The Publishing Industry Turns a New Page

According to Shane Gottwals, the franchisor of Walls of Books, print isn’t dead—it’s here to stay. Last summer, he launched a used-books store concept, first developing four corporate stores from his home in Warner Robins, Georgia. Don’t misunderstand. Books weren’t exactly flying off the shelves in the beginning.

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Good news: Unlike West, publishing industry growing in India

New Delhi: The printed book is still sought after by readers in India. The publishing industry, valued at nearly $2 billion, is witnessing a healthy growth despite the slump in the international market and threats from digital mediums.

Experts say the millennia-old tradition of written texts, conservative Indian mindsets, vigorous event-based promotions of the reading culture, the sudden spurt in national and state-level literature festivals and competitive pricing are keeping the industry on the move, drawing new segments of readers.

Indian publishing industry was registering a growth rate of 15 percent annually and is estimated at nearly $2 billion. Reuters
This was evident at the World Book Fair 2013, which clocked heavy footfalls and transacted several international deals.

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Bookish, the Publishing Industry’s Great Digital Hope, Has Finally Launched

At long last, the publishing industry’s much-delayed book discovery platform has finally arrived. Bookish, a collaboration between Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Penguin, went live yesterday.

And just what has a year and a half of work produced? The home page spotlights bestsellers and new releases, alongside exclusive content like an essay from Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert tut-tutting Philip Roth. There’s the option of receiving updates via newsletter. Browsers can also purchase, let’s say, Michael Bolton’s new memoir directly through the site.

It’s pretty clear the point of all this hullabaloo is to wrest some control away from Amazon.

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