The New Year 2019 dawns with wonderful news in American publishing: Book sales continue to grow each year. There’s not a better time to write and publish a book. However—the “December squeeze” that publishers have experienced in recent years became a December crisis as 2018 drew to a close. In this column, Editor David Crumm writes about nationwide book-production problems at the holidays.
Our Director of Production Dmitri Barvinok continues our Metadata 101 exploration of publishing by explaining the ubiquitous—yet little understood—ISBN. They’re on every book you buy, but the purpose and rules for using ISBNs are among the more arcane mysteries of publishing. Dmitri unlocks that realm to help authors (and readers) understand a lot more about what those numbers can tell us about a book.
Front Edge Publishing Editor David Crumm reports on the latest sales trends, which show print books continuing to grow in popularity on the strength of nonfiction. In particular, books on religion continue to be a strong segment of the market. E-books remain a small but important segment of sales, each year.
Millions of eBooks are sold each year. This market is all about impulse buying—and also the convenience of carrying books as conveniently as you carry your phone. In this part of our Metadata 101 series, Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok describes the various eBook formats—and how Front Edge Publishing handles these challenges.
Amazon.com is one of the largest platforms for book distribution in the world, but the automation necessary to keep the behemoth running has resulted in many headaches for book publishers and authors. In this new column, you’ll learn about the strategies the Front Edge Publishing team uses to navigate the mighty Amazon.