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Where do publishes get their statistics?

It is very difficult to get information about publishing straight off, because so much of it is kept secret or the various big publishers use in-house statisticians who inevitably compare different sources. Comparing apples and pears often gives a mix of incomparable information, but don't give up. It is possible, but first you need to know the different main sources. For the UK and for the English speaking world of publishing, The Bookseller is one of the best sources. It sends daily digests about what is happening and have a hot line with Nielsen Book Scan, which is a pay-for information-book-sales-tracking-company. Nielsen often does not monitor what goes on in small companies, and only scan the retail market. Subscribing to information...

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Publishing – need your questions

I have spent a long time preparing for this day. Not really because it is a difficult day, or the task at hand is difficult. No, I have spent a long time deciding how to ensure that our publishing company is ahead of the game with regards to the more traditional giants in publishing. Interestingly enough, it came to me while walking around the street of Derby, pondering on how the industrial revolution became a revolution and not just a small fizz in the giant explosion of change in society. Freedom of speech. The UK allowed the exchange of ideas and thoughts already from the beginning of the 18th century. People could talk, and discuss, and critique. It was not...

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New web features

Our website has finally been upgraded by wonderful Eric Wichman, who is our new webmaster but also in charge of improving the website. Read all about him on http://www.prositefast.com/ We are only at the beginning of our journey but I have been very pleased with everything that has happened so far. There are many skills that are needed in a good IT person, one is of course skills; the second is good communication, and the third is of course knowledge so you do not need to pay for the IT consultant gaining the knowledge needed to help your company grown. So far Eric has all of them, and I am going to spend this first blog praising him, because if...

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