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Publisher Spotlight: Pelican Book Group ›

Pelican Book Group received some very exciting news near the end of last year. The publisher of high-quality Christian fiction was given the opportunity to discuss their values in a whole different media—television!
Here, Editor-in-Chief Nicola Martinez discusses her new television program “On Purpose,” how Pelican Book Group came to fruition, and their collective goal of glorifying Christ … Read More »

Digital Borrowing Moves Libraries Online: Spotlight on hoopla digital ›

hoopla digital is a service created by Midwest Tape, a trusted partner to public libraries for over twenty-five years and one of the largest distributors of physical audio and video media to public libraries across the globe. Here, Content Strategist Tara Carberry gives us the rundown on how hoopla brings innovation into the age of digital … Read More »

Publisher Spotlight: Central Avenue Publishing ›

Michelle Halket, Publisher, Central Avenue Publishing, shares her unique insight as a digital pioneer. We discuss the early days of digital publishing, the breadth of social media marketing, and the flexibility that comes from being an independent publisher.
IPG: Can you tell me a little about how Central Avenue Publishing was started?
Michelle Halket: Unlike many in the publishing industry, … Read More »

Speeding Things Up: Publishers Weekly Illuminates Book Distribution in 2015 ›

IPG was recently highlighted in a Publishers Weekly article detailing the steps distributors take to ensure their supply chain from publisher to customer is as efficient as possible. The article, entitled “Speeding Things Up,” quoted COO Joe Matthews on how IPG has employed various new technologies to succeed in speeding up the supply chain, and … Read More »

An Interview with the Director of Small Press United ›

CM:     I’m here with Richard T. Williams, who is in charge of IPG’s Small Press United distribution program. As I understand it, Richard, we’ve had a small press program for twenty-some years. What makes this one more pertinent to the industry today?
RTW:   A few years ago we realized the small press industry was really booming. … Read More »

An Interview With Our Digital Marketing Manager ›

Curt Matthews, CEO of Independent Publishers Group, sits down with Lauren Klouda, IPG’s Digital Marketing Manager, to talk about the challenges and opportunities of e-book marketing.
Curt Matthews: Lauren, you are our Digital Marketing Manager, and this is a very strange sort of job, a sales job truly. When we send our guy in to sell … Read More »

eBook Bundling & Supporting a Diverse Retailer Ecosystem ›

In a previous blog post about the action at BEA I remarked that, “The hall was alive with e-book and e-commerce solutions and propositions that are really beginning to make sense. The geeks now know enough about the actual business of books to go after some real problems and opportunities.”
It turns out that this was … Read More »

3 Big Takeaways from Book Expo America 2013 for Independent Publishers ›

At the big book convention in New York, we saw old friends and made new ones against the backdrop of one of publishing’s biggest powwows. I also observed some very exciting things happening for the indie publishing community.
There were many more indie presses in attendance than has been the case for the last four years … Read More »

The Trouble with eBooks: A Recap ›

Most of the blog posts put up in this space over the last two months have circled around three very major issues in regard to eBooks. Here they are, together with an account of what if any progress has been made in resolving each of them.
eBook Distribution: What’s the Deal?:
“No one who is really privy … Read More »

The Oxymoronic Notion of Digital Content ›

The current controversy about the state of the eBook industry has been unproductive for a number of reasons. Much of the information out there on the blogs is just wrong—which should not come as a surprise because the book business is complicated. What’s surprising is the sour tone of so many of the comments on … Read More »