Thursday, July 24, 2014

The disappearing bookstores and the shrinking shelf space; book publishers' concerns familiar to magazine publishers

The most common concerns raised by book publishers in Canada, according to report prepared for the International Publishers Association (IPA), were the closure of bricks-and-mortar bookstores and reduced shelf space for books in stores. This will likely resonate with magazine publishers, particularly of the independent and cultural kind, who rely just as heavily on independent bookstores and display space. The third most common concern was the cost of developing e-books; this is congruent with the challenge that magazine publishers face in creating digital editions. [H/T TWUC]

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