Cork University PressRead the book, then watch the film on DVD (13.2.2006, 09:14 UTC)
For more than a year, Chamberlain Bros., an imprint of the Penguin Group publishing giant, has been experimenting with a new hybrid product -- paperback editions of classic books packaged with DVD versions of the story. The company is betting that customers will like having the chance to read "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo, and then watch Lon Chaney Sr. in the title role. Or to work their way through "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy, and then watch the 1948 film ...
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Cork University PressDashnoards for Non-Profits (10.2.2006, 09:19 UTC)
A non-profit dashboard dashboard gives important information to decsion makers in a quick and easy way. From Board Cafe
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Cork University PressAmazon Sales Up, Profits Down; Shares Fall (8.2.2006, 21:22 UTC)
Net sales at Amazon.com rose 17% to $2.98 billion in the fourth quarter ended December 31 and net income fell 42.7% to $199 million. (Without unfavorable exchange rates of $121 million, net sales would have grown 22%.) The company predicted first quarter 2006 sales will rise between 13% and 20% and full year sales will rise between 16% and 23%. Wall Street was disappointed: shares of Amazon dropped nearly 9% to below $40 a share in unusually high-volume aftermarket trading.Martin Pyykkonen of Ho...
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Cork University PressGeorgetown University Press, Library Team Up for Digital Books (6.2.2006, 09:09 UTC)
A partnership between Georgetown University Press and the Georgetown University Library will offer free access to a small number of the press's books, and that program likely will expand. Georgetown University Press director Richard Brown told the LJ Academic Newswire that the press and library have teamed up for Digital Georgetown, which will offer several volumes of the Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) series free on the web to Georgetown faculty, staff, and...
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Cork University PressTop Search Engines by Search Share (3.2.2006, 17:10 UTC)
According to the Nielsen/Netratings report, the top search engines by share for November, 2005 were: Google Search (46.3% of searches) Yahoo! Search (23.5% of searches) MSN Search (11.4% of searches) AOL Search (6.9% of searches) My Way Search (2.5% of searches) Ask Jeeves Search (2.3% of searches) A total of 5.1 billion searches were performed in November, 2005. Google, Yahoo!, and MSN remain the top 3 search engines as measured by share, with Google still dominating in this category....
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Cork University PressDigital Rights Management (1.2.2006, 17:12 UTC)
American Library Association has released a policy brief entitled Digital Rights Management: A Guide for Librarians " in PDF format. This 44 page document dicscusses the concepts of copyright and fair use as they are currently used for digital works (music, e-books, etc.). From The Library Journal
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Cork University PressFuture Predictions (30.1.2006, 13:17 UTC)
The pace of change in bookselling is so rapid that it's easy to become unreasonably nostalgic for the old days, however flawed they may have been. So, in a New Year's bid for optimism, I have imagined the bookshop of the future. The first thing I notice on entering Amottastone's in 10 years' time is the beauty of the books. They are made to be treasured, and to last. Production values are superb. Jacket design is stunning--the quality of paper and binding indicates that these are books fo...
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Cork University PressSummit thrashes out digital issues (27.1.2006, 09:12 UTC)
Publishers have started to hammer out digital rights issues with authors and agents, as they look to exploit their backlists online. The Publishers Association met with the Society of Authors and the Association of Authors' Agents last week to discuss how digital rights should be covered in contracts. The meeting was an acknowledgement from publishers of the need to work with authors and agents as they start to build digital archives of book content. It was chaired by BA-PA ...
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Cork University PressThe Book World Snapshot: Looking Back—and Ahead—in Publishing and Retail (25.1.2006, 13:16 UTC)
As the industry settled into the new year, The Book Standard spoke with industry insiders, including Barnes & Noble CFO Joe Lombardi and HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman, to get their commentary on how 2005 played out, plus their projections for 2006. With last year’s 9.3-percent increase in book sales, over 2004’s numbers, dominant themes of discussion included new online initiatives, developments in digital marketing, promotion and content delivery—and the continued streng...
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Cork University PressPublishing in the digital age (23.1.2006, 09:48 UTC)
The following article is an edited version of a speech by HarperCollins chief executive Victoria Barnsley, given at the London Business School's media summit, outlining the impact of digitisation on publishing: If publishing was once a business of mass production, where one sold ever-increasing print runs of ever-decreasing titles to more and more people, the digital age will reverse this. It offers a world in which individual consumers will increasingly be heard, where publishers and aut...
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Cork University PressBlocking off Google (20.1.2006, 09:11 UTC)
Business Week wonders why traditional publishers don't form a consortium and set up their own search engine ring-fencing their content and blocking other search companies from accessing it. "A Content Consortium would wreak havoc with the Web as we know it in its bid to restore the role of content owner as gatekeeper." From The Bookseller
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Cork University PressGoogle E-Bookstore? (18.1.2006, 17:20 UTC)
Google might set up an online bookstore for e-books--but only with the permission of copyright holders, according to the BBC News, which quoted CEO Eric Schmidt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Concerning the company's library book scanning project, the subject of several lawsuits, co-founder Larry Page said, "You are certainly seeing a bit of negotiation by public relations." From Shelf Awareness
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Cork University PressGiles to Leave HMV (16.1.2006, 21:16 UTC)
Alan Giles, CEO of the HMV Group since it was formed in 1998, is resigning effective the end of the year, "the first high-profile management victim of deteriorating sales conditions on the U.K. high street," as the Daily Telegraph put it. As reported by Forbes.com, HMV had disappointing results for the holiday season, and at the company's Waterstone's booksellers division, comp-store sales fell 2.4% and overall sales dropped 1.6% in the five weeks ended January 7. The company said that...
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Cork University PressGoogle considers launching a bookshop (13.1.2006, 09:08 UTC)
BBC Online reports that Google is considering setting up an online book store. Google c.e.o. Eric Schmidt told reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that this would depend on permission from copyright holders. Last week Google launched an online video store. "During a briefing with international journalists at CES, Google founders] Mr Schmidt and Mr Page sought to reassure concerns about Google's book digitisation project. 'Google book search is about building the world's...
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Cork University PressDigital textbooks (11.1.2006, 17:08 UTC)
Effective this semester, MBS Textbook Exchange's pilot program selling digital textbooks from four publishers in 10 college stores (Shelf Awareness, August 10) has grown to include nearly 400 titles and more than 30 college bookstores, numbers that are slightly less than hoped for in the fall (Shelf Awareness, November 1) but still a considerable expansion.As reported, the program's e-texts amounted to 5.7% of print textbook sales in the courses. MBS found, too, that the e-texts represented almo...
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Cork University PressNew ebook reader (9.1.2006, 21:07 UTC)
Sony opens a new chapter in the electronic-book saga by unveiling its handheld Reader Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show.  The tale has been a ho-hum one so far; eBooks account for only about $10 million of the $24 billion publishing industry. But the electronics giant hopes to change that with the Reader ($300-$400) this spring. Around the size of a paperback but only a half-inch thick, the Reader has a 6-inch gray-scale screen and is easy to hold at less than 9 ounces. The R...
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Cork University PressThe Only Marketing Resolution You Need for 2006 (6.1.2006, 13:24 UTC)
Get ready—'tis the season for resolutions. But instead of a boring list of all-purpose to-dos, here's a single goal that can make a big impact: We will identify our most profitable customers (the top 20%) and create a strategy to increase business with them by 20% before year's end. Let's call it "the 20/20 strategy." It can capture the attention of your entire organization to drive profitability in 2006. Read on to find out why it's so powerful, and how you can implement it su...
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Cork University Presslibraries selling donated books on eBay (4.1.2006, 17:09 UTC)
LJX's December 20 Library-Lorn scenario of libraries selling donated books on eBay garnered a marvelous alternate solution to the dilemma from reader Alex Hershey: "There's another great option which your answer didn't address—there are a number of well-established organizations that accept donations of books (and cover all shipping costs), resell them online, and then reinvest the funds into programs that benefit overseas communities. For example, Books Beyond Borders, is currently p...
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Cork University PressThe year of publishing safely (2.1.2006, 21:06 UTC)
Anyone familiar with earlier Guardian all-year sales rankings will find some changes this time. The "fastsellers" list of previous years, compiled by hand, included only "books published in paperback for the first time in the calendar year", whereas Nielsen BookScan's Top 100 electronically ranks the bestselling titles, with no exclusions by format or publication date. You only have to glance at the top of the chart to recognise that removing these bans has significant repe...
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Cork University PressSelf Published Authors now have an excellent Review and Promo source (30.12.2005, 17:09 UTC)
If you are a new author or a self published author, you have discovered how difficult it is to get a professional respected review. Visit the Allbooks Reviews website today and then contact us and join the hundreds of authors that have discovered how beneficial an Allbooks Review can be to selling your books. We even offer our bookstore where you can post your title, covershot, price and purchase information and sell directly to consumers. Allbooks Reviews authors are our greatest advertising ...
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Cork University PressScotland casts its net wider for sales but there is a catch (28.12.2005, 17:11 UTC)
THERE are few things more irritating than hearing any of our national figures referred to as "English", and for decades, Scots have been tirelessly campaigning to remind the world just how many artists, scientists, inventors and heroes came from north of the Border. All that good work appears to be paying off - but now it is in danger of flying back in our faces. Things have gone too far. The problem was highlighted by a campaign launched at the start of this year by magazine The Lis...
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Cork University PressYou can tell a book by its cover (26.12.2005, 21:07 UTC)
The jacket of a new novel has just seconds to seduce us into a purchase. Ah, says our critic, so that’s why I see Corelli lookalikes all over the shop BOOK LOVERS MAY NOT BE the most heroic members of the romantic world, but at least, we tell ourselves, we are deep, we are discerning. Well, I have news for you from publishing’s bottom line: we bespectacled creatures of the late-night night light are, frankly, a bit slutty. As we walk into any bookshop for an impulse purchase, we ba...
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Cork University PressUpstart Publishers Eat Wasps and Sting Bertelsmann, Time Warner (23.12.2005, 17:06 UTC)
What animal eats wasps? Is beheading painful? How fat do I have to be to turn bulletproof? The answers to these and other oddball questions are giving Profile Books Ltd., a nine-year-old London publisher, its fourth bestseller this Christmas. ``Does Anything Eat Wasps?'' was culled from a column in the U.K. magazine New Scientist. Released in November and already in its ninth reprint, the book has become the second-best-selling nonfiction paperback in Britain, according to Nielsen BookScan d...
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Cork University PressEx-Publisher, Now Agent, Looking Both Ways (21.12.2005, 09:10 UTC)
Three days into his new life as a literary agent, Laurence J. Kirshbaum, the former chairman and chief executive of the Time Warner Book Group, admits he is not yet an expert on the agent business. He still has some things to say, however, about the problems facing the publishing industry. Laurence J. Kirshbaum, the former chief executive of the Time Warner Book Group, has changed sides and opened his own literary agency. "I'm sure in a lot of publishing houses that there is a frustratio...
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Cork University PressCampus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities (19.12.2005, 09:15 UTC)
The product of a joint task force made up of representatives from AAUP, AAU, AAP and ARL, this guide to the issues for colleges and universities in setting policies governing the creation, distribution, use and management of copyrighted works is now available on the AAUP website.  Thanks to Sarah, who is managing the website while Brenna is taking a few days off, there's a link on the AAUP homepage, or you can go directly to <http://www.aaupnet.org/aboutup/issues/Campus_Copyright.pdf>...
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Cork University PressOnline Book Reviews (18.12.2005, 13:07 UTC)
A new study done at the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale School of Management shows that online reviews do impact sales at Amazon.com and BN.com. The study's authors, Judith Chevalier and Dina Mayzlin, found that: The addition of favorable reviews at one site increases book sales at that site relative to the other retailer. Negative 1-star reviews carry more weight with consumers than do positive 5-star reviews. The impact of a negative review is more powerful in decreasing book sal...
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Cork University PressThe Shift Away From Print (14.12.2005, 09:11 UTC)
For most scholarly journals, the transition away from the print format and to an exclusive reliance on the electronic version seems all but inevitable, driven by user preferences for electronic journals and concerns about collecting the same information in two formats. But this shift away from print, in the absence of strategic planning by a higher proportion of libraries and publishers, may endanger the viability of certain journals and even the journal literature more broadly — while not...
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Cork University PressONIX Online Directory Online Now (12.12.2005, 09:08 UTC)
To help encourage the use of ONIX (Online Information Exchange), which has become increasingly important as more and more information about books is sent and used in electronic form, the Book Industry Study Group has set up an online ONIX Users Directory. The directory allows companies a central place for announcing their ONIX sending and receiving requirements. The directory also includes information about ONIX technical service providers. Some of the more than 30 companies already listed incl...
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Cork University PressHMV take over bid referred to the Competition Commission (9.12.2005, 09:06 UTC)
The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has referred HMV's offer to buy Ottakar's to the Competition Commission, which adds further delays to the company's bid to combine its Waterstone's subsidiary with Ottakar's, which would control some 23% of the U.K. market, the BBC reported. The Office said it had received an "unusually high level of consumer complaints"; HMV said it will defend the deal. From Shelf Awareness
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Cork University PressPerfect pitching (7.12.2005, 09:09 UTC)
Damian Horner Considering how much rides on a pitch in terms of money, pride and emotion, it is depressing how uninspiring most presentations turn out to be. As a "Pitch Doctor", I have seen many errors over the years. Here are the Seven Deadly Sins: Unfocused The best pitches come from a single- minded strategy that can be summed up in one sentence. This proposition should inform everything from the jackets to the marketing to the press releases. Too often, howeve...
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