BEA 2013: A quick wrap-up

Hugh Howey!

Hugh Howey!

The temperature hit 100 degrees, I nearly got trampled trying to get a signed copy of Guy Kawasaki’s new book, and I didn’t get to meet Amy Tan or Buzz Aldrin, but I was like a kid in a candy store at BEA this year. It was great to see and hear what’s new in the publishing industry, on both the traditional and self-publishing ends.

If you guessed that services surrounding e-book production, sales, distribution, and promotion were all the rage, you’d be right. Funny, because according to the latest Bowker industry stats (keep in mind that these are from 2011; the new report is due out some time next summer), e-books only make up 3% of all book sales. Expect to see a large jump in this figure when that new study comes out. Continue reading