DBW Weekly Roundup: 3/31/11

DBW Weekly RoundupDigital Book World presents a weekly roundup of some of the most interesting news, commentary and tweets related to publishing that you may have missed, from all over the digital book world.

Rights and Licensing

Tim O’Reilly on Piracy, Tinkering, and the Future of the Book (Jon Bruner, Forbes): An extensive interview with the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media about the future of industry as well as ebook piracy and digital rights management (DRM).

The most important problem for publishers to solve over the next ten years (Mike Shatzkin, The Idea Logical Company): A thoughtful take on untangling rights and licensing as the industry moves away from format- and form-based paradigms about content.

Ebook Sales

Do ebook consumers love bestsellers, or does it just look that way? (Mike Shatzkin, The Idea Logical Company): A look at the connection between ebook sales and online discovery and why it appears that bestsellers are so overwhelmingly popular.

Where U.S. ebook buyers live – a statistical analysis (Paul Biba, TeleRead): A statistical breakdown of ebook sales using Smashwords data.

Marketing and Platform

Author, sell thyself (Laura Miller, Salon): Op-ed about author platform and marketing.

Promoting Jean Auel’s ‘Land of Painted Caves’ as an E-Book (Julie Bosman, Media Decoder): A quick look at how marketing and sales have changed for a bestselling author with a career spanning decades.


Storytime Goes Digital: Assessing the Children’s E-Book and App Market at TOC Bologna (Sophie Rochester, Publishing Perspectives): Coverage of the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

New York’s New School Takes on the Topic of E-books (Kathleen Sweeney, Publishing Perspectives): Coverage from “Ebooks: New Trends for a New Decade,” an event at the Center for Communication at The New School.

IDPF Unveils Program for Digital Book 2011 at BEA (IDPF): The International Digital Publishing Forum releases the program for Digital Book 2011, a concurrent event at Book Expo America.

Just for Fun

The Future of Books (James Warner, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency): A satirical look at the future of publishing.

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