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Michael Cader & Mike Shatzkin Partner for Publishers Launch Conferences

Michael Cader and Mike Shatzkin will partner up to produce Publishers Launch Conferences, a series of industry educational events. The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and Constellation from the Perseus Books Group have signed on as global sponsors.

The first event, “eBooks Go Global,” will be held in conjunction with this year’s Book Expo America in New York City. The event will focus on eBook business in the United States and how international publishers can compete with North American companies.

Shatzkin gave this quote in the release: “We both see major global opportunities for publishers and booksellers in all languages, regardless of the adoption of digital platforms so far in any particular country. One part of what we’re doing is to help English-language publishers capitalize on these growth markets, and another part is to help others get the greatest value they can from what US and U.K. publishers have already learned.”

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Ruth Cavin Has Died

Thomas Dunne Books editor Ruth Cavin passed away last Sunday. She was 92-years-old.

Lifelong friend Mike Shatzkin wrote a memorial post on idealog.com:¬†”Ruth would teach you without it feeling like teaching. Every conversation was with an equal; every relationship was collegial. Her respect for other people was universal and deep and entirely genuine. Tom Dunne was the man who ‘discovered’ Ruth (when she was 70) for his imprint but he had support for the idea from then-CEO Tom McCormack.”

Besides editing, Cavin also worked in publicity and subsidiary rights in the past. She authored a few books including Dinners for Beginners and Trolleys.

How Publishers Will Cope with Amazon’s Monopoly

Mike_Shatzkin_selfphoto_iPhone_090214.JPGAt Digital Book World this morning, Mike Shatzkin quizzed his panel of publishing thinkers about the Amazon (AMZN) hold over the industry. “Amazon has 80 or 90 percent of the book buying [market] online and 80 or 90 percent of the ebooks [market]. Those are the only parts of the business that are growing. Every other part of the business is shrinking … Will we see a change in this hegemony?” he asked.

Ken Brooks from Cengage Learning had these thoughts: “The share that Amazon has almost has to fall. There are good alternatives that are being introduced every day … I think eventually it will be an open platform.”

Next, Evan Schnittman from Black Plastic Glasses had these thoughts: “I think Google Editions will be a major balancer in the world of eBooks. Search, find, buy in one fluid package [in online marketplaces] will help re-balance the world we live in now … Amazon is our biggest customers in this industry, there will be some serious thinking before we work around them.”

Larry Kirshbaum–a literary agent and former TimeWarner Books CEO–had a different perspective: “Let’s look at this from the consumer’s point of view, the consumer is getting a fabulous book in a really readable format … Even milliseconds can matter in transmission. The idea that the consumer is being forced to adapt to other formats is a tremendous waste … Long term I would like to see a non-proprietary world where the content competes across platforms.”

Michael Cader from Publishers Lunch concluded: “We should take to heart very seriously how much price has driven the eBook market thus far…We’re really focused on the things we think are reading devices. But the explosion that’s about to happen is with devices where reading isn’t the primary function, or even the secondary or tertiary function.”