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Books Abroad: Australian Publishing and Book Business in Melbourne

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  We inaugurate “Books Abroad”, our international version of “Not New York”, with a post from Kate McKenzie on her hometown, Melbourne, Australia. Just as we want to widen horizons and make connections beyond “NYCentric” book business in the US, we also want to explore other publishing hubs around the world. Shannon will continue her explorations, and we’ll also welcome profiles from other guest contributors. Like any travelers, we’re on the hunt for communities small and large, landmarks and little-known treasures. All aboard for Books Abroad! **** I’ve lived in […]

What is the Long Tail of Publishing?

If you were to graph a retail environment where a large number of different items are sold in relatively small quantities each, you’d get something like this:   See the “long tail” tapering off to the right? In bookselling, a profitable industry has grown from the availability of so many unique titles. All these titles are represented on the right side of the graph: the realm of self-publishing, print-on-demand, backlists, zines, and niche-interest blogs. If you’ve been in book business for fewer than 10 years, a Long Tail-driven business is […]

Libraries and Ebooks: An Australian Perspective

  This is the first post by our new blogger, Kate McKenzie, based on research she’s done for her Masters in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. While there are differences between Australian and North American library systems and ebook policies, we’re excited to welcome Kate’s account of things in her hometown to help widen our picture of the way people are borrowing and reading around the world. **** Random House, one of the world’s biggest publishing houses, recently said that libraries do, in fact, ‘own’ their Random […]