Ever-aware of the movings and shakings in the publishing world, we’ve collected ten of the most important stories and articles from the month of August.
Amazon announces new Chicago bookstore
In a continuation of their drive towards a more physical presence, Amazon has announced the opening of a new bookstore in Chicago. The store is likely to be open sometime next year, and is just one of many hundreds planned for the near future, according to reports.
Scribd launches new features
eBook subscription service, Scribd, has announced improvements to its platform. These enhancements are designed to help user find new titles more easily, by filtering via Interests, Trending, and Featured lists.
How the publishing industry can engage reluctant readers
This piece by David Salariya looks at how publishers can tailor their works to encourage reluctant young readers. Firstly, it’s about understanding in detail why children are reluctant; whether it’s because the word and sentence structures are too complex, or whether they find the subject boring. In either case, there are ways to combat reluctance.
The iPad is dead. Long live the iPad
An eye-catching title, that’s for sure. This article by Victoria Forrest challenges the view that tablets are on the way out, arguing that smartphones struggle to create the same immersive experience of a larger screen.
Italian teens’ culture bonus
Inspiring news from Italy, as the government announces a new “culture bonus” for 18 year-olds in the country. Those who turn 18 between September 2016 and December 2017 will receive 500 EUR to spend on books and cultural experiences.
WH Smith announce Fresh Talent list
The famous British retailer has announced its annual Fresh Talent list for Autumn 2016. In total, twelve titles are included in the promotion, including prize-winning authors and prominent acquisitions from the London Book Fair.
Shelfie partners with De Gruyter for eBook bundles
Shelfie, the clever app that delivers an eBook from a photograph of its user’s physical book, has announced a partnership with Germany-based academic publisher, De Gruyter. This deal will make the entire catalogue available to readers, and adds to Shelfie’s existing partnerships with major global publishers.
German Book Prize news
Awarded just prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the German Book Prize is given to the best German language novel every year. There have been 156 original submissions, with 20 having been selected for the long-list.
Amazon launches Kindle reading fund
“The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations. In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also now working with Worldreader to help support its reading programs in the developing world.”
Chinese journals market growing
The Chinese journals market is flexing its muscles, both at home and abroad. Combined with a shift to digital, more journals are being produced in English, with Chinese researchers making a significant impact across the world. Due to complexities in selling, it’s difficult to know the true size of the growing market, but it’s safe to say that this arena is fast becoming an exciting place for publishers to do business.
- Publishing Focus – An interview with Joost Nijsen
- Publishing Focus – An interview with Imola Unger
- The Monthly Roundup – July 2016