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Publica wants to free publishers and authors from Amazon using the blockchain

thebookseller.com – Saturday November 10, 2018

Publica is a new publishing platform that using blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to innovate how books are funded, distributed, bought, and read. For readers, libraries and institutions Publica offers “books without borders” via an ereader-wallet app for digital book ownership, which is portable to any device. For authors and publishers, it offers personalised online storefronts, designed to their own business models and at their own prices, with their book sales cryptographically protected by a global peer-to-peer blockchain network.

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Major Publishers are seeing strong gains with audiobooks

goodereader.com – Friday November 9, 2018

Major publishers such as Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Penguin Random House have all reported that digital audiobooks continue to soar, while ebooks still generate meaningful revenue, although sales are soft.

HarperCollins recently stated that digital audiobook sales also had another great quarter, up 55% over the first period of fiscal 2018. The growth in audio offset soft e-book sales, resulting in a 12% increase in total digital sales in the quarter; ebook and digital audio represented 22% of total HC revenue in the period.

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Will the chatbot novel become a new trend for book publishers?

econsultancy.com – Tuesday November 6, 2018

eBooks and audiobooks are now consumed in their droves, and yet they remain a mere alternative to the traditional paper or hardback book.

And when it comes to marketing, apart from a few juggernauts like J.K Rowling (more on her later), not many authors receive the investment or resources needed for large scale digital or social campaigns.

So, how do publishers tell (and sell) stories to a digital audience? American author James Patterson is the latest author to experiment with a new strategy. He has teamed up with Facebook to release an ‘interactive’ version of his latest novel, ‘The Chef’, on the Messenger platform.

Is it a marketing gimmick, or a glimpse at how we will consume and enjoy books in future? Here’s more.

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New specialist kids agency launched

booksandpublishing.com.au – Thursday November 1, 2018

Lawyer and writer Justine Barker has launched a new literary agency focusing on children’s and YA books.

Mayfair Literary Agency will represent authors writing picture books, junior fiction, middle-grade and YA titles, and is only open to Australian writers. The agency is currently accepting submissions by previously published authors, and also has a pre-submission pitching service open to unpublished authors.

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US trade sales increase despite a fall in publishing revenues

thebookseller.com – Wednesday October 31, 2018

Publishing revenues declined 1.4% in the US in the first three quarters of the year, despite a rise in trade revenues of 4.4%, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

Trade publishing revenues increased 4.4% to $228.3m compared to the same period in 2017 and adult books - the largest category - experienced a rise of 4.4%. Publishers revenue for children’s and young adult books (+3.5%) and religious presses (+7.6%) also increased.

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Abrams Artists Agency Adds New Agents In New York & Los Angeles

deadline.com – Monday October 29, 2018

Abrams Artists Agency has hired two new agents for its Los Angeles and New York offices. Jason Zenowich will join the Talent Division in Los Angeles and Sara Barkan will join the Theatrical Literary Division in New York. The appointments are effective immediately.

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Writers Guild Launches Campaign Against Free Work

variety.com – Wednesday October 24, 2018

The Writers Guild of America West has launched a campaign to urge its members not to work for free.

“All writers need jobs, and especially when it’s early in their careers, it can feel like they have to do whatever it takes to get hired,” said screenwriter and WGA West board member Michele Mulroney. “But leaving behind a treatment for a producer or executive is the equivalent of writing for free. It opens the door to what can often be months of more free work like getting notes on the treatment and revising it multiple times. Guild rules do not allow for uncompensated work and members need to know that they simply don’t have to give in to these requests.”

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61% of Canadian publishers are producing audiobooks, up from 16% in 2015

booksandpublishing.com.au – Monday October 22, 2018

In Canada, 61% of publishers are producing audiobooks, up from 16% in 2015.

According to a recent study on audiobook use published by BookNet Canada, the average audiobook listener in Canada identifies as female, is aged between 25 and 34, and listens to audiobooks between one and ‘several’ times per week. Audiobook listeners over the age of 55 grew by four percent from the previous year.

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Penguin Random House Merges Two of its Successful Publishing Lines

nytimes.com – Friday October 19, 2018

Penguin Random House, the largest publishing company in the United States, is merging two of its most prestigious publishing lines, Random House and the Crown Publishing Group.

The new joint division will be lead by Gina Centrello, currently the president and publisher of Random House. In a memo to employees, Madeline McIntosh, the chief executive of Penguin Random House U.S., said that Crown and Random House “will retain their distinct editorial identities.”

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Literary-minded phishers are trying to pilfer publishers’ manuscripts

nakedsecurity.sophos.com – Monday October 15, 2018

A scammer has been trying to steal manuscripts by spoofing their email address to make it look like messages are coming from literary agent Catherine Eccles, owner of the international scouting agency Eccles Fisher.

The scammer is targeting literary agencies, asking for manuscripts, authors’ details and other confidential material, as the industry publication the Bookseller reported on Thursday.

The attack on Eccles Fisher is just part of a broader, global spate of phishing attacks that’s prompted Penguin Random House (PRH) North America to issue an urgent warning to all staff just as the five-day Frankfurt Book Fair began, the Bookseller then reported on Friday.

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