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Books are the core element for creative industries, such as movies, television and theater


After a movie screening, we all have heard talk among the audience: “This time, the movie really was better than the book”, “I have to read the book”, or “The book was much richer than the movie”. The thing is that it doesn’t matter. In all these cases, a book has been the starting point, the core element, for presenting a story. The Publishers Association in the UK argues that movies and plays based on books attract audiences and generate revenue more convincingly than productions created from other sources.

ballerinas watching at stage in a theater
The Publishers Association has published a report Publishing’s Contribution to the Wider Creative Industries that studies the relationship of business success and popularity among audiences of books, movies, television and theater.

The report has drawn data from academic research, sales numbers and case studies. The key points the report makes are:

Movies based on books make more money than movies based on original screenplays.
Television shows adapted from books attract more viewers than other shows.
Theater plays and musicals rewritten from books make more money than other plays.
Books are a key source of content for movies, television and theater.

Would it be possible that one book series – Harry Potter – has affected to the sales and audience numbers so much that it has skewed the statistics. The Publishers Association’s report doesn’t go in that level of detail, but Harry Potter was the reason for increasing book sales in many markets during the book series’ heydays.
Publishers Association UK, report summarySource: The Publishers Association (UK).
The report concludes (among other points):

Works of fiction and non-fiction are a repository of stories to be discovered by producers, agents and scouts looking for ideas.
Book publishers act as a filter for quality storytelling and help polish and edit manuscripts into fully formed, engaging stories.
Publishers alleviate some of the inherent risk of a screen or stage production by investing in publication of the book, and allowing producers to choose stories which have already shown the ability to engage audiences.
The visibility of a book can make it easier to market an adaptation, using the original, already familiar brand.

What about self-published ebooks, like Hugh Howey’s works, 50 Shades of Grey, or The Martian that have become global success stories? They are a proof that it is possible to bypass the publisher filtering system. It is possible, but really difficult to do and it is rare that it happens, but some cases break through.

The key insight from the Publishers Association’s report is that books really are the centerpieces of content for many media industries. Not only movies, television and theater, but also games and music are often inspired by books.

Via Publishing Perspectives.

If you love travel stories, here is a list of top 100 books to read


People who are planning or have already decided to travel to a specific destination tend to read travel guidebooks because they can give all the essential and credible information about the destination. People who are dreaming about beautiful places, adventures in far away countries and exotic experiences may read travel books where other travelers have told their stories about interesting places and people.
elonex ereader, stack of books
If you need inspiration for your next journey, pick up a few books from the list of 100 most celebrated travel books. The list has been compiled by Worldhum. The books are not ranked in any way, they are simply listed in alphabetical order. Worldhum selected books to the list based on their publicity and sales.

Check out the full list of 100 travel books here. The list here is our shortlist for future reads.

4) A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, by Eric Newby (1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15)
5) A Time of Gifts, by Patrick Leigh Fermor (1, 2, 7, 8, 12)
8) A Winter in Arabia, by Freya Stark (5)
9) Among the Russians, by Colin Thubron (3, 7)
12) Arctic Dreams, by Barry Lopez (4, 11)
13) The Art of Travel, by Alain de Botton (5, 12)
14) As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, by Laurie Lee (3, 5)
15) Baghdad Without a Map, by Tony Horwitz (1)
16) Balkan Ghosts, by Robert D. Kaplan (4, 6)
18) The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer, by Eric Hansen (2)
23) Brazilian Adventure, by Peter Fleming (4, 5, 8)
25) City of Djinns, by William Dalrymple (1, 4)
32) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe (13)
37) Full Circle, by Michael Palin (4, 11)
38) Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, by Dervla Murphy (5)
41) The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
42) Holidays in Hell, by P.J. O’Rourke (12)
43) Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell (3, 4)
45) In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson (1, 2, 4, 11, 14)
46) In Patagonia, by Bruce Chatwin (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
47) In Siberia, by Colin Thubron (4, 12)
49) The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain (1, 2, 6)
50) Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer (6, 11)
51) Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer ($)
53) Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl (15)
55) Life on the Mississippi, by Mark Twain (2, 13)
56) The Log From the Sea of Cortez, by John Steinbeck (11)
63) Notes From a Small Island, by Bill Bryson (3, 5)
64) Nothing to Declare, by Mary Morris (4, 8)
66) The Old Patagonian Express, by Paul Theroux (4, 12)
69) The Pillars of Hercules, by Paul Theroux (2, 11)
71) Riding to the Tigris, by Freya Stark (1)
72) The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald (2, 15)
77) Roughing It, by Mark Twain (2, 4, 11, 13)
81) The Size of the World, by Jeff Greenwald (1, 6, 12)
82) Slowly Down the Ganges, by Eric Newby (2, 4)
84) The Soccer War, by Ryszard Kapuscinski (1)
86) Terra Incognita, by Sara Wheeler (4, 11)
91) Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, by Jan Morris (1, 5)
92) Two Towns in Provence, by M.F.K. Fisher (2, 4, 7, 10)
94) Video Night in Kathmandu, by Pico Iyer (1, 4, 6, 10, 12)
98) The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (2, 5, 11)
99) Wrong About Japan, by Peter Carey (2)

Mobile Phone Success Story


In the 1990s, Nokia outrivaled the traditional telecommunications companies Motorola and Ericsson by introducing innovative mobile phone products that allowed personalization and gaming, and by exploiting new technologies which created businesses that didn’t exist before, such as ringtones.

Once the dot-com bubble had burst and 3G licence bidding had driven the industry into a downturn, Nokia faced new competition. Microsoft challenged Nokia in software, and Samsung and LG in hardware. Yet, Nokia was thriving as the competition heated up. It wasn’t enough, because the biggest disruption in mobile communications was yet to come – the Internet.
Behind the Scree, the Nokia story
Was it the Apple iPhone, Google Android or mismanagement of the corporation that brought Nokia to its knees? Behind the Screen tells the Nokia story from a near-bankrupt enterprise to a world leader business, and provides background information on changes in managament.