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Simon & Schuster Sold eBooks in 200 Countries Last Year

simonSimon & Schuster experienced its greatest growth in the international marketplace last year, particularly in digital titles in English language countries abroad, according to Carolyn Reidy, President & CEO, who spoke on a panel at the Digital Book World conference in New York today.

The publisher’s international eBook business is growing at a faster rate than US eBook sales, because these countries are catching up, she said. Last year, the publisher sold eBooks in 200 different countries including a copy of The Sun Also Rises in Antarctica. Reidy said that the publisher is seeing an opportunity in these digital sales and that it is not affecting physical sales. She said that there is a great opportunity for foreign book retailers to sell English-language titles in non-English speaking countries, but they have yet to capitalize on this yet.

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FutureBook Innovations Awards Shortlist Unveiled

FutureBook has revealed the shortlist for the FutureBook Innovations Awards.

Below, we’ve listed the nominees in the top categories in the UK awards. More than 200 entries were submitted and the app category alone drew 76 entrants.

The winners will be unveiled at the FutureBook conference. The event takes place on December 5th at London’s QEII Conference Centre. Some of the speakers who will appear include Faber and Faber CEO Stephen Page, Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah and Penguin Digital managing director Anna Rafferty.

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Sourcebooks Launches New Education Division

Sourcebooks has launched a new education division.

This company expansion means that several new hires have been made. The education team includes technical architect Deb Kimminau, education sales manager Phil Hartman and programmer analyst Kavita Khanna.

Here’s more from the release: “Sourcebooks is taking that commitment a step further in creating an education division responsible for managing the company’s biggest existing initiatives, including the leading college-bound publishing program, a Naked Roommate first year experience program, and MyMaxScore.com, an online SAT/ACT test prep solution.”

Publishing’s Net Sales Revenue Rose 5.6% from 2008-2010

The Association of American Publishers has released its three-year BookStats report, a statistical study of bookselling trends from 2008 until 2010–providing a snapshot of the industry’s growth during this recession. Publishing’s net sales revenue has grown 5.6 percent during that period, counting $27.94 billion in revenue.

At the same time, the dynamics of formats shifted dramatically. Mass market unit sales have dropped nearly 17 percent since 2008, leaving the format a nine percent share of the trade book market–a two percent decline since 2008. Hardcover’s share of the trade book market dipped from 39.6 percent in 2008 to 37.7 percent in 2010; trade softcovers’ share of the trade book market went from 39.5 percent in 2008 to 37.8 percent in 2010. Both formats marked slight increases in net revenue over that same period.

Sourcebooks CEO and BookStats chair Dominique Raccah had this comment:“The BookStats study indicates that the publishing industry is healthy and growing during a time of unprecedented change … Publishers in every sector of our business have made significant investments in content and technology to better serve their audiences’ needs and those efforts seem to correlate with the results we’re seeing.”

Borders Preparing To Liquidate

Borders Group will ask the bankruptcy court to accept a liquidation bid from Hilco and Gordon Brothers. The liquidation will close the company’s remaining 399 stores and cut around 10,700 employees.

UPDATE: Sourcebooks publisher Dominique Raccah has launched a #ThankUBorders hashtag so publishing professionals, writers and readers can thank the 10,700 Borders employees for their literary service. Here’s an excerpt: “I really wanted today to say THANK YOU to Borders – to their community of booksellers and home office staff over the years – for being such an important part of our lives, and for their dedication to getting books into the hands of so many people for so many years. If you’d like to add your thanks, please feel free to comment below and talk about what Borders’ booksellers have meant to you. You can also feel free to post to Twitter, Facebook, Google+.”

The New York Times shared concerns about publishing layoffs: “Employees at major publishing houses worried that layoffs could be imminent, as many companies have dedicated staff members that work only with Borders. The closing could have a particular impact in paperback sales. Borders was known as a retailer that took special care in selling paperbacks, and its promotion of certain titles could boost them to best-seller status.”

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Pick Publishing Panels for the SXSW Festival

sxsw23.jpgScores of publishing types are vying for a coveted spot at the SXSW Festival next year, proposing more than twenty panel discussions about the future of publishing. Online readers can vote on their favorite panels, helping determine the line-up at the festival next March.

Last year’s publishing panel sparked fireworks among literary bloggers. Over at BookSquare, Kassia Krozser has created an excellent list of all the voting options for 2010. Here’s a sampling of the entries, but be sure to vote on the complete list. Simply follow the individual links to vote.

-Beyond Publishing: When Every Book is Connected to Everyone: Stephanie Troeth, Book Oven (Hugh McGuire, Peter Brantley, Andrew Savikas, Kassia Krozser)
-A Brave New Future for Book Publishing : Kevin Smokler, CEO BookTour.com
-Romancing the e-Book: Publishing’s e-Volutionary Revolution: Deidre Knight, Knight Agency (includes GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan)
-The Novel in 2050: Richard Nash, Red Lemonade
-Book Publishing – The New Ecosystem: Maya Bisineer, Memetales
-Authors, Publishers and Social Media: Hug it Out: Tim O’Shaughnessy, LivingSocial
-Why Keep Blogging? Real Answers for Smart Tweeple: Emily Gordon, Emdashes.com founder, includes GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan.

Sourcebooks Bucks $9.99 E-Book Price Point

bran2.jpgThe publisher Sourcebooks has postponed the e-book version of “Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse” by Kaleb Nation until spring, citing problems with Amazon.com’s valuing of most digital Kindle titles at $9.99. The hardcover will be released in September.

In a Wall Street Journal article, Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah explained the move: “It doesn’t make sense for a new book to be valued at $9.99 … hardcover books have an audience, and we shouldn’t cannibalize it.”

The company prints about 250 and 300 titles a year, and will publish 75,000 copies of the YA novel. Last week they announced a partnership with the digital publisher Smashwords to publish a number of Sourcebooks romance titles on the site. The digital books will be sold at $6.99, published in nine eBook reading formats.

Sourcebooks Sells Digital Titles on Smashwords

sourcebooks.jpgYesterday the digital publisher Smashwords launched a number of romance titles by Sourcebooks, including books by best-selling authors like Linda Wisdom, Donna Lea Simpson, and Amelia Gray.

The digital books will be sold at $6.99, published in nine eBook reading formats. Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah explained that the Smashwords partnership will help the company experiment with DRM-free titles.

Check it out: “There is discussion surrounding DRM, and while partnering with Smashwords does not mean we endorse DRM-free across the board, it does mean that we’re open to exploring different possibilities to better serve our customers.”