Tag: publishing

by Jefferson Yen

Audio is having a moment right now. And it’s no longer just about public radio. Media companies such as the New York Times and Buzzfeed have their own podcasts, too. While podcasting has been around for more than a decade, it’s already had a first boom, bust and now boom again. Podcast networks such as […] more »

by Rich Bellis

All four of the new titles to hit this week’s E-book Best-Seller List are by best-selling authors, like Harlan Coben and John Green, whose previous books have found broad appeal among readers. That’s hardly surprising for a best-seller list, of course, and it’s something we’ve seen before. In the cases of John Green’s 2009 novel “Paper Towns” and Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander,” […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

What do BuzzFeed, Upworthy and Refinery29 have in common? Well, for one, they’ve raised millions in venture capital money, and they’re all getting deeper into the digital news business. Refinery29 is looking for a news director as they’ll soon be joining in the scrum to cover breaking news. Upworthy made its own news when they […] more »

by Rich Bellis

It’s not always easy to tell what makes an e-book successful. Film adaptations certainly help, as does the name-recognition of a popular author with a large fan base. Those are two probable reasons why the entirety of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy is back on this week’s list, just as the “Insurgent” movie hits theaters, and James Patterson’s “NYPD […] more »

by Rich Bellis

Even though a new title by best-selling author Erik Larson is close on its heels, “The Girl on the Train” refuses to be unseated from the No. 1 spot it’s held on the E-book Best-Seller List for seven weeks in a row. As we’ve noted before, the title’s success comes despite being unconnected with a movie […] more »

by Rich Bellis

Paula Hawkins’s “The Girl on the Train” chugs into its sixth week as the No. 1 best-selling e-book, an accomplishment that’s rather noteworthy for bucking the trend of top titles driven by hot movie releases. One trend the novel’s success fits right into, though, is the clear dominance its publisher Penguin Random House has enjoyed on the E-book Best-Seller List […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

Online comments sections – in their most ideal form – are supposed to be places readers could leave their thoughts after they had read an article. It was supposed to serve as a forum where civilized discussion could take place and would add value even after a piece was finished. Instead, we’ve all become more […] more »

by Rich Bellis

Even as we’ve looked for signs of renewed agency e-book pricing impacting best-selling e-books (and found few), and remarked on the continued power of media tie-ins to shape the rankings, the real story is a rather old one: the ongoing dominance of the world’s largest trade publisher, Penguin Random House. During the last holiday season, Penguin Random House titles […] more »

by John Dick

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Columbia University President Lee Bollinger told Bloomberg recently that he believes we need international standards on freedom of the press. He said that the U.S. is the most protective of expression and free speech of any nation. When “Freedom of the […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

In journalism, it begins and ends with credibility. It’s what allows news organizations to rise above the noise of online chatter. Unfortunately, it seems that in the effort to chase traffic and capitalize on viral content, media companies are propagating misinformation far more often than they are debunking rumours. According to Craig Silverman’s report for […] more »