohen: "I think anything that gets more leverage out of fewer people is
important in this age, because fewer people are working full time holding
government accountable. The news apps help get more eyes on what the
government is doing by getting more of what we work with and let them see
it. I also think it helps with credibility -- the 'show your work' ethos --
because it forces newsrooms to be more transparent with readers / viewers.

For instance, now, when I'm judging an investigative prize, I am quite
suspicious of any project that doesn't let you see each item, I.e., when
they say, "there were 300 cases that followed this pattern," I want to see
all 300 cases, or all cases with the 300 marked, so I can see whether I
agree.

DeBarros: "They're important because we're living in a data-driven culture. A data-savvy journalist can use the Twitter API or a spreadsheet to find news as readily as he or she can use the telephone to call a source. Not only that, we serve many readers who are accustomed to dealing with data every day -- accountants, educators, researchers, marketers. If we're going to capture their attention, we need to speak the language of data with authority. And they are smart enough to know whether we've done our research correctly or not.

As for news apps, they're important because -- when done right -- they can make large amounts of data easily understood and relevant to each person using them."

These interviews were edited and condensed for clarity.
Data  Gov_2.0  Publishing  dataproduct  datascience  nicarinterview  via:rahuldave  show_your_work  narratives  sense-making  unstructured_data  data_driven  data_journalism  visualization  infographics 
february 2013 by jerryking
Life Lessons: There May Be a Job That You Were Born to Do
Jul. 11, 1995 | WSJ | HAL LANCASTER , Associated Press.
1. Do what you love.
2. Find the right niche and get there first.
3. Move and move fast
4. Stoop to conquer
5. Take care of your people.
6. Be resourceful.
7. God bless the woman who's got her own.
entrepreneur  women  publishing  niches  Hal_Lancaster  life_lessons 
february 2013 by jerryking
Forbes.com: Queen Of Arts
Dirk Smillie, 01.10.05

Louise MacBain is buying up art publications around the world. Squeezing money from these titles will be an art in itself.
Louise Blouin MacBain just hates talking about her social life, which involves tabloid-fodder like dating Prince Andrew, entertaining Bianca Jagger and hosting dinner parties for European royalty.

What she really wants to gab about is her latest collecting passion. Over the past two years her Bermuda investment company, LTB Holdings, has snapped up 160 art titles in 20 countries, including the dominant Art + Auction magazine. That already makes her one of the biggest art publishers in the world.

Now she is laying out $20 million to launch a Web portal this summer, a kind of Bloomberg terminal for the arts, delivering breaking news from the auction and collecting worlds. "Globalization is connecting art and its buyers everywhere," she says. "There's no central news or information source covering them."
art  magazines  HBS  information_sources  publishing  news  print_journalism  auctions  collectors 
june 2012 by jerryking
Nicholas Carr on E-Books - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011 |WSJ | By NICHOLAS CARR

Books That Are Never Done Being Written
Digital text is ushering in an era of perpetual revision and updating, for better and for worse.

As electronic books push paper ones aside, movable type seems fated to be replaced by movable text.

That's an attractive development in many ways. It makes it easy for writers to correct errors and update facts. Guidebooks will no longer send travelers to restaurants that have closed or to once charming inns that have turned into fleabags. The instructions in manuals will always be accurate. Reference books need never go out of date.

Even literary authors will be tempted to keep their works fresh. Historians and biographers will be able to revise their narratives to account for recent events or newly discovered documents. Polemicists will be able to bolster their arguments with new evidence. Novelists will be able to scrub away the little anachronisms that can make even a recently published story feel dated.

But as is often the case with digitization, the boon carries a bane. The ability to alter the contents of a book will be easy to abuse. School boards may come to exert even greater influence over what students read. They'll be able to edit textbooks that don't fit with local biases. Authoritarian governments will be able to tweak books to suit their political interests. And the edits can ripple backward. Because e-readers connect to the Internet, the works they contain can be revised remotely, just as software programs are updated today. Movable text makes a lousy preservative.

Such abuses can be prevented through laws and software protocols. What may be more insidious is the pressure to fiddle with books for commercial reasons. Because e-readers gather enormously detailed information on the way people read, publishers may soon be awash in market research. They'll know how quickly readers progress through different chapters, when they skip pages, and when they abandon a book.
Nicholas_Carr  e-books  digital_media  shortcomings  protocols  unintended_consequences  abuses  digitalization  market_research  publishing  dark_side 
january 2012 by jerryking
Zines Have a Resurgence Among the Web-Savvy - NYTimes.com
By JENNA WORTHAM
Published: October 22, 2011

Zines, print magazines generally available only in small quantities, have enjoyed a resurgence among the Web-savvy. The word “zine” is a shortened form of the term fanzine, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Fanzines emerged as early as the 1930s among fans of science fiction. Zines also have roots in the informal, underground publications that focused on social and political activism in the ’60s. By the ’70s, zines were popular on the punk rock circuit. In the ’90s, the feminist punk scene known as riot grrrl propelled the medium. ...MOST zines are labors of love, done as side projects and hobbies. The goal isn’t to turn a profit, but rather to capture a cultural moment, which in turn, offers the creators the freedom to explore and experiment.
Jenna_Wortham  zines  DIY  handmade  small_batch  exclusivity  publishing 
october 2011 by jerryking
Harry Potter and the amazing exploding book industry — Tech News and Analysis
Jun. 23, 2011 | Gigaom | By Mathew Ingram. Despite the
obvious demand, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has adamantly refused
to offer electronic versions of her phenomenally popular series for
young adults — until now. As part of Thursday’s launch of an interactive
website called Pottermore, the billionaire writer also announced that
e-book versions of the novels will be available directly through the
site for all major platforms. In one fell swoop, Rowling has cut both
her publishers and booksellers such as Amazon out of the picture. Not
everyone has that kind of power, of course, but Rowling’s move shows how
the playing field in publishing continues to be disrupted.
books  publishing  Harry_Potter  authors  DIY  disruption  Mathew_Ingram  Amazon  e-books  hits 
june 2011 by jerryking
Andrew Wylie - WSJ.com
MAY 27, 2011 | WSJ Magazine | by Daniel Gross. Profile of old
school literary agent Andrew Wylie, of the Wylie Agency and Odyssey
Editions (distributes electronic versions of books he represents through
Amazon.com)....Wylie remains a rare optimist in publishing circles,
fueled perhaps by the healthy backlists and literary estates he
represents. Information technology may be upending business models, but
he believes the global interconnection these advancements permit
provides immense opportunities for his authors....The devaluation of
quality editing and writing is sad and it's inevitable. Each house has a
large number of titles to publish, and with a difficult economy, fewer
people to handle the publications. But publishers need to become
smaller, leaner, and they will have to learn new disciplines. The whole
one-year publication process must be reduced.

opportunity for Igloo?? Michael Levine
literary_agents  publishing  Michael_Levine  globalization  talent_representation  talent_management  digital_media  Andrew_Wylie 
june 2011 by jerryking
Time Inc. to Reorganize Corporate Sales and Marketing - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 7, 2010 By RUSSELL ADAMS Time Inc. to Reorganize Corporate Sales and Marketing
publishing  magazines  TIME_Inc.  reorganizations  journalism 
april 2011 by jerryking
Licence to deal
Mark Medley, National Post · Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.

An agent’s job description. An agent is a writer’s primary advocate and
chief negotiator (“You are the paycheque,” says Bruce Westwood, founder
of Westwood Creative Artists). An agent will scout new talent; mentor a
writer; mediate problems between author and publisher and, if necessary,
find a new publisher; suggest new sources of income, for example
speaking engagements; and sell foreign rights as well as television,
film and stage rights.

“It’s not just selling the book and doing the deal and leaving them at
the door of their publishing company,” says Jackie Kaiser, who works at
Westwood. “As an agent, I have an interest in helping my writers
understand how they can best navigate the entire publishing process.”
literary_agents  publishing  Michael_Levine  books  scouting  talent_management  digital_media  talent_representation  talent_scouting 
january 2011 by jerryking
Translation as Ambassador - Publishing and National Pride
December 7, 2010 | NYTimes.com | By LARRY ROHTER. Among
foreign cultural institutes and publishers, the traditional American
aversion to literature in translation is known as “the 3 percent
problem.” But now, hoping to increase their minuscule share of the
American book market — about 3 percent — foreign governments and
foundations, especially those on the margins of Europe, are taking
matters into their own hands and plunging into the publishing fray in
the United States.

Increasingly, that campaign is no longer limited to widely spoken
languages like French and German. From Romania to Catalonia to Iceland,
cultural institutes and agencies are subsidizing publication of books in
English, underwriting the training of translators, encouraging their
writers to tour in the United States, submitting to American marketing
and promotional techniques they may have previously shunned and
exploiting existing niches in the publishing industry.
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From Open books, open borders ☑
OCTOBER 20, 2017 | FT| Janan Ganesh.

The real prize is to comprehend another country’s thought patterns, speech rhythms, historic ghosts and unconscious biases — and these seep out from the stories it tells and the way it tells them....Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker cites the spread of literacy as a reason for the long-term decline of human violence. To read another person’s story is to end up with a larger “circle of sympathy”. But even if America’s concern is the narrowest raison d’état, rather than world peace, it would profit from reading beyond its borders.

The minimum return is that more American readers would have more fun. The headiest writing tends to come from places that are ascendant enough to matter but raw enough to retain some measure of dramatic chaos: 19th-century Britain and Russia, mid-20th-century America, and now, perhaps, early 21st-century Asia. It is not just in economics that protectionism stifles.
translations  publishing  business_planning  books  market_entry  insights  niches  national_pride 
december 2010 by jerryking
From Gutenberg to Zoobert - WSJ.com
AUG. 8, 2010 | WSJ | By L. GORDON CROVITZ . "Barnes &
Noble, whose more than 700 stores make it the largest bricks-and-mortar
book chain, put itself up for sale. Its market capitalization is less
than $1 B vs. Amazon's $55 B. This reflects both the better economics of
Web sales of print books and the increasingly uncertain future of print
books in an e-book world...Technology has made the physical scale of
B&N a liability...the iPad, with color and Web access, is pointing
the way to a new genre of e-books--called enhanced, multimedia or
"transmedia" versions of books, with video, audio and
interactivity...Textbook publishers offer e-books with video,
interactive testing and built-in research links...it's important to note
the costs...Lower sales of print books pressure publishers, which
usually get lower profits on e-books --> fewer opportunities for
aspiring authors until new business models emerge...it will take time
for book publishers and authors to find new revenues.
Barnes_&_Noble  creative_destruction  Johan_Gutenberg  L._Gordon_Crovtiz  e-books  publishing  textbooks  business_models  authors  bricks-and-mortar 
august 2010 by jerryking
Condé Nast Hopes to Wean Itself From Ad Revenue - NYTimes.com
July 23, 2010 | New York Times | By JEREMY W. PETERS. "”The
goal of the overhaul, is to transform Condé Nast into a business that
relies less on advertising revenue and more on the income it makes from
charging consumers to read its products on both digital and print
platforms." ..."Beyond succession, other questions remain about the
company’s future, namely whether it can wean itself from advertising
dollars as much as it would like. Its transition to a more
consumer-focused business model will be difficult for a company that now
earns about 70 percent of its net profit from advertising.
Condé Nast has been slower than other magazine publishers to embrace the
Internet, and some industry analysts have questioned whether its
lateness in developing a digital strategy would harm the company in the
long run. "
publishing  magazines  Condé_Nast  privately_held_companies  succession  digital_strategies 
july 2010 by jerryking
Fifteen Percent of Immortality
July-August 2010 | Harvard Magazine | by Craig A. Lambert ’69,
Ph.D. ’78, is deputy editor of this magazine. Profile of literary
agent Andrew Wylie, who aims for the high end—financial and literary.
publishing  writing  literary_agents  talent_management  high-end  digital_media  Andrew_Wylie  Harvard  talent_representation 
july 2010 by jerryking
Just press print; The boom in printing on demand
Feb 27, 2010 | The Economist Vol. 394, Iss. 8671; pg. 72 | Anonymous.
ProQuest  PoD  publishing  Gadi_Prager 
march 2010 by jerryking
Gordon Crovitz: Software for Digital Alteration of Textbooks Threatens the Relationship Between Author and Reader - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 28, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By L. GORDON CROVITZ.
Software that blurs a writer's meaning is not progress....Technology
creates opportunities, and the genie shouldn't go back in the bottle.
Still, the integrity and authenticity that a single author provides
should not be lost. As Mr. Lanier reminds us, technological progress is
great, but we need to be sure it doesn't devalue our greatest growth
driver, individual creativity.
L._Gordon_Crovtiz  textbooks  publishing  mashups 
march 2010 by jerryking
The future of the magazine
Dec. 17, 2009 | The Globe and Mail | by Susan Krashinsky.
Magazines are hardly leaping out at media buyers these days. The
industry has been walloped by falling sales: In the first nine months of
2009, magazine ad pages in the U.S. dropped 27 per cent from the same
period last year, and revenues were down 20 per cent, according to the
Publishers Information Bureau. The Canadian magazine industry fared
slightly better, but ad pages still dropped 21 per cent from January to
September of this year, according to Nielsen LNA.
future  magazines  joint_ventures  publishing 
december 2009 by jerryking
Emerging Markets, Emerging Giants
April 22, 2007 | New York Times | By WILLIAM J. HOLSTEIN. A
NEW wave of foreign competitive pressure is beginning to ripple through
the United States economy, from companies in emerging markets like
Brazil, Russia, India and China. “We are seeing a rebalancing of the
global economy back to where it was before the Industrial Revolution,
when China and India were major powers in the world.” says Antoine van
Agtmael, author of a new book, “The Emerging Markets Century: How a New
Breed of World-Class Companies Is Overtaking the World.” The emerging
multinationals haven’t had time to establish brand names, as Sony or LG
have done, but they will compensate for that. “They are either going to
buy American companies and use their brands or develop their own brand
names."
BRIC  globalization  KPMG  publishing  ripple_effects  Gadi_Prager  books  emerging_markets  multinationals  China  market_entry  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  brands  Industrial_Revolution  history  global_economy 
december 2009 by jerryking
Pictory Lets You Tell the Stories Behind Your Greatest Photos
Dec 3, 2009 | Fast Company |BY Alissa Walker. Pictory is a
new online magazine filled with well-curated stories, could shift that
debate. Founder Laura Brunow Miner wanted to give context to the eye
candy that populates our Flickr streams. "Maybe it's a new model for
online magazines," she writes in her introduction. "Or, maybe it's just
the best I can do from my living room."
publishing  magazines  photography 
december 2009 by jerryking
Book Drama: Publisher Perseus Buys Rival as Industry Shrinks
Jan 11, 2007 | Wall Street Journal pg. C.3. | Jeffrey A.
Trachtenberg. "We absolutely believe in the book business," said David
Steinberger, chief executive of Perseus Books Group. "Your ability to
execute as a publisher is much more important than how the overall
market is performing."
Perseus  private_equity  publishing  books 
december 2009 by jerryking
U.S. publishing industry
William S Lofquist. Publishing Research Quarterly. New Brunswick: Winter 1998/1999. Vol. 14, Iss. 4; pg. 95, 6 pgs
publishing  Gadi_Prager 
december 2009 by jerryking
King gives publishers the horrors;
Jul 25, 2000 | Financial Times. pg. 12 | by Sanghera,
Sathnam. The publishing industry found itself in a horror story of its
own yesterday when Stephen King, the bestselling author, posted the
first installment of his new novel on the internet, bypassing his
publishers.
publishing  Gadi_Prager 
december 2009 by jerryking
Consolidation is the big story
Ben Hall. Financial Times. London (UK): Aug 31, 2009. pg. 12
consolidation  publishing  Gadi_Prager 
december 2009 by jerryking
Are You Ready for the Future?
Feb 2006 | Book Business: Vol. 9, Iss. 1; pg. 42, 7 pgs | by Brian R Hook.
publishing  segmentation  Gadi_Prager  market_segmentation 
december 2009 by jerryking
The End
Sep 14, 2008 | New York Magazine | By Boris Kachka
publishing  future  books 
november 2009 by jerryking
Blockbuster or Bust - WSJ.com
JANUARY 3, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By ANITA ELBERSE. Why
struggling publishers will keep placing outrageous bids on new books
publishing  books  hits  blockbusters  winner-take-all  Anita_Elberse 
november 2009 by jerryking
Publishing Industry Strives to Slash Carbon Emissions Without Endorsing E-Books
Apr 17, 2009 | Fast Company | BY Ariel Schwartz. The Book
Industry Environmental Council, a group of publishers, librarians,
booksellers, printers, and paper manufacturers is embarking on an
ambitious plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 based on a
2006 baseline. By 2050, the Council wants to cut emissions by 80%.
carbon_footprint  publishing  Gadi_Prager 
november 2009 by jerryking
Publishing's New Math: 14 > 13 - ISBN - Book Industry Study Group
Dec 19, 2007 | Fast Company | By: Alyssa Danigelis. Will the
publishing industry finally get its data in sync with the rest of the
world? The book-publishing business is famously anachronistic. Tom
Clarkson and his friends at the Book Industry Study Group aim to rescue
the industry from its self-perpetuated obsolescence. "Anytime you have
to do anything out of the ordinary it's an extra cost," says Clarkson,
director of supply-chain technology for Barnes & Noble.
obsolescence  publishing  Gadi_Prager  supply_chains 
november 2009 by jerryking
Pop-Ups Grow Up; With Gossip, Phobias and Hitchcock, A Kids' Genre Gets New Dimensions
Robert J. Hughes. Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y.: Dec 15, 2006. pg. W.1
publishing  opportunities  Gadi_Prager  phobias 
november 2009 by jerryking
The 60-second book
Aug 2, 1999 | TIME Vol. 154, Iss. 5; pg. 73, 1 pgs | Walter
Kirn. Thanks to a bold new publishing technology known as Print on
Demand, budding authors can publish their own book and market it through
on-line bookstores for less than $400. Details on this new technology
are presented.OD turns upside down the traditional economics of the
$27.5 billion publishing industry by allowing books to be produced and
sold in small quantities-even one at a time-almost instantly. No longer
will publishing require behemoth offset presses, hangar-size warehouses
and fleets of trucks. With POD the book is digitized and stored until it
is ordered by a customer. At that point a whiz-bang
printing-and-binding machine whirs into action, creating a slick,
high-quality paperback ready for shipping. Indeed, such machines may
soon be coming to the bookstore down the block, where they will be able
to spit out a new thriller in the time it takes to froth a cappuccino.
PoD  publishing  Gadi_Prager  high-quality 
november 2009 by jerryking
Barnes & Noble Challenges Amazon's Kindle
Jul 21, 2009 | Wall Street Journal pg. B.1 | by Jeffrey A.
Trachtenberg, Geoffrey A. Fowler. Publishers are placing hopes in the
transition to digital books to revive the stalled books industry, but
are also wary to dive into a technology that destroyed a once-profitable
business model for music labels. The battle to determine the future of
electronic-book retailing took a new turn Monday when Barnes &
Noble Inc., America's largest bookstore chain, opened an online
e-bookstore with more than 700,000 titles and said it has struck a
partnership with a company developing a possible competitor to
Amazon.com's Kindle e-book reader.
Amazon  e-books  e-readers  Barnes_&_Noble  publishing  Gadi_Prager 
november 2009 by jerryking
Amazon Your Industry: Extracting Value from the Value Chain
January 1, 2000 | Strategy + Business Issue 18 | By Timothy
M. Laseter, Patrick W. Houston, Joshua L. Wright and Juliana Y. Park.
The inefficient, tradition-bound, $4 billion trade-book industry is
using the Internet to unlock an additional $2 billion-plus.
publishing  Amazon  value_chains  value_exraction  books 
november 2009 by jerryking
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