Here is a nice summation piece by Stephen Page in last Friday’s Guardian UK about the developments in the publishing world in 2011, and where it might be going beyond 2012…
2011 was a dramatic year for the UK books industry. Waterstones changed ownership and leadership. Ebook sales grew to around 7% of the general books market, with WHS Kobo and Apple emerging alongside the dominant Kindle, which had a major Christmas. Agents set up publishing endeavors, publishers created successful apps and writers published themselves. The contentious debate about a fair royalty rate for ebook sales continued, and Amazon set up its own publishing arm.
- The way ahead for publishing (guardian.co.uk)
- Kobo to become a publisher | CBC News (mickrooney.blogspot.com)
- The new economics of book publishing (onemanandhisblog.com)
- Arima Publishing UK – Reviewed (Updated Jan 2012) (mickrooney.blogspot.com)
- Self-Publishing Revolution: Man Makes $100,000 in Three Weeks Self-Publishing on Amazon’s Kindle (blogcritics.org)
- Amazon’s Plagiarism Problem (fastcompany.com)