First and foremost, I have no clue what regulators will say about the purchase. This is not my turf. But I have a couple of observations on the underlying stories in the move of German Bertelsmann group, parent of Penguin Random House, picking up the 1924 founded book publishing jewel, Simon and Schuster, for $2.175 […]
Post-pandemic strategies? Fix the supply chain of books!
November 24, 2020 by ruediger
Two seemingly separate pieces of news came in this morning: The International Pulishers Association released a surveyÂ 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 […]
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 […]