You think I’m joking!
But I’m not:
In a ranking of global publishers, the deal will take the combined group to just outside the top five, competing for sixth position with Hachette Livre. Significantly, it will be the only group in the top 10 not to have either a UK or US presence.
Andrew Crawford of my favourite online retailer
Has a blog today over on The Bookseller. What I like about it is the way he happily turns book publishers worries on tehir heads and back again. For instance:
What should worry retailers is that publishers are the market makers: they filter, spot trends, create demand and even support retailers to promote their products. Large publishers are in a position to become better booksellers than some retailers, and this will be increasingly apparent with the take-up of electronic content.
Parried rather excellently by this bit:
Amazon has the power to connect an author to a large number of readers directly. Publishers truly add value, but it is not unfeasible for Amazon to acquire publishing talent to really beef up BookSurge’s proposition. Remember that Barnes & Noble bought Sterling Publishing and SparkNotes, and now has a thriving classics line.
So I’m left wondering if I should be terrified or hopeful! Worth reading.
Not impressed by the return of Gladiators