Publishing News from All Over the World

09 Feb



The Guardian reported:
The University of Central Lancashire has announced the launch of what it describes as the world’s first degree in self-publishing.

The MA will begin in September, and course leader Debbie Williams believes it will help “legitimize” self-publishing. “Things have definitely changed. In the last two years, self-publishing has stopped being a dirty word, and is a legitimate option for authors,” she said. “Even the biggest authors are looking at it now.”


Gook eReader reported:
The London-based Alliance of Independent Authors announced today that it has partnered with Kobo to release a guide to its newest author campaign, the Opening Up to Indie Authors guide. ALLi will use Kobo’s extensive global retail reach to make the guidebook available to its 190 international marketplaces.

Unlike initiatives that woke consumers up to the great titles being published by independent authors, this campaign is aimed at the local booksellers in hopes that they will finally see the benefits to taking risks on self-published books.


Publishers Weekly reported:
The London Book Fair has announced the agenda for its Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, in alliance with the Publishers Association, and sponsored by the Copyright Clearance Center. The sixth edition of the conference will take place April 7, just before the opening of the fair.

Among the speakers confirmed for the 2014 edition are Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks, who will appear in a session for industry thought leaders. Bill Thompson, the veteran technology journalist and head of partnership development at the BBC Archive will deliver a keynote speech, and the BBC Director of Children’s, Joe Godwin will participate in a discussion on targeting child and YA audiences online. Hugh Howey will talk about his experience of being a simultaneously conventionally published and self-published author.

Entrepreneurs from publishing start-ups will also be represented at the conference. Open Road Media’s Rachel Chou will explore the content marketing company’s experience of promoting e-books.
Read more about the London Book Fair’s program.


Digital World reports:
The Competition Bureau of Canada, an independent law enforcement agency, announced that it has reached an agreement with four major trade book publishers that limits their use of agency ebook pricing in Canada.

Following an 18-month investigation into the ebook industry in Canada, the Competition Bureau concluded that Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster have engaged in conduct that resulted in reduced competition for ebooks in Canada, in contravention of the country’s Competition Act. The four publishers have signed a consent agreement to remove or amend clauses in their distribution agreements with individual ebook retailers that the bureau believes restrict retail price competition. Read the whole article here.




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