Book Trade articles


The Friday Project Serialize Smailes’ New Novel

Tomorrow, publisher, The Friday Project, will experiment by serializing the 32 chapters in Caroline Smailes’ new novel, Like Bees to Honey, across a host of book blogs. The novel is not due to be published until next week. Some of the blogs included belong to Lindsey Fallow, Ian Aspin, Matt Hill and novelist Sarah Salway. Each blog will


Barnes & Noble PubIt(TM) To Provide Digital Self-Publishing Program

US bookseller Barnes & Noble has announced it is to launch a digital publishing program for independent publishers and self-published authors. PubIt! will allow users to load up completed book files online where they will be converted to the ePub format and made available for sale through Barnes & and the Barnes & Noble


Global Giants Bring Different Strategies to Publishing World: Book Industry Conference 2010

There is some fascinating analysis by Benedict Evans of media research company Enders Analysis presented at this week’s Booksellers Association Book Industry Conference in London. Essentially, Evans argues global companies like Apple, Google and Amazon are not book publishers and the book industry must understand clearly the approaches and strategies of these companies. Evans describes


Irish Retailers and Publishers Ready for e-Book Challenges

The Irish Independent takes a look at the Irish book retail market and the growth of e-books in their e-Thursday section. Carissa Casey has written the article and she discovers that Irish retailers and publishers are poised to embrace the latest challenging chapter in the story of the publishing industry. “Advances in technology have also brought an entirely new threat to


Nielsen Company Ready To Try A Lulu?

Nielsen’s private equity owners may be considering a move Lulu abandoned last month. Nielsen, the marketing and research company who introduced the Nielsen Bookscan system to monitor book sales are believed to be considering plans for an initial public offering of shares (IPO) according to reports from Reuters. The Financial Times reported yesterday that Nielsen’s private equity


Maverick House Publishers (Overview) & The Province of Irish Publishing

Maverick House Publishers is an independent publisher of non-fiction books founded by Jean Harrington in 2002 with its main headquarters in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland. Expansion of the company has seen them open a second office in Bangkok, Thailand to augment their sales and distribution representation in the Far East, as well as Australia, New


Latest Amazon Grants For Publishers and Writers’ Groups

Yesterday we reported Amazon’s announcement of a 46% jump in net sales for the first quarter of 2010. In the current economic climate you might be forgiven for thinking that Amazon would be eager to trouser as much of that cash as possible. Actually, it is worth mentioning Amazon operate a grant system through invited


London Book Fair: More Content Over Form & Contentment Over Frustration

The final day of the London Book Fair takes place tomorrow and there is no doubt how low-key the event has been so far. The flight restrictions on overseas attendees due to the Icelandic volcano plumes has underlined that while this event is an international fixture on the publishing calendar, the general British press has


Guernica Magazine: Nicorvo Examines The Death Of Literary Fiction

Guernica, a literary magazine of the arts and politics, features an article by poet and author Jay Baron Nicorvo in their April edition. Third Degree Burns is a fascinating look at what has caused the potential death of literary fiction. Nicorvo has written this feature in response to another article by Ted Genoways called The