In this weeks Self-Publishing News Unique, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway lays out Frankfurt Book Fairs require digital panel ideas and Overdrives “acquisition” of RB Media.
ALLis News Editor Dan Holloway
It was a satisfaction as always talking to ALLis podcast editor, Howard Lovy for the latest self-publishing broadcast. Can I also point you towards the article of last weeks #indieauthorchat on twitter on the key lessons indie icon Adam Croft has actually discovered.
Frankfurt Wants You
We have been reporting for a while that Frankfurt will be operating a “hybrid” model for its book reasonable this year. Hybrid, of course, is something that a lot of us recognize with. The exciting news is that for the online part of that blended model, Frankfurt is searching for contributions. They want your concepts for fascinating, interesting, and interesting sessions. There will be a particular concentrate on diversity and addition. So if you have a session because location that youre burning to propose, you have till July 15th to do it. The type to use is here.
Overdrive: Reorganisation or Strategic Move?
Overdrive is, as you will understand, the leading service provider of digital content for libraries. Last week, Overdrive revealed in a press release that they were obtaining the library-relevant bits of RB Media. As Nate points out at The Digital Reader, Overdrive and RB are both owned by financial investment fund KKR.
Amazon in Sweden and India
I want to treat the Bookwire conference on audiobooks as a different product, but an essential message matters here. In that context Amazons relocation on their house market is considerable.
Amazons other big relocation today has can be found in India. This has been another crucial market where the behemoth hasnt constantly acted in what looks like a timely way. One of the reasons for that might be something Mark Williams and others regularly point to. India might have a great deal of very tech smart people, however its consumer habits remain really analogue. One area this is extremely apparent is with textbooks. Rather than moving to digital textbooks, there is an extensive usage of paper copies of books. This is so prevalent that copying is lawfully considered reasonable use under copyright law. Rather than doubling down on digital, Amazon is now looking for to make use of that market for physical goods. It is investing greatly in a series of smart shops in order to do so.
Amazon are finally talking to publishers about a Swedish shop. This is actually essential. Its essential because of Swedens significance in the book world. Particularly Swedens significance in being home to 2 of the companies driving the existing shift in how we buy consume– and pay for– books. Bookbeat and Storytel are extremely successful membership platforms for electronic material, specifically audiobooks. And while both are on an objective to become really worldwide, their core consumers remain in Scandinavia– for now.
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The 2 other key takeaways from the occasion are likewise truly important for us. Membership is growing and wont stop. And if audiobooks are growing highly, then podcasts are really growing strongly, and are entirely different as far as material is worried. In other words– audio is the future, but its a complex and varied future, and to benefit from it we have to understand that.
Audiobooks continue to be among the markets most amazing sectors. Though, as Bookwires All about Audio conference highlighted, it is still reasonably small. In the United States it represents only 9.5% of the market (though that is over half the size of ebooks). Thats worth remembering when we consider the current figures showing more double digit audiobook development. The most intriguing contributions to the event came, fittingly, from Storytels Helena Gustafsson. By method of contrast to the US figures, in Scandinavia audiobooks make up 50% of the retail market. So Gustafsson has some key insights into what a large scale audiobook industry appears like. And the most striking element is the supremacy of local-language content. Not just that, however she discovered 86% of Storytels bestsellers were by authors regional to their market. When we consider the effort involved in distributing our books throughout territories, thats truly fascinating. Similarly, when it comes to choices about whether to money translations of our work.
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Help us fill this with great online occasions in the coming weeks and months.
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA)– Zoom conferences the 2nd Saturday of monthly
Frankfurter Buchmesse, 14-18 Oct [Frankfurt/online]
Over to You
We have actually been reporting for a while that Frankfurt will be running a “hybrid” model for its book fair this year. The interesting news is that for the online part of that combined model, Frankfurt is looking for contributions. Its crucial because of Swedens significance in the book world. Specifically Swedens significance in being home to 2 of the companies driving the present shift in how we purchase take in– and pay for– books. When we think about the effort involved in distributing our books across areas, thats truly intriguing.
Let us know about online occasions of interest to indies in the comments below.