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Ignorance and Competition in the Book Market

Posted by admin | Posted in Books Industry | Posted on 06-03-2010-05-2008

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I’ve been having a long Twitter discussion with Will Wilkinson about the economics of the book industry. Will wanted to know how authors could make money without “digital rights management” technology, and I replied by saying that writing a book has always been less about making money than it is about promoting the book’s author, and I suggested that the activity is going to become a lot less lucrative in the future.

To think clearly about the future of the book industry, it’s essential to understand its present. In particular, to make an educated guess about what the price of a book will be in the future, we need to understand why books cost what they cost today. Read the rest of this entry »

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London Book Fair – a total immersion in the book industry

Posted by admin | Posted in Best Sellings, Books Industry, New Releases | Posted on 19-02-2010-05-2008

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The London Book Fair is a three day event from April 19-21 next and it will be thronged with over 23,000 industry professionals from all areas of the book trade, but mainly publishers wanting to sell new titles and international rights, and store buyers lining up future stock purchases.

In a conversation with LBF Conference Director Orna O’Brien,The Read discovered a key event will be the annual digital conference held on Sunday 18 April. This will focus on three areas: Readers of Today and Tomorrow; Bringing the Book to Life and Transforming the Core of your Businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

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