February 18th, 2011 · opinion
by Eoin Purcell
For some time there has been a funny dichotomy in the publishing industry worldwide.
On the one hand publishers have decried the growing influence of powerful tech companies from outside the industry. Google, Amazon, Apple all fall into that category (Amazon aside from being an impressive online retailer is also an amazing tech company). They are feared and despised both as huge outside firms with enormous capabilities and cash compared with publishers and also as companies driving the industry in a direction it wasn’t keen on going. [Read more →]
Diamond Book Distributors sent out an email this week to their clients and partners. Bill Schanes, Diamond’s VP of purchasing, said that Borders had suspended payments to Diamond, and the distributor was forced to suspend book shipments to the retail chain.
Given that Diamond is only the latest to stop doing business with Borders, I’d say that that the vote of no confidence is pretty damning. [Read more →]
From Trading Markets:
Samsung Electronics Co., Asia’s largest maker of mobile phones and memory chips, said Monday that it has recently decided to withdraw from the electronic paper (e-paper) business due to cost issues.
The company, however, will not completely leave the market for electronic book (e-book) readers, and plans to launch next year an electronic reading device using a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel as a screen, according to the company’s spokesman.
“We will launch a new e-book reader next year but it will use an LCD instead of e-paper,” said spokesman Kim Se-hoon by phone, refusing to say when the company halted e-paper production. He also declined to elaborate further on the size or other specifications of the forthcoming model.
Wow. One of the heavyweights just dropped out of the market.
Samsung were an exhibitor at SID Display week, a screen tech trade show. They weren’t just making devices; they were doing original research on new screen technology.
TDR covered SID Display Week back in late May early June. Now I’m really glad we did. We probably won’t have a chance to see their screen tech again.
From the press release:
Amid surging demand and interest in e-books, Baker & Taylor, a leading provider of digital media services to publishers worldwide, and LibreDigital, Inc., a leading developer of digital publishing solutions, today at Book Expo America announced an expanded agreement to partner for the delivery of e-books– creating a one-stop, comprehensive suite of services for publishers. The pair’s enhanced digital services platform spans all forms of digital media – books, newspapers and magazines – and all digital devices and applications, including the Baker & Taylor-powered Blio ereader software, developed by K-NFB Reading Technology, and Apple’s iPad.
As part of the agreement, Baker & Taylor – also the world’s largest distributor of books and value-added services to retailers, institutions and libraries – will offer its more than 30,000 publishing partners a full range of digital services from LibreDigital. Those services and technologies, which include LibreMarket and LibrePublish, help publishers across all segments to increase the visibility and sales of their published works.