In this weeks Self-Publishing News Special, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway looks at James Daunts dedication to Nook and Spotifys move into audiobooks.
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Is Nook About to Make a Comeback?
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James Daunt is among those individuals who makes headings whenever he speaks. Due to the fact that he is a bookselling leviathan who now manages Waterstones and Barnes and Noble, in part thats. In part its due to the fact that hes one of those contrarians who figures its OKAY to state outrageous things because 1% of the time they will turn out to be fantastic. And in part its because the times they turn out not to be brilliant those things can leave a hot mess behind.
This week, Daunt has actually been at it once again. And he has actually verified that the pandemic has offered them the opportunity (I see where youre coming from, James, simply not sure that phrasings a leading look) for that remodeling.
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However not even I was gotten ready for “I definitely enjoy Nook.” It seems Daunt, having ignored ebooks throughout his tenure at Waterstones, is now their champion. And he will promote them through the Nook. I for one am not holding my breath, however this is undoubtedly a big story. Im unsure how I feel about Nook. That is Nooks problem– Im not exactly sure I feel anything about it one method or the other. I am all for promoting the epub format.
Spotify Slides into Audiobooks.
I speak about Spotify a lot in this column. Thats since it hovers over us like a spectre as the subscription design grows, especially for audiobooks. Customers progressively love subscription, and we know they love Spotify. For musicians, it is a word to make them all flinch. Payments per stream are notoriously low, going to small fractions of a cent. As we think about the slow downgrading of payments per page at Kindle Unlimited, its really simple to forget that for musicians those payments are orders of magnitude smaller. And they might be coming our method. Now it seems they really might be coming our way. Mark Williams has noticed that Spotify has actually advertised for a new position– head of audiobooks in the US. And while the focus for now appears to be podcasts, we ought to view this area like a hawk.
Diversity, Censorship, and Free Speech– Publishings Square Circle?
We have talked a lot about diversity in releasing this year. And this week has actually seen a series of stories that sit rather uncomfortably together. Between them they highlight why this is a discussion that as a market we require to keep having. Im just going to provide the stories here. The Aspen Institute is commissioning a major research study into variety in publishing. When what we feel we require is action, reports can appear frustrating. But understanding where we are matters. Second, Kuwait has actually initiated a significant shift in its censorship laws. It has actually moved from a “before you publish” censorship program to a “release and after that well decide” one. That might not feel like flexibility, however it is an action.
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The reason this story is so prominent is that it doesnt fit easily with either of the very first two. And that is why we as a market need to keep talking. On the one hand, freedom of speech is our lifeline. On the other hand, frequently some groups have not had that liberty and are still denied it by an industry that stops working to identify them. The concern the Tobias Agency faced is a microcosm of one we all face. On the one hand, they appear to have taken a step down the course of “cancel culture.” On the other, a member of staff revealed support for an act of violence against the very group the firm desires to increase representation of.
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A number of days ago, publishing did that thing it does from time to time. It broke out of its bubble and took control of social media. The focus was on an assistant representative, Sasha White. White had actually just recently been employed by the Tobias Agency. This is a firm that is actively wanting to handle writers from underrepresented backgrounds, including BAME and trans authors. An activist brought it to the agencys attention that White had a personal Twitter account which she used to tweet things that did not fit along with that objective. The firm ended her employment. And Twitter did wat Twitter does– began an #istandwith hashtag.
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James Daunt is one of those individuals who makes headlines whenever he speaks. In part its due to the fact that hes one of those contrarians who figures its OKAY to say outrageous things since 1% of the time they will turn out to be dazzling. And he will promote them through the Nook. Im not sure how I feel about Nook. That is Nooks issue– Im not sure I feel anything about it one method or the other.