Bertelsmann to Take up PRH Buyout Option with Equity Partner?

Reuters today reported that Bertelsmann media group is moving a step closer to acquiring the remaining 47% of Penguin Random House. In 2012 Bertelsmann and Pearson agreed a deal to merge Random House with Penguin to form Penguin Random House. The merger created the largest global book publisher of two major brands. However, Reuters reports that […]

The Story of Self-Publishing (Part Two): Follow the Money – Sean Murphy | Guest Post

Earlier this year, NPR featured a podcast roundtable wherein four authors tackled the question: Is Amazon The Reader’s Friend? Generally speaking, the debate has been framed in terms of how Amazon is disrupting traditional publishing practices. Technologically speaking, disruption is often the result of innovation and consumers benefit because products or services are streamlined, reimagined or […]

The Story of Self-Publishing (Part One): Past is Prologue – Sean Murphy | Guest Post

In my role as an industry analyst for the tech industry I’ve followed the developments of our shifting cultural landscape with keen professional as well as personal interest. In particular, I’ve noted the ways the book publishing industry is, in many regards, mirroring what’s happened (and what’s still unfolding) in the music industry. The hot […]

TIPM Q&A Interview: Peter Paul van Bekkum – Mybestseller

This is the latest of our TIPM Q&A interviews featuring people from the publishing industry with a particular focus on The Future of Publishing. TIPM focuses on many companies from the USA and UK and I thought it would be interesting to get some perspective on the services and publishing industry in mainland Europe. This […]

The Key Book Publishing Paths – Jane Friedman [Chart]

Digital media strategist, tutor and publishing consultant Jane Friedman has just updated her Key Book Publishing Paths chart. Those who follow Jane’s excellent resource website for authors and publishers will know that she has been providing this free chart for the past two years and kept it regularly up to date to reflect the changes in […]

TIPM Q&A Interview: Sarah Taylor – Troubador Publishing

This is the second of our TIPM Q&A interviews featuring people from the publishing industry with a particular focus on The Future of Publishing today. This week TIPM caught up with Sarah Taylor, Marketing Manager at Troubador Publishing, Editor of The Self Publishing Magazine and co-organiser of the Self-Publishing Conference UK.  Sarah joined Troubador in 2010 […]

TIPM Q&A Interview: Hugh McGuire – Pressbooks

This week TIPM is starting a new series of Q&A interviews featuring people from the publishing industry with a particular focus on what is new and different and The Future of Publishing today. Our first interview is with Hugh McGuire, founder of Pressbooks. Hugh, what I liked about Pressbooks is that it provides an option […]

John Hunt Publishing – Reviewed

John Hunt Publishing is a UK-based publisher founded in 2001 under the name of O Books. The publisher offers traditional publishing deals and what it describes as co-operative publishing for authors. Following a reorganisation in 2010, the company now publishes approximately 300 titles per year with global sales and a focus on physical stores. One in four books […]

The War Is Over | Eoin Purcell: Why Traditional Publishers Should Surrender To Self Publishing

I’ve pretty much kept my head and opinions out of the roaring debate on Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings reports published on his website over the past couple of weeks, and the ensuing, spewing and almost never-ending posts from all sides. I like debate, even when it gets heated, but much of what I have read is nothing […]

Is self-publishing creating a hierarchical community for its authors?

Ben Dunne is an Irish entrepreneur and business tycoon and he has a slogan to encapsulate his business philosophy. It’s a philosophy and marketing approach I’m seeing more and more from self-published authors. The slogan used by Dunne across many of his business ventures was actually originally attributed to Jack Cohen, founder of Tesco, a […]