Remember the bad old days? Before smartphones and the Internet? Before every bit of human knowledge was more or less accessible whenever you wanted it? Before ebooks?
In those days, a movie tie-in for a book could be lucrative, but complicated and risky. In those days, we didn’t have the infinite back-list of ebooks.
A publisher lucky enough to own rights to a title that would be made into a movie had to decide to print new copies with a new cover, how many and where to distribute them. Just like printing books today, it was a risky venture – comparatively to how an ebook can take advantage of a movie tie-in.
Today, slap a new cover image on, update the metadata, if you want, and just watch the sales build.
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Top-25 Ebook Best-Sellers (DBW)
If I Stay, which has a film version coming out in several weeks, has dethroned The Fault in Our Stars to hit No. 1 on the best-seller list.
Print Production Slipped in 2013 (DBW)
According to new numbers from Bowker, the production of print books dipped slightly in 2013.
Dreaming a Better Bookstore (LJNDawson.org)
To consumers, Amazon is pretty much the perfect bookstore, and therein lies the problem for publishing observers who think it’s hurting the industry they love and want to see an alternative arise: Amazon is just too good.
India Ebook Start-up Close to $10 Million in Funding (India Times)
Rockstand, a start-up in India that creates digital educational materials using a variety of licensed sources, is close to securing $10 million in funding from heavyweights of the Indie venture scene.
Amazon Offers Clues to Future of Kindle (The Digital Reader)
Amazon filed a slew of patents that suggest its next-generation Kindle screen technology might offer black-and-white as well as color display.
Related: Get the latest on Amazon at Digital Book World 2015 where you’ll hear head of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti sit down for a candid interview on the main stage. Register today!
A New Bookstore Aimed at Tech-Savvy (Pub Perspectives)
A new bookstore in Italy pairs food and wine with books. RED (stands for read, eat, dream) wants to be a café, salon and bookstore all in one.
Making More Research Available (infoDOCKET)
The U.S. Department of Energy has opened “PAGES,” a portal to scientific research it has helped fund.
Chillax: Scrabble Dictionary Gets an Update (Forbes)
Some 5,000 new words were added to the The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary from Merriam-Webster this week, “chillax,” “mixtape” and “frenemy” among them. This news overshadows much more significant news for very serious Scrabble players: The dictionary that they use for tournament play, which mostly exists electronically in searchable databases, is getting 9,000 new words.