One of the world’s most successful self-published authors has a lot of strong words for publishers in this wide-ranging interview with Digital Book World.
She calls some of their business processes “antiquated” and suggests that had Penguin not followed her plan for Bared to You, it wouldn’t be a hit, anchoring a series that has sold nearly nine million copies to date – and climbing.
But she has some very tender words for publishers, too, including, “the world cannot survive without the publishing industry.” Why? One great reason:
“I’ve worked with 12 different publishers and have worked with some of the best people in the industry. These people are repositories of information about books and the industry, likes and dislikes, and you need that vibrant community. Booksellers tie into this of course. There’s a network that’s in place that serves a purpose and I think that reading and the types of books would be available and the quality of the books available would be dramatically changed by the loss of the publishing industry.”
Read the rest of the interview here, including her saga with five different agents and what publishers should do to attract more author attention.
Related: What Publishers Should Do in the Self-Publishing Era
Eds. Note: DBW editorial director Jeremy Greenfield will be interviewing Sylvia Day along with fellow hybrid author Jennifer Armentrout on stage later today at the IDPF Digital Book 2013 conference in New York. DBW will also be unveiling a deep dive study on hybrid authors later today. It will be available in the Digital Book World Store.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
Kobo Cashing in on E-Readers (DBW)
Kobo is cashing in on doubling down on e-readers while its competitors have been investing in tablets. The company’s e-reader sales were up 145% in the first quarter of 2013, bucking a worldwide trend. Related: Kobo CEO Mike Serbinis on E-Reader Strategy | Kobo’s Latest High-End E-Reader.
Bob Miller to Launch Nonfiction Division for Macmillan (Pub Lunch)
After abruptly leaving Workman publishing in March, Bob Miller is back in the business, this time heading up a new nonfiction division at Macmillan. He will make several editorial hires. Related: Memo on Miller Leaving Workman, Susan Bolotin to Take Over in Interim.
Survey: Tablets Beneficial in Classroom, But Rare (DBW)
A new survey shows that teachers who have tablets in their classrooms think them effective, but few teachers have them and those who do worry that budgets won’t keep up with content costs.
Selling Ebooks in Real Life (DBW)
OverDrive will demo a kiosk at Book Expo America this week that allows users to browse and buy ebooks and digital audiobooks, bringing what has been a solitary, online experience back to the physical marketplace.
Penguin to Sell Books With Book Truck, Pushcart (DBW)
The Penguin Book Truck and Book Pushcart will debut this week at BEA. The mobile stores will sell books at literary events all summer. Is this Penguin dabbling in book-selling in advance of its merger with Random House, which some say will precipitate a book retail operation? (Our opinion: Probably not. It’s a marketing play.)
Gutenberg Receives Another €2 Million (Rude Baguette)
The e-textbook conversion and e-publishing company has so far raised about €4.2 million ($5.4 million) in two rounds. Related: Gutenberg Technology Wants to Revolutionize E-Textbook Production, Distribution.
Bowker Adds More Self-Publishing Services (DBW)
Bowker is continuing to add more self-publishing services as it invests in that promising business. The latest is a partnership with Digi-Rights to offer indie authors rights and permissions support. Related: Bowker Launches SelfPublishedAuthor.com | BookRix Offers $5,000 in Author Contest.
HMH Launches E-Book Recipes Series (PW)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish 20 ebooks, each sold for $0.99, containing 20 “best” recipes from its Betty Crocker cookbooks, including Best Pizza Recipes and Best Birthday Cake Recipes for Kids.
Shindig to Bring BEA Authors to Web (DBW)
Online event platform Shindig is hosting author interviews throughout BEA, starting on Thursday. Over 50 authors will hit the Web, interviewed in 30-minute segments by publishing industry notables.
In Case You Missed It: The Opportunities for Book Publishing Start-ups (Medium)
Book publishing start-up veteran Liza Daly (currently vice president of engineering at Safari) shares some lessons learned during her time in the start-up world. She also identifies really hard problems book publishing start-ups should work on.
Find the Best E-Reader (findthebest.com)
Here’s a list of e-readers and comparisons between them. Doesn’t include the new Kobo Aura HD, but soon will.
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