Charming readers â€“ by juggling with numbers. Invitation to a wild ride for publishers.
May 29, 2018 by ruediger
I peak over the shoulder of a well experienced trade publisher â€“ she, or he, may work in a mid-sized imprint of a major group, or in some independent or even a boutique house -, with a few screens at the desk, a pile of recent charts and market reports to the left, and a […]
What are book statistics good for: Why in times of change, having a road map is critical.
March 15, 2018 by ruediger
Publishers are challenged by declining book markets, a changing readership drifting away from books, as much as new competition from other content and formats – AND by the messy data that are available to build a realistic assessment of what is going on in the first place. And yet, book statistics are seen as a […]
How is the business of books doing? A call to better share data and insights.
January 16, 2018 by ruediger
How is the book business doing? Throughout the industry, this is a popular question around this time of the year. Particularly in non-English language markets, I am often puzzled by the creativity in most answers, to avoid controversy, and find a good ending to any story around the thorny issue. When the Federation of European […]