The season’s first workshop in the “ReBoot: Books, Business and Reading” on 25 Feb 2021 took off with promises of a wild ride between some countries and segments where the book trade significantly expanded, driven by an increase in reading, while other markets and segments of the industry had to confront loss and swings in […]

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How did the Covid-19 sanitary crisis and the resulting lockdown impact on the ebooks and audiobooks consumption? Measuring transformative change, and lessons to learn for marketing digital consumer books: Flat subsription models on the rise; Ebooks successful beyond genre fiction; Smart and highly targeted PR and marketing effective in gaining new consumer groups. Free download from www.global-ebook.com […]

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Versuch einer Orientierung in der aktuellen Debatte zwischen Kulturschaffenden, KĂĽnstler*innen und Kulturpolitik in Ă–sterreich. Dieser Text wurde als “Kommentar der Anderen” fĂĽr “Der Standard” geschrieben. Dies hier ist eine erheblich erweiterte Arbeitsfassung, die fortlaufend um Daten, Materialien, Querverweise und Links erweitert wird. Diese Erweiterungen sind eingerĂĽckt und kursiv gesetzt.   Diskussionsbeiträge bitte auf Twitter unter #neustartkultur oder als persönliche […]

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Is artificial intelligence coming? That’s the wrong question. Because there are already countless – often unnoticed – examples for the use of AI. On 9 and 10 May in Berlin, the Publishers’ Forum will present two approaches to this mega-trend – Early Bird rates available until Feb 2019. Discussion points include: Which questions and problem […]

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Publishers are challenged by declining book markets, a changing readership drifting away from books, as much as new competition from other content and formats – AND by the messy data that are available to build a realistic assessment of what is going on in the first place. And yet, book statistics are seen as a […]

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Instead of making predictions about publishing in 2016, Joe Wikert, the wise man, opts for formulating what he wishes to happen. And so in a very hands on way. I (almost) fully share his hopes! Aside from the obvious (“less DRM“), the well intended (making it easier for publishers to directly interact with their readers, […]

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A long list of outstanding speakers has been announced for the Publishers’ Forum which is to open in Berlin in just two months. The ambition is to combine strategic outlooks for an industry in full transformation, with hands-on practical advice in key challenges ranging from investment strategies, to strategic IT decisions, to how publishing houses […]

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With the authors stepping into the arena, the current controversy between Amazon and major publishing groups – so far: Hachette and Bonnier – brings into the debate the fundamental quality it deserves. What we are seeing is in fact a watershed moment in the evolution of the digital economy for cultural content. In an essay, […]

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I’m not sure if I embrace all the casualness in this piece on “networked reading” in The Guardian. But the short article certainly formulates several very important questions with regard to reading. Reading habits are probably the next frontier in what is changing in the ecosystem of the book (and readers, and authors); This change […]

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