Following an unsatisfactory holiday season, Nook has been heavily promoting its devices and NOOK Book titles. It would seem that Nook needs more customers loyal to its ecosystem to be successful.
Recent efforts to win over new Nook devotee include giving the NOOK Simple Touch to consumers who purchase the company’s HD tablet device. And Nook ebooks and apps have also been made available at no charge.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
When Bookstore Distribution Collapses (DBW)
Successful, large-scale print-on-demand publishing changes the (profitability of) distribution workflow for brick-and-mortar bookshops. A recent tour of the Ingram distribution and print-on-demand facilities in Nashville got one writer thinking: What happens if the physical bookstore ecosystem collapses?
Simon & Schuster Sales Down, Profits Up in First Quarter (PubLunch)
Digital sales were up 14% in the quarter and comprised 30% the company’s publishing revenue, thanks in part to holiday earnings. A reduction in legal costs also contributed to the company’s earnings increase as did more economical digital book sales.
Increasing Profitability Through Metadata (DBW)
Join Digital Book World for a free webcast where you will learn about the benefits of using a publishing system as a single source for all of your metadata.
Social Book Discovery and Recommendation App Riffle Launches (DBW)
A combination of word-of-mouth and social media, Riffle is focused on writers and booklovers, building a community of readers, librarians, bloggers, publishers and authors.
Reading suggestions come from other readers rather than a recommendations engine.
Learn more about book discovery in a digital and social world during the May 14 DBW webcast with experts from Jellybooks, Readmill and The Literary Platform.
Bowker Teams up With PR Firm to Add More Services for Self-Published Authors, Small Publishers (DBW)
Now when authors buy ISBNs from Bowker they’ll have the opportunity to learn about public relations initiatives that could bolster their self-publishing work. This, thanks to a new partnership between Bowker and Smith Publicity.
HarperCollins Continues to Invest in Harper360 Global Platform With New Affiliate Publisher Hire (DBW)
Karen Davies has been appointed to the new-role of affiliate publisher at Harper360. Davies was previously the company’s head of U.K. sales for nonfiction. With the expansion of Harper360, digital and print books that HarperCollins publishes in the U.S. will be readily available in the U.K.
Dutch Publisher Releases Multi-Platform Book, Blog, App, Etc. (DBW)
In what might be understood as an innovation in nonfiction transmedia, AP/AWB has launched a title that consumers can engage with across platforms and that will be continually updated with current content. The publishers’ promotional video bills it as “a book that you never actually finish.”
Online Media Veteran Deanna Brown Joins Byliner as President (DBW)
Deanna Brown starts today as president at Byliner. A company spokesman told DBW that Brown will be responsible for scaling the business and will be reporting directly to CEO John Tayman.
Simon & Schuster Partners with a Discovery Subscription Service to Reach Kids (Book Seller)
Box of OMG and Box of Awesome will be including Simon & Schuster titles in their physical and digital packages to subscribing children. Each month kids receive a box of media and collectible items. The publisher sees the partnership as an opportunity to put books in the hands of young readers.
Report Shows Consumers Want the Option to Resell Digital Content (EContent)
Already 33% of U.S. consumers and 25% of those in the U.K. think it’s legal to pass along digital content, according to the Digital Generation Report from WorldPay.
Becoming a Hybrid Author (Telegraph)
After traditionally publishing three titles, author Mark Bastable somewhat grudgingly joined the ranks of hybrid authors, publishing an ebook on his own. “Self-publishing [he’s discovered] is a sales job”
A Droll Take on the Digital Comic Market (Digital Reader)
This one’s better in the viewing than the telling. Have a look.
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