It may not happen today, or tomorrow, but the coming textbook wars will be massive, if quietly so. Why? The world of educational publishing is enormous; it is much bigger than you might imagine. It dwarfs, for example, the feeble trade publishing market. At the turn of the last decade, Pearson’s educational arm alone brought in more revenue than all other publishers, with the exception of education-driven Reed Elsevier. That’s just the arm that produces textbooks and other educational material. Frankly, when we talk about publishing as a whole, what we say makes little sense unless we’re talking about textbooks and educational publishing. … Read More
In case you naively thought there was still a branch of human production that Amazon wasn’t trying to conquer, think… Read More
It’s been easy for me to say “let’s listen to Dylan Farrow and Bill Cosby’s accusers without discounting these men’s previous important body of work” up until now, since neither of them has made anything critically acclaimed in the few years since Blue Jasmine.
Frankly, I’ve been relieved every time Woody Allen’s new play or film has been declared forgettable at best, because it gets me off the hook. Bad reviews mean I don’t have to choose between my appetite for art and my feminist ideology. I had the same reaction to the cancellation of Cosby’s upcoming show. … Read More
These days, a huge part of being a movie buff is finding your way through the embarrassment of riches that appear on a weekly basis, with a flurry of new movies on a variety of platforms — VOD, Netflix, Amazon, good old-fashioned DVD and Blu-ray — vying for your attention. Well, here at Flavorwire, we’ve decided to do something about it: we’re launching this new column, where every Tuesday, we’ll sift through the week’s new offerings and spotlight the handful that are truly worth your time. … Read More
There are few things less surprising than Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to start a book club. As I predicted not long ago, it was just a matter of time before Zuckerberg joined in on the publishing game, given his newfound newspaper-y aspirations — think Murdoch, Hearst, Bezos. But there is more to this charade. It’s all about business, politics, the politics of business, and the business of politics. … Read More
A post-apocalyptic drama by The X-Files creator Chris Carter seemed, for Amazon, particularly winning, especially with Amazon’s current focus on… Read More
What will book publishing bring in 2015? Shrouded as the industry is behind a veil woven of billions and billions of dollars, it’s difficult to say. But if you look hard enough — at the bestseller lists, the court cases, the controversies — you can glimpse through the metaphorical keyhole and into the back rooms where the deals are made. With this in mind, here is a somewhat reliable predictor for the publishing industry in 2015. … Read More