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Abstract and Keywords
Booksellers have always been vital to the publishing mix, making or breaking books’ success, but bookselling is now very much in transition. Coming from a stable system of wholesale and retail, we have seen the rise of chain bookstores, followed by the creation of the world’s largest and most powerful bookshop—Amazon.com. Entirely new business models for all book formats have emerged in the last decade, as well as new products and services consisting of books and related media. Bookselling remains in many countries a highly regulated business, but will see further change due to dependencies between the different book business models, technological innovation, the continuing competition with related industries, and a changing demographics of book buyers.
Niels Peter Thomas graduated from Technische Universität Darmstadt with a master’s degree in industrial engineering and a PhD in political economy. In 2005 he started as an acquisitions editor for academic publisher Springer and moved to Beijing, China, in 2011, to set up editorial departments and business development. From 2014 he was Managing Director of several companies within the publishing group, and since 2017 he is Chief Book Strategist for Springer Nature, responsible for the long-term strategic development of books. Alongside his industry role, he is a lecturer for publishing business and the digitalization of media.
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