After a widely received first season in fall 2020, with four Preparations Workshops and a 6-hour state of the industry debate on October 13 – attended by 200 experienced industry leaders from 28 countries in a unique mix of heads of worldwide corporations and small local innovators –, it is time to move on. In […]

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Two seemingly separate pieces of news came in this morning: The International Pulishers Association released a survey on “Covid-19’s impact on global publishing“, based on a broad roundcall among their members worldwide. And perhaps surprisingly to many observers, the first challenge that the IPA study adressed was NOT bookshop closures due to lockdown – but an […]

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Music or books? Both! Spotify goes audiobooks
November 13, 2020 by ruediger

Things tend to change quickly these days. In August, publishers across Sweden had a new, transformative customer knocking at their doors – Amazon. The only surprise was, why that had happened not much earlier. For many years, Amazon had been expected to go into the Swedish online retail market with a dedicated Swedish website, which […]

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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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***On serial story telling in streaming TV. English translation here*** Wo beginnen? Am besten wohl in der bewährten Volte der Geschichtenerzähler mit einem Ăśberraschungscoup aus Tod und Wiedergeburt. Fernsehen neu? Wie langweilig! „Wie langweilig!“, hätte ich noch vor wenigen Jahren ausgerufen, wenn vom Medium Fernsehen die Rede gewesen wäre, um zu berichten, wie digitales Erzählen […]

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I peak over the shoulder of a well experienced trade publisher – she, or he, may work in a mid-sized imprint of a major group, or in some independent or even a boutique house -, with a few screens at the desk, a pile of recent charts and market reports to the left, and a […]

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Celebrating 10 years of Hachette India, Arnaud Nourry, sharp and outspoken as always, flatly nailed it in an interview with the Indian Scroll.in: “The ebook is a stupid product.” Of course he is right. And our dear colleagues of the French publishing trade news site of ActualittĂ© are plain wrong by interpreting the statement as […]

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How is the book business doing? Throughout the industry, this is a popular question around this time of the year. Particularly in non-English language markets, I am often puzzled by the creativity in most answers, to avoid controversy, and find a good ending to any story around the thorny issue. When the Federation of European […]

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The Global eBook report 2016, the reference and resource on the development of key book publishing markets and drivers for the current transformation is now available at www.global-ebook.com for an introductory price of € 15 (instead of € 20).   Highlights include Freshly updated market close ups for US, UK, continental Europe (Western as well […]

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Let’s face the simple truth: Not one prediction about ebooks (as far as I know) has been correct so far: No, ebooks will NOT go away any time soon. But no, again, they will not replace printed books, not even mass paperbacks, within a decade or so. Thus far, ebooks have strongly impacted only on […]

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