Neal-Schuman joins ALA; SkyRiver-DGI partnership; Idate ebook summary; Dangdang ebooks in China; CNI fall briefings; and Macmillan Bello, a new digital imprint.
“American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael and Neal-Schuman President Patricia Glass Schuman today announced that on Dec. 23, 2011, Neal-Schuman Publishers will become part of ALA Publishing.
Neal-Schuman Publishers, founded by John Vincent Neal and Patricia Glass Schuman in 1976, will continue to offer print and electronic publications under the well known imprint, but will join ALA Editions, TechSource and the new Huron Street Press under the ALA Publishing umbrella, which also includes ALA Digital Reference, Booklist Publications, American Libraries and ALA Graphics.”
“The Donohue Group (DGI) and SkyRiver Technology Solutions announced a partnership Wednesday in which DGI will supply full and in-process MARC records to SkyRiver’s database. DGI provides cataloging services for publishers. Recorded Books, Playaway, and AudioGo, among other DGI clients, have given permission for DGI to supply SkyRiver with the records. DGI will also provide SkyRiver with Publisher’s Cataloging-In-Publication (PCIP) records for hundreds of its small- and independent-press clients, according to the announcement.”
INFOdocket highlights a summary from Telecompaper.com of a report by Idate Consulting & Research containing future projections for the ebook market. According to the report, “worldwide digital books market will grow at an average rate of 30 percent per year between 2010 and 2015 to reach EUR 5.4 billion in 2015, or 12 percent of the total book market… E-Book readers will also develop from 3.3 million units sold in 2010 to 29.8 million units sold in 2015, representing a 24 percent growth rate per year. North America will see an average annual growth rate of 13 percent between 2012 and 2015.” The increased availability of content is the first determining factor in “the rapid rise in e-book sales,” the less expensive price is second.
Paul Biba of TeleRead links to this article from China News reporting that Chinese online retailer “Dangdang Inc started selling e-books on Wednesday, offering 50,000 titles from 200 publishers. Yi Wenfei, the company’s vice-president, said the number of e-book titles would soon exceed 100,000, since Dangdang is in talks with 100 more publishers. “We hope the number of e-books sold on Dangdang can surpass that of printed books in the next three to five years,” said Yi.”
Presentation materials & handouts for many of the Fall 2011 CNI Membership Meeting breakout sessions featuring various project briefings are now available online. The meeting was held December 12-13 in Arlington, VA.
“Pan Macmillan announced today a partnership between its new digital imprint, Macmillan Bello, and Curtis Brown, one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious literary agencies… From November 2011 to the end of the year, Macmillan Bello will publish 120 ebooks drawn exclusively from Curtis Brown’s list, with a further 400 titles to follow later next year.” (Macmillan Bello was previously known as Macmillan Compass.)