Bertelsmann, the parent company of Penguin Random House, launched a multimedia subscription service called RTL+, meant to compete with Netflix in Germany.
In the first issue of the year, I’ll offer my take on what’s ahead for publishing in 2022. Do you have your own predictions?
News Movie tie-ins negatively affected by COVID. Hollywood loves building on existing IP, and publishers benefit in the form of book sales. But the pandemic has shifted release dates and affected distribution strategies. Read Karen Raugust at Publishers Weekly. Hudson’s not doing so bad. The travel bookstore often found in airports speaks with Publishers Weekly about sales trends.  … Read more
Mobile storytelling platform Radish, owned by the Korean Kakao Entertainment Corp., has acquired the English-language Asian fantasy-fiction platform Wuxiaworld.
graphic novels and manga have buoyed book sales this year, and that’s true for both adult and children’s categories.
Founded in 2017, Substack is an email newsletter platform that’s become one of the most buzzed-about companies this year.
As always, I’m monitoring industry publications, blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and more for 2021 analysis, and I offer you these highlights.
YA top sellers tend to remain so for a long time, and series do best (no surprise)
Traditional Publishing Some publishers might return to printing their own books. Supply chain issues and long wait times for book printing could lead to publishers becoming printers once again. Read Kenneth Whyte in SHuSH. Maybe gargantuan social media followings don’t sell books after all? Or could it be that publishers naively expect books to sell themselves without any … Read more
It might well be impossible at this point to host a children’s publishing event without offering at least one session focused on TikTok