Amazon is way ahead of the competition when it comes to selling ebooks in the U.S., according to new data from the Book Industry Study Group.
Based on reader surveys, Amazon has about two-thirds of the U.S. ebook market share while its closest competitors – Barnes & Noble and then Apple – have about 10% each.
While it is widely thought in the industry that B&N and Apple have about 15% to 20% market share each and that Amazon has about 60%, these numbers can’t be encouraging to publishers who want more diversity in the ebook retail marketplace.
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Amazon Wants You to Personalize Your Kindle (DBW)
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Will Personalization Work in Book Publishing? (Forbes)
Early results from Put Me in the Story from Sourcebooks seems to indicate that it will. The company expects that and some of its other innovative projects to make up 20% of revenue next year – that’s on top of 25% revenue growth it expects overall this year, partially driven by these innovations. Related: Sourcebooks partners with Hello Kitty on Put Me in the Story.
Google Books Scanning Found Legal, Author Case Dismissed (Pub Lunch)
It’s been eight years in the making: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by authors against Google. The suit contended that Google’s digital book scanning project violated copyright and adversely affected copyright holders. In his ruling, the judge also enumerated the benefits to society by Google’s actions. Google (and librarians) applauded the decision. The Authors Guild, an association of published authors, was “disappointed” and said it would appeal the decision. Based on earlier rulings, it’s unclear whether an appeals court will even hear the case. Read more.
Will Tesco’s Tablet Make an Impact in the UK? (DBW)
UK retail chain Tesco is coming out with its own tablet. Will it make an impact on content sales there? A local publishing expert weighs in.
Ebooks as Gifts (DBW)
One thing ebooks haven’t been good at replicating or replacing when it comes to physical books is gift-giveability. Oyster has a new program to give its ebook subscription service as a gift.
Sales Re-org at Penguin Random House Canada (Pub Lunch)
The repercussions of this summer’s blockbuster merger of the world’s two largest publishing houses – Penguin and Random House – are still being felt. In Canada, five lost their jobs as sales departments merged.
Penguin Random House and Pinterest (DBW)
Penguin Random House division Random House is among the first companies to have access to social sharing site Pinterest’s APIs. #BookMarketing.
Six Ways Ebooks Can Support Common Core (eSchoolNews)
Educators are hungry for ebooks. It’s a matter of getting the content to them with the added functionality they want at a price they can stomach. Click for more on the educator perspective.
Happy Birthday, Amazon Ebook Store! (The Digital Reader)
Yesterday was the 13-year anniversary of the first attempt by Amazon to sell ebooks. While most people remember the November 19, 2007 date as the anniversary, that’s just for the Kindle store, which was reportedly Amazon’s fourth attempt at the business. Among many other things, the company is certainly a study in the value of grit. Related: iBooks Loses Fake Wood Panel Bookshelf in Update.
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