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News from the World of Publishing

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abr. 6, 2010, 8:53pm

A thread of news on the business side of books seemed useful. So as you hear of mergers, acquisitions, the launch of a small or specialty press, or unfortunately, the closing of a press, let us hear about it.

abr. 7, 2010, 5:00pm

A small-ish publisher hidden in the bowels of a Goliath corporation.

"Announced in May 2009, AmazonEncore is a program which identifies exceptional books and emerging authors using information on, such as customer reviews and sales data. Amazon then works with the authors to introduce or re-introduce their books to readers through marketing and distribution into multiple channels and formats, such as the Amazon Books Store, Amazon Kindle Store,, and national and independent bookstores via third-party wholesalers. AmazonEncore is a brand for titles published by Amazon Content Services LLC."

I've been watching to see how deep into publishing Amazon is willing to go. So far, it's a mix of new books, reprints, and picking up some self-published titles. They have a lot of data to work with- sales ranks, reviews, and ratings. It's a different atmosphere from most small publishers in that the wolves of bankruptcy are not hanging around the front door constantly. Amazon doesn't break out the financial results for individual projects so it's hard to tell if this effort is paying its own way or not.

abr. 8, 2010, 9:19am

How many publishers are there? A boatload.

6 large publishers (in New York)
300-400 medium-sized publishers
86,000 small/self-publishers
has more stats.